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.

opinion

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

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Book Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer#1) by Michelle Hodkin

8591107The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer#1) by Michelle Hodkin

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

Genre: Fantasy and young adult

Release Date: September 27, 2011

Pages: 452 (Paperback)

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1)

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.

(My Opinion)

Oh, the potential this book had. Stating the obvious, there is a romance in this novel. And this romance caused this novel to tumble and fall to its knees. Even with an awesome plot, it still couldn’t help the book as much as I had hoped. Throughout the novel, there is close to no character building and most of the characters feel like ink on paper.

A lot of creepy things happen to Mara once she moves to Miami. Things happen to the people around Mara as well. These odd happenings should have been a lot more dominant in the story but aren’t because they are far and few between. Which makes them seem quite random instead of building up to something more.  I wish Michelle Hodkin put more of these odd things into the book to help it be consistent. Now, onto the romance. But, don’t get me wrong, I liked it, the actual romance is funny and sweet but there is just too much of it. Once these two characters are apart it seems that it is short lived because the other character pops up out of nowhere so that they can be together for another fifteen chapters. It’s ridiculous and readers will get irritated and annoyed very quickly no matter how cute Noah’s accent may or may not be.

A big thing for me and books is the writing. I either like it or I don’t and fortunately for The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, I really, really, really, liked the writing. It’s like butter, so rich and smooth and dreamy. Everything flowed very nicely that, this almost 500 paged book felt like a 200 or 300 paged book. I also loved the ending even with how predictable it is. It’s very intense and scary, a crazy cliffhanger that forces you to need to read the second book.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is no doubt a book that many readers will love. But it’s also a book that a lot of readers will dislike because of the romance. But I did enjoy this and recommend it to anyone who loves books where the romance takes over and killer cliffhangers. Fingers crossed the second book has a lot less romance in it!

Three Clouds
Three Clouds

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Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#15

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A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week. Yes, I managed to finish two books this week!

Shadow And Bone By Leigh Bardugo

10194157 Favourite Quotes:

1. “It’s funny,” I said after a while. “I always thought that being beautiful would make life easier.”

2. How could someone offering you a present sound so creepy?

3. “The problem with wanting,” he whispered, his mouth trailing along my jaw until it hovered over my lips, “is that it makes us weak.”

Sweet Evil By Wendy Higgins

11808950 Favourite Quotes:

1. My whole life I’d fooled myself into thinking I didn’t need his love, but I’d been wrong. Everyone needed their father’s love.

2. “Being controlled and being unloved is not a natural way of life.”

3. There was nothing healthy about desperately wanting something you couldn’t have.

4. If life was a game, like everyone said, then I wanted to win.