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Friday, April 5, 2013

Mind Games by Kiersten White

I can't deny it...the cover attracted me from the beginning. Also, I always think books that mess with someone's mind are intriguing. I hope that doesn't make me sound strange...heh!




Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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.

What I Liked: 1) Stuff like "corporate espionage" as seen in the summary is something you don't get a lot of in teen YA fiction. Or at least not in the books I've been reading. So I was interested to see what kind of part that would be playing in this book. The action was lively and really kept the pace of the book moving forward. 2) I was definitely able to appreciate the relationship between Annie and Fia. I'm protective of my sister, and so I completely understood their feelings toward each other.

What I Didn't Like: Um...most of the rest of the book. Sad, I know. I've never read a Kiersten White book, though I know her Paranormalcy series has been popular. I never got into it. But like I said before, psychological thrillers intrigue me. This book was very jumpy. Beyond what I usually describe as the stop-start of a new driver. For me, that was all my brain could handle. Because we were in so many places at once, there was not enough to pull me into the story. Additionally, the characters just bugged me. I am one of those people who likes pretty much everyone, but on a rare occasion I come into contact with someone who just rubs me the wrong way. These characters, I don't know if it was their standoffish attitude - which is understandable because of everything they've dealt with - but I just couldn't get to know them, or care about them. And this prevents me from getting into any book.

Overall Thoughts: Mind Games just wasn't for me. I couldn't engage in a book that seemed to stop and start as often as this one did, and with no really likeable characters...I had a hard time finding other redeeming qualities. I know that her fans will probably enjoy this one, but I'm looking for more from my psychological thrillers.

My Rating: 2 shots

8 comments:

  1. I really liked this, sorry that you didn't! It was quite choppy though.

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    1. I'm glad you liked it! Some books just aren't for everyone, I guess. I really wanted to like this one, and I think the concept was interesting, but it just wasn't there for me personally.

      Courtney

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  2. I still haven't written my review for this one only because I haven't been able to but, what I thought about it together yet. I don't know that I hated it but, I didn't love it.

    Kristin @ Young Adult Book Haven

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    1. I stared at a blank screen for a while before starting my review too. Sometimes those meh reviews are the hardest ones to write.

      Courtney

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  3. Bummer you didn't like this book more. I have heard really good reviews and not so good reviews. Hopefully I will read it one day and like it a bit more. I also like psychological thrillers.

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    1. I definitely hope you like it more than I did. I'm on the hunt for some more psych thrillers, so any suggestions are appreciated!

      Courtney

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  4. I didn't really like this book either. All the jumping around really put me off. I also didn't find Annie to be very likeable at all. In fact she came of as immature and whiny and I kept thinking of her as a way younger sister, not an older one. She was selfish and I just didn't like her at all. I also expected more real action in it, not just being told things that had happened. I couldn't connect to the characters or the story, though the end was pretty good. That was about it.

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    1. I know what you mean, Amy. Sadly, it just missed the mark.

      Courtney

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