Review: Perfect Lies by Kiersten White

February 18, 2014 Review 9

Perfect LiesPages: 232
Published: February 28th 2014 by HarperTeen 
Series: Mind Games #2
Source: HarperTeen via 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.

 My Thoughts & Review
I didn’t have the greatest experience with Mind Games. Granted, I didn’t hate it but it wasn’t one of my favorite books and I had an overall “meh” feeling upon finishing. In fact, while reading, I didn’t think I would want to go on to read the second book but the ending kind of sealed the fate for me… I needed to find out what happened with Annie & Fia!

One of my biggest issues with Mind Games was their was little to no character building. In Perfect Lies, that trend continued with Fia but luckily Annie had quite a bit of growth as a character. Fia annoyed me a ton, and I still was completely confused by her. Annie on the other hand, really came in to her own being that she was separated from Fia. I think being around Fia and the school kept her really isolated so now that she was away from that, she had a ton of room to grow. The only other character that I thought was interesting was “Pixie”. I thought she was fun and spunky, and although suspicious of her, I did really like her. James was untrustworthy to me… I didn’t really know what to think of him, as well as a lot of the other characters.

Perfect Lies still had that general theme of suspicion. Once again I wasn’t certain of anyone or anything and felt a bit clueless, honestly. It follows the same point of views, Annie and Fia, going back and forth between different timelines. I’m not sure how I feel about it really. I thought a lot of the time that the chapters didn’t match up and I felt it was really choppy and scattered. At nearly 70% completion I felt confused and uncertain of what was going on. After reading Mind Games and now feeling this way again in Perfect Lies, I think it’s safe to say this type of narration and story telling didn’t work for me. Luckily, the story is really fast paced and while it might be hard to follow, I still felt like the story progressed rather quickly and didn’t feel like I wanted to put it down.

Overall, I enjoyed the ending. I was surprised because I really didn’t see the ending that happened coming. I expected something totally different and I was pleasantly surprised. Kiersten White does have a way with shocking the reader!

I did enjoy this series enough to say, “Give it a try.” I’m happy that it was a duology and the plot was interesting enough to keep me reading.

3 Stars


9 Responses to “Review: Perfect Lies by Kiersten White”

    • Lauren

      … well… the covers are pretty! lol. Naw, it really wasn’t a terrible series but not my favorite 🙁 If it turned you off in Mind Games, then it will definitely annoy you again… Fia is just bleh. Annie however is pretty freaking cool 🙂

    • Lauren

      It definitely did surprise me !! Ah well… you win some, you lose some 😛 I loved Kiersten White’s other new(ish) book though The Chaos of Stars!!

  1. Rebecca @ The Library Canary

    I felt the exact same way about this one! I actually really didn’t like Annie in Mind Games, but she got so badass in this book! I was massively disappointed at Fia’s lack of development. I did really enjoy Pixie’s character though. Like you, I was also confused. I thought that it was because I didn’t remember anything that happened in Mind Games, but maybe it was more than that. It wasn’t a terrible series, but definitely not a favorite of mine.
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    • Lauren

      Nope, I don’t think it was more than that 😛 It was just confusing I think!! I felt like some of the timelines didn’t match up between Annie and Fia, it was… weird. I agree, it wasn’t terrible, just not my fav!!

  2. Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide

    I really felt like this series could have had so much potential but it just didn’t quite work out… I had the same feelings about Mind Games and tried to start Perfect Lies but I felt the same about Fia… I just couldn’t get on board with her character and she actively bothered me. Oh well! Sorry you didn’t end up enjoying this one as much as you’d hoped!
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    • Lauren

      I absolutely agree Brittany, the series had A LOT of potential! I think the writing was what led me to ultimately not like it as much… it was so jumpy! I’m sorry that you didn’t like it 🙁

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