Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future.
Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways…or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.
Title: Mind Games (Mind Games #1)
Author: Kiersten White
Publication Date: February 19, 2013
Publisher: Harpe Teen
The Cover Contessa's Review:
Ok, so this book was weird, but then I ended up liking it. However, I have some issues. Review to come…
So this book was sent to me by my dear friend Bekah Campbell as a birthday gift. I want to give thanks to her for thinking of me!
So I have to say that I completely and totally love this cover. The colors are amazing and it's so simple with the girl's face on the front. Unfortunately the prettiness of the cover didn't do anything to help the story inside.
I really wanted to love this book. I really did. But I just could not. I found it confusing and all over the place. It has such a great premise: girls with psychic abilities who are used for political and other types of gains. But I don't think it was explained well enough for me to be fully grabbed by the story. You're kept in the dark for most of the book (which is not long to begin with). There's no real set up for the world, no fleshing out of the characters. It just didn't live up to a story that was chock full of guts and matter.
Fia (Sophia) and her sister Annie are the main characters in this book. who It it told from dual POV so you get both Fia and Annie's ideas. However, I can honestly say that I had a lot of trouble telling the two sisters. If the chapters had not been started with their names as the headings, I am pretty sure this could all be one person to me. Both sisters are whiny and annoying, especially with the author's use of the repetition of words (trying to bring more angst and fear to a situation).
And the swoon worthy moments that were interjected just seemed wrong. There was really no lead up to them. One minute you feel like Fia wants Adam but the next minute she's drooling over James. If the author intended for there to be some kind of love triangle with this, she completely missed the mark, or maybe I got the triangle angle wrong?
For the most part, White's writing is good. Despite the fact that I felt kind of left out in the open by the mystery that lingers all around the plot line, I do think that White has a fairly great way with words. I was able to overlook the repetitions she used to alarm and panic of the characters and push my way through to the end.
The book redeemed itself for me in the last few chapters, but to wait that long was really quite annoying. This is really what brought it up from 2 to 3 stars for me. I enjoyed the action and adventure at the end. And I enjoyed the twist the author gave to the story, which I wasn't expecting in the least.
So, for the most part I wasn't thrilled with this book, but I tolerated it. I do want to read the next book to find out what happens with Fia and James, and how Adam factors into it all.Hi! I'm the New York Times best-selling author of Paranormalcy and Supernaturally. I also give the most awkward hugs in the world. You should probably opt for one of my books over one of my hugs, but then again, maybe you like awkward hugs.
As for me, I like writing flirting scenes, and fighting scenes, and sometimes I write scenes that fall somewhere in between the two, but only if I can't avoid it.