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Perfect Lies: Mind Games, Book 2

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Easy-to-read Mind Games sequel is OK for young teens.

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There's not much meat to these books. They're fine for an easy (and, at 232 pages, short) young adult novel, but don't expect anything substantial, either in plot or character development. The most interesting part of this two-protagonist story is Annie's arc from scared and sheltered blind Seer to a young woman more in touch with reality, ready to train and fight and to, for once, rescue her tough but tragically troubled sister, Fia. Another improvement is the narrative's structure as the buildup to a particular event (every chapter is a time line before or after a climactic encounter in Annie's visions). It worked far better than the confusing intermittent flashbacks employed in the first book.

The Fia chapters are considerably less appealing than the Annie ones, except for the introduction of a new Feeler (thought reader) named Mae, who challenges Fia's instincts: Can she be trusted, or is she a good actress/manipulator? As for the romance, it's definitively more believable (if predictable) in Perfect Lies, because it concentrates on Annie having a vision she's deeply in love with someone whose face she can't see but whose hand she holds with tenderness and desire. Readers will figure out immediately who the mystery future love is, but it doesn't make that particular romance any less sweet. Although not up to White's best work (that remains Paranormalcy), this sequel improves slightly on the original and is an effortlessly quick read.

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