March 9, 2014

Review of Perfect Lies by Kiersten White

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.

When I first read Mind Games by Kiersten White I thought it was good but unfortunately not as good as I expected it to be. It wasn't as intense as I thought it would be, the characterization wasn't that good, and while it was good it just didn't completely satisfy me. However with Perfect Lies, the sequel to Mind Games and the ending of the duology most of those issues were fixed and I was presented with an enjoyable book that was much better than the one before. 

Perfect Lies is in the POV's of the sisters Fia and Annie like it also was in Mind Games. This time around however the POV's are in two different time periods that are changing. This caused the book to be slightly confusing for me at first but as it progressed I got used to it. The chapters are labeled with a certain amount of time "before" but does not say what "before" is. I feel like this caused the anticipation to be high as the book went towards the event that is "before". There is also some romance involving both the sisters but doesn't invade the plot of the story. The romance was fun to read but it wasn't anything too serious.

Both characters continued to grow in Perfect Lies, Annie gains some confidence and Fia struggles finding the difference between right and wrong. I would say that for a while Fia goes downhill and does some things that are questionable. There is one part where she saves Mr. Keane by mistake even though she doesn't mean to and several times she convinces kids to come to the academy. Annie also goes through some stuff like when she starts taking drugs to get visions more frequently.

Overall, Perfect Lies met my expectations and vastly improved upon Mind Games. The writing was improved, better characterization, unique time lines, and several unexpected plot twists (especially at the end). If you like Mind Games or are looking for a short YA read then I would recommend Perfect Lies for you.


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