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Review: Perfect Lies by Kiersten White

Title: Perfect Lies
Author: Kiersten White
Series: Mind Games #2
Rating: 4 Stars

232 pages
Published February 18th 2014 by HarperTeen
ARC received from HarperCollins

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I read Perfect Lies immediately after Mind Games and it’s basically more of the same (which is not a bad thing).

After the happenings of Mind Games Fia and Annie will have to battle to be completely free from the Keane Foundation. However, how do you do this when they have Seers that get visions every time you form a plan?

My thoughts when reading Perfect Lies were basically like this:
“What’s going on? What’s happening? Oh my god, no. Did they just… What’s happening? WHAT’S HAPPENING?!”

There are two time lines, one following Fia in the “week before” and one following Annie that starts “four months before”. If that makes any sense. We basically see Fia in the few days running up to the climax of the book, and we see Annie fill in the gaps between the climax and the end of Mind Games. This also means that at first when you’re reading Fia’s parts she’s way further along in the story, which creates a lot of suspense because she alludes to some happenings, and you’re like “WHAT? DID THIS HAPPEN?”. A complicating factor is that Fia is even more broken than before, and even within the confines of her mind, she lies.

Perfect Lies packs a lot of emotional punches and toys with your thoughts, just like its prequel. It’s a short book, and that format works perfectly for it. If we had to spend 500 pages in Fia’s head I think we all would go crazy along with her. Instead we just get short flashes. There are some secondary characters introduced that I really liked, and there is a bit more romance than in the first book. The romance was surprisingly sweet and cute without being unrealistic. The sisters aren’t exactly in the position to date like normal people, and both their romantic interests reflected that.

The ending of Perfect Lies was perfect. Not too overtly optimistic, which wouldn’t fit with the tone of the books, but it wasn’t too dark either. The Mind Games books are great fast-paced thrillers with an interesting writing style.


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.

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