Thursday, January 23, 2014

ARC Review: Perfect Lies

by Kiersten White
4/5 stars
HarperTeen, 2014
232 pages
YA Paranormal Sisters
Scheduled to release February 18

Source: Received an e-ARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Last year Mind Games won me over with its focus on a pair of sisters, its fast pace, and unusual structure. It also left me with a ton of questions that were going to require answers in this sequel in order to keep me engaged with the characters and story.

Again the sister-sister relationship is what pulled me in. As I continue to struggle with my limited attention span, it was difficult to straighten out the crazy timeline in this book (though that got simpler as more was revealed) but that connection between Fia and Annie sucks me in every time. In fact I would say that everything I like most about this book is due to that crazy connection. I'm pretty sure I relate so strongly just because I have a sister no matter how different our relationship is. I also feel pretty confident that if this relationship doesn't ring true for you, this book will be a difficult read.

Also you should definitely read Mind Games first and what you did or did not like in that book is pretty much here too. For example, the writing captures the twitchiness (for lack of a better word) of the characters and it feels like it was written in just as much of a whirlwind as Mind Games. It feels darker than White's earlier Paranormalcy trilogy due to the dark nature of the paranormal powers and how they have been directed. Furthermore there are the extremely difficult decisions the girls must face as they grapple with their "fate."

As for me, I wished for more answers to my questions and I'm not sure they were as answered as they could have been. However that killer portrayal of sisters has me hooked! Between that and the twisty timeline jumping narrative, I don't even really need anything else.

Overall: I think you will like this book if you enjoyed the first but best to avoid if not.


  1. I didn't really enjoy the first, but was curious if I'd like this one better. Going by your review, I guess not.

  2. We enjoyed the first -- and the free e-novella in between! -- so we're glad to hear we'll probably like the second. :D

  3. I just finished reading Mind Games a couple of days ago. The writing style drove me completely insane!! I want to know what happens, but I don't know if I can handle the "twitchiness" in another book. ;)

  4. I enjoyed the first (love the sibling relation, and Fia especially!) so I can't wait for this one. I love that it's just as twisty. Should be fun!

    -P.E. @ The Sirenic Codex

  5. I'm still not sure this series is for me. I liked Paranormalcy but was disappointed with the second book and haven't picked up the third.

  6. I read a few pages of this and I can't remember anything about the first book except that there were two sisters, one blind, and some villains and a couple of guys. I'm going to keep at it, but if I'm still confused I may put this one aside...
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

    1. Okay, I finished it, but I have to say I struggled a little with the time jumping. At first I tried to keep track and then I just gave up. There were things I really liked about this duology (or is there more?) and other things that didn't work as well for me.
      I'm probably going to include this in a post of mini-reviews soon!
      Jen @ YA Romantics

  7. You know. I really don't remember much about the first book. I am going to have to skim through it before I read this one. Sounds like I would enjoy it. :)


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