Monday, February 17, 2014

Perfect Lies (Early Book Review)

Monday, February 17, 2014 9:59 AM with 10 comments


Perfect Lies (Mind Games #2)

Author: Kiersten White
Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of Pages: 232
Release Date: February 18, 2014

*Synopsis and Review will continue spoilers for Mind Games.*

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.


Again, will continue spoilers for Mind Games

I loved Mind Games (my review can be found here), and couldn't wait for this sequel to come out. In fact, once I did have it in my hands, I purposely made myself switch between it and a couple of other books because I knew that I would fly through this slim book if given a chance and I wanted to savor it. This series is still not going to be for everyone. The writing style is one that I know several people couldn't get in to with its dual narration, jumping time line, and pseudo stream-of-conscious writing, but I never struggled with it in either the first book or this one. Perfect Lies was a great sequel/conclusion (it is my understanding that this series was a duology, but I don't know if that is true) to Mind Games

Perfect Lies starts off immediately after Mind Games, well Annie's story does at least. The book starts with Annie lying on the ground after Fia "killed" her. She is swept up by the Learner group, including Adam, who are working together to stop the Keane Foundation once and for all. Annie's story takes place "weeks before". The Learner group is working on finding special girls before Keane and the school can get to them.

Fia's story takes place "days and hours before". She is still with James, the heir to the Keane Foundation, and while she loves him, she is starting to wonder if she can trust him. She feels like he is holding something back. She forges an uneasy friendship with a mind-reader of incredible power who she is also completely unsure whether or not she can trust. She is still grappling with the demons that plague her after killing four people (tap, tap, tap, tap). 

I'm going to leave it there. Honestly these are one of the books, and series, that it is best to just go in blind. If this is where the series ends, then I am satisfied, but I would love for there to be one more book. If you enjoyed the first book than I'm sure you will like this one, as well. If you haven't series, than I wish you wouldn't have read this review, and you should definitely pick it up. 


  1. I didn't know it was duology, :( I kind of want more now. It was an okay ending, but I think it's still kind of open to see where it goes, especially since they're so short, too.I so enjoyed it more than Mind Games, though it just felt more...together. I know the whole (tap, tap, tap) can be annoying, because it kind of did with me in Mind Games, but thinking about it, it is really freaking clever, and just helps you see the actual personality Fia has more than the one she tries to show. I still dislike Annie though. It isn't perfect, but it's freaking crazy, and I love that about it. We both reviewed it today. *highfive*. Glad you enjoyed it! :)

    1. I don't know for sure if it is, that's just what I heard. I did look on her GR author's page to see if a MG#3 was listed. There wasn't, but it might just be too soon. I definitely feel like there could be more. The ended was fine, but it didn't feel totally complete.

      I definitely like Fia more than Annie, too, although I liked Annie more this book since her story was a bit more interesting than it was in MG.

      You're right, they aren't perfect stories, but I really like them anyway. Thanks for stopping by! I'll be making my way over very soon. :)

  2. I haven't read this series but have heard good things and need to start!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

    1. It's a fun one. I hope you like it if you do pick it up. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I'm so excited to read this one. I enjoyed Mind Games as well and didn't have any problems with the writing style. I can't wait to read it!

    Great review, Natalie.

    1. It's really fun. I loved MG and was so excited to dive in. I hope you love it! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I haven't read this series either, but the writing style sounds really interesting! Definitely something I wouldn't mind checking out, great review :)

    1. The writing style definitely isn't for everyone, but it didn't bother me a bit. I hope you enjoy it if you do decide to give it a go. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. I really enjoyed Mind Games, but I think I'm going to have to reread it before I read this one because I barely remember any of it except for the basic plot. I actually really liked the writing style, and had no problem with the dual narration and jumping timeline. Glad you enjoyed it! ~Pam

    1. I had to reread the first book, too. I normally gripe about that, but I had just as much fun the second time. These books are so short, it really wasn't that big of deal. I enjoyed this one, but was a bit disappointed in the ending. I hope you love it. Thanks for stopping by. I apologize it took me so long to respond to your comment. This one slipped by me somehow.


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