Friday, 18 January 2013

ARC Review: Mind Games (Mind Games #1) by Kiersten White

Mind Games (Mind Games, #1) 
Author: Kiersten White
Series: Mind Games
Pages: 256
Genre: Young Adult – Paranormal
Publisher: Harper Collins Children
Pre-order: Mind Games
Release Date: 19th February 2013

Synopsis. (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.

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.

Review: 4 out of 5 stars

Mind Games by Kiersten White was kindly provided to me by Edelweiss for Harper Collins Children.

I adore Ms. White’s Paranormalcy series so I was quite anxious to read this book and it is definitely not what I was expecting; it was a thrilling story that kept me riveted throughout and left me eagerly anticipating the next book.

Mind Games showed the close bond between sisters Sofia (Fia) and Annabelle (Annie), told from alternating points of view we learn more about these intriguing characters and how they came to reside at the Keane School Foundation, we learn about their special abilities and how they are now puppets to a more sinister plan.

Annie is a Seer who has visions of the future, born without sight she is the more reasonable of the sisters but is used as a pawn to get Fia to cooperate; Fia has been hardened by her training as an assassin, born with flawless instincts her ability is more in demand and her life controlled with no possible way out. I adored both of the sisters for different reasons, I felt for the life they were forced to live and of their treatment; you couldn’t help but hope for happiness and freedom for them both. Their close bond and relationship was endearing but it didn't come without some betrayal and misunderstandings.

We get the sisters background through flashbacks of their past, starting from the death of their parents and building up to how their abilities are now used for corporate espionage. The plot was certainly unique but I was more curious about the schools overall purpose and their main goal which I don’t think we truly find out.

Fia was my favourite of the sisters, she held so much anger and frustration which came across in her chapters, I found myself glued to the pages as we learn more about her past, she was definitely the stand-out character, what she has endured and why she is the way she is really saddened me. Her devotion to her sister was amazing, there wasn't anything she wouldn't do for Annie.

We have two potential love interests (for Fia), Adam Denting, a neurologist who Fia was supposed to assassinate and James Keane who now manages the institute but has an agenda of his own – I don’t feel we learn enough about both of these characters to form true opinions, I wanted to like James but didn’t trust him at all and Adam didn’t get all that much page time but I think he will play a larger role in future installments. The romance was there but definitely not at the forefront of the story.

Comparing Mind Games to Ms. White’s first trilogy, it definitely has a darker grittier feel to it which I quite liked; her writing is engaging and definitely kept me glued to the pages, I literally finished this in one sitting (although at only 256 pages it wasn’t all that long).

I quite liked Mind Games; although parts were choppy and sensory details were at times lacking it was an enjoyable read none the less and has left me quite eager to read the sequel.

Overall, I thought Mind Games was a thrilling read filled with mystery, action and intrigue. The psychological aspect was interesting and with many questions left unanswered I am definitely keen to read the next installment which has an anticipated 2014 release date.

Thank-you to Harper Collins Children for the opportunity to read and review Mind Games.

Sister Assassin (Sister Assassin, #1) 
UK edition - what do you think of the different covers?

About the Author: Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy. Although originally meant to be a story of a femme-fatale, Mind Games quickly turned into a story about two sisters and impossible choices. This may be because Kiersten has three sisters, none of whom she has killed for, but all of whom she has considered killing at one point or another. Kiersten lives in San Diego with her family. Visit her online at and follow her on Twitter @kierstenwhite.


  1. Oooh I really want to try reading this! I entered an ARC giveaway on Goodreads, sadly did not win but it's how I found the book so I'm happy. Thanks for reviewing! My blog is :)

    1. Thankyou Stefanie, I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

      Thankyou for sharing your blog :-)

  2. yep, I thought the same thing. This is very worth reading.

  3. I honestly haven't been that interested in Mind Games, but reviews like yours are changing my mind. I'm glad you liked it so much, despite the choppiness.

    Nice review, Sharon.

    1. Thanks Andrea, I really liked it, it was definitely different to other YA novels out at the moment :-)

  4. I love how different readers respond differently, b/c I just read a review where someone said they couldn't connect with Fia at all! But I'm glad you liked her. I need to read this! I loved White's PARANORMALCY books.

    1. This has such a different feel to it than her Paranormalcy series which I quite enjoyed :-)

      I have read a few reviews as well about Fia, but I thought she was great; I sympathised with her & could feel her anger & pain.

      I hope you enjoy it a much as I did :-)

  5. Sheesh, I didn't even connect this Kiersten White with the Paranormalcy Kiersten White. I'm embarrassed, but I didn't pay much attention to this one because the cover was so blah it barely even drew me, but I really am interested now based on your review. I think I'd like Fia too - is it weird though that it's YA and her potential love interests are a neurologist and the head of the institute? Not that I'd complain. lol

    Great review! I'm going to go look this one up and add it to my growing-way-too-fast-for-only-January-2013 TBR pile. :)

    1. It has such a different feel to her Paranormalcy series which I found was lighter and fluffier. Now that you mention it, it is strange the positions the love interests hold but I didn't quite notice it when I was reading it ;)

      My TBR is out of control!

  6. I keep forgetting that this is the same book as Sister Assassin! I haven't read too many positive reviews of it, but the fact that it involves sisters really intrigues me and the idea is unique, too.

    I think the US cover is prettier but the UK version is different, both are good!

    1. I didn't realise they were the same book initially, the covers are so different but I definitely prefer the US cover.

      I loved that it was about sisters, their relationship was sweet but they couldn't have been more different.

  7. I really enjoyed Fia's character too. Glad you enjoyed.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

    1. Thanks Brandi, I loved her kick-butt, feisty personality :)

  8. I've seen a lot of mixed reviews for this one, but I'm really glad you liked it. It sounds much darker than White's previous series, which is a nice change, so I'm curious to see how I'll like this. Great review!(:

    1. I hope you enjoy it Keertana :) it is so different to her Paranormalcy series, a lot darker which I liked.

  9. Ok, I haven't read her other series..but I love that you find this Darker...which is so my cup of coffee! Awesome review, this one is going on my list!

    1. I think I'm going to enjoy this series alot more for the same reason.

      I hope you get to read it, I'd love to know what you think :-)


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