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Perfect Lies by Kiersten White eARC {4 Stars}

Perfect Lies is the sequel to Mind Games and continues right where Mind Games left off with more intrigue, awesome mind powers, and an amazing sisterly dynamic. I quite enjoyed Mind Games, though this series is clearly not for everyone. If you enjoy stream-of-consciousness narration, crazy timelines interweaving, and broken characters, you should definitely check out this series, but go read Mind Games since there will be spoilers below ;-). If you have already read Mind Games, you will probably enjoy Perfect Lies just about the same amount that you did Mind Games, it all depends on your preferences, haha.

Note: I received Perfect Lies through Edelweiss for an honest review. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Perfect Lies by Kiersten White eARC {4 Stars}

Perfect Lies by Kiersten White (Mind Games #2)
Published by HarperTeen on Feb. 18th, 2014
Genres: Sci-fi, YA
Page Length: 232 pages
How I got my copy: Edelweiss
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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.

4 Stars

Strengths:

  • Omg the plot twists! I have come to expect awesome twistiness from this series because of the way the books are structured, but I was still surprised :D.
  • I still freaking love Annie and Fia in Perfect Lies. They are separate for most of Perfect Lies and their relationship has changed pretty significantly due to the events of Mind Games. I enjoyed finding out just what those changes meant for how they felt about each other and wow I kind of wish I had a sister now, haha.
  • Annie really shines in Perfect Lies. She is tough and determined to do what is right for her sister and the world. Her blindness was also handled really well I thought. There are moments where people treat her like she is a child or isn’t there and I really appreciated her reactions and when she calls people out on this behavior. She finds ways to help the best she can and work around her blindness while also demonstrating that people with a disability are treated really weirdly at times. I’ll definitely be more conscious of those behaviors in my life.
  • There are a couple of new characters that show up and I love them for their own reasons. Without spoiling anything, I adore Pixie for her complexity and a certain other secondary character because she breaks my heart and I just want to help her.

Weaknesses:

  •  I followed Mind Games’ timelines pretty well, but Perfect Lies actually confused me at times. I feel like the timelines were even more confusing since everything had just come together at the end of Mind Games and now I was back to trying to place when things were happening again. There also seemed to be fewer signposts to help me keep everything straight, which I think was the big thing. I can’t just remember how many months ago each timeline was because I have a horrible memory for numbers, so I really need those signposts.
  • I enjoyed the time jumping in Mind Games, but felt like it got a bit stale in Perfect Lies since we already did it once ya know? I wanted a new trick to make the mystery interesting instead of the same technique over again.

Summary:

If you enjoyed Mind Games, you must pick up Perfect Lies. I really enjoyed this sequel and wish that it wasn’t the end of the series :(. I feel like I should say more, but what it really comes down to is that I love the stream-of-consciousness narration, broken characters, plot twists, and strong sister relationship in Perfect Lies and hope that if you like those things too, you will read it ;-).

4 Stars
Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

 Perfect Lies by Kiersten White

© 2014, Anya. All rights reserved.

Comments

  1. I loved Mind Games! I read another review that suggested a re-read of Mind Games before reading Perfect Lies – would you agree? Do you think it might have helped you cope with the timeline issues better?
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    • Hmm, yeah that might be a good thing. I actually read them one right after the other since I hadn’t read Mind Games before getting Perfect Lies for review. The timeline issues are very much just within Perfect Lies since it’s in the future after Mind Games ;-).

  2. I really loved Mind Games and can’t wait to read this!
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  3. Bec @ Ransom Reads says:

    I just read Mind Games a week or to ago and really enjoyed it so I’m exited for Perfect Lies!

    I’m so glad Annie gets her time to shine in Perfect Lies! She was constantly stuck on the sidelines because of her blindness in Mind Games with Fia doing everything to protect her. She started coming into her own at the end and I’m so glad she continues to be awesome in this one. Annie really deserves the chance to prove herself. (And I think that aspect I can connect with and appreciate well because my sister has a disability. Not blindness or anything physical, but still one that has people treating her differently and it’s always good to be reminded that just because someone has a disability doesn’t mean they’re incapable of doing things)

    Don’t wish for a sister. I have two younger ones. They steal all your clothes and things without asking. And constantly annoy you.

    Thanks for the review! (and sorry for the long, almost rambling comment) I can’t wait to get my hands on Perfect Lies :D
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  4. LeKeisha Thomas says:

    I have yet to read Mind Games. I DL it a while ago, but just haven’t gotten around to reading it.

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