Saturday, June 8, 2013

Kiersten White's "Mind Games" & "Paranormalcy"

I admit to having tweeted Kiersten White on twitter a few times before I even read her books. When I tweet an author and they're nice enough to reply and I haven't gotten around to reading their books yet I feel really guilty, even if the books are sitting on my TBR (to be read) list. Thankfully, my library actually has some of Kiersten's books and I got "Paranormalcy" and "Mind Games" within a few days of requesting them.

I read "Paranormalcy" first and instantly liked it. I'm calling it "fluffy supernatural" because the main character, Evie, fights supernatural creatures and loves wearing pink and watching teen TV shows.

From Goodreads:

Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.
But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.
So much for normal.

So Evie has been adopted by the IPCA (International Paranormal Containment Agency) and has the ability to see through the glamours (false facades) of supernatural creatures so she can see what they really look like (for example, vampires look like walking corpses). Her best friend is a mermaid, she's being stalked by a seemingly crazy faerie, and she develops a crush on what seems to be a shape shifter who tries to break into the IPCA. Things go awry. Of course. It was a fun and easy read, and I'm definitely going to finish the trilogy. (No quotes - I didn't take notes on it for some reason!)

Next I read Mind Games, and I was briefly confused at the beginning and then I realized I loved it. It's original and complex enough to be interesting (but not so complex I had to reread any parts)

From Goodreads:

Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future. 
Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways…or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.
In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost.

I just don't even know what to say about it without ruining it. It's very cool. I thought one thing and then I thought another thing, and it was awesome. Pretty sad I have to wait for sequels.

An unspoiler-y quote that I like (the other ones were spoiler-y).

"Pretending is another way of lying, and I am so good at both."

1 comment:

  1. Ooh Paranormalcy sounds good! I will read it one of these days! And ewwww about the vampires.