Pivot Point and Split Second by Kasie West: A Series Review

 

Pivot Point:

Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier…

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.

Split Second:

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.

Title: Pivot Point (1) & Split Second (2)

Author: Kasie West

Publisher:  HarperTeen

Format: Hardcovers

Publication Date: February 12, 2013 & February 11, 2014

Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

Pivot Point and Split Second was a great duology. I highly recommend them for anyone who is fascinated or loves reading about psychic abilities. The main character Addie is a Divergent, meaning when faced with a choice she can ‘Search’ to see what the best path to take is. The truly unfortunate part is that she remembers these, so she can end up with a million different versions of reality running around in her head, simply because she has tried to determine what the best path to take is.

The first book, Pivot Point all hinges on what choice does Addie make? Does she live with her mother and father who are getting a divorce? The premise of the book is great, and there is shuffling between the two different versions of reality. The biggest thing that I didn’t expect was that Addie lives her searches. She is not some kind of outsider in her vision, and she doesn’t realize that she is part of a ‘Search’. This makes things really interesting, and I loved the whole first book. It was well-written and sucked me in, and just made me really anxious to learn what happens to these characters. The book doesn’t exactly end on a cliffhanger, but there are some plot points that I would really love to get wrapped up.

Split Second picks up from the aftermath of Pivot Point, and Addie is still trying to figure out how to navigate her way through a new world filled with betrayals, secrets, and lies. Especially when it comes to her ex, Duke and her best friend Laila. Most of this book is a surprise because it is very very different from Pivot Point. The first was about how to make the choice and what happens. The second is all about the aftermath and what happens to these characters. It was just as well written as the first, and I didn’t even mind the POV switch between Laila and Addie in this one.

Overall for the entire series I would give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars. The little half a star off is just because sometimes these characters could have toned the nature of the drama down, and in the second book there was TONS of drama. I did really enjoy this odd psychological thriller/psychic novel.

4.5/5 – Fabulous Read, Recommended

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

Find KASIE WEST  online:

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Buy PIVOT POINT online:

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Buy SPLIT SECOND online:

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“When I read, I feel emotion all on my own. Emotion no living person is making me feel. To me, it almost seems more real, because I know that those characters can’t influence me with any power. So I like to remind myself that I can feel without anyone manipulating me.… I know, it’s lame.”
Kasie West, Pivot Point