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Split Second (Pivot Point #2) – Kasie West

Split Second (Pivot Point #2) – Kasie WestTitle: Split Second (Pivot Point #2) by Kasie West
Publishing Info: February 11, 2014 by HarperCollins
Source: Gift
Genres: Paranormal, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: August 8, 2014
Related Posts: Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1), The Distance Between Us, On the Fence, The Fill-In Boyfriend, P.S. I Like You, By Your Side

Addie has always been able to see the future when faced with a choice, but that doesn't make her present any easier. Her boyfriend used her. Her best friend betrayed her. So when Addie's dad invites her to spend her winter break with him in the Norm world, she jumps at the chance. There she meets the handsome and achingly familiar Trevor. He's a virtual stranger to her, so why does her heart do a funny flip every time she sees him? But after witnessing secrets that were supposed to stay hidden, Trevor quickly seems more suspicious of Addie than interested in her. She wants to change that.Laila, her best friend, has a secret of her own: she can restore Addie's memories . . . once she learns how. But there are powerful people who don't want this to happen. Desperate, Laila tries to manipulate Connor, a brooding bad boy from school—but he seems to be the only boy in the Compound immune to her charms. And the only one who can help her.
In the suspenseful sequel to Pivot Point, Addie tries desperately to retrieve her lost memories and piece together a world she thought she knew before she loses the love she nearly forgot.

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** This is a spoiler-free review for SPLIT SECOND but may contain spoilers for book one — PIVOT POINT — if you haven’t already read it! **

I had been meaning to read SPLIT SECOND for a looooong time but never picked up a copy for myself so when I received it from Brianna (Paperback Princess) via Andi’s Spring Exchange, I was so excited to finally finish off this duology and figure out where the story went after the exciting ending to PIVOT POINT!

SPLIT SECOND pretty much picked up where PIVOT POINT left off — Addie has made her decision on which parent to live with after seeing the two possible futures with each one — but SPLIT SECOND also has something that PIVOT POINT did not: a split POV. The book starts with Addie’s point of view, but we also get to hear a different part of the story from her best friend Laila, who I loved! Addie is always the more serious one and the planner whereas Laila is more laid-back, spontaneous, and extroverted so it was great to see the book from two very different mindsets. Another thing that I loved about the dual-POVs is that Laila actually played a really big part in PIVOT POINT — she actually changed Addie’s entire life in a BIG way, as we find out at the end of the book — so I really enjoyed that Kasie West chose to highlight her importance in these books by giving her an even stronger voice.

A very complicated part of the book (and not bad way — in a very interesting way) is the romance that was established between Addie and Trevor in book one and clearly all the readers are rooting for in book two. I want to say SO MUCH about it, but if I say everything, that will lead to very big spoilers so… sigh. I will refrain from spoilers! What I will say is that I love how Kasie West chose to handle this situation. As we find out from the end of PIVOT POINT, Addie is forced to choose the path in which she doesn’t meet and end up falling for Trevor in order to save her best friend, leaving readers sad and on edge in anticipation of SPLIT SECOND… So really that was my main question when I started the book: HOW DO THESE TWO END UP TOGETHER? (Because be honest. You know they have to.) Every step of the way felt bittersweet and tense and exciting all at once and I just really loved how Kasie West ending up weaving this story line. I thought it was simply perfect and couldn’t have asked for a better solution to the problem at hand.

I really enjoyed where SPLIT SECOND took the readers and there’s just something so refreshing about reading a duology! I love being able to get invested in the characters but not feel that long gap between several books or wonder if I’ll still be invested in the series years later. I always connect with Kasie West’s characters and even with a paranormal twist in this series, I still feel like each one was incredibly real. I had a great time reading these two books and I’m even more of a fan of Kasie West than when I first read PIVOT POINT!

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“The View from Goodreads” is a new featured section in my reviews that I decided to incorporate! I tend to update my Goodreads status a LOT when I read — reactions, feelings, notes — so I thought it would be fun to share the sort of “reading process”! All status updates are spoiler-free (no specific plot points will be revealed) but will contain reactions to certain pages and/or characters!

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Addie // Character Obsessions: Divergence, family history, friendship, para-mysteries.
I really connected with Addie in these two books… She has a level head on her shoulders but she also makes some poor decisions at times. She felt like a very mature soul and I just really enjoyed getting to know her! SPLIT SECOND was no exception and I really loved seeing her mature even more in this book.
Laila // Character Obsessions: Fun, helping her friends, honing her skills.
I loved how much bigger of a role Laila played in this book! So much about her — from her friendship with Addie to her own para-skills — really shaped the entire course of this book so I was really glad she had her own POV. Her voice was also so much fun and I loooooved her romantic interest too!

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Kept Me Hooked On: Paranormal abilities. I’ve been switching up paranormal for fantasy reads way more often nowadays and for some reason, paranormal in general seems to be more “on the way out”. (Maybe just me?) I’m glad I enjoyed this one so much — concept and all!
Left Me Wanting More: Addie & Trevor time. Don’t get me wrong — they still had a lot of face time in this book… But given where PIVOT POINT left off, you can guess how much time was spent re-building that relationship. I still really enjoyed it all but I just wanted them to get together quickly!

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READ IT!

I love that this is a duology and both books are really great, solid reads. Definitely books I’d recommend to others and what set me on the course of being a huge Kasie West fan!

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Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1) – Kasie West

Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1) – Kasie WestTitle: Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1) by Kasie West
Publishing Info: February 12, 2013 by HarperCollins
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: March 1, 2013
Related Posts: The Distance Between Us, On the Fence, Split Second (Pivot Point #2), The Fill-In Boyfriend, P.S. I Like You, By Your Side

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.
In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

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I had been interested in PIVOT POINT for a looong time before I got the chance to read it and I admit it, due to my habits of skimming a book summary so as not to encounter ANY opportunity for spoilers, I wasn’t 100% sure how the book played out. Turns out that Addie is not the only person that has an ability — Her whole community is a group of Paranormals, each one having a unique ability from using more of the untapped part of their brain. I must say though… I was a bit disappointed in the Para community. Not because of how it was written but the Para community, Para high school… It all felt a little cutesy and Fortress of Solitude-ish and for some reason I wasn’t totally sold on it.

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I kind of loved that the entire book flips back and forth between Addie’s Search of her life if she stays in the Para community and her life if she chose to move into the Normal world. It was really interesting to see both timelines side-by-side and when we finally reached the end of her Search, I felt like she had an impossible choice ahead of her! I loved that after every Search, it was like she actually lived both choices so it all felt so real to her – I found that really interesting! – as well as the fact that her ability was a twist on clairvoyance and had a bit more rules & restrictions.

Overall, I can’t say I was really blown away by the book, but I absolutely loved the idea and how it was written as far as the two different paths go and coming full circle to Addie making a decision in the end. It was written so well that certain things in each path appear in both, whether Addie was directly involved in that event or not. The things I was bothered by were little things like the role that football played in the story (way too much, mostly because I’m so tired of the quarterback/cheerleader roles played out) and sometimes I felt like I was just happy-floating-along instead of really being gripped by the story, if that makes sense. I’m definitely interested to see where the sequel goes and how Addie’s ability will continue to affect her decisions! I’m actually DYING to know where things are going to go and I’m a little mad I have to wait because…. well, when you read it, you’ll know!!

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Addie: Addie is interesting. There were times that I really liked her and other times she was really bothering me. Actually, I think I just really liked her when she was with Trevor and really bothered when she was with Duke. I think I just knew there was something about Duke I didn’t like and I just didn’t want to see her with him! What I DID like was seeing how mature she is about her ability and how she’s been able to use it to help her grow as a person. When it comes time to decide in the end which path to take, I think we see that trait in Addie really shine and I think I’m going to like her a lot more in book two!
Trevor: I was allllll for Addie’s time with Trevor! There was a point in the book where I had him in my mind as a cross between Tim Riggins and some kind of prettier-looking guy since she kept talking about his eyelashes. But seriously. Cowboy boot and a wool-lined jacket, high school kid in Texas? That equals Tim Riggins. Besides the physical aspects, I absolutely loved his interactions with Addie, how he treated her, and GUYS. It’s another best-friend-turned-boyfriend romance!!! (Kind of.)
Duke: I just…… Never felt like he was trustworthy! Probably because of Addie’s initial reaction to him being a schmoozer. I was on her side! I got a little more comfortable as the book when on but man, I just really never ended up trusting him! He was all quarterback, too pretty, too nice!

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Buy it!

I just loved PIVOT POINT. I think it could have had a little more oomph to TOTALLY knock me over but that doesn’t mean I didn’t love it. Totally a me book!

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