Title: Mind Games
Series: (Mind Games, #1)
Author: Kiersten White
Genre: urban fantasy (YA)
Release date: February 19, 2013 by HarperTeen
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.
In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost.
The Magic Mirror and the Seventh Dwarf (Accidental Enchantments, #2) by Tia Nevitt (YA)
The Office of Mercy by Ariel Djanikian (YA)
Winter’s Thaw (Compass Girls, #1) by Mari Carr
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Note: Be careful about reading dystopians in the dead of winter. It might just be too much bleakness to handle. (My folks in the cold regions of the globe, do ya agree?) This week there are quite a few dystopian and darker-toned books being released–like The Office of Mercy or the epic anthology Shards & Ashes; then there’s the self-explanatory YA How to Lead a Life of Crime and Fuse, the sequel to hugely popular YA dystopian Pure. Considering this is a lighter release week than most (numbers-wise), that’s quite a bit of post-apocalyptic/dystopian/all-hope-is-lost goodness at once. There’s even a new title that bases its considerable humor on the most maniacal of genre fiction evil: The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination (cue evil laughter).
That said, there are books that are plenty hot–aptly named contemporary romance Winter’s Thaw being a promising one. But as for happy? Bouyant? Light-hearted? Hm… perhaps next week?
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Are there any gems in this week’s bunch? Any themes, tropes, or subgenres that you’re trying to avoid at the moment?