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A few months ago I had attempted to read my copy of Paranormalcy, which had been collecting dust on my bookshelf for quite a few months In the mood for a light, funny read, Paranormalcy sounded like it d be perfect, and, even better, it came highly recommended to me by multiple trusted friends of mine I think I may have lasted about one hundred pages before I threw in the towel and abandoned the book From what I had read, Paranormalcy was pretty much the book I was looking for to a T, concept A few months ago I had attempted to read my copy of Paranormalcy, which had been collecting dust on my bookshelf for quite a few months In the mood for a light, funny read, Paranormalcy sounded like it d be perfect, and, even better, it came highly recommended to me by multiple trusted friends of mine I think I may have lasted about one hundred pages before I threw in the towel and abandoned the book From what I had read, Paranormalcy was pretty much the book I was looking for to a T, conceptually it was light, slightly funny though I have the sense of humor that will inevitably have me burning in hell, so it wasn t exactly my taste of humor , and interesting enough But the two things that kept me from having any desire to continue reading Paranormalcy was the extremely amateur and juvenile writing and poor characterization However, when I heard that White had a new novel released in 2013 that was apparently much darker than Paranormalcy, I was pretty excited, figuring that, over the three years since Paranormalcy was published, White would have a much stronger writing style and characterization skills than in her debut I am proven wrong I think it s safe to say that, over time, authors growandstronger writing style wise, but I think that, over time, White s writing style may have regressed in quality In Paranormalcy, as much as the writing was excruciatingly difficult for me to plow through, what with the bleeping censoring and overall feeling that it was written by a teenager, it fit well with the fluffy and lightness that ran rampant throughout the novel Mind Games, however, is much darker when compared to Paranormalcy, and yet the juvenile and immature writing is still there, and it is evenglaring in here than ever because it feels off with the general plot Mind Games is told from the point of views of two sisters Annie and Fia One of the things I was most looking forward to in Mind Games was the strong and unbreakable sisterly bond between Annie and Fia, but the most background we got on their relationship is that Annie will do anything for Fia, and Fia will do anything for Annie But the thing is we re told that they will do anything for each other, yet we get too few actual examples that their relationship never lived up to the promise of a strong and unbreakable sisterly bond And as for the characterization of Annie and Fia, it s pretty much the same exact thing all we really know about either of them is that they have a strong love for each other, and even with that we re strictly told that and not shown it Kiersten White could have gone so far with the concept of having a main character who is blind and is only capable of seeing in the future, yet all of the potential with the character of Annie falls flat on its face And the character of Fia is no better, if not much, much worse Throughout the entirety of Mind Games, Fia was met with little to no character growth whatsoever she starts out as a whiny, selfish, and thoroughly unintelligent character, and ends up as a whiny, selfish, and thoroughly unintelligent character As well as that, it s hard to take a character who is an assassin seriously when she decides not to kill a target because he saved a puppy And also, don t be fooled by the promise of assassins or the UK edition s name, Sister Assassins this book is about assassins in the same way that Avatar is about blue people who have sex with their ponytails the general concept is in there, somewhere, but it sure as hell isn t the main focus And, back to the writing, I understand what White was trying to do with Fia s perspective by making the chapters told by her point of view disjointed and incoherent and that s pretty much what the entire novel is like, too to emphasize her mental stability or lack thereof, but it really added nothing to the story and only detracted from my enjoyment, and the repetition was incredibly irritating.Told in mostly scattered, unnecessary and confusing flashbacks, Mind Games is a book that clearly began with good intentions but ultimately only ended up being a failure of good intentions, and the sad part is that it could have ended up as a truly great book, if placed in the hands of acapable author The plot is strong, and at times entertaining, but as a whole the disjointedness of everything made Mind Games muchof a miss than a hit Those who are fans of White s Paranormalcy trilogy may find themselves enjoying Mind Gamesthan I enjoyed it as they are clearly fans of the author s writing style, but at the same time they might find themselves completely and utterly disappointed considering the fact that, in scope, Mind Games is a much darker well, as dark as a book chocked full of Justin Bieber references can be read than Paranormalcy And while I did really like the ending, andimportantly was completely surprised by the direction it took and appreciated the overall ballsiness White had to write the final two chapters, I highly doubt I ll be back to readof the Mind Games trilogy, or really any of Kiersten White s books, for that matter 1.5 stars.You know what I told this book For your reading pleasure, I am going to have many examples of awful awful oh so awful writing for you Example A The Repeat And Then Repeat Again In Parenthesis Also, snippets of Why this reads like a 13 year old girl s diary You have been warned Okay, so someone posted a comment about her explanation to why in Fia s POV everything is repeated 3 times she s killed three people I gotta say that that makes a whole lotsense than I had 1.5 stars.You know what I told this book For your reading pleasure, I am going to have many examples of awful awful oh so awful writing for you Example A The Repeat And Then Repeat Again In Parenthesis Also, snippets of Why this reads like a 13 year old girl s diary You have been warned Okay, so someone posted a comment about her explanation to why in Fia s POV everything is repeated 3 times she s killed three people I gotta say that that makes a whole lotsense than I had previously thought However, the flaw that I can see in that is that she doesn t kill person number 3 till later in the book and she s already been repeating thingsSo my quotes stand as is Just thought I should add that Quotes As much as I would love to type out every single single single single time something annoyed me in the writing, I ll just type up the ones I had enough paper to mark I tap my fingers tap tap tap them nervously against my jeans Page 3 He is too big ears and too big smile and too big eyes and too big too big too big too real for me to end Page 4 The instant his eyes meet mine gray, he has gray eyes, I would have closed his gray eyes forever , I know I have him as far north as I need to go, and after that I will figure it out Page 5GRAY EYES, SHERLOCK.As far north as What He smiles His gray eyes, they will haunt me forever with what I would have done what I still could do what I still should do oh, Annie, have you already seen this Did you know when I left that I d kill us bothPage 6Your poor little head It must hurt to be you Because I m going against Keane oh no, oh no, they will kill us both and I need to know as much as I can to try and fix it Page 7Getting the idea Well, I don t think you ve seen enough I look over my shoulder to see the men, three tap tap tap I hate the number three , thick shoulders, one gun between them based on the way the guy in the middle is walking that was a mistake, they should all have guns guess they ll find out , matching ouur pace and getting closer Page 10For hating the number three, she sure repeats a word three times a lot a lot a lot a lot You ll see see see Tap tap tap I need to tap tap tap I need to get out of this carPage 39 twitch I sit up it hurts, it hurts, my body hurts and grab her hand in minePage 88 There are no boys here Not teenagers, anyways Only men With weapons It hurts, it hurts, my body hurtsPage 89Good Lord We know And what does that have to do with anything anywaysI simultaneously want to kiss him and to get as far away from him as possible He feels wrong, he feels dangerous my heart speeds up the same way for him that it did for the stun guns Page 89You feel attracted to stun guns Because I m too young for you Because you re an evil manipulative monster and I know itPage 118 We re touching, touching everywhere and it s wrong it s wrong it s wrong but right right now and I close my eyes and his lips are even better at dulling than the drinks or the musicPage 120I d like to put the entire freaking chapter from 112 123, but I really don t feel like it Though it is a prime example of how Fia is TSTL and how James is, and I don t say this lightly, a man whore and how she doesn t use commas and sentences never end and she repeats things over and over and over, which is rather rather rather annoying to read Some sort of accident.Some sort of accident.Some sort of accidentPage 129What are you doing GAH It s wrong wrong wrong WRONG WRONG WRONGPage 131You want to know what s wrong THAT SENTENCE If Clarice is dead, she can t be there when Annie gets shot.That can t happen now.It won t happen now.Annie is safe.Annie is safe Annie is safe Annie is safe Annie is safe Annie is safe Annie is safe Annie is safe Annie is safe Annie is safe Annie is safe Annie is safe Annie is safe Page 133Are you sure He flirts shamelessly with everyone The Readers whisper that he think constantly about sex Eden says he reeks of lust I don t want him in the room I don t want him around my baby sisterPage 148James man whore.Annie protective and smart older sisterFia idiot who actually wants this guyOh, Fia Kill them kill them wait Annie If I m gone, Annie s not safe What if James is with me What if he can t tell them that I was taken, that I didn t run Oh, no, Annie AnniePage 156While the sentiment here is probably the best one Fia expresses the entire book, the writing is so bad Cole has a slight limp I wonder where my knife went I liked that knifePage 158Random observation is randomCan t tap tap tap my hand I don t want to add another tap but I will if it saves Annie, I willPage 160What the hell is up with the tappingControl, control, control Control got Clarice killed Control didn t get Clarice killed I killed ClaricePage 161First off, what is the purpose of all the parenthesis It s not like we can t read Fia s thoughts without them Secondly, finally remember you bludgeoning her to death, do ya, Fia Good to know you re not a heartless witch I steal a phone out of someone s pocket I feel like I should have a phonePage 195Classic Fia She s not in danger No life threatening situation She s walking in the park Just taking a walk and decides to steal a random person s phone I can see the person he thinks I am when he looks at me this wonder, this strong and brave and strange girl He is half in love with the idea of me, and if I stayedPage 196Here s the rub Fia can t read minds She can t feel other people s emotions So, Fia, stop being a self centered arrogant prissy little you know what and get past yourself Fia You use me James I yes I use you I need to use youPage 198I m sorry, what was that, James You use her Can you repeat that in front of Annie so she can, I don t know, kill you That d be greatShould I call Eden to meet us he asks, pulling off his shirt I love I love I love it when he does thisPage 206Emilia, I say, and he takes my hand he shouldn t touch my hand and brings it to his lipsPage 208 I do not move, will not move, not ever Right, right, right I will make this feel rightPage 210Because God forbid Fia do something actually right That would be absurd I m his It s such a relief to be someone s, to not have to be my own to not have to be Annie s don t think about Annie, not tonight, especially not tonightPage 210Yeah, wouldn t want to think about your blind sister that you left all alone And she is wrapped around wrapped around wrapped around James, my James, and she is laughing and her hands not my hands, not my horrible hands are in his hair and she is whispering in his earPage 211What, I ask you, would possess someone to write a sentence like that Oh, maybe if you were writing the POV of an insane person Love, love, love.LovePage 211OkayFia he calls, pulling me away from Eden soft Eden, untrained Eden, Eden with all her soft parts that I could hurt, hurt, hurt no, don t think about it, get away from Eden, don t let her feel itPage 211 212Why are you so homicidal Oh, and maybe you should have considered the fact that James runs around with every girl he can get his hands on He s not gonna change for you, no matter how much you repeat things in your head He is smiling and driving, and I wish I were driving I would drive us off a cliff No I wouldn t Maybe I would I am so stupid, I am sick with the stupidness of mePage 212 Smartest thing you ve ever thought I m so frelling proud of you He is beautiful and he thinks I am beautiful and everything about him is slick and predatory and he wants me He is wrong and I should not encourage him, I should leave right now and find James This is not safe There are too many bodies, several of the tall, broad guys around us are obviously with him I am outnumbered it is dark he thinks I am very young and very helpless and only one of those is true He does not like James He hates him I noticed on the beach, but I was distracted by James claiming me Not claiming me Using me Keeping me away from Rafael.I smile and raise my arms over my head, dance closer to Rafael He hates James He is dangerous I let him put his hands on hips and twist my body against his Because he is not James Page 213 image error Are you for real How much of an idiotic child can you be So because you are angry at James for something if you had a brain you knew he d do and because he isn t worshiping at your feet, you re gonna get yourself into a situation where you almost get raped All because you don t know how not to be the center of attention You want to get back at James And you want to feel wanted May I suggest listening to Hunter Hayes So you get drunk You encourage him, you don t walk away Heck, you let him kiss and manhandle you I m in no way condoning what he does, but I m just saying you might want to think every once in a whileWe were just talking about you I m sure you were Freestanding chair still next to the window, which is not plate glass nor does it have mesh wiring in it to prevent shatteringPage 227What does that have to do with anything Moving on Wasn t that the epitome of literary genius I sure thought so I can honestly say I cannot remember the last time I read a book with as horrid writing as this How does something like this even get published Oh, and I also found out that this was written in 9 days It varies between actually whole book written in 9 days and first draft written in 9 days I m kinda guessing they re sorta the same thing for this one But, in any case, it shows And it explains, in part, why this is so crappy.POV was confusing It switched back and forth between Fia and Annie but their individual voices weren t very unique It was hard to keep track of who was talking, except that you could almost always guess if it was Fia, cause she is whiny as hell And there were flashbacks, many of which which I found to be worthless to the story.CharactersI m gonna let the quotes for the TSTL characters speak for themselves Just know also that Annie, while not as stupid or annoying as Fia, was boring Her scenes were mostly in flashbacks and, as I already told you, those were worthless.Also, there s a love triangle Could I muster up the energy to care less Probably not.Plot Oh, the potential Wasted It sounded like it was going to be fantastic I was hankering for a sibling story and sisters would have worked beautifully Except it sucked But I digress You say this section is for plot I say, What plot There is no plot until the last 5 pages view spoiler Those 5 pages were worlds better than the rest of the book and they still couldn t make me care hide spoiler I read about nothing for 250 pages Truly authors delight in torturing their readers So there s this institution that finds young woman with these abilities and uses them to run hits on people That is it You re told that, you put up with Fia and flashbacks for 225 pages, get your twistplot for the next book thrown in and voila A book Oh, and absolutely not a thing is explained NOTHING So you see, I would love view spoiler I couldn t care less hide spoiler to know what s going on but you could not pay me an exorbitant amount of money to read the next book Visit BOOK BRATS forreviews, giveaways, discussions, and bookish fun.STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS DOES NOT A BOOK MAKE I have no idea My plans changed about five minutes ago I look over my shoulder to see the men, three tap tap tap I hate the number three , thick shoulders, one gun between them based on the way the guy in the middle is walking that was a mistake, they should all have guns guess they ll find out matching our pace and getting closer.The narration style of MIND GAMES sta Visit BOOK BRATS forreviews, giveaways, discussions, and bookish fun.STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS DOES NOT A BOOK MAKE I have no idea My plans changed about five minutes ago I look over my shoulder to see the men, three tap tap tap I hate the number three , thick shoulders, one gun between them based on the way the guy in the middle is walking that was a mistake, they should all have guns guess they ll find out matching our pace and getting closer.The narration style of MIND GAMES starts off annoying and only grows increasinglyannoying as the story goes on In the case of both sisters, the narration is done in first person present tense stream of consciousness style It takes a great hand to effectively deal with first person present tense, and that great hand generally has to go to lengths to make it not seem like, I brush my teeth, I say hello to my cat, I go to sch SQUIRREL Ouch a rock I go to school The draft for MIND GAMES was written in nine days, and it shows The writing is extremely random, with forced bouts of conscious thoughts that have no place in a book When you remove the random inner monologue and flashbacks that have no place in guiding the story only serving to make the reader very, very confused , the actual story is maybe 100 pages.I hate stun guns, I hate them so much LET GO OF MY RIBS.Here in lies the main problem with MIND GAMES, the problem which ruined my enjoyment of it The writing was juvenile, forced, incoherent at times, and seemed like a cheap rip off of SHATTER ME stylistically, a book which I should note I was not a fan of for reasons of prose AND plot But that s a different story MIND GAMES suffers because of the very problem that makes it fast paced There is little plot going on, little cohesion between past and present, and little differentiation between the sisters Told in two first person present tense POVs over the course of several years, the story lacked any real focus.ANNOYING CHARACTERS ANNOYING BOOKMy second biggest concern with MIND GAMES was the characters Firstly, as I mentioned, Fia and Annie were basically the same character Even with chapter headers identifying each character s chapter, there were times where their similar narration style would confuse me into thinking I was in the mind of the other character Both characters had similar problems They were self obsessed, irrational in their decisions, selfish, irresponsible, and childish The ending was another one of these times, where the irrational decision by one character and the irrational acceptance of such thing from another completely annoyed me to no end And these characters never change They re still as whiny on the last page as they are on the first.And our side characters With the exception of James, who spends the entire story as a love interest for Fia and the object of my pure and utter hatred, the characters are bland and lifeless James, however, has found himself as a new member of the Boys I Hate Club Plying a girl with alcohol to get her to loosen up well, that s implied at least is sickening End of story.Although Annie s power seemed rather interesting, if a bit bland, Fia s fell short of something that could have been much better If your gut instinct is always right, let s think of the things you could do in theory intense math equations, the secrets of the universe, Olympic fencing, solving murder mysteries, making people lots of money But what do they use an insane 16 year old girl for Killing people Because Jason Statham with a gun probably wouldn t do the job as well as her.A LACKING STORYYes, ladies and gentlemen, I have decided to give MIND GAMES only one star This book, in my opinion, needed a lotwork to bring it up to the standards I hold for my books The writing was extremely rushed and under nourished with the things we need as readers pizzazz, control, flourish, and meaning It read like a 10 year old girl s diary after her boyfriend i.e Justin Bieber started dating someone that isn t her.Ms White is a New York Times Bestseller for the PARANORMALCY series, but in MIND GAMES, I do not see anything that makes me want to run out and buy this book At 250 pages, it came off as something that could have been done in one book instead of a duology a rip off, if you will The story does not satisfy, it does not make one feel, and it does nothing besides leave a lasting anger and annoyance at wasting a few hours hoping to find something within the pages that will make up for the whining Skip MIND GAMES The action might be good in spurts, but when it makes up a tiny portion of a story devoted to the ramblings of a girl who may or may not be an insane narcissist, it s not worth your money or time.VERDICT MIND GAMES falls short on every level, from the characters to the action to the romance I felt completely gypped by the last page thanks to heroines that never leave the stage of whiny children I want this for the cover alone I want this for the cover alone 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 lifeNow 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 The first thing you need to know about Sister Assassin or Mind Games, title of the US edition is that it s absolutely thrilling Ferguson, my Kindle, was temporarily unavailable so I was forced to read it on my iPhone and my eyes nearly fell out, but I couldn t stop Not for a second I wouldn t have stopped to save my life.Sister Assassin is a story about two sisters, Fia and Annie, and the narrative is divided between their two points of view It also jumps back and forth in time, and these The first thing you need to know about Sister Assassin or Mind Games, title of the US edition is that it s absolutely thrilling Ferguson, my Kindle, was temporarily unavailable so I was forced to read it on my iPhone and my eyes nearly fell out, but I couldn t stop Not for a second I wouldn t have stopped to save my life.Sister Assassin is a story about two sisters, Fia and Annie, and the narrative is divided between their two points of view It also jumps back and forth in time, and these flashbacks both Annie s and Sofia s allow us to fill in the crucial backstory The sisters live in a boarding school for talented girls Annie is blind, but she is also a Seer, able to predict the future to a certain extent However, the real asset is Fia, for whose talent there isn t even a proper name Her instinct, the tiny voice that tells right from wrong, never fails her She always knows the best course of action, even when she doesn t understand the reason Her ability doesn t really help her to defend herself from the school and its owner, Mr Keane, when he starts holding Annie hostage in order to force Fia to do his bidding She s a girl who can do anything predict stocks, steal anything they need, kill and get away with it She always knows which road to take if she needs to get away In the process of training her, they completely broke her Fia is a disorganized mess of violent thoughts and White s writing reflected this perfectly I honestly didn t think that she, as a writer, was capable of such a thing It reminded me just a bit of Tahereh Mafi, and you all know how I feel about her In Annie s chapters, the writing wasbalanced, but Fia s was full of jumbled, disjointed sentences and repetitiveness It was the perfect way to keep the damage that was done to her constantly present in the reader s mind In this room I have picked which gun was unloaded out of ten options And then they pulled the trigger on me I have picked stocks that went on to skyrocket I have picked which pencil I would shove into Ms Robertson s ear until she kicked me out for thinking about it Ms Robertson, you see, is Mr Keane s secretary and a mind Reader The school also has Seers, and Feelers empaths Under their watchful eye, it s almost impossible to plan a successful escape, but Fia is better trained than any of them and she has her own ability to help her The romance was completely unconventional, and all theexciting because of it Sofia had no idea whom she could trust, and neither did I I liked James a lot, but his every action was morally dubious, and it was precisely that that made him perfect for Fia in a sad, twisted way Theirs is a romance I resisted for as long as I could because I felt that a part of it is rotten at its core, but in the end I had no choice but to accept it and want it for both of them Make sure to have a free afternoon when you decide to read this book You will not be able to put it down, that much I can promise you, it will consume your every thought Sister Assassin doesn t end with a cliffhanger, but things are far from resolved The ending IS an ending, but it is also a promise of a great second installment I m in How about you Today s lesson is HOW TO TURN A BOOK WITH HUGE POTENTIAL INTO AN EPIC FAILURE And guess what It only requires 4 easy steps1 Don t bother thinking up an original plot Nobody will notice it s just a cheap fan fiction anyway I mean really why go through all the work when there are thousands of other books you can just steal borrow ideas from So basically, our story is set in the future where there s a school that uses children with special abilities the ability to see t Today s lesson is HOW TO TURN A BOOK WITH HUGE POTENTIAL INTO AN EPIC FAILURE And guess what It only requires 4 easy steps1 Don t bother thinking up an original plot Nobody will notice it s just a cheap fan fiction anyway I mean really why go through all the work when there are thousands of other books you can just steal borrow ideas from So basically, our story is set in the future where there s a school that uses children with special abilities the ability to see the future, telekinesis, etc and uses them for evil Our protagonist, Fia has perfect instincts her gut feeling is always right Fia s sister Annie is blind but she has the power to see the future Over and over again, Fia and Annie are asked to use their abilities for bad purposes, or to have each other killed Fia loves Annie too much to risk having her killed and she follows every order she s given Until the day she doesn t Sounds good, right That s because someone else has already written a book almost exactly like this All I have to say is really Kiersten White Really I believe this exact same plot has been done hundreds of times most famously with Tahereh Mafi s Shatter Me trilogy Being an author is about creating your own stories, not taking ideas from other people s work sigh I guess they never learn, eh 2 Write as quickly as you can, and cover up your crappy writing with some lame character related excuse nobody will notice anyway No really I heard somewhere that the first draft of this book was written in nine days Whether that s true or not, nine days if way to fast to write a good 200 page book not even by a longshot The writing throughout the story really annoyed me surprise, surprise It s told through the POV of both Fia and Annie but honestly I couldn t tell either of them apart they both sounded so similar, it was almost impossible to distinguish them apart.And the flashbacks They were completely pointless, and I loathed them To be honest, they confused me out of my mind From what I understand, the flashbacks are supposed to show what a hard life Fia and Annie have had, but they did exactly the opposite They confused me so much I lost count of what point each flashback was occurring during, making it awfully hard for me to make a chronological map of the story in my head to help me keep track of the story Okay, let me give you a sample of the beautiful snorts writing in this book I have no idea My plans changed about five minutes ago I look over my shoulder to see the men, three tap tap tap I hate the number three , thick shoulders, one gun between them based on the way the guy in the middle is walking that was a mistake, they should all have guns guess they ll find out matching our pace and getting closer Okay, I say, closing my eyelids because they are heavy, heavy, heavy.I know how to twist it just so to pop pop pop it right out of the socket Honestly, do I really need to explain what I think is wrong with the paragraphs above I think my main problem with the writing was just simply the style in which it was written in The book is written in 1st person present tense, which was a little hard to get into from the get go Pretty much it was like I brush my hair, I say hello to my friend, and I go to sch Oh Look Here comes the bus The thing is, the writing could have been beautiful But it seemed so rushed and so juvenile that it came to the point where I could care less.And the thing is Kiersten White follows Rule 2 and she covers up her really bad writing with some character driven excuse Apparently the writing is supposed to be so incoherent and rushed because it s supposed to show us as readers how tormented and how disturbed Fia really was Under normal circumstances, I would have really appreciated this but Mrs White used this technique in such a way that it seemed like she was using this excuse as a way to cover up her poor writing 3 Characterization Fia and Annie are practically the same person Not only do they sound alike, but they act alike as well They re so similar it s hard to distinguish them apart They re both selfish, ungrateful, whiny, and unintelligent Definitely not two characters I d like to be around The side characters are completely undeveloped All the side characters had so little depth and so much stereotyping that to me it seemed they were nothingthan cardboard cutouts Side characters are the ones who are supposed to bring an already amazing story up to an entirely better level, but the side characters in Mind Games definitely did exactly the opposite.Annie REALLY bothered me These days, there s been so many YA books being written about the power and love sisters have for each other Hunger Games, The Fifth Wave, Angelfall I could go ON AND ON but honestly Annie was the worst sister I ve read about yet She doesn t even THANK her sister for continually risking her life to help keep her alive she s selfish and she s arrogant which really bothered me.I didn t like Fia This was definitely my biggest problem regarding the characterization, because, honestly, how am I supposed to like a book if I can t emotionally connect to it s main character 4 Make a really interesting futuristic world, but don t bother to explain how it works I think this should be asort of thing for authors, but if your story is a dystopian, you NEED to explain the world you ve created Really it s not that hard YOU created the world, so you can do whatever you want with it.The thing is, Kiersten White never explained how her world formed She never explained what caused America to so drastically change what happened to the government, or how these kids even got these superpowers It s like she thinks it s supposed to be obvious, but it s not Because she never told us a darn thing about her world.And that really confused me All in all, I wouldn t really recommend this to anyone everything was just so messy, sloppy, and unorganized, and it really showed throughout the story. The ratings system is inherently flawed in relation to book reviews I tend to use the 1 star review solely for books that offended me, particularly in their romanticised depiction of rape culture, abusive relationships, women shaming, etc I seldom, if ever, give a book 1 star because it was just awful as a piece of literature I read somewhere that the author Kiersten White finished the first draft of this book in nine days I don t believe that Nine days is far longer than my original predic The ratings system is inherently flawed in relation to book reviews I tend to use the 1 star review solely for books that offended me, particularly in their romanticised depiction of rape culture, abusive relationships, women shaming, etc I seldom, if ever, give a book 1 star because it was just awful as a piece of literature I read somewhere that the author Kiersten White finished the first draft of this book in nine days I don t believe that Nine days is far longer than my original prediction of a weekend This book read like a NaNoWriMo novel written in the final two days because the author forgot about it It s been a long time since I read a book as painfully rushed, sloppy and lazy as Mind Games known as Sister Assassin in UK The biggest failure of this book is the narration Switching between the two sisters who are entirely matching in almost every way, White has chosen a stream of consciousness first person style to tell this story Stream of consciousness was a particular favourite of the Modernist movement, and utilised to great effect by writers such as Virginia Woolf and James Joyce if you ve actually finished Ulysses then you re a better person than I am It s tough to read even when it s executed perfectly Here it s practically unbearable Not only are the sisters narrations impossible to differentiate from, the constant repetition of words and phrases, coupled with the lazy and juvenile nature of the prose made the experience of reading this book seem far longer than its slim page numbers would suggest The non linear narrative feels like such a slog, and does nothing but make the story entirely incoherent Any possibility of the book livening up with some action is quickly ruined by this unreadable style None of this is helped by the fact that both sisters are motivated by pretty much the same things, make completely irrational decisions that don t fit with what the other cut out characters tell us about them, and are both extremely annoying I didn t want to spend this book with them Then again, it s not as if the supporting cast offer up much either Scooby Doo offered up stronger motivation and characterisation than this book does However, I must briefly draw attention to one character called James which I had to look up for this review because I have honestly forgotten everyone s names except for the sisters , who plies an underage girl with alcohol to get her to talk Of course, James is the dark, sexy and dangerous one who we are supposed to root for the woman he plies with alcohol to get together with He also delightfully manipulates a young woman who struggles with her ability to feel everyone else s emotions into believing he cares for her because that makes her easier to deal with Not that the alcohol plied sister Fia really cares about the well being of this young woman She doesn t care about anyone besides herself, regardless of her constant whining over looking after her blind sister I d be angrier at this mess if I in any way cared about Fia or Annie as characters.The powers that the sisters have could be interesting if executed well, but instead they re just there They serve bare plot purposes in the most serviceable manner possible and are barely explained or expanded upon In the end, everything that went on felt entirely inconsequential because I just didn t care about anything although I did wonder why any stereotypical evil organisation would use a woman with perfect instincts to kill people instead of just having her make them billions and screw around with democracy The style of the book and the childish approach to storytelling and prose just dragged me out of the experience I can live with an unoriginal plot structure, which this book has in spades, if the execution is interesting, or interesting questions are asked, or if the characters and dialogue bring it to life This book has none of that I spent muchtime thinking about why White was in such a hurry to push this book out than I did thinking about the book itself Mind Games is bafflingly bad I cannot understand how a relatively well acclaimed New York Times best selling author can fail so badly with this book, although some blame must also go to the editor and agent for rushing this out so quickly as if publishing it was a race against time I see that this book is the first in a duology, which makes me shudder, in all honesty Mind Games was a waste of my time, a waste of the publisher s time, and just a mess in every conceivable way 1 5 1.5 5 This has a very interesting synopsis, but unfortunately, it was just that that is was good.I couldn t get passed the first few chaptersThe writing was weird it kept repeating things three time, like when you add unnecessary words in a work so it has the sufficient word count and extremely simple This was the major problem for me It was just NO The characters were boring and stupid.One of the main characters is just so bloody freaking stupid She pissed me off so much i1.5 5 This has a very interesting synopsis, but unfortunately, it was just that that is was good.I couldn t get passed the first few chaptersThe writing was weird it kept repeating things three time, like when you add unnecessary words in a work so it has the sufficient word count and extremely simple This was the major problem for me It was just NO The characters were boring and stupid.One of the main characters is just so bloody freaking stupid She pissed me off so much in just a couple of chapters.And aren t there supposed to be two main characters Because I could only find one They literally have the same personality, is not just that they look the same but they are EXACTLY the same When reading the chapters you only know of who the POV is because they say so, otherwise you would think it didn t changeOverall I m extremely disappointed.This had the possibility to be a incredible book, but it just wasn t Review posted at SoManyBooksSoLittleTime Review posted at SoManyBooksSoLittleTime Mind Games


About the Author: Kiersten White

Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling author of many books for teens and young readers, including And I Darken, Now I Rise, Bright We Burn, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, and Slayer She lives with her family near the ocean in San Diego, where she perpetually lurks in the shadows Visit Kiersten online at KierstenWhite.com and follow KierstenWhite on Twitter.


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