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3.61  ·  Rating details ·  408 ratings  ·  135 reviews
Arden sells memories. Whether it’s the becoming homecoming queen or studying for that all important test, Arden can hack into a classmate’s memories and upload the experience for you just as if you’d lived it yourself. Business is great, right up until the day Arden whites out, losing 15 minutes of her life and all her memories of the hot boy across the school yard. The ho ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by Swoon Reads
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Anastasia Hunt With the sometimes distasteful language and humor, I'd say it's for highschoolers and up.

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Sylvie {on semi-hiatus}
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, mystery
2.75 out of 5

I predicted what was going to happen (view spoiler) before the plot even had the chance to heat up.

Would I say that I enjoyed the book? To be honest, not really. I liked the idea of the plot but most of the time I was confused on the story's surroundings plus I wasn't a fan of the writing style. It didn't gravitate me and my feeligs towards the characters were neutral.

Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
what a fascinating premise!

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Tricia Levenseller
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a really awesome thriller/mystery! I love the way everything unfolded. I thought I had the whole thing figured out, but Silver is GOOD. She pulled one over on me.
chloe ♡
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
i received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. all opinions below are my own.

mind games was amazing. scratch that, it was perfect.

actual footage of me reading this book

to be honest, i was skeptical about this book at first because sci-fi from swoon reads? what the actual heck. but the idea of memory hacking intrigued me, and i immediately sent in my application for the blog tour.

this book was everything i hoped for and more – lots of amazing and mindblowing science and c
Actual Rating: 3.5/5 Blank-Minded Stars***

Mind Games started out all promising and full of potential. The blurb sounded exceptionally good, and so did the overall concept of the entire story. What I really appreciated about Arden and Sebastian’s story was how determined they both were when it came to figuring out what happened in their minds, with their brains because one second, they bore the most powerful memory vault everyone was drooling over, and the next second, their once-cove
caroline 🐉
big yikes.

I received an ARC of this at Bookcon, and I was genuinely excited to read it. I was eager to venture away from fantasy and take a break from it and explore some dystopian sci-fi stuff. But oh my gosh...

I really don’t like to give books bad reviews, or even 1 star ratings. But this was so bad...

Let’s start off for the #1 reason this book was trash: the writing. I saved some examples just for this review...

“Hey, man, whatever happened to bros before hos?” Teddy slaps Sebastian on the b
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars - I had a really good time reading this one. I appreciated that a) it's target audience is clearly actual teens and not adults who read YA (of which I am one, granted, but I get sad realizing that a lot of YA is being aged up for my benefit), b) that it was action packed with very little build up or wrap up-- it keeps moving throughout & that worked well for the genre, and c) the ending "went there" in a way that kind of surprised me for YA. Overall, would not have picked this up witho ...more
Cindy ✩☽♔
Oct 03, 2018 marked it as to-read
Ooo memory hacking sounds fun
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
This was way more romance focused than sci-fi, which wouldn’t necessarily have bothered me except that there was instalove. Sebastian seemed flat and I didn’t like him all that much. I liked Arden okay, and I really enjoyed reading about her different hacks. I didn’t really care for the ending, though, and I totally called who the villain was, so that detracted for me a bit. I definitely enjoyed the missing/stolen memory aspect though.
Olivia Wildenstein
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was AMAZING! If you like futuristic thrillers with powerful romantic subplots, you will LOVE Shana Silver’s Mind Games. It has such a great storyline and brought up ethical questions that will come up in the not-so-distant future.
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
I thought it started out as a fairly interesting thriller -- erased memories! conspiracy! future tech! -- but towards the halfway point I started getting irritated by pretty much everything. I wanted something that was more Black Mirror and less generic-tech-thriller. I hated the romance, I hated the big reveal, and I hated the ending.
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Samantha Hastings
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
MIND GAMES is a smart, sexy sci fi thriller that will keep you guessing until the end. Arden is a hacker with a lucrative side job of selling other people’s thoughts and experiences. If you ever wondered what it would be like to be homecoming queen you could download the memory and experience it like it was your own. Or if you forgot to study for a quiz, you can use someone else’s memories. Everything is going fine until Arden realizes that her own memories have been hacked. She’s missing thousa ...more
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, SyFy
*Rating* 3-3.5


Mind Games is author Shana Silver's debut novel. Mind Games is a science fiction and mystery novel, narrating the life of Arden Varga who is a computer genius and a skilled hacker. Arden's father developed a cloud-based memory uploading app. Every memory gets backed up and synced to the brain instantly. Arden attends an invitation only High School which is sponsored by her mothers company; Vargas Industries. Arden sells memories
May 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
I had been eagerly eyeing this book for months so when I got an ARC I was ecstatic and couldn't wait to dig in. All those hopeful and excited thoughts shattered within the first two chapters and then all remaining respect disintegrated.

The only thing I remember about the main character Arden is her stilettos. I have no clue why a 17 year old would wear stilettos everyday to school, but Arden does. She also prances around in them in her house, runs in them multiple times, and scales through windo
Amber (The Book Bratz)
The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz

Thank you so much to Swoon Reads and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review MIND GAMES!

Rating: 2.5 Stars

I was really excited for Mind Games. This book has my name written all over it and the entire concept was interesting. But sadly I am really disappointed in how this book turned out. The beginning was interesting as Silver built up her world and all the tech, but after that? It was meh.

It takes a lot for me to really dislik
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
Arden is a hacker her side job is to download other people’s memories and sell them if she is caught then she will be expelled. Everyone is hooked to a Mindhive where all your memories are stored on hard drives, computers, ect… Arden with the help of her best friend Zoey hacks into the system and downloads memories. If you want to experience say riding a horse for instance and never have then you can buy someone else’s’ memory and have it downloaded and you can experience it as your own or if yo ...more
NiNi (NiNisReadingFrenzy)
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It has a very Momento-esque feel to it. I couldn't imagine waking up every day to find that my memories are gone and I don't understand how Arden and Sebastian did it. If it wasn’t for the notes they kept writing on each other they would have lost everything completely. This was just a great story and definitely worth reading if you haven’t. The guessing factor of the story was the best, you never knew what was going to happen next.
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I highly recommend this book!
Jan 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
Interesting concept. Memories can be stored/transferred into a server, and someone is using that to delete the memories of Arden and Sebastian. The book was less about the sci-fi and more about A&S’s relationship as they are struggling to hold onto the memories they have while get back their old memories.

Everything seemed to wrap up quite nicely and quickly. I expected it to be more drawn out. The villain wound up being my second guess, and there was heavy clue droppage throughout the book. The
Isabelle | Nine Tale Vixen
I received an advance review copy for the blog tour through Xpresso Book Tours; all opinions are my own and honest.

4.5 stars

This book is impressive not just because it’s such a fantastically written debut, but it’s refreshingly different from pretty much anything I can remember reading. While I wouldn’t consider myself well-read enough in the sci-fi or romance genres to confidently call it unique, it’s certainly memorable.

It’s intense, high-stakes action from beginning to end — and it’s incredib
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I enjoyed this book's background, the idea of storing memories and being able to relive other people's memories (think Vicarious by Paula Stokes except not as life threatening thrilling experiences but any kind of experience). But the main character is kind of a douche, so it was hard to be in her head for a whole book, and she kept doing "the wrong thing," but it ended up being "the right thing," which was annoying. Overall, it was a quick fun read but not one that will stay with you for a long ...more
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you!

Brilliant premise, not-so-brilliant execution.

This book is the most obviously 3-star read ever, because there are exactly two reasons why I’ve knocked off the two stars: the horrible romance, and the ridiculously easy mystery.

18-year-old Arden Varga is a computer genius. She goes to Monica Varga High School, named after her mother who’s the headmistress, and which only accepts scientific geniuses as pupils. Varga Industries, the huge
Jordan (The Heart of a Book Blogger)
This review and more can be found at The Heart of a Book Blogger.

I knew I wanted to read Mind Games as soon as I heard about it. I mean stealing memories? What a cool concept!

Arden Varga attends a school for geniuses founded by her parents. When she’s not in class working on her senior thesis project, she can be found selling memories to her classmates ranging from studying for exams to winning homecoming queen at a normal high school. She’s able to hack into HiveMind, her father’s invention, an
Katherine Paschal
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**4.5 Stars**

Because I ever so much love to ramble in my reviews, I am trying not to spoil anything in this mystery therefore my review will be brief and pretty vague so I don't ruin the fantastic twists. I was a little hesitant that I would be in over my head with the tech jargon (since coding is not my first language) but the author made the technology pretty user friendly and I could follow along well enough without being a hack
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
YA techno thriller comes off like the movie Momento, but through a Lauren Oliver filter. But lacking the heart of Oliver. Disappointingly predictable villain—and I’m not one who enjoys trying to figure out “whodunnit.” I’m more interested in “why” done it. This book features three poorly developed transhuman technologies, and the treatment of them was so freaking blasé. 1 Hive mind: a bidirectional realtime cloud for storing memories. Gets hacked. Daily. By the MC, and this crime/invasion of pri ...more
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing!! Mind blown!
Zainab Haider
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a super fun fast-paced read for me. I also found a female heroine who I really like :)
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Graded By: Stephanie
Cover Story: An Inception Maze
BFF Charm: Nay
Swoonworthy Scale: 3
Talky Talk: Amateur Thriller
Bonus Factor: Science
Factor: Ethics
Relationship Status: It’s Totally You

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Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
The premise of mind games sounded so interesting to me that I just had to pick it up. I mean the premise is someone messing around inside your head erasing your memories. What’s not to love?

Your MC is Arden she is the daughter of the CEO who has created the hivemind. Hivemind is a system that stores all your memories, basically you never forget anything. You can log in to hive mind at any point and relive whatever memory you want too.

Arden is a intelligent hacker so when she meets a boy that mor
May 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
things i didn’t like.

there was an excessive mentioning of arden wearing heels. it felt like it was brought up at least once in every chapter yet had absolutely nothing to do with the story.

the writing style was not amazing. it could have been worse but from the very beginning i knew it wasn’t going to be something that meshed very well with my tastes.

this ties into the writing style, but some of the dialogue in this story was unnatural and forced. a lot of things the characters said would not be
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Shana Silver studied creative writing at Syracuse University. She's been a computer animator, an e-book creator for a major publisher, and now works as a Project Manager in digital and TV advertising where she enjoys telling people what to do. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, young daughter, and the characters she dreams up. MIND GAMES is her debut novel. THE CON CODE comes out in Summer ...more

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