Review: Split Second – Kasie West

Review: Split Second – Kasie WestSplit Second by Kasie West
Series: Pivot Point #2
Published by HarperTeen
on February 11th 2014
Format: ARC
Source: Borrowed
Amazon, Goodreads

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.

Review

If you know me, you know my borderline obsession with Pivot Point. It was one of my favorite reads of 2013. It was quirky and clever and just really well done. I was the epitome of book bully and told everyone to read it. And then an amazing friend got me a copy of Split Second to borrow and read early. After freaking out in excitement I read the book and came to one conclusion. I legit have a fangirl crush on Kasie West. Split Second was fantastic. Just fantastic, fantastic, fantastic.

Fair warning, read Pivot Point before reading any further because some will be spoiled as I can’t help it she talking about Split Second. Besides if you haven’t read it you are missing out so DO IT!!!

I can’t really describe Split Second all that well without talking about Pivot Point since it picks up right where that left off. Addie made her choice between futures and is now left trying to figure out what she decide what she did since she can’t remember the other path. She’s stuck in a place where he boyfriend was a jerk, her best friend betrayed her and her heart feels broken, but not from either if those things. Not to mention the fact that her powers are acting up and she seems to be able to slow down time with some major consequences. Then there is Laila who is keeping a secret from Addie about the other path and about a new development of her own with her powers…she can restore erased memories, after she learns how. With Addie off to Texas to spend time with her dad and the mysterious Trevor who she oddly feels a pull towards and Laila spending time with the resident bad boy Connor, both girls are in a conclusion course of epic proportions that they never expected to have lead them to where it does.

Kasie West utterly amazed me with this book for the simple fact that she took what was great about Pivot Point and made it into something else entirely. I honestly wasn’t sure what she would do and what I got was three stories really. I got the aftermath of Pivot Point, Addie’s return to the path she didn’t take without knowing that was the path, and the story of Laila and Connor. I know it seems like a lot, but it all really worked together in a seamless fashion that only West could accomplish. I was captivated by the mystery that brought all three parts of the story together, by the couples of Laila and Connor and Addie and Trevor and by the friendship of Addie and Laila. The whole book seemed effortless and pulled me in from the start.

I honestly had one complaint about the whole book. Actually it is kind of a big complaint because it bugged me. What’s that complaint? That the series is over and these characters are out of my life. Sad day for that. 🙁 But seriously Split Second had the potential to go bad because I wasn’t sure it could have lived up to Pivot Point. But it honestly didn’t. It was a great follow-up/ending to one of the most memorable books I’ve read in a long time. If you haven’t become a fangirl of Kasie West yet, pick up this duology and do it. She has oodles of greatness to come, I can feel it!

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  1. I LOVED pivot point last year so I’m SUPER excited to finally get this one in my hands and just DEVOUR it. I’m glad this one was a good read for you! Hopefully it will be for me too
    Lily

  2. Pivot Point was definitely one of my favorite reads from last year! I cried over it! I am so excited for Split Second and I’m glad you loved it! I am worried it won’t live up to the greatness of the first one (even though you thought it did).

    Also, new follower to your blog 🙂

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