Dark Days Review: Mind Games by Kiersten White
Today’s the day! MIND GAMES by Kiersten White hits stores TODAY!!! Let me just tell you that this is sure to be a hit. I love Kiersten’s Paranormalcy trilogy, but MIND GAMES shocked me by blowing those books out of the water. THAT’S HOW GOOD IT IS. If you would like a more detailed review, read below, then go get yourself a copy of MIND GAMES and enter to win a signed copy right here on my blog.
Mind Games by Kiersten White
February 19, 2013
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.
MIND GAMES is one of the most exciting books that I’ve had the pleasure of reading this year. It’s an action-packed emotional read that left me dying for more in this world. While the book is a bit short, that does not mean it’s lacking in plot or character development. No, that just means that readers will have to appreciate all the time they can get with characters they will grow to love and hate, as well as be left craving more answers to one twisted ride that White has Fia and Annie on.
Fia has become one of my new favorite heroines. She’s vulnerable but also tough-as-nails and sassy as all-get-out. There are so many different layers to Fia’s personality, and I feel like we’ve just barely gleaned Fia’s full potential. This girl has a major attitude, and I kind of loved it. My heart went out to her for the experiences that the school/Keane put her through, but her desire to protect her sister at all costs combined with her raging anger leaves no room for the reader to pity her. I’m not sure Fia would be okay with that, anyway. I am excited to see what the future holds for Fia, and I hope she will get the redemption she needs to become whole again. She deserves a happy ending, no matter what she herself may think.
While I wasn’t a huge fan of Annie in the beginning, she did grow on me. Her role in everything is essential to Fia’s development. Annie doesn’t have any of the anger that her sister has, yet her sorrow and guilt overwhelms her just as much. She is the older sister, yet her blindness and vulnerability make it so that Fia has to play older sister and sacrifice everything for her. Annie and Fia’s strong sisterly bond is evident in all that they do for each other. It’s touching and heart-breaking at the same time. In a way, they are what will lead to the other’s destruction.
It seems as though everyone in the book is broken in some way. There is no room for laughing or joking around. MIND GAMES will break your heart into pieces, and somehow readers will learn to put them back together again after they finish reading. MIND GAMES is depressing yet so phenomenally well-done. It takes a special book to make you love such an almost irredeemable character like Fia. She’s dark, gritty, and hardened, much like the book itself is. Throughout the entire novel though, I felt like there was an underlying layer of hope. All is not lost, no matter how dark it may seem.
You’re basically going to be shocked at how dark this book is if you are a fan of Kiersten White’s, but also love her to pieces for MIND GAMES. If you haven’t read anything of Kiersten’s, MIND GAMES is as good a book as any to start with! I am giddy at all the possibilities there are for her to take the series after book one. More, please.
Thanks to HarperTeen, I have a special giveaway for you! You can enter to win a SIGNED copy of Mind Games by Kiersten White. To enter, you must be 13 years or older and live in the U.S. Just fill out the rafflecopter form below.
Dark Days Schedule:
Feb 8 Fragments @ Emily’s Reading Room
Feb 12 Requiem @ YA Sisterhood
Feb 14 Spellcaster @ Two Chicks on Books
Feb 19 Mind Games @ IB Book Blogging
Feb 21 Mila 2.0 @ Addicted 2 Novels
Feb 26 Fragments @ Emily’s Reading Room
Feb 28 Requiem @ YA Sisterhood
Mar 5 Spellcaster @ Two Chicks on Books
Mar 6 Mila 2.0 @ Addicted 2 Novels
Mar 7 Mind Games @ IB Book Blogging
Author Twitter Chat:
Feb 26 #PitchDarkDays 8:30PM EST
Mar 6 Provo Library, Provo, UT 7PM
Mar 7 University Books, Seattle, WA 6:30PM
Mar 8 Barnes & Noble, Clackamas, OR 6:30PM
Mar 9 Tualatin Library, Tualatin, OR 10AM