Book Review: Mind Games by Kiersten White

Mind Games
Mind Games #1
Author: Kiersten White
Reading Level: YA
Genre: Psychological Thriller/Science Fiction
Release Date: February 19th 2013
Review Source: Harper Teen
Available: Amazon

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.

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.

The cover of Mind Games is gorgeous! I love face on the cover, who I assume is Fia. The colors are so bright and really eye catching. Love it!

Fia (Sofia) and Annie are sisters that end up in this "special school" after both of their parents die in a car accident. Their aunt, who much rather not have custody of them, drops them off one day and never comes back. She would write the girls every now-and-then, but then no more letters came and the sisters never heard from her again. When the girls were first brought there, Annie had been super excited because she was promised that she would have the best doctors and medical treatment to help her get her eye sight back. Fia was never convinced that the school was too good to be true and she also had a horrible feeling about it. Fia and Annie will later find out that they should have gone with Fia's initial gut instincts. It turns out that the school is not a "real" school after all. It’s a facility where the house young girls with super powers – which reminded me of X-Men. Except, only girls have these abilities – such as seeing into the future, reading minds, etc. Fia and Annie had a very special sister bond and Fia would do anything for her big sister. Even when that "anything" is killing people.

I had high expectations for this book, but there are a few things that confused me throughout the book. Every chapter jumped between the past and present and between Annie and Fia, which made it really hard to follow along and the story just didn’t flow like it could have. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the concept and the story, but for some reason it just wasn’t enough to really make me love it. I did enjoy Fia's character. You know I love when female character's kick butt and she is one tough cookie, so that was a plus for me. Annie's character was a little weak. I understand the author wanted to portray her as the poor blind older sister whose parents died and had only her younger sister to look after her. But seriously, snap out of it! I felt really bad for Fia because they were in this mess because of Annie. The ending was the highlight of the book. It was full of suspense and it really caught me off guard. Nailed it! I would read the next book to see what will happen next because I am curious as to how this is all going to play out.


  1. I wondered if I should pick this up. Sounds like I may wait for it at the library, I do love a good ending.

  2. I really enjoyed reading this although I'm left with many questions-excited for the next book!


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