10 March, 2014

book review

Split Second (Pivot Point #2) by Kasie West

My Copy: Hardcover, 360 pages
Publication Date: February 11, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Purchased
Genre: Paranormal | Romance | Young Adult

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.

My Review

What you’re in for: Dual narration alternating between Addie and Laila.  Romance and heart-yearning and feels!  Deception and manipulation.  A bit of Dystopia mixed in — but I wouldn’t categorize it as a Dystopian.  Trevor is back!

Relations:  
1. Laila and Addie – Their friendship is so strong and unbreakable.  I love how close they are even after everything that happened.  Normally, I wouldn’t be rooting for Laila after what she did in Pivot Point, but considering the circumstances I think she can be forgiven.  I just really felt Addie and Laila’s strong ties to each other in this book.
2. Addie and Trevor – Sigh.  This one tugged on my heart strings a lot.  You know why if you read Pivot Point.  Just witnessing Addie trying to get Trevor back, while knowing he doesn’t have any memory or knowledge of that other life they shared, was hard sometimes.  I love Addie and Trevor together!!
3. Laila and Conner – Starts out with irritation and annoyance and anger…but blossoms into love.  I really liked seeing Laila open up to someone like she does with Conner in this book.  It shows a whole new side to her character.  And Conner is so perfect for her.

The Ending:  Has some craziness that the characters have to overcome, or else they’re doomed!  Lots of scheming at the end.  I thought it ended well, overall.

Should you read it?  Well, if you read and loved the first book as much as I did, this is a pointless question; I’m sure there would be no talking you out of reading this book after finishing Pivot Point.  Don’t worry, though.  I’m not going to try to talk you out of it!  Honestly, I preferred Pivot Point to Split Second.  But, Split Second was still definitely worth reading.  It just didn’t give me that same feeling after I was finished.  You know, that feeling you get right after you read a really great book and you just know it’s going to be a favourite?  I had that with Pivot Point.  My favourite thing about Kasie West’s books, though, is how I am always able to feel the emotions she is conveying to the reader.  She is very good at getting the reader to feel for the characters.  Lots and lots of feels!!

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A Peek Inside

I had a feeling this might take a while, because I was willing to stay in the box until he loved me again.

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4 Responses to “Review: Split Second”

  1. WHY haven’t I read this book yet? Now I almost feel like I need to re-read the first book (which I never do) to really remember why I loved Trevor and Addie together. I know I did – but I’m struggling to remember any details! 🙁 Are there enough reminders in book #2 to get me by, do you think?

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    • Hmm…there’s really not too much for reminders in this one. I didn’t mind, because Pivot Point was one of my favourite books so it kind of stuck with me. But, if you don’t remember Pivot Point that well, I’m not sure if there are enough refreshing points in there. I mean, I’m sure it’ll come back to you, but maybe not as much as you want? Or enough to make you regain that love for Addie and Trevor?

    • Thanks for letting me know – I might need to at least do a quick re-read of Pivot Point before I pick this one up. I really loved PP, and I remember that I loved Trevor (and I definitely remember that ending!), but I can’t remember their story exactly – and since the second book hinges so much on her trying to get him back, I want that to be fresh in my mind!