Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Review: Perfect Lies (Mind Games, #2)


Perfect Lies (Mind Games, #2)Author: Kiersten White
Series: Mind Games, #2
Published: February 18th 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Hardcover, 232 pgs
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: The Book Depository

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.
Why did everyone fail to inform me that Mind Games happens to be a duology? How cruel are you people? I was absolutely convinced more was yet to come, at least until I reached the last page and put my googling skills to good use. The sisters have found a place in my heart and I was devastated to learn that the time has come to part ways with Annie, and especially Fia.

From what I’ve noticed, Kiersten White seems to be a pretty polarizing author. People generally either love or hate her books and it mostly comes down to her writing style. Some find it bold and some find it too peculiar. If we somehow forget Supernaturally and Endlessly (and please, let’s), I think her books always push boundaries and that her writing is just interesting enough to be worthy of admiration.

Like Mind Games, Perfect Lies is divided between two narrators, Fia and her sister Annie. The sisters are mostly separated in this book, which makes their two points of view even more important. Even though they’re not together, their bond is extremely strong and they work hard to protect each other, no matter the cost. Fia is determined to keep pretending that she killed Annie, and Annie refuses to hide if that means staying away from Fia.

As impossible as this may sound, Fia is crazier and more vulnerable than ever. Separated from her sister, she only has James to rely on and she clings to him with all her might. James, being his usual morally dubious self, plays seven different games at once and no one quite knows where his loyalties lie. Fia got under my skin in Mind Games, but she flat-out broke my heart in Perfect Lies. She was lost, confused, scared, possibly more aggressive than ever – a wounded animal with nowhere left to run. From the start, I had the distinct feeling that she’d given up on herself, having achieved her only goal, which was to keep Annie safe.  Watching her come unhinged made me hurt so much I almost couldn’t stand it.

”Do I look like I need protection?” I hold out my hands, one with streaks of blood on it, and give him my best crazy crazy crazy crazy grin. “You know, I like Dmitri. I crippled him, but I like him.”

Compared to Fia, Annie has always seemed almost bland. She does spread her wings a little bit in Perfect Lies when she’s forced to stop cowering behind Fia and to finally take some responsibility for her own fate. There is finally a romantic interest for her too, but like everything else with Annie, it’s pretty complicated and a tiny bit frustrating.

If there’s one thing that bothered me in Perfect Lies, it was the messed up timeline, the constant jumps back and forth in time, chapter after chapter, until I lost track of what had happened and what was yet to come. I suppose this was done to build up tension, but, while good, the idea wasn’t thought through. Instead of achieving the desired effect, it made me feel more than a little lost at times.

The ending, I must confess, was left a bit too open for my taste. If there was ever a book in desperate need of an epilogue, it’s this one. As it was, I can’t say I was satisfied with how things were left, and I even felt a bit cheated.

Be that as it may, I nevertheless strongly recommend this duology (!) to fans of peculiar stories and even more peculiar writing.

A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher for review purposes. No considerations, monetary or otherwise, have influenced the opinions expressed in this review.



24 comments:

  1. I haven't read this series yet, great review. Sounds like a good series!

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  2. Yay! I love this duology, actually I just love crazy Fia. I agree, the ending could have used a better closing but I am keeping my fingers crossed that it means maybe, just maybe a third of some kind will be in the future. That is probably a stretch but I don't care, one can hope. ;)

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  3. I loved Mind Games, and I'm so excited to read this one! It's too bad that the ending isn't so great, but everything else sounds pretty good. Great review :)

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  4. Oh evil. I know the feeling, not from duo books but from books that have gotten no more cos the publisher said no

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  5. I'm glad you enjoyed this duo, Maja, despite the unsatisfactory ending. White's work has been very hit-or-miss for me in the past, but I'm not a fan of her writing style and am not sure this series is for me. I'm thrilled to see how much you enjoyed it, though. Lovely review, my dear!

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  6. I didn't enjoy the first book because I simply couldn't connect with either of the sisters. The writing was also weird for me. I'm glad that you enjoyed this one too Maja.
    Lovely review!

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  7. You're right -- Kiersten White is a polarizing author. I actually enjoy her books (including Supernaturally! Very cheesy but I liked it) so I'm looking forward to this one. Already, I have all the feels for Fia. POOR GIRL!! Annie kept her somewhat grounded. Without her...yep. That's bad. So, so bad.

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  8. I agreed that I was confused for a while too, that's why I think reading both the books back to back would be better, so you won't have to get back into the writing again. It is quite peculiar as you say, but I loved this duology!
    Great review, Maja!

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  9. Hm. I'm just not sure about this series Maja! The characters sound really interesting, but I don't deal well with open endings. I like things nicely wrapped up for me, bow and all, so I think I might struggle with that aspect and all the jumping around in time. Glad those couple flaws didn't detract too much from your overall enjoyment though!!!

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  10. The timelines really got to me as well!

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  11. I really liked book 1 but I think readers was expecting more of the humor/light feel of Paranormalcy and this one is SO different from that. I do love the aspect of the sisters but I'm sad to see a wide open ending. I'm still interested enough to read this one to see how things pan out.

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  12. Oh it's rare to have a 2-books series... I would have been surprised as well... I think I remember book 1 but haven't tried this series yet, I have one of her other UF book but haven't read it either. I should try to see how they are.

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  13. I'm glad to have the warning that it's a duology because I would have expected 3 (or more) books. It's too bad that there's not enough of an ending though, that's a big downside. I hate ending a book and not having things all tied up. I am looking forward to reading this, I'm curious to see what happened.

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  14. Sadly I haven't read either of these. I'm excited to get to them and try her writing style for myself.

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  15. It always bodes well when you don't want to leave beloved characters in a book! I still need to read the first book and now I want to more than ever. I don't like the sound of that ending, but I will survive... I think. Hopefully she will cave and at least give us a novella with a solid ending. :)

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  16. Awesomely hysterical review!!! I've been sideswiped by series lengths before but usually the other way around... when they have cliffhangers and it's like, "What?? No closure?!? More books?!? UGH!"

    You could look at it this way, White took them out on top, right? I'll have break down into my TBR and read White soon... I'm wondering about her writing and why it's got people divided - I had heard the same thing, too!

    Like I said - great review!!!!!

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  17. Pulling hair out. I detest books that end open. I always want more. I wasn't a big fan of Supernaturally. I think I still have an ARC of the first book on my kindle. Maybe it is time to dig it out.

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  18. I picked up book one during a sale and look forward to this. I can handle open endings are look forward to meeting the sisters . Green review Maja

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  19. I picked up book one during a sale and look forward to this. I can handle open endings are look forward to meeting the sisters . Green review Maja

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  20. I really enjoyed the first book and am looking forward to this but I was dismayed to learn from Ali that this is a duology! Now that I know you were wanting more from the ending I'm even more bummed that this is the final installment. Hopefully Kiersten will do some sort of e-short to wrap up loose ends. Glad you still enjoyed this, lovely review!

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  21. This is the end?? I heard it was open ended but I thought there would be more.

    I just got it in the mail the other day. I'm so glad I read this first so I'm not looking for more pages lol

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  22. I agree that White's style is quite polarising. Her books don't usually work for me, and seeing as though Mind Games was a bit of a disappointment for me, I don't think I'll be picking this one up. I'm glad to see that you enjoyed it though, Maja, even if the ending did feel a little too open. Lovely review! :)

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  23. I didn't realize it was only a duology either. But, I've yet to start the first too. Glad you enjoyed!

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  24. I didn't know that this was a duo either. On the bright side, I can start the series now that both are out!

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