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Friday, October 17, 2014

Split Second by Kasie West Review


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.


Published February 2014. Second book in the Pivot Point series. Check it out Goodreads! 
4 stars

I really enjoy Kasie West's contemporary books and was definitely interested in the first book in this series because it's a bit more...science fiction or fantasy themed. The first book was quite good, and this one was no different! I really enjoyed the plot and it kept me very interested. I was working on something, some spanish tests I think and I stopped to take a little break, to just read one chapter. Before I knew it I was getting to the last chapters, it really drew me in! I think that the author has done a great job creating this Para vs. Norm world where the Norms are well, normal, and the Paras have interesting generally mind-themed powers. It's very fun and she has created a great Para world that's hiding from the rest of us.

This book was a little different then the first, the first was done in one of Addie's searches. When she reaches a decision, where she has two choices she can look into the future to see where the two paths will lead. It made for a great writing style (going from one path in one chapter to the other in the next) in the first book and I really liked it. In this book however the POV is split between Addie and her friend, Laila. I admit, there were a few times when they were together that was difficult to tell whose POV it was, otherwise it was very nice but not quite as fun and unique then the first book. The romance was pretty sweet, I definitely preferred Addie and Trevor's as it continues (sort of) from the first book. There were some great twists that involved him too.

Overall, I thought the world building was great, the plot was fun and exciting and definitely kept me wanting to keep reading, I liked the characters (although there were times Laila got on my nerves a little), and this was a great sequel! It kept up a lot of the things I liked from the first book and while it did disappoint in a few areas, I was very happy with it overall. I can't wait for the next book!

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