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Perfect Lies (Mind Games) Hardcover – February 18, 2014
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Top Customer Reviews
There is a heavier mention of boys in this book, with James for Fia and Adam for Annie, but I spent the whole book questioning both of them. Which is weird for me. I tend to trust White’s love interests ASAP, but these two sent off my DANGER WILL ROBINSON vibe for most of the book. Particularly when James called Fia “pet.” It made me shudder, every. single. time. Hint for men out there, call me “Pet” I will bitch face you. Not even lovingly. Just a flat out bitch face.
This story seemed all about Annie and Fia becoming more confident in who they are. Which was a nice change from the first book, where they were clearly, and understandably not sure. This book also showed a side of both characters where it was better to be content with who you are than who you should be.
This book is much, much stronger than the first. There is absolutely no question about that. I am still a firm believer that this duology should have been one book. It would have worked and flowed easier if it was one book, but it is a solid sequel. I continue to look forward to what White has to bring to the YA table.
[More of my reviews are available on my blog, Geeky Reading, to which there's a link on my profile.]
I love Kiersten White’s stories. Everything I’ve read of hers so far has been fantastic. I will read anything of hers at this point.
This was a great continuation and conclusion to the series. It went by really fast, and is rather short, too.
I like both Annie and Fia, a lot. Their development was really nice, and some of it was surprising. It all really needed to happen, too. The ending for them was perfect, very fitting for each of them. Annie needed to take charge, not be taken care of; she always had it in her, she just needed to do it. Fia needed a break, badly. Time to find herself, grow into herself, be away from everything and everyone. Especially after what happened in this book.
I’m really happy for Annie. And I really like Cole.
I feel really bad for Fia. At the beginning, I wasn’t expecting what happened with James. By the middle (maybe even earlier, actually), I was starting to wonder, but hoping I was wrong. It’s frustrating, though, and sad.
This was a great book. It was exciting and intense, the development was fantastic, the characters are great, the writing was fantastic. It was a great conclusion, and now I really want to get my hands on White’s other books (The Chaos of Stars, which I still haven’t gotten, and her next books).
My one only complaint would be the lack of explanation of the previous book. There was absolutely no explaining what happened in the first book, and it really could have fit if only for meeting the minor characters on Annie’s side. Given that I read the first book this time last year, a lot of the characters were blurry for me. I got over that, but it still would have been nice.
Annie desperately wants to reconnect with her sister. She worries about Fia's fragile mind, and she'll do anything to help her. As her visions of Fia's future grow more and more disturbing, Annie realizes she may have to place herself in danger to keep her sister from going over the edge.
I really enjoyed Mind Games, the first in this series. It was unique and kept me guessing the entire way. I'm happy to report that Perfect Lies was just as enjoyable. I was afraid the novelty of the story would have worn off, but Ms. White does an excellent job at moving this book along very quickly and makes it feel fresh. Fia and Annie's alternating viewpoints drive the story forward, and while the two take place at different points in time, I never felt confused. Though the book is short, the plot is dense, and there are a ton of twists and turns. I was never sure who we could trust and I loved how it all came together.
I really loved Fia in the first book. I loved how Ms. White "broke" her and conveyed her erratic thoughts and behaviors. She is even more on the edge in this book. I loved it. While she felt unhinged before, she was teetering on the edge in this installment. I both loved and feared her.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really love books about sisters, and I feel like there aren't enough great ones out there. Mind Games was incredible and I loved being introduced to these two strong, amazing,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ashley Ferguson
Really great story. Loved the characters.
Fantastic Story. Could not put it down.
In Mind Games, Annie and Fia are separated. They are on two different teams working towards the same goal: To bring down the school that has caused them, and other girls, so much... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Katie
Kiersten White's style and use of wording is one of the best on YA novels today. Like many of her other books mythology is used in one way or another. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ana Luisa Yau
They are calling it a series still, that has to be more than two books, right? So, we should at least get a trilogy, but it would be excellent to have more. A great deal more. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Bryan S.
I really enjoyed Perfect Lies, but I will say that Mind Games had more of my attention. There was something missing in this book that I can't put my thought on, but it was still a... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Serenity
Mind Games→ 3 stars | Perfect Lies→ 4 stars
I received Perfect Lies for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Read more