Book Review: Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

19367070Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: September 9, 2014

Pages: 275 (Hardcover)

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Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, HarperTeen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

opinionAfter finishing Kiersten White’s Mind Games series, I can say that she has a strange style It’s at first, really fucking annoying but starts to grow on you. And after reading, Illusions of Fate I say that this roller coaster of annoyance is a good thing because despite hating the beginning of her novels, I always come to enjoy them even if it’s a little which is what happened with this book. It’s all over the place but works itself out. It’s a solid ‘meh’ type of book.

I wanted a more believable world from White. The book and characters get boring fairly quickly in the story because nothing happens but planning for this and that. Also, the reaction Jessamin has when she finds out Eleanor and Finn can practice magic is so unbelievable it’s almost funny. Adding onto this, like I said before, the characters a bit boring. I wanted Jessamin to be a badass instead of only dipping her toe in the water that is badassness. She lets Finn do everything rather than doing it for herself. Moreover, the ending where Downpike explains everything felt forced and not something that would actually happen.

Still, the slow burn romance is actually really well done. As far as characters go, Eleanor is by far my favourite with her sassy tone. And of course the twists in the book are great, White doesn’t tell everything and I liked this because it’s on little things and  I barely suspected a thing.

Illusions of Fate is a solid book. All of my blogger friends like it as well. I wouldn’t say it’s amazing or inspirational but it’s something. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves gothic like stories with magic and evil guys.

3 Mediocre Clouds
3 Mediocre Clouds

Book Review: Perfect Lies (Mind Games#2) by Kiersten White

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Perfect Lies (Mind Games#2) by Kiersten White

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: February 18, 2014

Pages: 232 (Hardcover)

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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.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, HarperTeen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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I don’t know what I was expecting from this. More action? Less romance? More assassinations? Less whining about having to save each other? Whatever it was, I didn’t get it. What I didn’t get in Mind Games are almost all here in this one. And I don’t mean that in a good way. The relationship between Kiersten White and I is so iffy that I’m scared to read her other series for the sake that I will hate it more than I do this one.

In Perfect Lies Fia’s once odd yet exciting mind turns for the worst. Instead of sounding unique and enticing, I found that Kiersten White tried too hard and made her extremely unstable and even worse, annoying. Three taps is fine, it sticks and things usually go better in three but four sounds awkward and I found myself having to slow down while reading one of Fia’s repetitions just so that I got it right (It was annoying annoying annoying ANNOYING to do so.) On another note, I still had a hard time with the characters except for Annie. The rest felt flimsy and pathetic, not adding anything to story but take up space. A relationship that I used to enjoy (Fia’s and Adam’s) is completely disregarded and is just non-existent in this one.

The only that stayed the same for the best are the short chapters. I flew through this novel in less than a day. And I actually liked the idea of the setting because it’s exotic and dangerous and a little intense unfortunately, the execution of it is sloppy at best. Like I said before, Annie is the only character that I liked. I liked her because, even though she’s still a whiny little brat, she’s grows a little and her chapters are well described and I had a much easier time connecting to her than I would have imagined. While reading, I found myself skimming Fia’s chapters just to read about Annie and her life.

All in all, Perfect Lies is an odd book. Hell, this series is odd and definitely not in a good way. I don’t recommend this to anyone unless you don’t mind a series that doesn’t make too much sense, weirdly entertaining but too annoying to care writing, and sloppily done execution for just about everything then maybe you’ll enjoy this novel. If not, stay far far far FAR away from this series. Just stare at the beautiful covers from a distance.

2.5 Mess Up Clouds
2.5 Mess Up Clouds

 

For quotes from this book, click here.

Favourite Book Quotes of the Week#49

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A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week. Leave a comment/link telling me what your favourite quotes are! I’ll be sure to check your post out too!

Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor

18053047Favourite quotes:

1. Words like fag and homo are totally unacceptable whether or not people are gay, but my point is that trying particular behaviors and interests to a particular gender seems to be the major reason guys who like dance get called names.

2. “If you realize life is short, you break up with your gay boyfriend and get a real boyfriend.”

3. “Sometimes it’s hard to hear when we’ve done something wrong. But we can learn from our mistakes.”

4. Time does not care how precious it is, how hard you are working not to squander it.

Time passes.

5. And suddenly I started to cry. Serious sobs, the kind where your stomach hurts and you can’t breathe and there’s snot running down your face. I was crying so hard I couldn’t even mute the sounds I was making, and Luke put his hand on my back and I thought about how everyone would think that I was crying because of Stacy’s fucking speech and I wanted to kill someone. I wanted to kill someone and I wanted to die and I wanted to run as far and as fast as I could.

Perfect Lies (Mind Games#2) by Kiersten White

12578370Favourite quotes:

1. “Silly man, doesn’t he know money is imaginary?” It’s paper that turns into numbers on screens, after all. It’s there, then it’s gone. I put it places, I take it out, I move it someplace else. Imaginary. Most things are imaginary, when you think about it.

Sometimes I think I’m imaginary.

2. “She told me only people we love the most can destroy us, because no one else has that kind of power.”

3. “Oh, baby sister. We all want things we shouldn’t have. Even you. Just because you love him doesn’t mean you should. Love is a choice, like anything else.

4. Once upon a time, I was a little girl with a mom and a dad and a sister, and the only monsters in the world were imaginary.

Then I became one of the monsters.

Weekly Update#4

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What have I been up to? What have you missed on my blog? This is a weekly update of the new posts and books/album I’ve read/listened to.

Monday

Book review: Mind Games (Mind Games#1) by Kiersten White

Tuesday

Album review: If You Leave by Daughter

Wednesday

Book review: Beyond Parallel by Matthew Turner

Song of the Week#1-Say Hello by Alexander (The Bonus Edition)

Thursday

Album review: Collapsible Lung by Relient K

Friday

Book review: Undercurrent by Paul Blackwell

Saturday

Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#32

Books Read This Week

Undercurrent by Paul Blackwell

Albums Listened To This Week

Collapsible Lung by Relient K

Burnout by Anarbor

Currently Reading

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Prep School Confidential (Prep School Confidential #1) by Kara Taylor

Hopeless (Hopeless#1) by Colleen Hoover

Currently Listening To

Sunflower by Never Shout Never

Legendary by The Summer Set

Book Review: Mind Games (Mind Games#1) by Kiersten White

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Mind Games (Mind Games#1) by Kiersten White

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Fantasy and young adult

Release Date: February 19, 2013

Pages: 237 (Hard Cover)

Mind Games (Mind Games#1)

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.

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Mind Games is a really odd book. And by odd I mean I hate it but then I kind of like it at the same time. This is a 237 paged novel about assassins and love…Does that even make sense? Because it doesn’t to me. It feels like huge chunks of the story were taken out and no one felt like making what was left into a proper story and just left it like that. Making close to no sense at all.

Everything moves really fast in the book. Many things are disorganized concerning the plot and the characters. In fact, there isn’t any character building in the book, Fia’s voice is very cluttered and unfocused, going from topic to topic in a very rough type of matter. And Annie feels like a blank wall, very stiff and very boring. I wish that Kiersten White put as much focus on Annie as she did with Fia because Annie does not feel like an important character in the story although she should. With Adam, the relation between him and Fia gives off an insta-love type of feeling that I did not like at all. And although the ending is a bit of a surprise, I think because the rest of the book is so predictable that I couldn’t bring myself to care about it at all.

Fia is an odd character, and her voice is very cluttered but I sort of like it as well, I’m not exactly sure why. It’s fresh and new but poorly executed and that’s what makes me dislike it. But I love the fact that she has perfect instincts. I mean, how cool is that! She may not be a badass but she has some badass skills that make her very unique. Her relationship with James albeit familiar, is pretty good. The foundation for the relationship is there, and it’s growing even with how predictable it is. Kiersten White did a nice job by making Annie blind but also a Seer, I think that just adds to how different this story is. I also like the four stories in one book aspect this book has because while reading about the adventures Annie and Fia go through, we’re also learning about their histories and pasts.

Unfortunately, a unique story with some creativity doesn’t help the story as much as it should because it’s poorly executed. The story is very predictable and it’s a shame because this could have been a very amazing book if it was given the proper care. I recommend this to anyone who has liked White’s other novels or don’t mind short stories that don’t entirely make sense.

2.5 Clouds
2.5 Clouds

For quotes from this book, click here.