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Mind Games

by Kiersten White

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | November 25, 2013 | Trade Paperback

Mind Games is rated 2.5 out of 5 by 4.

Annie and Fia are as close as two sisters can be.

Most importantly, they keep each other''s secrets, even the dangerous ones: Annie is blind, but can see visions of the future; Fia was born with flawless intuition-her first impulse is always exactly right. When the sisters are offered a place at an elite boarding school, Fia realizes that something is wrong . . . but she doesn''t grasp just how wrong. At the Keane School, Fia is soon used for everything from picking stocks to planting bombs. If she tries to refuse, they threaten her with Annie''s life.

Now Fia''s falling in love with a boy who has dark secrets of his own. And with his help, she''s ready to fight back. They stole her past. They control her present. But she won''t let them take her future.

Includes a brand-new prequel short story about Annie and Fia!

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 pages, 8.13 × 5.38 × 0.7 in

Published: November 25, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062135325

ISBN - 13: 9780062135322

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Lack of story! Fia and Annie are two sisters with powers. Fia having perfect instincts, she is the ultimate weapon, while Annie sees the future. Together they try to escape their employer who use them for corporate espionage. Fia has this way of speaking that drove me crazy. She constantly repeats words over and over again: “Sleep, sleep. I'll sleep now.” (124) and I can understand that being made into an assassin makes a teenager crazy but honestly it got so annoying, I glazed over the words and didn't read them when I noticed the repetition. The abilities the sisters inhibit are definitely intriguing. Especially how Fia with her perfect ability to always make the right decision. I found it fascinating but there were no details as to how it happens or even how she gets her powers. On that note, there wasn't a lot of world building either. Questions about the school were answered in one chapter but it also just resulted in more questions. There comes a time when a plot is needed and in this case, it was in dire need. I wanted a purpose and a goal but I couldn't even figure it out on my own. In the end, it ended up being a story about their struggles to save each other and what each of the sisters went through. Great character development but it lacked an overall imaginative story. I'm sorely disappointed in this one.
Date published: 2013-11-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Intriguing premise The Good Stuff Fascinating and unique premise Enjoyed the bond between the sisters, both of them wanting to protect the other was a nice change of pace for someone who spends her day trying to keep her kids from killing each other White's delightfully snarky sense of humour (wish there was so much more) Liked the ending (may check out the sequel) James is an intriguing character - want to know more about him The Not So Good Stuff I wanted so much to love this, as the premise was intriguing and I love Kiersten, but just couldn't get into this one Repetitive - this might have worked better as a short story This could be a fantastic book with more time and energy - think it was churned out too fast Didn't feel connected to any of the characters Jumpy and vague Almost gave up on this one on many occasions Favorite Quotes/Passages "I'd really like to look at your brain," Adam says. I snort. "That has got to be the weirdest thing anyone has ever said to me." “Their smiles are lies. Most smiles are.” “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around, does anyone give a crap?" I mutter.” 2.5 Dewey's I won this from HarperTeen on Twitter - Sorry guys I really, really, really wanted to love it. Don't worry Kiersten, I will still scoop up your next book, this one just wasn't my cup of tea.
Date published: 2013-08-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not my favourite -- gorgeous cover, though! Thank you to Harper Collins Canada for providing me a copy of this book for review! I was very excited about reading this book when I first saw its gorgeous cover. I mean, that cover is STUNNING! And the synopsis really grabbed my attention, too. Sister assassins? Super powers? Sign me up! Unfortunately, when I finished reading, I felt like the cover was the only thing I had really positive comments on because this book really wasn’t for me. It started off with a bang and I was immediately intrigued, but then it dragged and dragged in a muddled mess of confusion, only to end with another bang — the only redeeming factor to the story. I think Jenni, over at Alluring Reads put it perfectly when she said, “… it was like a sandwich with this really amazing bread filled with something you would never ever want to eat.” One of the big issues for me was the usage of flashbacks and, really, the time in general. The story takes place over the course of a few days, but the flashbacks take up a HUGE portion of the book. And they really didn’t add a lot to the story, which made them unnecessary to me. The flashbacks were quite confusing, too, because they were ALL OVER THE PLACE in terms of time — one flashback would be 5 years ago, another 2 years, another 6 months. I felt like I always had to go back to the beginning of the chapter to see what time this part of the story was taking place. I really wanted to like the sisters, but from the first few pages I really disliked Fia. I felt she had no personality whatsoever. I did kind of like Annie, but she does spend a good portion of the book moaning over her sister and not really doing anything. I also really didn’t understand their love for one another because while I was told that they really love one another, I wasn’t really shown anything to back it up. I also really didn’t understand the love in this book. Mostly, the focus is on Fia’s love life (if you can call it that) and I found myself so completely confused by it all. Basically, in the first few pages she’s attracted to Adam because he saved a dog. That’s pretty much her whole basis for liking him. I felt like she had really strange attachment issues and a lot of what she did just didn’t make any sense. I think a lot of the problem, for me, rested in the fact that this book really lacked substance. We were only given the bare bones for what could have been something very, very good. I think I wanted more mystery to the characters, less stream-of-consciousness writing, and a little more action to really hold my attention throughout the story. I actually skimmed most of this book — something I don’t do too often. The funny thing was that I felt like I really wasn’t mising anything that I skimmed over AND it was pretty quick, since this book is under 240 pages. When I finished, despite the BIG thing that happened, I didn’t have any desire to continue on with the series. I have heard really good things about White’s Paranormalcy series, so I might give that a go one day but, unfortunately, I can’t recommend this one.
Date published: 2013-03-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too short to be great I really want to give this two and a half stars, two feels mean but three feels generous. When you see this book the first thing you should notice is that it seems really thin, that's because its only 240 pages, which isn't too short...until you start reading anyways. The story is told from the perception of both sisters during randomly interchanging chapters, which works quite well. If you picked this book up because of the concept of a girl being forced to be an assassin for a company that collects mind readers and people with like wise abilities, you will not be disappointed. Oddly the part of this story that fell short was the actual story telling. 60% of the chapters are flashbacks. The background is needed, but the majority of the story is background made for a very short plot, sum it up in three sentences short. There has to have been a better way to give the audience all the background information needed, and some could have been left out. If so much time wasn't dedicated to flashbacks the plot could have been longer and less rushed (it takes place over 2 days, its that short). I loved the world, the characters, and the premise, but when you get down to it, it was a 50 page short story.
Date published: 2013-03-13

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Mind Games

by Kiersten White

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 pages, 8.13 × 5.38 × 0.7 in

Published: November 25, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062135325

ISBN - 13: 9780062135322

From the Publisher

Annie and Fia are as close as two sisters can be.

Most importantly, they keep each other''s secrets, even the dangerous ones: Annie is blind, but can see visions of the future; Fia was born with flawless intuition-her first impulse is always exactly right. When the sisters are offered a place at an elite boarding school, Fia realizes that something is wrong . . . but she doesn''t grasp just how wrong. At the Keane School, Fia is soon used for everything from picking stocks to planting bombs. If she tries to refuse, they threaten her with Annie''s life.

Now Fia''s falling in love with a boy who has dark secrets of his own. And with his help, she''s ready to fight back. They stole her past. They control her present. But she won''t let them take her future.

Includes a brand-new prequel short story about Annie and Fia!

Editorial Reviews

"Mind Games is a thriller of the best sort, one with many characters vying to have things their way, who will go as far as they need to get what they want-and a protagonist who will go even further. A brutal, exciting gem of a book." (Holly Black, New York Times bestselling author)
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