Thursday, January 30, 2014

Early Unraveling of Perfect Lies by Kiersten White

Perfect Lies by Kiersten White
Title: Perfect Lies
Series: Mind Games Book Two
Publication Date: January 30, 2014

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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My Thoughts

A copy was provided through Edelweiss and HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review

I'm not sure what happened with this book. Maybe it was me? Maybe it was actually the book? I don't know, but I couldn't muster as much enthusiasm for it as I did with Mind Games. I couldn't stand either Fia or Annie in this book.

Let's start with Fia. In Mind Games I was able to deal with her type of crazy because I could connect to her somehow. White made it possible to understand where Fia was coming from,so I was able to go along with it. In Perfect Lies I couldn't be bothered anymore with Fia's constant whining and self pity and her damned dependency of James, a character I never truly liked. If it wasn't her being dependent on Annie then it was James and at least with Annie I could deal with it, because it was her sister, but James -gags-.

If Annie hadn't gone with any character growth like Fia, Perfect Lies would have been a 1 star. At the beginning, Annie was just as dependent of Fia as Fia was of her, and not only that but Annie came across as pathetic. Oh and stupid. (view spoiler) But as I said Annie did grow. She stops depending on everyone and trusting everything they say. She starts questioning (a bit late but she does) and most importantly she starts fighting back, and that right there is what saved this book for me.

My other issue with Perfect Lies was the switching of PoV's. Not because I couldn't tell who was who, that was fairly obvious what with Fia's craziness, but the constant changing on the timeline. I knew when it was supposed to be, but I couldn't actually keep up with it. I got confused a few times on when everything was happening and why and how the two timelines connected to the point where I just gave up and went along with it and never looked back. I don't know if I was the stupid one who couldn't make sense of it or if maybe there were some errors on the ARC I read, but yeah, it was annoying.

The ending is another thing I'm not entirely sure what to make of. I liked Annie's involvement, and I liked what she did. I didn't like how quickly it was resolved and I sure as hell didn't like James still being around, but I guess I can't ask for too much? But Fia's ending was fitting, she needed that.

I guess this is a must if you want to find out what happens to the sisters, but I barely made it the whole way through. The pity parties and the pathetic dependency issues finally got to me.
I didn't have high expectations for this one going in, but it managed to surprise me with it's depth on multiple accounts, and I'm glad I got the chance to review it. 


Would I Recommend it?


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