Monday, January 21, 2013

Review: Mind Games by Kiersten White

  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • Publication date: 2/19/2013
  • Pages: 256
  • Source: eARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss
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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 Thoughts

This was a book I was really excited for, which may have been why it wasn't as great as I was expecting. It's not that I didn't like it because I did, to a point, but I think I hyped it up in my mind so much that it could never live up to my expectations. I try not to do that, but we all know it happens sometimes. It goes back and forth between Fia and Annie and as much as I tried, I just couldn't really connect with either of them. Sometimes multi POV's work for me and sometimes they don't. In this case they didn't. I think a lot of the problem was not that it was in dual POV's, but each of their perspectives were also in past and present so it was a lot of back and forth. I found my head spinning at all the jumping around. I liked that we got to know how things happened, but I just couldn't fully get into the story.

Fia happens to have perfect instincts. She always seems to know what she is supposed to do before she does it. She knows if there is danger lurking, if she will need to wear a certain type of clothing, which direction she has to go to find someone... you get it. Anyways, she is a pretty tough chick and she feels responsible to her blind older sister. She feels like she needs to take care of her and keep her safe. When Fia happens to not pull off one of her set tasks things spiral way out of control. It's a good thing that besides having perfect instincts, Fia is smart too. Unfortunately, she was just a character on the pages of a book for me. No connection whatsoever.

To me, the premise of the story sounded great, but it wasn't executed well at all. The characters weren't well developed, then with all the back and forth the story felt like it was all over the place. When I read a book, I want to care what will happen to the characters, I want to be turning pages dying to know what will happen next. With this book I was kind puttering along hoping that something would really start to wow me. There were some good action scenes, and what I think would have been suspense had I cared about the characters, but it was not a psychological thriller like I was expecting. I will say that the ending was spectacular. If only the rest of the book had been as well done as that it would have been an enjoyable read.


22 comments:

  1. I'm sorry this one didn't work out for you. I'm a big character reader, so if I can't get pulled in by the characters, it better be a great plot.

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    1. Yeah, I can deal with not so great characters if the plot is amazing, but this was just an okay plot and the characters did nothing for me.

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  2. Oh no, the bad reviews for this one just keep rolling in. I'm a big fan of dual POV so I hope it works for me. And also my expectations are now about as low as they can get, so maybe that will benefit me when I go to read it as well!

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    1. I really like dual POV's too, but this was so all over the place that I was not able to really connect with the characters or story at all. I was so sad about it too. I really wanted to love this one.

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  3. This isn't a book I had planned to read anyway, but after reading reviews I'm happy about that. I like dual pov, but I hsve to connect w/rhe characters in some way. And it's not that I have to identify w/them, but I need to know where they're coming from. And if you're going to go w/a cool concept for a plot, it needs to be exciting, not dull.
    Sorry this didn't work out for you, Amy. Great review!

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    1. At least the book has a spectacular cover. Lol!! I would buy it for that alone, it's just too bad that I didn't like it much. :(

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  4. Ugh, yes to all of this. I agree how all of the characters just felt like something from a page; I didn't care about either of them in the least possible way, and that made it difficult to be engaged in the story and the character's struggles when I really just didn't care if they lived or died. And I definitely agree that the ending was spectacular - it's the reason I gave it two stars instead of 1.5. I don't exactly know WHY the ending happened, as it seemed out of place with the rest of the novel and didn't make much sense, but it surprised me and it was ballsy and I liked it! Great review, Amy!

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    1. Yes, the ending was like "Whoa, what just happened?!!" but in a good way because the rest of the book felt so torturous to read that at least some awesome came out of it.

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  5. YUP! Totally loved this book too. I thought it was good how the author did the whole past/present thing.

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    1. Also, too bad you didn't like it as much! I guess it is hard to understand, but I fell right into it.

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    2. I have seen many mixed reviews on it. I understand why people who loved it did, I just didn't lol!! That's why we all have different tastes. What works for one person might not work for someone else.

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  6. I wasn't expecting much in this one. I'm not sure why, but I hadn't really given it much thought. I picked it up with zero expectations.
    The back in forth in time definitely was the part I didn't love in this one. It sometimes was confusing but it always threw me out of the story.
    I can't say I really 'connected' with the characters, but for some reason that worked with this one, like keeping them at arms length was better. And I still liked them.
    And yes, that ending was great!
    Sorry this one was disappointing for you!

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  7. Oh nooooes! I was really looking forward to this one. I love dual POVs but the author has to work it in right, and mixed with past and present sounds messy to me. Bleh, Maybe i'll just skip it. I think I've seen pretty low ratings on this one in my Goodreads feeds, too.

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  8. What a bummer..I was kinda thinking about this one too.

    Valerie

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  9. I am nervous to read this -- I have a low tolerance for being confused! But I'm going to give it a chance!!

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  10. Eek I actually really loved this one! But I can totally see your point about the jumping around I personally thought it gave Annie and Fia some kind of background, but then again, I have a weird mind ;P. Also, I'm sorry you didn't have any connection to the characters. But great review as always!

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  11. Aw, that's sad that you didn't really care for this, esp w/all the hype. I hate it when that happens. I'm supposed to read this one real soon, here's hoping I like it, lol. At least I have the ending to look forward to, haha. Great review!

    Vivian
    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

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  12. oh man,, this sucks! I was so excited for this book as well, but I cant help not feeling disappointed! It really sucks that you didnt get to connect with the characters either... Thanks for your great honest review!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

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  13. Great review Amy. I often have challenges with multiple POVs because it makes me connect less with the characters. But if the story is amazing, I don't need that connection. But from what you've said it sounds disjointed. Though Fia sounds like an interesting character. And if the ending is that amazing, I think I'll give it a try. But I definitely need to make some kind of a connection. I hope that happens.

    Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. It's super helpful.

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  14. It's really quite disappointing when a book turns out to be far less than you expected, but I'm glad there was something there you enjoyed. I was really excited for this but have been fairly underwhelmed by the reviews recently. Underdeveloped plots/characters are also one of my biggest pet peeves, so maybe I'll take this further down my reading list. Anyway, great review!

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  15. I'm sorry this one fell flat for you hun! I,m the same as you with regards to multiple POVs - sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. For me, it all has to be VERY well executed. And it does suck when you can't help but get over-excited about a book and then it doesn't live up to the expectations you had. Great and honest review nonetheless!!

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  16. I hate when you have such high expectations and you get utterly let down. It especially sucks when you already love the author. I'm glad I got a glimpse of your review early. If you couldn't connect with the characters I know I wouldn't be able to either.

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