I received this book for free from From Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Pivot Point #2
Published by HarperTeen on February 11th 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: From Publisher
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Life can change in a split second.
Addie hardly recognizes her life since her parents divorced. Her boyfriend used her. Her best friend betrayed her. She can’t believe this is the future she chose. On top of that, her ability is acting up. She’s always been able to Search the future when presented with a choice. Now she can manipulate and slow down time, too . . . but not without a price.
When Addie’s dad invites her to spend her winter break with him, she jumps at the chance to escape into the Norm world of Dallas, Texas. 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. And she has an inexplicable desire to change that.
Meanwhile, her best friend, Laila, 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 to see this 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.
As Addie and Laila frantically attempt to retrieve the lost memories, Addie must piece together a world she thought she knew before she loses the love she nearly forgot . . . and a future that could change everything.
Okay guys, I’m seriously convinced Kasie West can do no wrong with her writing. I’m going to try really hard to put into words exactly how much I loved this book but I apologize if my thoughts are all over the place.
Last year I fell in love with the concept of alternate worlds or realities. Pivot Point (my review) fit that bill tremendously, easily becoming one of my favorite reads of the entire year. In the first book the main character, Addie, had the ability to search different paths of the future and had to make a difficult decision as to which to follow. When it became obvious the path she had to take, it broke her heart to give up everything she longed for in the other, and a huge part of that was the boy she fell for.
Split Second continues the story, allowing Addie perhaps a second chance for a path she no longer remembers since it never truly happened. And there is no one better to help her than her best friend, and the one who erased those memories in the first place, Laila. I wasn’t 100 % sure how this new point of view addition would work. Sometimes when there is that change in a series it can fall flat or not work adequately. Sometimes you can’t tell them apart or sometimes it’s just too hard to focus on someone else when you just want the main character you grew to love in the previous book(s). Oh my god though, it worked beautifully here! Laila fits right into the story. She cracked me up with her sass and love for using her feminine wiles to get her away. Or well, her attempt at that. lol There is one boy in particular who resists her and doesn’t put up with her crap and that is Connor. A complex boy of mystery, he was such a puzzle, especially for Laila. The way they’d challenge each other, pushing buttons, was adorable and hilarious. The journey they take to finally open up to each other was a perfect addition to the story.
Of course Laila, with the help of Connor and a few others, is working to help Addie restore her memories and put everything back to how it should be. We get to see a friendship blossom between Addie and Trevor once again and I was ecstatic to see these two sharing the pages together. Trevor could not be anymore amazing. Like seriously, I couldn’t get enough of them!
Without giving anything away, Kasie West managed to keep the story interesting and exciting, easily floating from one point of view to the next. With Pivot Point I remember reading a chapter from one path and dying to get back to it as I’d move onto the next path’s chapter and it kept going and going back and forth, making it hard to put the book down. The same can be said for Split Second with the Addie and Laila chapters. There were a few surprises thrown in, things I didn’t see coming, that made my jaw drop. And one thing at the end that pretty much just made my heart grow 3 sizes, I swear. You know when you read something and it makes you audibly gasp with surprise and giddy happiness? That was there for me. I can’t even deal with how perfect and beautiful it was. This was one of the most satisfying ends to a series I have read (I’m assuming it was just a duology?). Fans of the first book will not be disappointed in the least. And if any of you reading this have not yet started the series, please do so ASAP! This is one you simply cannot miss!
I would recommend those who have gone a long time in between reading these books to at least give the last few chapters of Pivot Point a glance or perhaps even rereading before starting Split Second. There is a bit of recap but I found skimming a few chapters really helpful with a lot of details, especially since you are dealing with a character who has forgotten these memories herself.
“I want to know you,” he said, finishing the sentence that got interrupted in the box. “I need to.”