BOOK ONE: MIND GAMES
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 life.
Now 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.
BOOK TWO: PERFECT LIES
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.
What I loved about the Mind Games series:
Fia, Sofia. Fia was a totally mind-f'd, black hole minded, bad a**. Fia's consumed with guilt for everything she deals with and does. She is literally consumed with grief, guilt, and worry for the duration of the series. It does get you down a bit but it made total sense. I got it, I did. It was just kind of saddening--to think someone so young, had so very little to look forward to.
I liked the idea of a school of young girls with otherworldly super powers, even though it wasn't all for the good. It was very unique.
The characters are well developed, and obviously well thought out. They came off as very three dimensional, and totally believable. You won't love them all, but they enhance the story.
The sister's relationship: I loved how fiercely loyal both of the sisters were to one another. It was a scary kind of loyal, but loyalty nonetheless. They protected one another and any cost, and it was kind of sickly admirable.
The writing: Kiersten is a great writer. It's fluid, and relatable and it made it totally easy to breeze through the books.
Diversity: This book is diverse without even trying, and I am all for it.
What I didn't like about the series: Nothing in particular, except for the fact that I felt kind of sucked into the darkness of the novels. I thought it would be more action, and romance based--but it was more than that. It was darker than that, and it was unexpected. I'm still not sure if this is good or bad.
Romance: I know that these books are not all about the romance, but I would love to know, who the I was supposed to trust, and if the love--or "like," that was shared was true or false.
Oh, and the time jumps. Those got a little confusing. It might be a issue for some readers, so be warned.
For a pair of books under 300 pages each, a lot was achieved. The books were well written, nicely paced and highly intriguing. I think it's a great unique read for readers in their far teens, and beyond. The games themselves are mind games, so be prepared for good but not "easy" reading.