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Posted January 5, 2015
You know that PIVOT POINT was among the top three of my favourit
You know that PIVOT POINT was among the top three of my favourite books of 2014. I read it as a standalone and was ecstatic when I found out there was going to be a sequel, because things weren't completely wrapped up in the end of book one. Now I poured all my hope in SPLIT SECOND for Addie and Trevor to find their perfect ending. These two characters really grew on me in the first book and I was heartbroken about how things ended for them.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
So I'd pinned my hope on SPLIT SECOND, but after reading the second book early in December I wasn't sure this book was the sequel I had been dreaming about for so many months. That was mostly because Addie and Trevor's romance couldn't pick up right where it was at its best in the first book and practically repeated itself only in a much more unfortunate way. Nonetheless, I adore the idea behind it that they would always find back to each other, no matter how many times you'd wind back things to a point where the two wouldn't know each other.
What I thought of as a nice bonus in advance fast became my favourite part about SPLIT SECOND. I'm talking about the additional point of view that has been added to the story. Chapters are alternating between Addie and her best friend Laila. Now that Laila has got her own story to tell, we are granted an extra hot romance in her chapters. Connor is just as tough and unrelenting as Laila and theirs is a very fierce love story that will have you fanning yourself.
Furthermore there's a great emphasis on the close and honest friendship between Addie and Laila which was another of my favourite parts about SPLIT SECOND. Not many YA stories are all set on taking time to develop a profound girl friendship beside all the drama that would be possible in other parts of the story.
Believe me, you will want to read this and want to know what happens to Addie, Laila and her friends. It isn't like I've completely fallen out of love with the characters and the world, on the contrary. Sometimes the plot just didn't feel like it was going in the right direction, at least not purposeful enough. Knowing that SPLIT SECOND would be the final book in this duology, I often criticized that the story was too hesitant and undaring in the end to pose as a model of a final book.
Kasie West didn't make as much use of Addie's talent as in book one. And that where Addie's special power to see two alternate futures, go through them and pick only one, contributed a lot to an irressistibly fast-paced, multidimensional PIVOT POINT plot.
While I was torn about the love story of Addie and Trevor and absolutly swooning over Connor and Laila, their paranormal community, hidden from people's eyes, continued to amaze me. Abilities are expanded, boundaries pushed and authorities provoked to dangerous extends.
What I love so much about the two books is that the story is set in a secret part of our world. It's not a completely new world, but something that's special enough to be kept from anyone who's not a part of it. If this book series were a TV show it could easily be one of my favourites. The mystery factor and paranormal activities would be its strong suit and there would be enough room for awesome romances and conspiracies, drama of all kinds.
4/5 **** SPLIT SECOND - Addie and Laila are two leading YA ladies who are linked by a strong friendship and who can conquer anything with their cohesive forces.
While SPLIT SECOND is just as remarkably well-written as PIVOT POINT, there were plot deficiencies not even a very strong second leading lady and her swoon-worthy love story could completely counterbalance. And even if I didn't get all the feels and heartbreak and excitement from this sequel like from Kasie's debut novel before, I can easily imagine reading two or three more books set in her secret community of paranormally gifted. Now I'm wishing on the gift of thought manipulation so that I could persuade Kasie West to write more books about Addie and Laila.
Posted November 26, 2014
Good story! I liked the duel love stories and POV's. Likeable characters, romantic interests, and a fun storyline make these books a great read. I recommend PIVOT POINT and it's sequel SPLIT SECOND.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 14, 2014
And Kasie West does it again. It's now guaranteed that I will
And Kasie West does it again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
It's now guaranteed that I will purchase a copy of every book she writes, even if I've already read a review copy. It's my desire and my duty to support and promote such awesome authors. West just jam-packs her novels with imaginative storylines and humor and swoons and just everything that makes a book fun.
I loved diving into the world of the Compound, into the seedy underbelly of it, as it were. We get to experience more of their tech, their hierarchy, and what crossing them leads to. We also get to see more of life outside of the Compound and just how hard it is to keep it a secret from your average human. So, in essence, this sequel built upon everything I already loved in Pivot Point.
This time around, we don't get to experience two different paths Addie's life could take by way of the Search. Oh, she still uses her power -- when she remembers it! -- but it's in small doses as compared to what we saw in the first book. And her power has changed...it's evolved into something more, which was quite interesting to witness as Addie practiced it.
In this book, Addie is spending her winter break with her father in the Norm world, so to fill in the gaps with what's happening back at the Compound, we've got Laila's point-of-view. I wasn't sure how this would sit with me, considering her betrayal in the last book. Yes, I know she was coerced into it, but it still felt like betrayal, and I'm not the only one having a hard time coming back from that. Addie hasn't voiced her lack of trust in her best friend, but it's easy to see in what she doesn't say.
The Addie-Trevor thing is still there, even if neither understands why they feel such a connection since they can't remember how it was forged in the first place. Even if Trevor is starting to become suspicious of Addie, after witnessing a couple superhuman feats of speed. It's still just as sweet and adorable as it was in the first book, though. But now that we have Laila's perspective, we have another ship to cling to. Where Addie and Trevor are almost saccharine sweet, Laila and Connor are like Sour Patch Kids: first they're sour, then they're sweet. I loved how their relationship progressed, what they were willing to do for each other, what they learned about and from each other, how they made it work. I don't know if I'd call it a slow-burning kind of romance because I felt the intensity of their feelings almost immediately, and it wasn't entirely a hate-to-love type of romance either because of that. It was just perfect for the characters that they were. So, if you were afraid after the ending in Pivot Point that the sequel would be lacking in swoons, fret not. Kasie West wouldn't do us that way. =)Also, lots of stuff happens. Like, stuff that even *I* didn't see coming, which is quite unusual indeed. And it all wraps up nicely. I'm a super-huge fan of duologies these days. Like, over-the-moon happy with this trend. Less waiting. More story but with less filler. Yep. Let's keep this duet-thing going, okay? That said, I'd still be okay with a third book in this series because I still have a ton of unanswered questions about Addie and this world.
If you liked Pivot Point, you're going to like Split Second, no doubt about it. If you haven't started this series yet, I highly recommend it. It's just fun. Good, good fun. It's got superpowers, football, swoons, and -- maybe not best of all, but I still highly treasure this fact -- it's set in Dallas where yours truly is from!
Posted February 27, 2014
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