Mind Games (Mind Games #1) – Kiersten White

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12578294She never chose her deadly gift but now she’s forced to use it. How far would you go to protect the only family you have left?

Annie is beset by fleeting strange visions and a guilty conscience. Blind and orphaned, she struggles to care for her feisty younger sister Fia, but things look up when both sisters are offered a place at Kessler School for Exceptional Girls.

Born with flawless intuition, Fia immediately knows that something’s wrong, but bites her tongue… until it’s too late. For Fia is the perfect weapon to carry out criminal plans and there are those at Kessler who will do anything to ensure her co-operation.

With Annie trapped in Kessler’s sinister clutches, instincts keep Fia from killing an innocent guy and everything unravels. Is manipulative James the key to the sisters’ freedom or an even darker prison? And how can Fia atone for the blood on her hands?

 

You guys voted for me to read Mind Games by Kiersten White next on last Sunday’s poll and here is my review! I was instantly drawn into Mind Games ( or some of you may know it as Sister Assassin.) I flew threw about 40% of it within a couple of hours, and I was eager to finish the rest of the book. Unfortunately, the last half of the book wasn’t very good. It got weird and …well..just weird..which I will explain more below. I ended up skimming parts of the last half of the book, because I just wan’t interested in the story anymore. Obviously I was a little upset that the book took such a negative turn, as I had fallen in love with it during the first half.

First I have to say that the cover of Mind Games really doesn’t relate with the story itself. It shows a girl, probably Fia, but I just don’t see what it has to do with the story itself. I know that this is a silly complaint and it has nothing to do with the book itself, but it’s bugging me so I have to share it with the rest of you!

Like I said before, Mind Games starts off really good. It starts off with a girl named Fia who is sent to go kill this guy for unknown reasons. But at the last second she decides that she can’t kill him after all. She notices him petting and saving a puppy, and her heart melts for him. As she’s trying to save him, they are ambushed by three people who say they are there to save the man. Fia, thinking that they have been sent to kill her as well, fights them and gets the guy out of the city and to a new life.

Once to the city,  Fia and the man part ways for the time being, and Fia goes back to her sister, which is when we learn more about Fia’s life. Fia’s older sister, Annie, is blind and a seer. Both girls were brought into a facility during their younger teenage years, and they have basically been forced apart. Fia has been constantly abused and threatened due to an unknown power of hers, and her sister, Annie, is constantly used as a threat against Fia. Basically, if Fia doesn’t do what they want and kill who they want, then they will kill Annie.

I started off really liking Fia’s character, but it soon became obvious that she was unstable and..well…was nuts. Obviously that was the point of the story. Fia had been abused and forced to kill people for many years. That would make anyone nuts. But I didn’t want to read about it. It was during the second half of the book that I got to a point where I just couldn’t read about her anymore.

Annie’s character was a huge struggle for me. I just couldn’t stand her. I got to the point where I was skimming her chapters, because I didn’t want to read about her. I found Annie to be whiney, rude, self-centered and just flatout annoying.

When I think about it, I really did not find a single character in the book that I did like. I found all of the characters to be very bland and boring, and it just wasn’t a book for me.

It’s really sad, because I started off absolutely adoring this book. Imagine my disappointment when I picked up the book the next day and realized I despised it. The book was bland, the characters had no development, and I was left wanting to pick up something different. To this date, I have not been able to finish a Kiersten White book, so I just cannot recommend Mind Games.

 

Pages: 256

Publication Date: February 19th, 2013

Publisher: Harper Teen

Source: ARC provided by the publisher

Rating: [rating: 2]

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