Genres: Paranormal, Sisters, Violence
Publisher: HaperCollins Children's Books
Release Date: 19/02/2013
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(Sister Assassin is Mind Games in the US)
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.
Born with flawless intuition, Fia immediately knows that something’s wrong, but bites her tongue… until it’s too late. For Fia is the perfect weapon to carry out criminal plans and there are those at Kessler who will do anything to ensure her co-operation.
With Annie trapped in Kessler’s sinister clutches, instincts keep Fia from killing an innocent guy and everything unravels. Is manipulative James the key to the sisters’ freedom or an even darker prison? And how can Fia atone for the blood on her hands?
I spotted this for just 50p during a charity shop trawl and didn't realise it was Mind Games when I bought it, now I'm really pleased a grabbed a copy because the UK, hands down, has the best cover. Why have a big face when you can have all this gothic goodness? Sister Assassin is such a cool title too.
In a world of books with dainty heroines, (this is starting to sound like a movie voiceover), Sister Assassin is a pretty brutal book with Fia frequently getting bloodied, shot, even tasered at one point. I really liked Fia, all her flaws and quirks made her a perfect character, even if she was severely damaged. She's constantly sarcastic, which is guaranteed to make me love you forever in any situation.
Annie on the other hand I never really 'got'. She felt a little... cardboard. The chapters switch from Fia's to Annie's point of view but Annie really didn't fit well in the story for me. While Fia was the beautifully flawed character with all these emotions, Annie was just... there. The blind sister who sees stuff. It might just be me but her character development didn't feel as strong as Fias.
The concept is an old one - people with supernatural abilities but the way the story was presented was quite unique. Fia and Annie are both trapped by the Kessler School who threaten to kill Annie if Fia doesn't do what they want her to. The abilities are all to do with the mind - feeling emotions, reading thoughts, that sort of thing. No flying or laser eyes, yet anyway.
The was a fun twist to the end of the story where I was thinking, is she really going to do it? It either showed just how clever Fia is or just how crap Annie's abilities are, I'm not sure which. I'm really looking forward to the sequel though, I need more Fia in my life. She puts the sass in asSASSin. (I'm proud of that don't judge me)