Perfect Lies (Mind Games Series #2) [NOOK Book]

Overview

Annie and Fia are ready to fight back.

The sisters have been manipulated and controlled by the Keane Foundation for years, trapped in a never ending battle for survival. Now they have found allies who can help them truly escape. After faking her own death, Annie has joined a group that is plotting to destroy the Foundation. And Fia is working with James Keane to bring his father down from the inside.

But Annie's visions of the future can't show...

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Perfect Lies (Mind Games Series #2)

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Overview

Annie and Fia are ready to fight back.

The sisters have been manipulated and controlled by the Keane Foundation for years, trapped in a never ending battle for survival. Now they have found allies who can help them truly escape. After faking her own death, Annie has joined a group that is plotting to destroy the Foundation. And Fia is working with James Keane to bring his father down from the inside.

But Annie's visions of the future can't show her who to trust in the present. And though James is Fia's first love, Fia knows he's hiding something. The sisters can rely only on each other—but that may not be enough to save them.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
“Suspenseful and smart.”
VOYA, February 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 6) - Elisabeth W. Rauch
In this sequel to Mind Games (HarperTeen, 2013/Voya June 2013), sisters Annie and Fia continue to struggle to protect each other against Keane and his team of henchman. Each girl uses her gifts to do what she can, despite the necessity of the group being apart. As the story unfolds, the sisters are rebuilding relationships after losing each other, but there is always an underlying danger. They do not know who they can trust after the years of being used for their talents by Keane and his “school.” As they try to form close friendships and even fall in love, they are constantly risking their own lives and sometimes each other’s. Fans of Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment (Little, Brown, 2005/Voya April 2005) will rejoice at this new read-alike that centers around a similar concept. In this series, teen girls, who have special abilities, are being exploited by adults who think nothing of putting the girls in grave danger or even going as far as to kill them… or have them kill each other. White also offers readers many strong female characters to idolize or with whom to identify, especially Annie, who, though blind, has the ability to see the future. Reviewer: Elisabeth W. Rauch; Ages 11 to 15.
Kirkus Reviews
2013-11-20
Fia's freed her sister, Annie, from the sinister Keane organization but at a high price: severing contact between them to maintain the fiction that Annie's dead (Mind Games, 2013). Competing demands and desires further rend Fia's tattered psyche: recruiting girls with paranormal abilities to be shaped by the Keane School while plotting its destruction and protecting the vulnerable--especially Annie, who's blind. Without her sister to rely on, Fia grows increasingly dependent on James, who's got issues of his own. Meanwhile, Annie can't enjoy the freedom for which her sister sacrificed herself, not when her own visions point to a calamitous future. Always the more stable of the sisters, Annie's equally determined to protect the vulnerable, including Fia, a task complicated by romantic entanglements and the choices they entail. The sisters' alternating narration helps to modulate the tension, balancing Fia's jittery, violent persona with Annie's focused, levelheaded one. Fia's emotional extremes verge on tiresome without quite crossing the line. White avoids sequel padding, keeping her tale lean and streamlined, and again makes skillful use of temporal shifts (readers are wise to keep track of dates and times) in constructing her suspenseful plot. If the narrative (it's less a sequel than Mind Games' second half) doesn't explore new territory, there's plenty in its template to hold readers fast. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062135865
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/18/2014
  • Series: Mind Games Series , #2
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 36,700
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • File size: 618 KB

Meet the Author

Kiersten White

Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy, as well as the psychological thriller Mind Games. Long fascinated by world mythology and ancient religions, she loves Egyptian stories for their epic family struggles and humorous frankness about the things that make people tick. Kiersten lives with her family in San Diego, California.

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  • Posted March 10, 2014

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    Perfect Lies was a good read, but it wasn't as good as its prede

    Perfect Lies was a good read, but it wasn't as good as its predecessor.

    A MISSING PIECE

    I don't know what it was exactly, but there was something missing to this book—to the characters, to the plot, to the feel of the story in general. Just as Fia's instincts told her when something was wrong, mine were telling me that there was an important piece was missing from the book. Maybe it was mostly the plot. Most of the time, it didn't feel well developed. The whole conflict with Keane and the characters trying to take him down/hide from him/etc. was a bit fuzzy. The reasons WHY behind the conflict weren't dived into very much, so that part of the story didn't feel well done. Also, there was something off about many of the characters as well as the ending, but I couldn't place my finger on it.

    ANNIE

    At first, her POV felt bland. She just didn't feel like a very interesting character, and there wasn't much excitement happening on her side of the story. As I got further in the book, though, I steadily grew to love her POV—even more than Fia's. Honestly, part of that has to do with Cole. He was a great character! I loved his role in helping Annie become stronger.

    FIA

    Fia's POV was definitely interesting—borderline annoying, but still a very good one. She felt like the most developed part of the entire story. Fia had so so so many flaws, which made her very interesting to read about. The girl could barely hold herself together—between feeling guilty about killing people, keeping secrets from everyone, and protecting her sister, she had to deal with a lot. She was my favorite character.

    OVERALL

    Perfect Lies could've been better. It could've had that missing piece that I was looking for, but because it didn't, it didn't end the duology as strongly as it could have. However, like I said, the book wasn't bad. It was still and interesting read with a really cool layout (alternating POVs and past/present) and great main characters, and I do recommend it if you're interested in reading it.

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars

    Source: I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2014

    (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 and Edelweiss.)
    This is book 2 in the ‘Mind Games’ series, and kicks off where book 1 ‘Mind Games’ AKA ‘Sister Assassin’ left off.
    **Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 ‘Mind Games’ (AKA ‘Sister Assassin’)**
    Having pretended to kill Annie, Fia has returned to Keane, and told him that Annie is dead, and that she is now choosing to work with him, all the time trying to look for a way to destroy him.
    Annie meanwhile has ended up with Lerner, and is frustrated that her visions don’t show her more about what Fia is up to.
    Can Fia find a way to destroy Keane? Will Annie’s visions ever show her what she really wants to know? And how many innocents will lose their lives before Keane is stopped?


    This was an interesting second instalment, and it didn’t play out quite as I expected.

    Fia was once again a big mess in this book. Her secrets that she was trying to keep in her head only kept accumulating and accumulating, and I really wasn’t sure how she was able to hold herself together. Being around people who can see inside your head all the time must be seriously stressful, especially when you’re hiding the kind of secrets that Fia is hiding!
    Annie still had very little control over her life, and I understood her frustration over how powerless she felt. It was nice how she tried to take some of that control back though, and tried to act like the big sister for once.

    The storyline in this was full of surprises, and it was really difficult to know what was going to happen next and to whom. There was tension and suspense all the way through this book, it wasn’t quite the adrenalin rush that the first book was, but there was still plenty of action.
    I wasn’t really all that appreciative of the romance in this one, as it felt a bit unnecessary, especially the sort-of love-triangle that Annie somehow found herself in.

    The ending was quite surprising, and managed to wrap pretty-much everything satisfactorily, I was quite surprised by the way things ended between Fia and Annie though.
    Overall; an interesting sequel, with plenty of twists, turns and surprises!
    8 out of 10.

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  • Posted March 5, 2014

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    3.5 I wanted to read Perfect Lies because I enjoyed Mind Games,

    3.5 I wanted to read Perfect Lies because I enjoyed Mind Games, the first in the series. I liked Fia and Annie and their sisterly protective relationship and wanted to know what would happen next. 
    The beginning was especially confusing for me because there was little to no recap and I did not remember many details from the first besides what I mentioned above. I was thrown a bit throughout the whole book because of the time jumps when it goes from one perspective to the other as well. 
    But other than that, I was pleased to see that the love and fierce need to protect the other was still being developed and displayed in this one, even though the sisters are apart and working on same thing in different ways with different people. 
    The new characters, especially Pixie really entertained me and I was glad for the distraction it provides for Fia, and how she keeps her on her toes as they form a friendship but Fia still has to decide if she can be trusted. 
    I also really liked the romance that bloomed with Annie and a guy I won't mention or it will be a spoiler. They jumped to making out pretty quickly, or maybe it just seemed that way with the time jumps. But it didn't completely come from nowhere, and I think that it gave a lightness to the story where it is otherwise pretty dark. 
    James is still a big enigma and I couldn't be sure if he could be trusted. I do know that he makes Fia feel both loved and comforted--happy, while at the same time unsure and wary of his motives and why he is gone all the time and what he may be keeping from her when he doesn't talk much. 
    The action was nice and I like how they added a bit more on Annie's end by teaching her how to defend herself, something that I am wholeheartedly for especially when disabled or with a disadvantage. I figured it was also foreshadowing that she would use her new skills to help reunite her and Fia or to save a new friend. 
    I will say that it kept my attention and it was a quick read. 
    I feel like the ending was good, but I am hoping that there is another book, but not sure that there actually will be. I think that things were left a little open ended for me, even though you could argue that everything was tied up well enough. 




    Bottom Line: Good sequel if a bit confusing.

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    Posted March 2, 2014

    Honey, darling may i speak to you (momluvs_allparanormal)

    Hi there um... yeah I didn't want to talk to you at all. Lol. But whoever is readig this follow me on tumblr watrickstump or formally known as Julissa M. Okay dokie love yall

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  • Posted February 20, 2014

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    I can¿t say enough about how good of a book this is. It has a li

    I can’t say enough about how good of a book this is. It has a little of everything that I love in a book. Romance, action, twist and turns that I was not excepting. Parts where I was laughing and parts when I wanted to cry. 
    The twist and turns is what I loved most about it. Not really sure if something was going to happen or who did this or that. The characters are so well written and I loved how the author wrote Fia’s dialogue. At first I was like I don’t know if I can read this book like this because it might drive me crazy, but I absolutely loved it. And I think that if the author wrote it any other way I don’t think it would have been as good.
    It’s a fast read but so good I could not put it down. I read this in a day and I still cannot stop thinking about the two sisters and all that they had gone through. This story will definitely stay with me for a long time and I hope there will be a third book in this series. I know I’ll be one of the first ones to buy the next book. 

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