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August 15, 2015

Review: Split Second by Kasie West

Title: Split Second (Pivot Point, #2)
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: HarperTeen 
Publication date: February 11, 2014
Genre(s): Young Adult (Paranormal)
Source: Bought
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 360
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.
When I finished Pivot Point, the first book in this duo-logy, I immediately had to pick up Split Second and find out what happens next. I never do that. I actually NEVER read two books in a series back to back, unless it's Vampire Academy, but I usually like to read another book in between. Split Second picked up exactly from where Pivot Point left off, but this time, the book is actually told from two POV's! Unlike Pivot Point which was told from Addie's point of view, Split Second is also told from Laila's point of view. That seemed very refreshing and interesting, and added much more to the story as the two girls were living apart from each other. 
I will try not to say much without spoiling, but if you haven't read Pivot Point you might want to stop right here. So, in Split Second, we get to find out what happens after Addie chooses the life with her mother, but it doesn't end here. She gets to spend winter break with her dad, and that's when her life with her father starts to play out. This might be confusing if you haven't read Pivot Point (what are you doing here anyways? get out!), but if you have, you'll understand what I mean. It was definitely exciting to see how Addie re-lives her life with her father, without really remembering what she Searched. The readers gets to connect the dots because our memory wasn't erased, so we know what Addie doesn't remember at all. In this book, another character, Connor, is introduced. I sure think Connor was an interesting character, and thought that his part in the story was very crucial. Addie and Laila's characters definitely develop in this sequel, but so do their powers! (eek)! 
If I had to choose my favorite between the two, I'd have to pick Pivot Point. Part of my answer deals with how fun it was getting introduced to the life and the powers, but overall, it was a much more exciting (and addicting) read for me. Split Second was really good too, but I did hope for a more shocking turn of events. Overall, this duology was amazing, and I would totally recommend it to any ya/paranormal readers out there! I absolutely love Kasie West's writing, and will be looking forward to reading more from her!


1 comment:

  1. Yay! So glad you enjoyed this one, Farah! I like that you post pictures in reviews :D It took me forever to read Pivot Point, but once I did, I couldn't read Split Second fast enough. I enjoyed them both! And West's three contemporary novels. West has not steered me wrong!

    Fabulous review, Farah :)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!