By: Celine | February 4, 2014 | (16) Comments

Review: Perfect Lies by Kiersten WhitePerfect Lies by Kiersten White
Series: Mind Games, #2
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: February 18, 2014
Genres: Paranormal, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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.

I’m one of the few people who actually quite liked Mind Games, and I’m pleased to say that Perfect Lies had all the things I liked in Mind Games – and more. I actually do believe that even those who weren’t a fan of Mind Games might enjoy this one. Perfect Lies takes everything from its predecessor and makes them better.

While I personally didn’t, a lot of people had problems with the writing style in Mind Games. Not everyone felt that the stream-of-conscious style was exectuted well, but believe me, it’s much better in Perfect Lies. The writing style is less jumbled and I felt that in this book, White had more of an idea where she wanted to go with it. The stream of consciousness is still there, but in moderation. The POVs of Annie and Fia were distinct and I never confused them with one another. Fia is obviously the crazier one, and her chapters have more stream of consciousness in them. And not to forget her never-relenting taps (four of them in this book). Annie felt much saner and her chapters are usually a bit clearer than Fia’s.

While both books are told in POVs of both Annie and Fia, I felt that Mind Games was Fia’s book and Perfect Lies Annie’s. While Annie had a lot of potential in Mind Games, I felt that potential was never tapped into. In Perfect Lies, though, White finally utilizes that unused potential and we get a deeper insight in Annie’s character. She has more visions in this instance, and her willingness to do anything for her sister is shown and tested more. I finally got more of a grasp on her character and I understood her better in this novel.

There’s also romance in Perfect Lies, though it’s quite on the background. Fia is still with James, who is still an asshole, but I stand by what I said in my review of Mind Games; it didn’t feel real, like Fia was really into him, even thought she says she loves him. I’m still not sure whether we actually were supposed to feel that she did truly love him, but I personally feel that James was Fia’s escape, that she used him. In this sense, it didn’t feel like a ‘real’ I-will-always-love-you romance and so I truly didn’t mind James’ character. I was also very happy with the way this romance turned out in the end!

Annie also gets a romance in Perfect Lies, but it was very much on the background. Not a lot happened in that department and I’m glad it didn’t take over the plot. It was quite subtle most of the time and the actual falling-in-love part doesn’t take place in this novel. This is really more the “I just realized that I sort of like this guy” stage, and it was very refreshing! The guy Annie starts falling for actually was a nice guy. He obviously cared about Annie and her safety, but he didn’t hold her back in any way. I felt that this, contrary to Fia and James’ relationship, was a genuine and healthy romance.

The plot thickens in Perfect Lies and while the ending wasn’t as explosive as Mind Games’ ending, I really liked it. The stakes are higher and you can feel the urgency of it all. It really is a matter of life or death for some of these people, and it makes you keep reading. Add a lot of visions from Annie, and we have a thrilling and almost unputdownable book.

In allI enjoyed this even more than I did Mind Games. While I definitely thought Mind Games wasn’t for everyone, I think that even those who disliked Mind Games will like Perfect Lies. The writing definitely got better, as did the characterization. Annie plays a bigger role in this novel, and I really liked that. She was an interesting character! I’d say to check Perfect Lies out if you finished Mind Games, no matter what rating you gave the latter. Fans of Mind Games will devour Perfect Lies and non-fans of Mind Games might still like it quite a bit!

~Thank you HarperTeen for sending me this copy!~

4 Stars
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Celine is 17 years old and from the Netherlands. Quite obviously, she loves books! She has been a reader for as long as she can remember, and she believes she will be a reader forever. Celine is also obsessed with food, and loves singing along to music as loud as possible, dancing and doodling on nearly everything.

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16 Responses to Review: Perfect Lies by Kiersten White

  1. You’ve got me curious, Mel. I was one of those people who had trouble with the previous book, but you’re changing my opinion.
    I was also iffy about the romance between James and Fia. It seemed really weird.
    Anyways, I’m glad you found it enjoyable, Melanie. Lovely review!
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  2. Aimee says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed this, Celine! And I have been hearing that the sequel’s much better than the first. I actually have a copy of Mind Games but haven’t read it yet. :/ Great review!
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  3. Lily B says:

    I need to get Mind Games from the library, with so many of my friends loving it I feel like I am missing out. Glad the romance in this one did not take away from the overall plot!
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  4. Pili says:

    I really liked both Mind Games and Perfect Lies, even though it always takes me a while to get into the rhythm of the way the story is told. I agree that Mind Games felt more like Fia’s story and Perfect Lies was more Annie’s story. I was really glad to see Annie grow and learn to want to stand on her own two feet!
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  5. Candace says:

    I really enjoyed the first one too and I liked the writing style a lot. I’m looking forward to reading this, I’m glad to hear you thought it was even better!
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  6. Nice review, Celine. I never read the first one but it just goes to show that what doesn’t work for some will be okay for others. I’m glad you liked this one a bit better though…just shows things are progressing.
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  7. I actually shipped James and Fia pretty hard. I had a whole different view of their relatioship. But in the end, it doesn’t matter. This duology is a favorite and White’s writing spectacular, especially in Fia’s POV.
    Lovely review!
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  8. Wonderful review Celine, I haven’t read the first book yet but they really intrigue me with the consciousness thing 🙂 The characters sound really good and the romance refreshing as well.
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  9. Hi Celine! Your review of Perfect Lies had me wanting to check this out. I do like the premise of the book, but I think I’d have to read Mind Games first. Great review! 🙂
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  10. Ahh I felt the total opposite about this book. I’m really glad that you enjoyed it, the ending definitely did pack a huge punch with how the plot thickened and everything got more and more intense. I agree with what you said though, Perfect Lies is definitely Annie’s story and Mind Games was Fia’s. Fantastic review, Celine! <33
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  11. Giselle says:

    I was scared off of Mind Games when all the nasty reviews came around but people seem to be enjoying this sequel and it’s making me curious to see if I’d like Mind Games or not. I do still have the ARC haha. But good to know the writing gets better – or less jumbled at leas, and I like that the romance doesn’t take over the spotlight light it happens way too much in YA books I find. Great review, Celine!
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  12. I haven’t read mind games yet so I skimmed, but I am happy this one worked out for you so much. I have seen iffy reviews of both books but I am still interested.
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  13. Melanie says:

    I think I might try this series again sometime, Celine! I mean, I just could not get past the first few pages of Mind Games.

    Lovely review, dear! <33

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