Book Review: Split Second by Kasie West

Posted March 26, 2014 by Lori in Books, Reviews / 3 Comments Tags: ,

Book Review: Split Second by Kasie WestSplit Second by Kasie West
Series: Pivot Point #2
Published by HarperCollins on 2014-02-11
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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Addie has always been able to see the future when faced with a choice, but that doesn't make her present any easier. Her boyfriend used her. Her best friend betrayed her. So when Addie's dad invites her to spend her winter break with him in the Norm world, she jumps at the chance. 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. She wants to change that.Laila, her best friend, 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 this to 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.In the suspenseful sequel to Pivot Point, Addie tries desperately to retrieve her lost memories and piece together a world she thought she knew before she loses the love she nearly forgot.

I read Split Second a few weeks ago and I’m still having trouble putting into words what I think of this book and this series. I was not expecting much when I picked up Pivot Point last year and was blown away. Then I was worried when I got the sequel that I wouldn’t enjoy it nearly as much as the first but I was wrong about that too. These books are unexpected and fun and thrilling and romantic and interesting and full of great characters. I definitely recommend them to those who enjoy both paranormal and contemporary books.

Just like in Pivot Point, the characters stand out as one of my favorite parts of this book. I was really interested, as well as worried, about how Laila’s added POV would change the feeling of the series, but it worked out really well. I was glad we got to learn more about Laila and see her struggles opposite of Addie’s. Laila has had a much harder family life and doesn’t let people close to her and doesn’t trust people. But her journey through this book was one of my favorites and Connor played a big part in that. He was another addition that I was happy to see. I wasn’t sure how he would get me on his side after the early parts of the book, but he did. And now I’m a fan. I loved the part he played in the whole story and in Addie’s journey. I also have to mention Trevor because he played such a big part of the first book and if you’ve read that one then I know you’re looking forward to seeing him in this one. After the way Pivot Point ends, I was dying to see Trevor but nervous about how their new situation would play out. It was wonderful and heartbreaking and Trevor was just how I remembered him. I’ve never read something like Addie and Trevor’s situation in a book before and I loved it and I loved how they handled it. They really are great together and I’m glad I got to see more of them. Add all the characters up and make a really amazing cast.

The other really great thing about these books is the writing and how unusual and unpredictable the story is. Both Pivot Point and Split Second have twists and turns and surprising moments and character secrets and they’re all amazing. And they all play into the bigger story. Whether we’re with Addie or Laila in Split Second, we’re working toward the end moments that reveal all the secrets and not one moment is wasted. Even if it seems like just a small conversation between characters, there is something in that moment that leads to a bigger moment and by the end of the book we realize how much all of those smaller moments mattered. They changed the character or the timeline or what the character thinks or any of the other smaller parts to fit into the bigger one. I’m amazed at how well West can keep everything straight and together and make it add up to one bigger story. I love her writing and how she always surprises me and moves me.

Overall, Split Second is a worthy sequel and this series is one that you should read. West puts just the right amount of paranormal in these book to give them something special but not so much that they feel like fantasy books. They’re perfect for people who love contemporary stories and still want something different. The characters all stand out, the romances are not typical but still emotional, and the twists are unpredictable. I definitely recommend these books and can’t wait for more from Kasie West!

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