Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Review: Mind Games by Kiersten White

Mind Games Book Cover
Mind Games by Kiersten White

Published December 3rd 2013 by HarperTeen

About the Book:
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.

Review

Mind Games is the first book I’m reviewing in over a year and it’s really a great one for me to start with. Mind Games is a face paced book about Annie and Fia, two sisters attending boarding school after losing their parents in a tragic accident.

Annie is blind, but realizes she can see premonitions of the future. Fia feels protective of her older sister and has always felt it was her job to protect her. Annie is offered an opportunity to attend a boarding school that offers the best education and will look for treatments for her loss of vision. Fia feels like something is wrong and voices her opinion to the school. The school realizes that both sisters have talents and offer them both scholarships. Against Fia’s better judgement they accept. Annie believes the school is wonderful and wishes that her sister were happy. Only Fia is trained as a thief and killer. The emotional toll on both sisters is hard, but Fia is strong willed and determined to get them out.

Kiersten White does a fantastic job of creating a range of good, bad, really evil, and mysterious characters. I kept hoping the bad and really evil characters would get what was coming to
them. There were a few characters that I wasn't sure what side they were on which of course made me read faster!

Mind Games is told from both sister’s point of view and each chapter is either the present or sometime from the past. At first I was worried that I would get lost but I found it easy to jump into each girl’s POV. Only when the suspense got super high did I yell “NO! Keep going! I need to see what happens in the present.” I was really glad to see not one, but two strong female characters. Wondering about romance? There is a lot of chemistry and some kissing, but romance was not the main story line. My hopes are that there will be more romance in the sequel.

Mind Games is a good mix of contemporary fiction with a slight mix of supernatural. As I was reading I was thinking all the twist and turns of Pretty Little Liars with the action and suspense of Covert Affairs. I can see this being a great read for Ally Carter and Jennifer Lynn Barnes fans.

Friday, May 15, 2015

May - What I'm Reading Now

Yay, my first To Read post since I've been back! Can you believe that May is nearly half over? Here are my picks for May. Feel free to join me and we can discuss. Also, I am always up for taking recommendations, so please feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments. If you visit my blog often you will find I add and remove books depending on my moods. What are you reading or looking forward to reading this month?


Reading:
Finding Paris Book Cover


Listening to:
Dreams of Gods & Monsters Book Cover

Next up:
the start of me and you book cover

Finished:
Mind Games Book Cover

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Hey you....

Wondering where I went? Did I quit blogging?

If you know me personally then you know that I decided to go back to school. I never finished my bachelor's degree so two summers ago I decided it was time. At first I was juggling school, working full time, and blogging. I'm one of those people who believes they can do it all, especially when you add coffee. As time went on and I started taking more and more classes I realized I couldn't keep up and something had to give, so I stopped blogging. Then things got harder and I stopped reading regularly and didn't have time for book events. I would read a book between breaks and listen to an audiobook, but not enough to blog.

With so many of my friends being amazing bloggers and authors a part of me was worried that we would stop having things in common. I learned that these were more my insecurities than reality. I'm now between breaks again and I'm only three classes from graduating. (Insert happy dance) I'm hoping that I'm at the final stretch and I can spend more time reading and blogging. I don't know if readers will still visit or what's going on in the book blogger world, but I'll be here to talk books.

-Maria Cari Soto