Google+ Reading Teen: [Book & Audiobook Review] Mind Games by Kiersten White

Sunday, March 3, 2013

[Book & Audiobook Review] Mind Games by Kiersten White

Mind Games
by Kiersten White
Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (February 19, 2013)
AUDIOBOOK
Publisher: Harper Audio
Narrated By Emily Bauer
Length: 6 hrs and 10 minMark on Goodreads
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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.
At a Glance:

Mind Games is a super-quick, exciting, and entertaining read that will keep you on your toes, and have you questioning everyone and everything.  Although some may find the timeline confusing, if you can engage your brain for a few hours, I think you'll come away really enjoying this book. 

Audiobook:

The reader for Mind Games actually reminded me a lot of Kiersten White herself, which I thought was funny.   Emily Bauer did a really great job capturing the voices of Fia and Annie.  She also did a good job of articulating without sounding false.  Her reading was tense and emotional in the right places, and she nailed the male voices as well.  If you're looking for a new audiobook, you should definitely check this one out!

Cover:

This is one of those covers that I don't really have strong feelings about one way or the other.  I wouldn't pick it up based on the cover, but I wouldn't be turned off by it either. 

Action:

Lots of action in this one!  Some surprisingly intense and graphic scenes, though nothing way over the top.  Fia has been trained to kick some major butt, and kick butt she does!

Romance:

The romance is secondary to the story, but it is full of tension none-the-less.  There's a bit of a love triangle, but I don't think it will be one that bothers people.  I actually think the contrast between the two guys makes things more interesting, and kind of represents the type of life that Fia is choosing.  I enjoyed the tension!

Heroines:

Fia:  Although the book is told from both sisters' points of view, I think Fia comes off as the main main character. I have to admit, she got on my nerves.  At first, I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book, because she was so spastic and her voice was kind of neurotic.  However, as I kept reading, I started to understand why she was that way.  It was kind-of a coping mechanism, from living with people who were constantly reading your mind or emotions.  If she ever wanted any kind of privacy, she had to be something that no one could understand.  Fia's gift is that her instincts are infallible, so instead of dwelling on anything, and running the risk of being found out, she lives completely in the moment.  In the end, I decided I do like Fia.  She's smart and tough, but still vulnerable and completely loyal, and she'll do whatever it takes to keep her sister safe.

Annie:  I loved that Annie's voice was completely different than Fia's.  While Fia is all over the place, Annie is a rock.  Annie is blind, but she has visions of things that may happen in the future.  She uses these visions to try to help her sister, but often just ends up making things worse.  Although she can be naive, and (figuratively) blind to what's going on around her, she is a kind and loving person, and I liked her a lot.

(Anti-)Hero:

James is definitely the anti-hero in this book, and I completely loved him.  Shocking, I know!  I think I'm doomed to forever fall for this character.  You never quite know if he's good or bad, or whose side he's on, but you love him anyway.

If there's a hero, I guess it's Adam, though you don't see too much of his personality.  He's quirky and awkward, and completely adorable.  He's the guy you want for your daughter, even if you wouldn't want him for yourself :P

Favorite Supporting Character:

I actually didn't like any of the supporting characters.  I thought they were all either total jerks, or completely selfish.

Something I loved:

I loved the all-over-the-place timeline.  I know I've heard that some people found it confusing, but I love having to think about things, and seeing how everything lines up in the end.  Yes, you do have to actually read the chapter headings, but I think we can all handle it!

Something I hated:

Ms. Robertson.  Girl, you have problems.  I also wish that (Sr.) Keane's character had been fleshed out a little more.  He could be a really sinister villain if we could see a little more into his world.

Cliffhanger? 

Yeah, kind-of.  Things were somewhat resolved, but we're really left not knowing what's going to happen with everyone.  I guess that's what book 2 is for.

Would I recommend it?

If you enjoy secret-agent/psychological thriller type books with a narrator that likes run-on sentences (and lots of parenthesis), then I think you'll like this one! :D

Book Doppelgangers:

Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Heist Society by Ally Carter

Rating:


Content:
  • Profanity: Mentioned by not used
  • Sexual Content:  Mild
  • Violence: Heavy
  • Other Notables:  Underage Drinking/Drunkenness 
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68 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review. I'm looking forward to this.

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  2. Well now I have a better idea as to what the book is about. It will certainly help me make up my mind about the book, so thanks!

    Tammy @ http://bosbooknook.blogspot.com/

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    1. Great! Let me know if you end up reading it, and how you liked it!

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  3. This was such a different but welcome change of pace from Paranormalcy. I mostly loved the all over timeline and am eager to find out what comes next.

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    1. Yeah, it was really a different feel from Paranormalcy! I love seeing the different ideas authors have floating around in their brains!

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  4. I like how you have broken your review up, i think it's really clear and helpful this way :) Thank you for sharing :)

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    1. Aww! YAY! It's good to know that it's helpful like this. I know these are the things that I'm wondering about when I choose a book, so I thought that's what I'd focus on. :D

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  5. Great review!! I didn't like the timeline, only because it made me feel lack of connection to the characters. I did like getting their back story, I just wish it had been done in some type of order instead of all over the place I guess. I didn't really like Fia's character either, and I thought that Annie was selfish, but I did like James even not knowing who's side he was on. I loved the ending! Though this book wasn't for me, I can see why people are enjoying it!!

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    1. Yeah, I tend to like things like this that are just different, and make you think. There was a Seinfeld episode once that went backwards, it was one of my favorites. haha

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    2. Ohh I remember that episode! I enjoyed that one too!! They also did a Phineas and Ferb episode like that recently lol! I love watching little kid shows with my daughter.

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    3. haha, I love Phineas and Ferb! I totally saw that episode!! :P

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  6. Hmm this one sounds interesting but I'm not quite sure if I'll like the timeline thing. I didn't really have a good grasp on what this one was about but now I feel a bit more confident in my decision.

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    1. Oh, good! I'm glad I could help. Yeah, I really had no idea what to expect when I started this, and it was so different than her other books!

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  7. Hmm I don't like confusing timelines so I will just have to read this to see for myself if I'm going to like that or not.

    Thanks for the great review, glad you liked the book!

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    1. Yeah, if you're not a fan of back and forth, you may have trouble with this one. But it's really short, so that kind of helps!

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  8. Great review. I love this cover. I'm a big fan of action. Congrats on sticking it out in spite of Fia. I've been known to lower rating due to an aggravating character. I'm still debating on reading this one.

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    1. Yeah, haha, I think she grew on me in the end :P

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  9. Nice review! I'm super excited for this one, as I loved Kiersten White's Paranormalcy books. I've read quite a lot of negative reviews for Mind Games, though, so I'm glad to see that you liked it pretty well.

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  10. I am so excited for this one! I'm excited to see how this author handles other things! Plus that cover is so pretty! Great review <3

    Jasmine

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  11. Great review! I loved this book more than I thought I would, but I also felt like the author wanted to distance herself so much from her Paranormalcy series that she kind of made Fia (who I agree is the main main character) almost unlikable. But still, I really enjoyed it

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  12. I'm not a huge fan of timelines that jump around, but as long as it comes together by the end, I can usually take it. This sounds like a book I need to read. Thanks!

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  13. I enjoyed the review. It looks like something I would like to read.....but what is an ARC and do I want to win it?

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    1. Haha. Yes, you do! It's an Advanced Reader's Copy. Basically it's what they send out to reviewers before the book releases to get reviews of the book.

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  14. A timeline that's all over the place? It does sound a little confusing, but I'm intrigued! I usually enjoy books like that, so I'm excited to see how it turns out in this one. :)

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  15. I'm loving that it sounds as though I will always be guessing and never sure exactly what's happening and why.

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  17. thank you for your honest review; might be something my teen will read. She enjoys books about unique kids but not sure if she would enjoy that it is thriller.

    ~Booksie

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  18. I love books about sisters and Mind Games sounds like it's right up my alley. Disjointed timelines do bother me sometimes (mostly in time travel novels), but I have high hopes for this one anyway.

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  19. Mind Games sound like an amazing book. Thank you for your review, you definately made me reconsider reading the book. I really like books with some kind of twists and puzzles that would make me stop reading but think about what had just happened. And this one sounds a lot like it. :)

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  20. I really like the premise of this book, I am not sure about the wandering timelines, but I think it is worth a look see. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us :)

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  21. Wow I really love how you break down all the difference sections of the book and show us what you thought about each, though in my view, this cover totally catches my eye right away!! Great great great review! :)

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  22. I'm really looking forward to reading this one, even though some of the characters bothered you. That does worry me a little, but I'm still really excited to read it! Thanks for the review!

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  23. Great review! I wasn't sure if I'd be interested in this at first, especially since it's so different from White's Paranormalcy series, but all the reviews have me intrigued. I love the dual narration and that it's a psychological thriller. Looking forward to getting my hands on this one!

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  24. I'm not PARANORMALCY's biggest fan, but I do love a good thriller!!!! and I love psychological thrillers! Great review!

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  25. I like the way the love triangle is executed here ;)

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  26. I find that most covers don't reflect the story & that bugs me. A very helpful review thank you.

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  27. I am so excited for this book. I have been wanting to read it for forever!

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  28. I'm so excited to hear this book has lots of action and that the romance is secondary. Sounds like just the kind of book I'm looking for!

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  29. I don't know, it doesn't sound like the characters are all that great.

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  30. Her acting spastic and neurotic to avoid being mind-read all the time is really interesting, I won't have considered that. This sounds great! I don't usually read books with a lot of action, but I loved Kiersten White's other series, so this seems like a good one to ease myself into the genre.

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  31. Great review! I look forward to reading this, but I heard a lot of mixed reviews on this book. Run-on sentences and parentheses are a big no though...

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  32. Thanks for review! This cover actually catches my eye every time I see it. And I'm all over any book that has me question everything. I like to be kept on my toes and not be able to guess what's going to happen.

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  33. I Love the cover so much! I didn't read it yet the book, I'm so excited to do it! Your review is so Great! OMG! I can't wait to read this book! Thank you so much! :)

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  34. Thanks for the review! I liked the fact that you immediately pointed out that you initially didn't like Fia, but explained why you thought why she was the way she was.

    Also liked that you noted that there were very strong differences between Fia and Annie. I'm always slightly worried that authors who write from multiple POVs don't differentiate between them enough.

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  35. Thanks for the review and giveaway! I have heard a ton of mixed reviews on Mind Games, and I can't wait to read it and see what I think!

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  36. I'm glad you enjoyed it! I've been hearing both positive and negative reviews about it but I'm kinda curious about it since I love thriller books and I like a good elder sister character type like Fia haha so will check it out. Great review :)

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  37. Seems like an interesting read. The cover is different so it grabbed my attention before reading the synopsis lol. Great review

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  38. Glad you enjoyed it! I like the cover a lot, and am really really excited to find out how much it fits the story. And I love confusing timelines, so this sounds right up my alley :)

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  39. I really enjoyed your review! Fia sounds like a great character and I cannot wait to read this

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  40. Cannot wait to see how different this is from the Paranormalcy series.

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  41. I love how you formatted your reviews!! Its a great review!! Makes me want to read the book more!!

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  42. Thank you for the review and giveaway, sounds great!

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  43. Thanks for your honest review about the characters.

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  44. Great review! and btw, thanks for the giveaway! I'm looking forward to read the book :)

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  45. This was great! I like your method of reviewing.

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  46. Great review! I can't wait to read this one!

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  47. Sounds like an interesting read. I want to read this even though I read a bad review of it :D

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  48. Thanks for the review.. It's really interesting.. have seen this often on blogs, but hadn't really read until now..:D

    Raffelcopter: Avie S.

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  49. I've been reading a lot of romance books lately, so it's nice to see a book that focuses more on the action. It's nice to switch things up once in awhile :)

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