SISTER ASSASSIN (Mind Games #1)
by Kiersten White

PUBLISHER: HarperTeen
RELEASE DATE: 19th February 2013
FORMAT: Ebook, 302 pages
GENRE: Science Fiction, Young Adult

In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heart-stoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other – no matter the cost.

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. (Goodreads)

REVIEWER: Becs

I loved White’s Paranormalcy series, so when I heard she was writing a new series, imagine my excitement when I managed to get my hands on an advanced reading copy of Sister Assassin.

Sister Assassin is mainly written from Fia’s point of view and I connected easily to her humor and wit. Fia is a seventeen year girl with a special ability, her ability enables her to have fantastic instincts/intuition and as such becomes a great asset to The Keane School Foundation because she succeeds in every situation.

I know this ability doesn’t sound too exciting, yet it turns out to be surprisingly useful and at times thrilling. Even picking the right stocks and shares is encompassed in her ability. I know if I had that ability I’d be selecting the lottery numbers.

“Did you know we had no idea you existed?” She walks over to the door and taps on it three times. Tap tap goes my finger. Two taps. Two lives. “It was only Annie we were interested in. She’s proved less than exceptional, but you were the real find. At first we thought you were a Reader, or maybe a Feeler, since you knew this school wasn’t all it was set up to be. But you’ve proved far more interesting than any of that.”

“Goodie for me.”

The Keane School is an establishment that takes in extraordinary girls, these girls have special abilities such as being able to read peoples thoughts, predict the future or be able to feel what others are feeling. The Keane School collects these individuals for their own use, to further their influence of power and money in the world.

Annie, Fia’s older blind sister also has an ability, she has visions giving her glimpses of the future. After their parents died the school became interested in Annie and when Fia felt that the situation felt wrong the school desired Fia as well. Fia always looking out for Annie and seeing Annie’s desire to go decided to also attend the school.

Fia is forced into becoming an assassin to protect Annie as if Fia fails to fulfill her tasks they would kill her beloved sister. I dislike Annie, it’s her selfish desire and inability to compromise or listen to her younger sister’s intuition that put Fia in this situation. Even though she knows Fia is extremely unhappy she is unwilling to let her idea of the school and her own importance to leave.

Fia on the other hand is loyal and caring putting the needs of her sister first despite hating herself for becoming a murderer. When Fia is sent out on another hit, her target Adam feels too important and kind to kill.

Making the choice to save his life rather than take it we see how her intuition is able to save them both, especially when someone else wants Adam too. This other party is Lerner and Fia tries to discover what their motives are and if she can use them to help free her sister Annie.

Fia has to keep this information safe and with her thoughts being unsafe, Fia thinks of ways to protect her mind from the Readers. I loved the way she wound the Readers and Feelers up, she never let on of her true feelings and these people disliked her greatly  the only reason they kept Fia around was because she was extremely useful.

“You don’t know what it’s like, having to listen in on her thoughts! She’s a monster!”

“Rawr,” I say.

It’s James who teaches Fia how to protect her thoughts and actions, James is a hot man that most of the girls in the school fancy and Fia is no exception. James is the son of the man that runs the school and he is given responsibility to watch Fia.

I was unsure what to make of James, Fia knew that he was hiding something, yet he tried to protect Fia and helped her to protect her mind. At times I loved James and other times I felt disappointed in his character.

The conclusion was exciting and left me wanting more especially as we discover James’s motives and even Annie ended up redeeming herself.

Sister Assassin is about protecting those you love and discovering who you can trust in this world of deceit and power crazed individuals. Fia is a great heroine and I enjoyed her personality throughout, except her tap tap tapping of her fingers whenever she got stressed, as it got a little repetitive.

VERDICT:

Sister’s love should be unconditional as Fia demonstrates in Sister Assassin and at times I felt this loyalty was undeserved by Annie. I loved Fia but disliked Annie, giving me a mixed reaction to this book. You can tell this is the first book in a series as it does set the scene and left me wanting more. However, I felt the pace was slow and steady, lessening my overall excitement. The pace quickened towards the end, redeeming my first impressions about a few individuals and I definitely want to read the next book in the Mind Games series.

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BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER

  1. Sister Assassin
  2. TBC

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Becs

A midnight book worm who loves dystopian and young adult fantasy and paranormal romances. As long as the leading man is dead sexy, she's happy. [Becs no longer reviews for the site.]

14 Comments


Gemma February 20, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Sounds like this book suffers from first book syndrom where it sets the scene for the world the author is creating. This can be a double edged sword at times. From your review this book almost pulls it off, but just not quite there. It sounds like an interesting premise and one I think I may like

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Becs February 20, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Gemma, you are right, first book syndrome, slow and building.

It was different, loved Fia but I hated the other sister. I am one of 4 girls and I do love my sisters (sometimes) BUT if they treated me like Annie treated Fia, then they would be on their own. Yes, Annie did redeem herself but she’s already in my bad books.

I’m wondering how you would review it though.

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Gemma February 21, 2013 at 10:53 am

What do you mean? Is it because its YA? Done well, I have no issues with YA. It does have an interesting premise. May add this to my wish list

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Becs February 21, 2013 at 11:04 am

It was on NetGalley, otherwise I’d forward the copy. I sometimes wonder if I’m too harsh when I review and would like a second opinion.

It’s different, dark and the heroine is sometimes insane, so in that respect I think you may like it. I did enjoy it and want to read more, so I’m awaiting your views ;)

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Becs February 21, 2013 at 11:21 am

PS I was in a strop last night ;) maybe I shouldn’t respond to posts in that mood lol. Note for future no posts when in a bad mood.

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Carolyn February 21, 2013 at 11:57 am

You didn’t sound as though you were in a strop LOL

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Carolyn February 21, 2013 at 11:24 am

“and the heroine is sometimes insane, so in that respect I think you may like it. “ – LOL does that mean Gemma may like it because she’s also slightly insane?? Hehe ;D

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Becs February 21, 2013 at 11:26 am

LOL that was my thought process ;)

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Gemma February 21, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Lol! Ah get you now. Did chuckle at the fact you described the book as “It’s different, dark and the heroine is sometimes insane”. Sounds a wee bit like me! :D

I’ll add the book to my wishlist for when my TBR goes down a bit

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Bobby February 20, 2013 at 9:23 pm

I’ve heard both good and bad things about this book. I didn’t really like Paranormalcy either, so I don’t know whether it’s a good idea to give this a go. Would you say the writing style is very similar, Becs?
The intuition thing seems like it would be an interesting element though, I’ve lost track of the amount of times I’ve cringed because a heroine/hero has completely misconstrued and acted wrongly in a situation.

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Becs February 20, 2013 at 11:40 pm

I would say it’s darker than Paranormalcy but it took a while to get going. I did like the ending and will read more but I wouldn’t rush out and buy it once the sequel is released.

I actually preferred Paranormalcy so maybe give this a miss. x

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Maryam February 21, 2013 at 4:26 am

I felt exactly the same way about Annie – I didn’t like her at all until the end of the book where she started to redeem herself. I thought Fia was the best part of the whole book and I surprised myself with how much I was worried about how close she seemed to a mental breakdown at times.

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Becs February 21, 2013 at 11:25 am

Thank you Maryam, I’m pleased I was not the only one who felt that way about Annie. I did love Fia though and yes her mental stability was worrying.

She was unpredictable and selfless just as I like my heroines to be.

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