Mind Games (Mind Games Series #1)

Mind Games (Mind Games Series #1)

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by Kiersten White

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Perfect for fans of Sara Shepard's The Lying Game series, Kiersten White's Mind Games, a novel about two sisters trapped in a web of deceit, was called "lightning fast and fabulously fun" by bestselling author Laini Taylor.

Fia and Annie are as close as two sisters can be. They look out for each other. Protect each other. And most importantly, they


Perfect for fans of Sara Shepard's The Lying Game series, Kiersten White's Mind Games, a novel about two sisters trapped in a web of deceit, was called "lightning fast and fabulously fun" by bestselling author Laini Taylor.

Fia and Annie are as close as two sisters can be. They look out for each other. Protect each other. And most importantly, they keep each other's secrets, even the most dangerous ones: Annie is blind, but can see visions of the future; Fia was born with flawless intuition—her first impulse is always exactly right. When the sisters are offered a place at an elite boarding school, Fia realizes that something is wrong . . . but she doesn't grasp just how wrong. The Keane Institute is no ordinary school, and Fia is soon used for everything from picking stocks to planting bombs. If she tries to refuse, they threaten her with Annie's life. Now Fia's falling in love with a boy who has dark secrets of his own. And with his help, she's ready to fight back. They stole her past. They control her present. But she won't let them take her future.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Fia, 17, has unerringly good instincts, but sometimes they are not good enough. They didn't prevent her parents from dying in a car crash when she was a child. They didn't keep her and her sister, Annie, out of a school administered by the sinister Keane Foundation, which has more than educational interests at its core. And they have not gotten the girls out of the hands of the organization that is now exploiting Annie's psychic abilities and training Fia to be the perfect assassin. When Fia is sent to kill a young man named Adam, her senses tell her that his death is the wrong outcome, but if she defies her employers, the consequences could be dire. Adam is linked to a group that could be major opposition for the foundation. Fia wants nothing more than to see Keane ruined-as long as the consequences of its downfall do not include Annie's death, or her own. This gripping, intense story is told from alternating perspectives, flashing back to key moments in the siblings' pasts. The plot moves quickly from the start, throwing readers right into the story. While some background is provided later in the book, full explanations of the nature of the Keane Foundation remain elusive. This book is sure to be popular with teens who enjoy fast-paced thrillers with paranormal elements.—Misti Tidman, Licking County Library, Newark, OH
Publishers Weekly
Two narrators, a kaleidoscope of time snippets, the distortions of lies, memories, and precognition—White’s paranormal thriller is a tour de force of perspective and unreliability. Fia, 17, and her blind older sister, Annie, barely remember a time when they were not pawns of Keane, a shadowy man running an equally shadowy organization/boarding school (of sorts) for empaths, psychics, mind readers, and the like. The sisters’ talents will be nurtured and Annie kept alive, so long as Fia does as she is told, using her preternaturally perfect instincts. An assignment to kill Adam, a teenage research prodigy, throws Fia’s already tumultuous existence into further flux, testing her loyalty to her sister and those around her. The combination of supernatural abilities, clandestine organizations, sharply witty dialogue, and a supremely skilled heroine will be familiar to readers of White’s Paranormalcy books, but this story is very much its own, due in large part to Fia’s unpredictability, both as character and protégé (to the endless frustration of the higher-ups at Keane). A sequel is likely and would be welcome. Ages 12–up. Agent: Michelle Wolfson, Wolfson Literary Agency. (Feb.)
“A visceral thriller. White effectively captures Fia’s unpredictable, moment-to-moment existence, while Annie’s narrative is grounded but emotionally complex. White’s world building is as intriguing as her characters, making this a must-read series opener.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Brilliant in both character development and narrative structure, this is a psychological thriller that will challenge readers even as it speeds them through the pages."
Holly Black
“Mind Games is a thriller of the best sort, one with many characters vying to have things their way, who will go as far as they need to get what they want—and a protagonist who will go even further. A brutal, exciting gem of a book.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)
“Brilliant in both character development and narrative structure, this is a psychological thriller that will challenge readers even as it speeds them through the pages.”
Laini Taylor
“You might think you know Kiersten White, but here is a darker, more dangerous Kiersten White. A sharp, heart-wrenching, lightning-fast, and fabulously fun read in which twining narratives weave a trap around two extraordinary sisters. Fia may be the angriest narrator I’ve ever loved. I bet you will too.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
“Brilliant in both character development and narrative structure, this is a psychological thriller that will challenge readers even as it speeds them through the pages.”
VOYA - Mark Flowers
The first book in White's new trilogy opens with Fia making an impossible decision: kill a man she has never met, who seems to be perfectly innocent, or allow her sister Annie to be killed by the organization which controls the sisters. Annie, who is blind, is (paradoxically) a "seer," who has visions of the future. After their parents' deaths, the sisters were recruited by what seemed to be a school, but is in fact a criminal agency which grooms young psychics like Annie. Soon, it becomes apparent that Fia has an even more valuable power than Annie: she has near perfect intuition—always able to choose the right direction or the right move to succeed—and the shadowy Mr. Keane believes he can make her into a perfect assassin, if he can leverage her relationship with Annie properly. At the same time, Fia is falling in love with James, who just happens to be Mr. Keane's son, which complicates her need for escape. From the high-impact opening, White hurdles her story forward, rotating through two narrators—Fia and Annie—and two time periods, giving the reader four narrative threads in a very brief novel. Though the genre cliches lay thick on the ground, the closest comparison is Holly Black's Curse Workers novels: like Black, White is able to maneuver through the cliches by means of a fast-paced, gripping plot, and genuinely interesting characters. White's many fans will not be disappointed, and she is sure to gain many more. Reviewer: Mark Flowers
Kirkus Reviews
In this series opener from the author of the Paranormalcy trilogy, two strong-willed sisters struggle to free themselves from a sinister organization that grooms girls with paranormal abilities to serve twisted, illegal ends. Two years after their parents' deaths, the Keane School foundation offered to house and educate Annie and Fia. Sighted Fia--knowing their reluctant caregiver was attracted by the free ride and that Annie, blind, longed for educational opportunities--acquiesced, setting aside her suspicions about the foundation's hidden agenda. For five years the coldly manipulative staff has controlled the girls by holding each hostage against the other. Though Annie's clairvoyant visions interest them, Fia's gift for making successful choices is more valuable. Scarred and toughened by brutal conditioning, the girls fight back; their unwavering mutual devotion brightens the dark tale. Annie's a rounded, co-equal protagonist, not merely an extension of her disability. (Yes, she's magically gifted, but so are the disability-free female characters, and like them, she has flaws.) While she uses the prejudice blindness evokes in sighted people to gain unique access to Keane's powerbrokers, Fia, more damaged, is forced to serve its ends by the founder's handsome son, James, charismatic and equally damaged. The flashback-heavy narration, initially confusing, proves effective, constructing a temporal mosaic that holds readers' interest and builds suspense as events come into focus. An effective paranormal thriller, even in this crowded market. (Paranormal thriller. 12 & up)

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Laini Taylor
“You might think you know Kiersten White, but here is a darker, more dangerous Kiersten White. A sharp, heart-wrenching, lightning-fast, and fabulously fun read in which twining narratives weave a trap around two extraordinary sisters. Fia may be the angriest narrator I’ve ever loved. I bet you will too.”

Meet the Author

Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy, The Chaos of Stars, and the psychological thrillers Mind Games and Perfect Lies. She has neither magic nor a pet bird, but wants both. Kiersten lives with her family in San Diego, California.

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Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was simply amazing. I loved how different Fia and Annie were, like opposites of each other in the best ways. The ending was confusing to me though, like i understood why Fia made the decision that she did but i wish the book was longer and had just more depth or something because i couldn't yelp but feel very ripped of by paying $12 for a book that was only 165 pages. But i definatly dont regret buting it.
Eileen0606 More than 1 year ago
Kiersten White has written great books and MIND GAMES is flawless!! 2 sisters with serious problems have unique abilities to deal!! You CAN'T read this book and chew gu. You have to pay attention because the pace is fast and furious!! One of my Top 5 books!!
OtotheD More than 1 year ago
Fia and Annie are sisters, both blessed (or cursed ?) with extraordinary abilities. Fia has strong instincts — able to feel out a situation and tell if it’s good or bad, right or wrong. Her intuition is so strong, she doesn’t even have to think about it before she knows. Annie is blind, but has the ability to see the future. These small snippets in time are both exciting and terrifying for her. Both of the sisters find themselves shipped off to a school for kids with special abilities. They think they can leave, but they’re wrong. The school uses their students to aid in corporate espionage, and Fia is their strongest weapon, but Fia wants nothing more than to get away. They’ve been using her for more dangerous tasks lately, and she’s mentally unbalanced because of it. She has to get away, but they’re holding Annie captive, threatening to harm, or even kill her, if Fia doesn’t cooperate. But Fia has a plan. She’s going to bring them all down if it’s the last thing she does. I really enjoyed the story that Ms. White constructed, and the world was intriguing. The settings were familiar, but the addition of the paranormal abilities added a new layer which made it feel fresh. The characters are all very well drawn, and while Annie is the more sympathetic of the two sisters, I found myself captivated by Fia. She was a mess with a capital “M”. The poor girl has endured so much at the hands of the people running the school. She’s completely frayed and straddles a fine line between keeping it together and totally losing it. The supporting characters are all just as strong and each of them held a very specific piece of the overall puzzle in their hands. I loved how they all came together, and I also loved that you never really knew which of them you could trust. The book alternates between Fia and Annie’s POV, and jumps between the past and the present so we get an overall view of the sisters and their story. The book is structured so that we only have as much information as we need to move forward. While it did get a bit confusing at times, it eventually all came together. The ending blew my mind. In fact, I had to read the last couple of chapters again just to make sure I hadn’t missed something. What I really liked about the book was the voice. Fia, as I mentioned earlier, is a mess. The poor girl has been forced to do some very questionable things (assassinations, etc) and her nerves are frayed. She is a bit OCD and the author captures her frantic state in a stream-of-conscious style of writing. In perfect contrast is Annie’s voice. She is calm and collected and her scenes told in a more structured way. I love a good secret-society/spy, good guy/bad guy story and this one had it in spades. It kept me guessing the entire time. It’s very fast paced, and the writing perfectly fits the state of the characters and the situations they find themselves in. I highly recommend this to fans of thrillers and the TV show, Alias. It’s a perfect blend of two things I love. As soon as I finished reading it, I pre-ordered a copy.
Kimmiepoppins More than 1 year ago
Mind Games is Going To Mess With Your Mind!!!! I've erased this review like ten times because I'm having trouble. When I say that MIND GAMES is not the Paranormalcy Trilogy, I find myself stuck in an endless loop because I loved the Paranormalcy Trilogy, so I don't want you to think for a minute that this is better, because it isn't better--but yet--its better. *sheesh* The most accurate thing I can say is that Kiersten White has only begun to play mind games with her readers. It is evident by this unique, exciting and riveting book that White has just proven she's not a one trick pony. She's tiny like a pony--but she has lots of tricks and I love them. I love them so much, I want the sequel to this book NOW! So much so, I'm going to start harassing my agent to automatically put me on the top of the ARC list for MIND GAMES #2. Make a list. Check it twice. I'd better be on it!
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MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Mind Games is a fast, action-packed read. It is also, sadly, very disjointed having not only two narrators but also numerous flashbacks. The potential premise is promising and sure to appeal to fans of White's Paranormalcy serious. Unfortunately the execution is shaky as the story dives right into the action without enough explanation. I was also uncomfortable with Fia's sister being portrayed as vulnerable and weak and blind. I don't think it was White's intention but it feels like the only reason she is in a position to be threatened is because she is blind regardless of Fia being the more active/tough sister. It's a personal issue but it made my reading of the book problematic. Fans of White's other series, Jennifer Lynn Barnes or Marie Lu will find a lot to enjoy here.
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There are so many plot spoilers there is no need for me to say anything about this book. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I honestly don't know what to write. It felt like a plotless random series of events that didn't connect to each other. And the characters were kind of flat; I had a hard time relating to them. Even so, I would recommend this book just don't expect too much.
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I just finished this book and it was sooo good!! This book is  mystery and romance type of book, which i love. Also, there is a second book to it and i am looking forward to reading it and i think this is the best book ever so far. I really enjoyed reading this book and if you read the Pretty Little Liars, you will definitely like this book because  i read those books too and they were good. I think Kierstien White did a really good job writing this book because  i could not put down this book and i truly recommend this book!!
gruberk More than 1 year ago
A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i loved tis book so much and i also loved the pretty little liars books
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This book was a little dissapointing. The idea of two psychic sisters is cool, but the writing is slightly choppy and not high quality. Its a good book, but don't expect too much.
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I have to say i.loved this.book i can't wait for a sequel!
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sandyemerson More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is overall pretty well written although i strongly disliked all of the flashbacks that seemed to be nothing but wasted pages to try 2 make the book longer. I wad really into this book till the end when i had to come back to the book page to see if it was a series. I really think thr author could have continued the story i would love if they made a second book without all of the flashbacks and diffrent point of views that followed the first book. Id say this is a good quick read if u need a fun book. It is confusing at times with all of the switching around.
crayolakym More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Janessa, Age 15 This is one of those “what if” type of books. What if defying authority hurt the ones you love? What if there was a sliver of hope that you could save them even though they might get hurt in the process? Would you do it? Could you do it? “You can’t feel her like I can. She’s dangerous, Annie, and it scares me every time she’s alone with you. She’s—” Sisters Fia and Annie are special. Fia is a strong, defiant girl, who has a natural instinct for sensing the outcomes of decisions. She is also very protective of her blind sister, who sometimes has visions. This story weaves in and out of the past and present of both Fia and Annie. It shows that Fia cares deeply about Annie, and that is her weakness. If you want to hurt Fia, hurt Annie. Annie is even guilty herself of using Fia. Despite being blind, she seems to use it to her advantage, making herself more helpless and putting added pressure on Fia.  While this story is a little difficult to keep up with as it goes back and forth between the stories and times, the author does an excellent job of creating a gripping thriller that keeps you on the edge, needing to know what is coming next. *This book was provided in exchange for an honest review*   *You can view the original review at Musing with Crayolakym and San Francisco & Sacramento City Book Review