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22 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a re

(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins Publishers and Netgalley.)
17-year-old Fia, and 19-year-old Annie are sisters. Annie is blind, but she also has visions of the future, her first being one of thei...
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins Publishers and Netgalley.)
17-year-old Fia, and 19-year-old Annie are sisters. Annie is blind, but she also has visions of the future, her first being one of their parents being killed in a car accident.

Fia and Annie both attend a ‘school’ – The Kessler School for Exceptional Girls, but this is no ordinary school. This school is run to find girls with special talents, and to then exploit them.

There are several distinctive talents that the school has found – feelers, who can feel other people’s emotions, readers, who can read other people’s thoughts, and seers, who can see the future. Annie is a seer, but Fia is something that nobody has come across before. Fia has perfect instincts. No matter what the question or the situation, Fia knows what is right and wrong.

Because of this Fia is very valuable; for picking which shares to invest in, picking people’s pockets, knowing who can and cannot be trusted, and even killing people. But Fia doesn’t want this life, she just wants for her sister to be safe.
What more does the management want from Fia? Will they really harm Annie if Fia misbehaves? And how long can Fia keep going on like this?


I really enjoyed this book. Fia was so bad-ass, but so broken all at the same time, and at times I wondered what all the stress and constant not-planning, not-thinking (so the seers and readers could affect her) was really doing to her. She was so good at what she could do, but so conflicted by what she was forced to do, and this showed itself in so many ways. I have to say that Fia did worry m eas at times it seemed like she was heading for a real breakdown, and the added pressure of keeping Annie safe, was really pushing her to breaking point.

Annie was an interesting character, and the fact that she was blind only added to Fia and Annie’s troubles. I liked how Annie always tried her best, although I think she was hiding from herself just what Fia was going through, and how the ‘school’ were using her.

I liked the storyline in this book. It was very difficult to work out what was going to happen next, it was fast paced, and there was tension all the way through.
I was a little unsure of how this book was going to end, but it turned out to be okay. The ending was left open for the next book though.

I did enjoy Kiersten White’s ‘Paranormalcy’ series, and although this was a little darker, it was funny in places too, and I think really compliments the ‘Paranormalcy’ series well.
Overall; a great paranormal YA, highly recommended.
8.5 out of 10.

posted by Sarah_UK1 on February 19, 2013

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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

So I decided to give 'Mind Games' a chance because I wanted to s

So I decided to give 'Mind Games' a chance because I wanted to see if it was the author's writing style I didn't like or if it was me. I didn't like 'Paranormalcy' and gave up on the series. Turns out that I'm actually glad I gave this book a chance.

Writing

First of ...
So I decided to give 'Mind Games' a chance because I wanted to see if it was the author's writing style I didn't like or if it was me. I didn't like 'Paranormalcy' and gave up on the series. Turns out that I'm actually glad I gave this book a chance.

Writing

First of all, I liked how it was written. I enjoyed how I saw the perspectives of two characters through interchanging chapters. And that it passed back and forth between the past and present. It had a very 'Night Circus' vibe to it and I adored that book. I also think it's an amazing way to build up a back story without it being the usual way.

The writing was simple and enjoyable. I really enjoyed the pace as well. Even with the back and forth of time periods, I still found it easy to read, even if I had to concentrate more on what was happening. 

Characters

Fia was the stronger of the two sisters. She was very kickass, but had a vulnerability that appealed to me. All throughout the book, it was obvious she would do anything for her sister - even deny her chance to be happy. In that way, she was kind of a martyr. I found her likable. She did what she needed to do, but didn't like it at all. She was a little predictable because I knew from the first chapter that she was going to be more special than her sister, Annie.

Annie was the weaker character. I actually didn't like her much, even though, she was probably the more realistic character. She seemed selfish to me. Like her own self-interests were more important than her sister's welfare. But, towards the end of the book, my feelings for her started to get mixed, because she started to change.

There were other characters in the book, of course. Several of which I had very mixed feelings about by the time I had finished the novel. I'm glad the second book is coming out just so I can read more about them. 

Plot

Hmm, to be honest, I'm not completely sure what the plot of this book is. I mean I know some of it, especially since more information was given towards the end of the book - I found out more about the Keane Foundation and why one of the characters acted the way they did. And, I know that several characters have paranormal abilities. But I still found it wasn't enough for me to be able to RAWR about. It was actually quite disappointing.

There's something about 'Mind Games' that made me feel I was missing something - something that I know is there, but seems unreachable. I really hope the plot line develops a lot more in the next book.

I'm not sure whether there's going to be a love triangle in this series or not. It certainly felt like it. I hope not, because despite how romantic they are in books, in reality, they're a hot mess. 

Boring/Not Boring

Definitely not boring. There was enough action and turmoil in it to keep me entertained. It was interesting trying to decide whether I liked a character or not and where the plot was headed. I think the pace helped with that.

Setting

Haha I'll admit to liking novels where they have a boarding school 'vibe' to it. Even though that kind of setting has sort have been done to death, I still enjoyed it. I also enjoyed the different places they went to - it mixed the settings up a bit.

Overall

To sum it all up, even though I did have some issues with the book, it was not enough to stop my enjoyment of it. I did enjoy this book enough to carry on with the series.  

Book Review done by Sandy at Magical Manuscripts.

posted by sandyemerson on August 18, 2013

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    Posted October 26, 2013

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    K the book was really retardes

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    Posted June 24, 2013

    Blah blah blah

    I don't know what the book is about at all.

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