Perfect Lies by Kiersten White (Mind Games #2)
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.
Kiersten White has done it again. It's official: she is incapable of writing a bad book!
I really enjoyed Mind Games, but I think Perfect Lies is a thousand times better. It's strange and unique and crazy and beautiful all at once, which is a rare and awesome combination.
My favorite thing about this book (and series) is that it's about two sisters. Both Fia and Annie are strong, fierce young women, although their strength comes in very different forms. The story alternates between each sister's point-of-view, and I really appreciate being able to get a glimpse into the mind of each girl. They each have very different ways of telling the story, so it's cool to be able to see both perspectives.
The relationship between Annie and Fia is the most important element in this book, which I absolutely love. Sibling bonds, especially between sisters, are one of my favorite things to read about. I love a good sister story, which might be because I have two sisters, or maybe it's just that stories about sisters are usually awesome. I really like that both Mind Games and Perfect Lies focus more on Fia and Annie's bond than the girls' relationships with any of the other characters, like their love interests.
The format of this book is unlike anything I've ever read before. Both Annie and Fia have a whole lot of issues, and their mental health suffers as a result. This, for lack of a better word, "craziness" really shows in the way the book is written, particularly when it's from Fia's point-of-view. The writing is unusual and striking and poetic and beautiful, and it's an excellent way to tell such a strange and delicate story.
In addition to the writing, Perfect Lies also has an interesting timeline. Not only does the story jump back and forth between the two sisters' perspectives, but it also jumps back and forth between different time periods. Fia and Annie tell their stories in two different timelines, so Fia's parts of the book take place several weeks after Annie's. This means that while Fia reacts to things that happened in Annie's parts of the book, Annie has no idea what Fia is up to in the future. This timeline is kind of wacky and confusing, but it sets the perfect mood for this wacky and confusing story.
Perfect Lies is an insanely fun, fast-paced story that is guaranteed to grab your attention from the first page. There's action and mystery and suspense, as well as an emotional and meaningful story about sisters. There's even a bit of humor and romance thrown into the mix. Basically, this book has it all. If you haven't read Mind Games yet, I highly recommend that you do so if you're in the mood for a short and fast read that's a bit strange, but in a good way. Then, once you've finished Mind Games, you can dive straight into Perfect Lies, which I think is even better than Mind Games.