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Sister Assassin (Mind Games #1)

3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,963 Ratings  ·  1,647 Reviews
She never chose her deadly gift but now she’s forced to use it. How far would you go to protect the only family you have left?

Annie is beset by fleeting strange visions and a guilty conscience. Blind and orphaned, she struggles to care for her feisty younger sister Fia, but things look up when both sisters are offered a place at Kessler School for Exceptional Girls.

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Paperback, UK Edition, 241 pages
Published February 19th 2013 by HarperCollins Children's Books
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Khanh (the Grinch)
I can’t lose Annie because I wanted to dance and kiss James. How could I have been so stupid and selfish? Everything was already screwed up; we were already in trouble. I can’t believe I did this. I did this. Again. How many times will Annie have to see her own death because of me?

So there are these two stupid sisters, I want to call them Dumb and Dumber, but for the purposes of this book, they're named Annabelle (Annie) and Sofia (Fia). At the beginning of the story, we know that Fia is an as
A few months ago I had attempted to read my copy of Paranormalcy, which had been collecting dust on my bookshelf for quite a few months. In the mood for a light, funny read, Paranormalcy sounded like it'd be perfect, and, even better, it came highly recommended to me by multiple trusted friends of mine.

I think I may have lasted about one hundred pages before I threw in the towel and abandoned the book. From what I had read, Paranormalcy was pretty much the book I was looking for to a T, concept
Megan (Book Brats)
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"I have no idea. My plans changed about five minutes ago." I look over my shoulder to see the men, three (tap tap tap - I hate the number three), thick shoulders, one gun between them based on the way the guy in the middle is walking (that was a mistake, they should all have guns - guess they'll find out) matching our pace and getting closer.

The narration style of MIND GAMES sta
Jan 05, 2014 Giselle marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, arc
I want this for the cover alone!!!
1.5 stars.

You know what I told this book?


For your reading pleasure, I am going to have many examples of awful awful (oh so awful) writing for you.

Example A^: (The (Repeat And Then Repeat Again In) Parenthesis)

Also, snippets of "Why this reads like a 13 year old girl's diary". You have been warned.

(Okay, so someone posted a comment about her explanation to why in Fia's POV everything is repeated 3 times; she's killed three people. I gotta say that that makes a whole lot more sense than I had p
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
The first thing you need to know about Sister Assassin (or Mind Games, title of the US edition) is that it’s absolutely thrilling. Ferguson, my Kindle, was temporarily unavailable so I was forced to read it on my iPhone and my eyes nearly fell out, but I couldn't stop. Not for a second. I wouldn't have stopped to save my life.

Sister Assassin is a story about two sisters, Fia and Annie, and the narrative is divided between their two points of view. It also jumps back and forth in time, and these
Jan 24, 2013 Ceilidh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The ratings system is inherently flawed in relation to book reviews. I tend to use the 1 star review solely for books that offended me, particularly in their romanticised depiction of rape culture, abusive relationships, women shaming, etc. I seldom, if ever, give a book 1 star because it was just awful as a piece of literature. I read somewhere that the author Kiersten White finished the first draft of this book in nine days. I don’t believe that. Nine days is far longer than my original predic ...more
Jan 26, 2016 Zoe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia, to-review

Today’s lesson is…


And guess what? It only requires 4 easy steps!

1). Don’t bother thinking up an original plot. Nobody will notice it’s just a cheap fan-fiction anyway.
I mean really… why go through all the work when there are thousands of other books you can just steal borrow ideas from?

So basically, our story is set in the future where there’s a school that uses children with “special abilities” (the ability to see the future, te
Rating: 4.5 stars

"I will go home, and I will see Annie when they let me, and I will do whatever they say because I am not a person. Not anymore."

Mind Games was definitely a pleasant surprise for me! After randomly stumbling upon it, and loving the sound of the blurb and knowing I loved Paranormalcy, I just had to give it a try. In face, I think I actually loved it more than that series!

I absolutely loved everything from the story and world to the characters! Although I only really loved the si
Kat O'Keeffe
Feb 22, 2013 Kat O'Keeffe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Felt like reading something shorter, so I bumped this to the top of my TBR! It's a quick & enjoyable read with vivid characters and a unique structure of two different povs & two different timelines. The ending sets up nicely for the sequel, and I'm really looking forward to seeing where this series goes next!
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit

Fia can't make a wrong decision, because she's got perfect instincts. Her older sister, Annie, is blind, but has the ability to see into the future, and she's one of the only people who can "see" Fia.

At the beginning of the novel, Fia is tasked with killing a guy named Adam. As someone with perfect instincts, she can easily fight off any guy, and has the ability to manipulate anyone around her to twist them around her little finger. She's clearly the perfect assassin.

The problem is, sh
Kimberly Sabatini
Oct 05, 2012 Kimberly Sabatini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mg-ya
I've erased this review like ten times because I'm having trouble. When I say that MIND GAMES is not the Paranormalcy Trilogy, I find myself stuck in an endless loop because I loved the Paranormalcy Trilogy, so I don't want you to think for a minute that this is better, because it isn't better--but yet--its better. *sheesh* The most accurate thing I can say is that Kiersten White has only begun to play mind games with her readers. It is evident by this unique, exciting and riveting book that Whi ...more
Cynthia Hand
This book rocked. It was short and sweet and tense and crazy. Kudos to Ms. White.
Jan 26, 2013 Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2013
This book is absolutely amazing. Mind Games is simply that a perfect mind game that will leave you begging for more. I honestly have no clue how I am going to write this review but I am going to try.

The POV in this story alternates between Annie and Fia, two sisters each with very unique abilities. The time setting also changes from present time to the past making things even more complicated, but still in my opinion unique and amazing. The overall storyline is not simple either. It involves lot
Jan 12, 2014 Kassidy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Really enjoyed this book!
It's so fast-paced and short, it is very hard to put down!
I really loved the two main characters, Annie and Fia. They are so strong!
This book has a lot of mystery, secrets, and action. It definitely kept me on my toes. The writing style is pretty unique. It switches between past and present, which helps give some backstory and depth in a plot that's driven by action. I got confused sometimes, but overall I liked it! I also switches points of view between the two sisters.
Jul 25, 2012 Matilda marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
The cover ... enough said. Total Bookgasm.

Mind-blowingly beautiful. Oh, how I love you so, Kiersten White.

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Enjoyed the concept, but had a really hard time with the writing and how it was delivered. Mind Games is told in both Annie and Fia's pov and we are connected to both the past and the present, but it didn't quite work in it's favor since it felt scattered and erratic. String of repetitive words and the tap-tap-tapping was also very distracting and frustrating. The characters were intriguing in their own ways, but Annie and Fia felt, at times, like they had the same voice and inner-dialog and wer ...more
Dec 24, 2012 Katy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this one, but not for the reasons you would think. I kind of got the "Ocean's 13" satisfaction at the end of the book. And I think this book is better named "Mind Games." I think if I had read it as "Sister Assassin," I would have been extremely disappointed.


While the prologue and first chapter throws you right into it, the rest of the book lacked that "slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense" action I was expecting from this book. The action scenes were too shor
Feb 20, 2013 Lilian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Did I hear "heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller"? Because I want in. Mind Games is a refreshing addition to the YA genre, especially when psychological thrillers is often exclusive to adult fiction. White delivered a interesting plot and a fierce female character (albeit she stole the the spotlight from everyone else) all in a fast-paced two-hundred page novel. We've seen all the elements before from crazy training schools (Ender's Game, Insignia, Variant, The Vindico) to exploiting p ...more
Rachel Finney
Jan 19, 2016 Rachel Finney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a second to get into this one and really understand what was going on, but I honestly flew through this book. It's definitely more on the action side rather than character development, but that's okay! It was a satisfying quick read and I can't wait to read the sequel! Also- James. Just James.
May 13, 2013 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mind Games (or Sister Assassin in the UK) is the first book in White's new series of the same name. I've read her Paranormalcy trilogy, and for the most part enjoyed it's fluffy heroine, Evie. I assumed Mind Games would be similar, and prepared myself for a book filled with silly humor and sparkly characters. Yeah, not so much.
I'm also bad about ordering a book, forgetting why I ordered it, and then diving in without bothering to read what the blurb on the cover says. Lazy, I know. So I download
Drew Simoneau
Jan 21, 2016 Drew Simoneau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. It was a great start to a series. I haven't read a destopyia in a while.
Emily (Book Jems)
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1.5 Stars

When I first heard about Mind Games, I was immediately fascinated. The synopsis added in with the gorgeous cover made me desperate for this book. I thought I would love it and even when the negative reviews started to pour in, I wasn't phased. If I'm being totally honest, I probably should've been. Mind Games had the premise of a real winner, but was too short, too cliche and too predictable to make a mark.

There is so much that I didn't like about this no
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Jan 24, 2013 Christina (A Reader of Fictions) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who liked Paranormalcy for the writing, not the humor (if they exist)
Ugh, you guys. I was so excited for this pretty much until I started reading it. I mean, that cover! Also, I enjoyed the first two Paranormalcy books, though in Endlessly Lend and Evie went way over my sap-tolerance. Here's the thing: the best part of Paranormalcy is the humor; it may not be good literature or amazing writing, but Evie is funny. Neither Fia nor Annie has a sense of humor, and, without it, the book relies heavily on White's writing and plotting, which turns out not to be a great ...more
Shannon Messenger
This is a totally different side of Kiersten White--but it's every bit as awesome. So. much. LOVE.
Jenni Arndt
Feb 07, 2013 Jenni Arndt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-ebook
Being the Cover Whore that I am, I was dying to get my hands on Mind Games from the moment that I saw its stunning cover. I actually read the blurb for this one and it got me even more excited. Two sisters with extraordinary powers trapped in a school that wants to use their powers to carry out their evil deeds. How epic does that sound? This story had a stunning cover and a great premise going for it but unfortunately it failed to deliver...until the very last chapter.

Fia and Annie are sisters
Dec 20, 2012 Isamlq rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holy wow… so freaking good!

This is the best thing I’ve read this week. And that’s not just because it’s the only book I’ve read this week either. Damned flu’s ruined my one year streak of one book-one day! And ten days before year’s end, too! Grr. Enough of the whining, let’s get down to the goodness that MIND GAMES was.

White’s no one trick pony. Her Paranormalcy series had Evie all funny all the time even when she shouldn’t have been. I thought we’d get a little more of that in Fia. I was wro
Jan 09, 2013 Eileen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, thriller
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It's fair to say I had no sound expectations walking into this book—Kiersten White was an untouched author to me. I'd heard rave things, and as soon as I read the first word, I was lost in the world of Mind Games.

Fia may be the most brokenly powerful character I have ever read. Her voice, her loyalty to her sister, every last detail about her screamed, "I don't want to be fixed." Her mind was jumbled up with so many thoughts, b
Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
A very interesting beginning - I felt like I was kept in the dark about the larger intent behind hunting down the girls with psychic powers, but the dual narrative and switching time periods made for a super fast paced and action-packed novel!
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