Mind Games by Kiersten White

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Series: Mind Games #1
Genre: YA paranormal
Expected publication: February 19th 2013 by HarperTeen
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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.

In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost. 

The minute Kiersten White announced this new YA series I knew I would need to read it! I loved her Paranormalcy series so deeply that I was excited to see what else she has in store for us!

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Unique Paranormal Abilities!

What I found most unusual here, was the paranormal abilities the girls were “gifted” with. Even though most of the gifts are psychic, Fia’s special ability was outstandingly unique! Her instinct always tell her what to do, she just has to trust her gut. Like, today the High Heels would be the best option, because she will need them later that day in a fight. Just a small example, but I found it a remarkable and interesting choice for a psychic gift!

Fia – Girl Extraordinary and far from being plain or ordinary

I loved loved LOVED Fia! She was full of spark and funk! She was constantly in action, constantly thinking and never stood still. She had a hard time dealing with her powers and especially since she discovered for what she has been trained by this mysterious school…. It was heartbreaking to see that this sweet girl, who struggled so much was used to be an assassin. The way the school treated her and forced her to obey was heartbreaking and very twisted. Once Fia realized what they are up to, she had no way but to obey and do what they want even though it goes against everything she believes in and finally… might even break her.

2 Sisters – 2 POV- 2 Time Frames

The story is told from both Fia’s and Anna’s POV. Apart from getting the story told from both Anna’s and Fia’s view, we also jump in time. We always go back to see what happened “before”, when they wer just joining the school and how Fia realized what this school is really about. Even though, this was most definitely important pieces of information, I found it a little harder to fully get drawn into this story. I would have liked an evenly time frame better.

Thrilling, Edgy and Psychologically intense!

I was absolutely mesmerized and fascinated by this story and especially by Fia’s personality! It was definitely a psychological thriller which kept me glued and on edge all the time. There were some twist, I didn’t see coming and I found my heart was breaking for Fia ever so often. Apart from this intense plot, there was also some romance. And.. I loved the romance.. a lot! There are two boys, both are total opposites and there is one where I’m still not sure we can trust. But. I love that there are some mysteries and secrets still to be discovered and I am excited to see where this all will head!

 

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Bottom Line

Mind Games by Kiersten White was a brilliantly played story and very edgy new tale dealing with psychic gifts that are highly unusual and truly extraordinaire. I especially loved Fia’s constant moving self and her very funky personality. Due to the 2 POV and 2 different time lines I was not fully able to get drawn in the story completely  Sometimes I felt a little detached. Still, I can highly recommend it to all fans of paranormal thrillers with Kiersten White’s unique characters!

 

    

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I have had no idea what this one was about and obviously yours is the first review I’ve read. It sounds fantastic! I was at a YA Panel and signing with her once and apparently she sits down and writes her books in six or seven days. It would be cool to get an interview with her if you can catch her. I saw her interviewing people at Comic Con recently but I don’t know if they were old or not. But yeah, she just sits and writes and lives life like normal while she does it. She must have a super compartmentalized mind!! And this is a series, right??? I can’t wait for my copy!
Nice to be back and commenting! Missed you guys!

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Ashley 1/29/2013

I’m SO GLAD you loved this book Danny!!! I wasn’t that crazy about it, unfortunately. :( I’m so jealous of your enthusiasm because I wanted to love it so much!
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Jade 1/29/2013

Thank you for the review! I saw this book featured on many blogs and was hoping for a review, yours is the first I’ve come across.
This books seems slightly different to a lot of the YA I have read. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.
Great reveiw :-)

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Giselle 1/29/2013

Fia sounds like a fun character! Probably tiresome if I were her friend in real life though haha. I have read a lot of up and down reviews for this one so I was on the fence about it but you make it sound really exciting. I love stories that has to do with powers and abilities, AND I often really enjoy books that bring us into the past and present. I’m pretty sure I’d fall in the positive side based on your thoughts.

On another note, sorry I haven’t been visiting as much I got SO busy during and after the holidays. I’m slowly catching up though so I’ll be here to stalk you again shortly! ;) (I also read more than I comment as of late–so I still stalk you, I’m just doing it quietly lol)

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elena 1/29/2013

Wow, Fia’s gift does sound unique! As a super indecisive person, I wish I had that gift! I’ve heard mixed things about this book but I’m so glad you liked Fia so much. She sounds like she definitely made up for the times when you felt detached from the book. :)
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Jenny 1/29/2013

Hm. All the time jumps seem like they might get a touch confusing in addition to the multiple POVs, but if you liked it, I’m thinking I will like it as well. Especially if there’s romance. Is it two romances, one for each sister, or is there a triangle situation? Definitely need to read this one Danny!

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I really like the whole idea of physic abilities, and this sounds like it has awesome characters. I can’t wait to read this one. Great review.

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kimbacaffeinate 1/29/2013

i love the sound of Fia and the paranormal abilities..this is another one I hope to get to one day..I just need more time :) awesome review Danny and so glad you enjoyed this one!
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I found it quite difficult to get into the story because of the alternating points of view and jumping time frame… I agree that a more even storyline would have worked better. I’m glad you enjoyed this overall though! Great review as always, Danny. :)

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I have this one on my shelf and can’t wait to read it! Great review :)
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Mary @ BookSwarm 1/29/2013

This book was so FREAKY, wasn’t it? I really enjoyed it and Fia was fabulous (if a bit hard to get “close” to). What a cool power, too. Very unusual.
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Miss Page-Turner 1/29/2013

Mind Games sounds like a very complex read! I liked Kiersten’s Paranormalcy series and will definitely give this new one a try, too. The two different perspectives should be interesting. And I adore your banners;)
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Lori 1/30/2013

I’m happy you liked this one, Danny. I loved Fia’s gift too. It was so unique.
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Erica 1/31/2013

I somehow didn’t realize this one was 2 POVs – That makes me SO much more excited! I really enjoyed her Paranormalcy trilogy so I can’t wait to read more from her.

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