Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Pivot Point & Split Second Double Review

Pivot Point by Kasie West
Release Date: February 12, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 352
Keywords: divorce, time travel, supernatural
Format Read: hardcover
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Split Second by Kasie West
Release Date: February 11, 2014
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.
   THE COVERS
I really like the first cover art. The concept is cool with the character looking into her other possible future. I like that it's faded, so you can tell it hasn't really happened yet. I also really love the title running down the center. It adds interest to the typeface and makes it stand out while dividing the two images. The second, however, is too similar to the first to stand out. I was also confused at why they are two different girls. Maybe Laila, her best friend, is this one? It's still a bit confusing to me.

   WHY I LIKED IT
Okay, so "liked" is definitely an understatement in this one. I LOVED this series. The first stood out to me as such an interesting concept in general. The whole book follows Addie searching her two futures, so each chapter jumps back and forth between story lines. It actually wasn't hard at all to follow. I thought it would be, but I managed to keep up with the plot and two separate futures beautifully.
Every once in a while I would remember that these events weren't actually happening. Which was crazy to me. A whole book based on premonitions and "what ifs" seemed strange and foreign, but West did it so well. I never felt out of the story or lost because the events were still in her mind. They felt very real to me.
The second book picked up where one of the futures (obviously I'm not going to tell you which one pans out) leaves off, and it follows Addie in the aftermath of the issues she had to deal with. I didn't like this one as much, but I'll talk about that in another section. I still really love West's style of writing, and she's for sure on auto-buy. With this series knocked out, I've officially read all of her books other than The Fill-In Boyfriend (due in June), but I have an ARC of that already so I will be taking care of that soon. :)

   THE SHOCK VALUE
I have to say, I was surprised by almost everything in these books. There was never a moment of groaning because I knew what would happen in 20 pages. It was mostly heart palpitations because I never could have seen that coming. And you know how much I love a crazy, mood-swining, unpredictable book.

   RESERVATIONS?
Like I mentioned before, I didn't like the second book as much as I liked the first one, but that for sure does not mean I didn't like it. I loved that it was only two books (much more manageable for a non-series person like me). But the appeal of the dual futures was gone with the second, and I felt like we were starting from square one again at the beginning of the second book. Which Addie kind of was. It just was a teeny bit slower to me than the first one.

   FINAL THOUGHTS
Love, love, LOVE! Kasie West will be one of my auto-buy authors for sure, and she made this sort of dystopian book feel fresh, contemporary, and much newer than anything else I've read even remotely close to this genre.

1 comment:

  1. Yeah, I'm not that big of a fan of the second cover either. While I'm excited to dive into Split Second, I could see how the split futures thing could get old. The first one was so fast-paced and fun, though! :D

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