My Rating: 4 stars
Series: Mind Games; Book 1
Date Read: March 27, 2015
Source: Purchased Audiobook
Publication Date: December 3, 2013
Genres: Young adult, paranormal
Mind Games is the story of two sisters. Annie is blind, but can see in her visions, where she gets small glimpses of the future. Fia can pick up on whether something is right or wrong and has perfect instincts. The two attend a school that promised to help Annie, but instead takes advantage of Fia's rare abilities. They expect her to do awful things, actions that Fia would never do if given a choice - but she does not have a choice. If she says no, they will kill Annie.
One of the things that stands out about this novel is the relationship between the sisters. They would each go through anything to protect one another, but this includes keeping secrets. It was interesting to watch each girl struggle to trust her sister, when neither really understood the other. Annie and Fia were so similar to one another, and they both wanted the same things, but sometimes that was lost in translation - mostly due to the school keeping them apart.
I also enjoyed that this book had a romance, bordering on a love triangle, but that never threatened to take over the plot. The main focus was always the evil school, the psychic abilities, the relationship between sisters. The boys were certainly there, but Fia had much bigger concerns, and I feel like that was handled well.
Fia's character was extremely well-developed and I think she dealt with all that she went through very realistically. At times she was ready to break down, and at times I had to wonder about her mental state and whether or not she would eventually snap from all the pressure. Annie seemed a bit more selfish, or perhaps a bit more clueless, and I did enjoy her character less than her sister's.
My favorite side character, and one I especially hope to learn more about in the next book, was James. His father ran the school that Fia and Annie attended, and Annie held a strong dislike for him. Fia, although she often felt wrong about him, grew to trust him and even developed a crush. He seemed like a very complex character throughout the story, and it was very difficult deciding rather to side with Annie or Fia when it came to my opinion on him.
This is a book I would definitely recommend to those who enjoy young adult paranormal books. (Or sci-fi? I wasn't quite sure which genre to list this as; Goodreads says both.) It's a quick read and very fast-paced, and the story is excellent.