Monday, May 5, 2014

Megan Rambles About Perfect Lies

Perfect Lies by Kiersten White
From GoodreadsAnnie 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.

It's no secret that I'm a huge Kiersten White fan. She has such a unique fun way of writing and her characters are always so strong and sassy that I can't help but love every book she writes. Obviously after loving Mind Games I had high expectations for Perfect Lies and it did not disappoint!

Perfect Lies kept up with the fast pace of the first book and jumped right in almost immediately after Mind Games ended with two separate timelines. In one timeline, the before, Fia and Annie are separated and each dealing with the aftermath of their wild escape from the Keane Foundation at the end of Mind Games. The other timeline takes place several weeks after their escape. Jumping between these two timelines allows for the reader to know what Fia is up to while in the next chapter Annie is a week in the past wondering what the heck is going on. If this sounds confusing, it was at times, but I thought it added an extra benefit to the story with the timelines getting closer and closer together I couldn't help but feel like I was rushing towards a huge event without any way of stopping or slowing down. 

In addition to the alternating timelines, the book also continues alternating between the two sister's point of views. This offers a unique insight into each girl's perspective on the events as they unfold. Annie and Fia both have a very different way of telling the story and having the book alternate points of view helps readers to get a more complete idea of what is going on. This also helped to counteract any confusion from the separate timelines.

Above everything else, this duo is about Annie and Fia and their relationship as sisters. They aren't perfect and they have both hurt each other. In Perfect Lies, Fia is desperately trying to save her sister and put an end to their problems once and for all while Annie is trying to keep Fia from getting in too deep with the Keane Foundation and getting herself killed. Seeing their relationship throughout this novel while they were separated was even more beautiful because how deeply they care for each other was on display. Annie and Fia would, and do, sacrifice anything and everything for each other  and their relationship is the best part of the book. It's such a nice change to have a book focused on two sisters instead of a romance. 

Kiersten White also handled her characters' emotional states beautifully. After everything she has had to do Fia is mentally broken up and it shows in the writing when the book is in her point of view. Her thoughts are choppy and don't always string together perfectly and I loved the way Kiersten White wrote her side of the story. Annie also developed well as a character. She was frustrated with her inability to do things herself as a result of her blindness and started demanding that people help her learn how to fend for herself. By the end of the novel she was a lot stronger and had grown up to meet the challenges that were thrown at her and her sister. 

While readers will learn more about some minor characters in Mind Games, Perfect Lies was mainly centered on the relationship between two sisters and the unbreakable bond that they share. I loved reading about the two of them and highly recommend picking up a copy of Mind Games and Perfect Lies if you haven't already! 

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