Review: Mind Games by Kiersten White

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.


My first Kiersten White book! How exciting! I picked this book up as a trial book and well, just didn’t put it down until I was done. And really that was just in a few hours – it’s a SUPER quick read!

What got me was the immediate and overwhelming voice. Fia’s specifically. It’s not the kind of voice I’d usually take to. She’s chaotic, frenzied, angry as hell and rarely thinks before she does. Usually reading that kind of thing makes me feel super, super ADD and leaves me anxious. However, in this case her type of voice plays perfectly into who she is and who she’s trained to be — an assassin, so it’s not just a gimmicky thing. And while she’s a bit rough around the edges, I really ended up liking Fia. Even with her whole hardcord, round-the-clock anger thing.

Annie, however, grated on me. Fia is amazing headstrong, sure (more or less) and kind of fearless, while Annie is polar opposite. She’s weak, gullible and kind of whiny. These sisters have an unbreakable bond and yet, their biggest weakness is each other. That would really be this whole book in a nutshell.

Now, let’s talk about James. Ooh, I do love a sexy bad boy. No, not like leather-wearing, motorcycle-riding bad, but like, ‘on the wrong side of good vs evil’ kind of bad. (Yes, I’m one of those Warner fans from the Shatter Me series too.) And I gotta say James is one of those very schexy and intriguing bad guys. I kind of can’t wait to see where he goes in the next book.

It’s hard to talk about the story/plot because there are so many twists, turns and flat out unexpected things. My favorite: when you learn about all of the people Fia has killed. The last one. That was a jaw-drop awesome moment if I ever saw one. Yeah, it’s kind of horrifying, but oh well.

If you’re like me and never read a Kiersten White book, then I recommend this as your first! Fast, intense and topped of with a wickedly awesome heroine!

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Jennifer Dee

Jennifer spends most of her time with books. Whether it's reading, writing, selling, fangirling or crafting for them. When her duties YA/ MG editor of Novel Thoughts are momentarily fulfilled, she works as a Children's bookseller and is the Middle Grade editor for Riffle. She also enjoys coffee, bagels, knitting and Percy Jackson.
  • Nancy @ Tumbling Books

    Ohhh I’m excited now! I have this on my queue of books to read this month, so I’m definitely going to get to it. What sounds the most intriguing to me is that you said she’s an angry character. I think that’s pretty awesome, since the main character’s usually nice and quiet. :) Great review! You totally convinced me to read this.

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