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Split Second by Kasie West

Much to my enjoyment of reading Pivot Point, I immediately moved on to Split Second right after I finished the first book. Now that Addie chose a path contrary to her heart’s desire, how will she be able to get what she truly wanted despite having that desire erased? That, I’m about to find out. A word of caution, though, this review may contain spoilers if you haven’t read Pivot Point yet. Proceed reading at your own risk. Haha!

Here’s the synopsis from the jacket cover of the book:

Split Second coverLife 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.

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.

The story picks up where Pivot Point has left off. But instead of using the same strategy as the first book, Kasie West now centers her story to Addie and Laila. Their alternating points of view give readers glimpses of the current situation in the Compound and the normal world. With the inclusion of new characters, the flow of story sets off to a new course – making the plotline thicker and more complicated.

Knowing that Addie has her Norm world path erased, I’m actually looking forward to her meeting with Trevor. I’m eager to find out how Kasie West would recreate the Trevor-Addie moments now that Addie acquires an uncontrollable power that endangers her secret from the Norms. With the surprise turnout of events, readers also get to see the sweet side of Stephanie, who we’ve known from the first book. Kasie West definitely deviates from our preconceived notions of the characters in the first book. This twist pushes me to further become engrossed in the story.

Meanwhile, at the Compound, after reading Addie’s note, Laila attempts to improve her power by seeking Connor’s help. This mysterious character plays a significant role in the story. I keep guessing his true identity, but I always end up with a blank. As the story progresses, I love how flawed Connor and Laila’s friendship is because it reveals both their strengths and vulnerabilities. I’m glad Laila’s been given a center stage role that I slowly get to know her true self. As expected, I have become invested in these two characters. Eli never fails to amaze me as well. I’m amused by his humor and innocence and how he has become helpful in the story.

As for Trevor and Addie, they’ve just become one of my favorite couples in literature. I love how their relationship develops without any hint of rush or insta-love. They’ve taken time to get to know each other that slowly blooms to love. I’ve known Trevor in Pivot Point, but I’ve come to know him better in this book. These Trevor-Addie moments definitely have me swooning and feeling giddy. Call me a cliché, but I always root for these friendship-turning-love kinds of relationship.

Apart from love and relationship, Kasie West digs deeper into the complex structure of the Compound and their controversial system. While I enjoy the suspense, I feel that the latter part of the story has been rushed a bit. With too many characters involved, some, whom I thought would take part in the vital section of the story, have been left out.

Other than that, Split Second manages to entertain me from beginning to the end. I couldn’t keep my hands off the book! It’s undoubtedly different from her other books, but it’s great to read a diversified plotline for a change. Kasie West’s story once again gives readers a right amount of twists and surprises. Split Second has been a fun reading experience and I’m glad I’m able to meet these amazing characters.

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Pivot Point by Kasie West

After reading The Distance Between Us, I knew right then and there that I have to read all of Kasie West’s books. I’d actually been eyeing this book for quite some time, but I’m not a great fan of book series and the synopsis didn’t catch my attention, so I put off the idea of reading this book first. However, months had passed and something had been pulling me back so I ended up checking out the book’s summary again. Based on the reviews and ratings I had seen and read, I was finally convinced that this may hold something promising. Hence, I decided to buy this book and its sequel, Split Second, on Book Depository.

Here’s the synopsis from the jacket cover of the book:

 Pivot Point coverKnowing 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.

So, Pivot Point – I do not like it… I FREAKINGLY LOVE IT!!! I pick up this book with no recollection of the summary, so I’m eager to find out how this book would affect me. I’m up for surprises and ready to be involved with the characters. True enough, Pivot Point more than lives up to my expectations. And it definitely gives me one hell of a ride.

Kasie West creatively tackles our never-ending “What If” moments/dilemmas and weaves a beautifully-written story centering this subject matter in the mind of a teenager. The setting goes beyond the ordinary wherein the community where Addie lives, all people utilize 100% of their brains; thus, allowing them to do things ordinary people can’t. Addie has the power to see beyond when presented with two choices. However, Kasie West doesn’t want to simplify the plotline by giving away the answer immediately because at the end of the day, the story boils down to which of the two paths Addie will eventually choose, for these two paths have their own pros and cons.

Pivot Point is told in Addie’s point of view. Caught between her parents’ divorce, Addie has no choice but to choose who she’s going to stay with. It’s not just about between her mom or dad, but it’s also about her life either to continue living in the Compound or start a new life outside, which is the Normal. There, she seeks to use her power. I love how Kasie West formulates her story that there is a smooth transition of how she’s going to introduce Addie’s power to the readers. Once it’s been revealed to us, I’m immediately drawn into it and it’s as if a portal appears and sucks me right into Addie’s two “what if” worlds.

Kasie West narrates Addie’s two possible life scenarios in alternating chapters. Addie’s character is so likeable that I want to be friends with her the moment I met her. I find myself relating easily with Addie and it’s what pushes me to go further into the story and read more. Kasie West definitely succeeds in portraying these two worlds differently that for every cliffhanger she writes per chapter, I become more torn and confused as to which path I’d prefer Addie to choose. Despite the similarity in character involvement of the two worlds, I’m impressed by the drastic change in character development of the characters as the story deepens, more so by how the two possible realities are surprisingly interconnected! It’s no doubt Addie cares for Laila, but it’s another thing when we talk about boys. I’d be in Team Duke at one point, then I’d be in Team Trevor the next, and the switching goes on. As the story progresses, it gets more complicated, but I’m glad my confusion has been resolved after I finish the book. Above all, Addie’s selfless act and sacrifice are what make a great impact on me.

Pivot Point exceeds my expectations and leaves me speechless as I close the book. Reading it in merely two days, I feel that the book will stay with me for as long as I can remember. The book is so addicting and engrossing! I always grab every chance to read it during leisure time and it has me glued to the seat all the way to the end. Kasie West undoubtedly delivers the story well. I’m impressed and amazed by the uniqueness of the plotline. The only thing I regret is that I should have read this sooner. Overall, Pivot Point is highly entertaining with a mixture of suspense and swoon-worthy characters. Now I’m off to read Split Second.