Split Second [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
03/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—In this follow-up to Pivot Point (HarperCollins, 2013), Addie leaves the Compound after a bad breakup. As a Searcher, Addie can see two possible futures, and she finds it hard to believe this is the one she chose, the one in which she is betrayed by her best friend and her boyfriend. Heartbroken, she enters the Norm world where her father decided to go after divorcing Addie's mom. In the Norm world, Addie's kind is forbidden to use their powers for fear that they will expose their secret abilities. The protagonist accidentally slows time more than once while Trevor, the Norm boy who feels incredibly familiar, watches. As Trevor begins to figure out what Addie truly is, she recovers her memories, which reveal the future she actually chose before the Compound had them Erased. Now Addie and her friends have to put the pieces together. Why were her memories Erased? What is the Compound hiding? In this fast-paced fantasy, the plot is slow to begin but takes off after the first few chapters. Recommended for readers who love dystopian stories with a bit of romance.—Jeni Tahaney, Duncanville High School Library, TX
Kiersten White
Praise for PIVOT POINT: “An expertly plotted, deliciously clever story.”
Elana Johnson
Praise for PIVOT POINT: “With superb storytelling, a masterful blend of paranormal and normal, a helping of wit and humor, and a mouthwatering romance, PIVOT POINT is one of the most delicious books I’ve read.”
Robison Wells
Praise for PIVOT POINT: “The unique structure, seeing two alternate realities playing out at once, leaves you pleading with the characters—don’t answer that phone, don’t go in that house, don’t talk to that person. PIVOT POINT is at once tense and romantic, challenging and engaging. It’s a truly remarkable debut.”
Booklist
Praise for PIVOT POINT: “West takes [an]… intriguing premise and infuses it with a conclusion that will surprise and please the romantic teen reader.”
VOYA, February 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 6) - Sean Rapacki
The author's engaging sequel to Pivot Point (HarperTeen, 2013) follows the further adventures of Addie Coleman, a teenager with clairvoyant powers that allow her to see the futures that will result based upon which choices she makes. Addie lives in the Compound, a secret community filled with people with paranormal abilities. While the first book alternated chapters between two paths in life set before her, the sequel alternates chapters narrated by Addie and by her best friend, Laila, whose own power gives her the ability to selectively erase memories. Both friends are also struggling with emerging new abilities; for Addie, the ability to slow down time and for Laila, the ability to restore memories. Most importantly, at least for fans of paranormal romance, both Addie and Laila get involved with hunky, complex guys. Could love be in their futures? Will the oppressive authorities running the Compound allow Addie to search for answers outside the Compound? Teens who flock to genre reads such as this will be eager to find out the answers. Do not count out the possibility of another sequel. Reviewer: Sean Rapacki; Ages 11 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-07
Best friends Addie and Laila uncover secrets about their community and the development of supernatural abilities. Addie, having had her potential future in Dallas wiped from her mind in Pivot Point (2013), visits her father outside of the Compound, secret home to the paranormal community. Her path crosses with Trevor's again, but this time, romance doesn't come as easily. The Containment Committee has threatened her with a memory wipe if she tells anybody about the Compound, and her precognitive abilities are growing, causing headaches and moments where she loses control and slows down time itself. This time, West's dual narrative technique weaves Addie's story with Laila's viewpoint. From snooping and reading the letter Addie wrote to herself, Laila learns that in the other, lost future, she gained the ability to restore memories, and she wants to acquire it now in order to restore Addie's memory. This brings her to Connor, a handsome bad-boy who sells illegal enhancement programs and is immune to Laila's considerable natural and paranormal charms. As analytical Laila investigates, she discovers increasingly troubling information about the Compound's leadership--information that spells danger for the unknowing Addie. Although the climax passes a little too easily, the story effectively builds momentum that will leave readers pondering the questions it raises. A fast, smart thriller populated by lively characters. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062117410
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/11/2014
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 34,672
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • File size: 931 KB

Meet the Author

Kasie West lives with her family in central California, where the heat tries to kill her with its 115-degree stretches. She graduated from Fresno State University with a BA degree that has nothing to do with writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2014

    I read Pivot Point last year and have read a lot of books in bet

    I read Pivot Point last year and have read a lot of books in between then and now. Split Second picks up right where PP left off and I was a little lost at the beginning, since I didn't re-read the first one. If you haven't read Book 1, you might want to skip my review, since Split Second will probably give things away.

    I can't imagine having the ability to see where your choices will lead you. Addie has that power--if she's faced with a choice, she can see where she'll end up if she chooses this way or that. In a way, that would be nice, but in another, it would be hard. What I really liked about this book is that she saw the choices in Pivot Point and made a huge sacrifice, choosing the path that was not selfish in the least, but things still didn't turn out the way that I thought they would. Surprises still popped up and there were twists and turns that I did not see coming. I love a book that keeps me guessing.

    My heart broke a little in the romantic interest department. At the end of Pivot Point, Addie had fallen in love and now, he has no memory of her and things have to build again. I can't imagine going through what Addie did. I loved the romantic tension--there were a couple of relationships developing and they were all great.

    Another point to the story that I really enjoyed was seeing more from Laila's point of view. She's such a fun friend and it was fun to be inside of her head. Because different pathways were chosen, friends were made that wouldn't have been with the other choices (like Stephanie). I thought this was a very fun, creative, and enjoyable story. The way the ending came together was perfect.

    Content: I don't remember any language; mild violence (a fight); kissing. Clean.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    Bree

    Totally love this book!!

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  • Posted May 30, 2014

    Great sequel!!!

    I absolutely loved Pivot Point, the first book by Kasie West. I fell in love with the characters, especially Addie and Trevor. This book was no different - watching them get reacquainted was wonderful. I liked Connor, and Laila was okay, but I really love Addie and Trevor more. I didn't realize this book was going to be told in dual POVs, which was a little surprising at first, but overall I think it really worked for the book. If you loved Pivot Point, Split Second does not disappoint.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    Great!!!

    I really enjoyed the first book.I read it a while ago and then I saw that she wrote a second book I was so excited!!! I was always wondering how it would play out and this second book gave me that, thank you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    One of the BEST books I have ever read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I ha

    One of the BEST books I have ever read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I have waited to read this book since I finished Pivot Point last year (I got it the day it came out and started and finished it that day), and have had many expectations. Split Second flew through the roof of my expectations. Kasie West couldn't have written a better sequel.

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  • Posted February 27, 2014

    Wow. I have been wanting to read this since I finished Pivot Poi

    Wow. I have been wanting to read this since I finished Pivot Point, which is a while back, and also a long time to develop high expectations, and I cannot even begin to describe how much Kasie West managed to reach my expectations and even go further than that. I was so happy with how she did this. All the characters were equally as great as in Pivot Point, and I even found Laila more likable this time, which was the only thing I was a bit worried about, because I didn't really like her before. I also really really liked Connor, he was great; I cannot believe that West took all of the things that I like to read about and put them in the amazing world that Pivot Point is set in. Just great.
    I have yet to read a book by Kasie West that wasn't amazing, and it makes me even more excited for On the Fence that comes out later this year.
    I loved loved loved it!

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  • Posted February 19, 2014

    Well guys, I¿m happy to say that my author crush on Kasie West i

    Well guys, I’m happy to say that my author crush on Kasie West is still in full swing! Can this girl write anything that I don’t love beyond words?! I think not.

    I’m quite relieved that I saw Ashley @ Nose Graze mention on Goodreads that she needed a refresher on Pivot Point before starting Split Second, and then found Sara @ Forever 17 Books posted the awesome link to the Recaptains (awesome blog!!) recap of Pivot Point. I read the entire thing and was completely satisfied that I was refreshed on what occurred in Pivot Point and was ready to jump right into Split Second.

    Split Second, unlike Pivot Point, flip-flopped between the POV of Addie and Laila. I wasn’t sure I was going to like Laila’s POV quite as much… but, oh man, I was pleasantly surprised! I actually enjoyed Laila’s story even more than Addie’s this time. Laila’s love/hate relationship with Conner had me begging for more. I loved it! And of course I still have a soft spot for Trevor, so getting to see more of Addie and him really satisfied me.

    My only complaint, which I can’t really call it a complaint per say, was, as Nick @ Nick’s Book Blog stated in her review, that we didn’t get to know more about the Compound. We get several bits and pieces of info here and there, but I would have loved to have really gotten to know their “home” on a more descriptive and deeper level. Other than that one thing… perfection. :) And despite that one issue, I still loved it to pieces and think it was a 5-star read!

    I’m sad to hear that there isn’t a third book in this series, but I’m satisfied with the way this one ended and I’m okay with that overall. Time to continue with my crush on Kasie and start reading On the Fence asap!


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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2014

    I LOVE this book once you pick it up you won't want to put it do

    I LOVE this book once you pick it up you won't want to put it down. Kasie West has outdone herself!!!


                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Twin Fans

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2014

    Great

    Great book! I absolutely loved this book! Just as much as the first one! Great sequel, I loved the story line and the characters! I loved Addie and Trevor, and Laila and Conner! Loved this book! It was great!

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  • Posted February 14, 2014

    And Kasie West does it again.   It's now guaranteed that I will

    And Kasie West does it again.  

    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!

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  • Posted February 13, 2014

    Last year I read, and reviewed, Pivot Point and later in the yea

    Last year I read, and reviewed, Pivot Point and later in the year I had the chance to meet West and fall in love with her as a person and a friend and not just as an author, and I'm not saying this because she's my friend, but I will read anything she writes. And the likelihood is I will devour it. She's one of the few authors that can make me cry. I'm an easy crier. I cry at the drop of a hat, but books generally don't make me cry. That is the power that West can convey via the written word. That is a powerful tool, in my opinion.




    I loved Split Second. I was shocked to find out I loved it as much as I did. While Pivot Point was amazing, I found it to be a standalone to the point I was shocked find out there would be a second book. Even with the shock, I was not disappointed. Split Second is everything I expect from a Kasie West novel, and more.




    Told from dual point of views: Addie, who we know and love and her BFF Laila. Dual POV does not always work. To me, it rarely works.  But it was fascinating to see Addie learn things that we already knew about her and those around her. But West never once info dumped us. She made it nice and refreshing while rehashing information that was in the first book. It was also fascinating to see Laila and learn more about her. In Pivot Point we only ever see Laila from Addie's point of view and we know how skewed that can be. My BFF and I can go to an event and have two very different views on what happened. Her's usually involves her having a blast and me having a panic attack because omg a lot of people.




    Although I am a big, big, big Addie fan, I was super fascinated by Laila's side. Her life wasn't picture perfect or easy and a lot of aspects sucked. Heck, I wouldn't even mind more from Laila. But let's talk about the important part of this novel. Trevor.




    Trevor. Hearts in my eyes. Trevor. He's snarky and he doesn't always know what's going on but oh did I fall in love with him again. My heart died a bit when him and Addie fell in love with each other again, because it was heartbreaking and lovely and made me sigh multiple times. This book even did that thing where it I want more. I want to know more about the Compound and their abilities and I JUST WANT MORE.

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  • Posted February 13, 2014

    Split Second is the second book in the Pivot Point series and pi

    Split Second is the second book in the Pivot Point series and picks up shortly after book one left off. Kasie West does a great job bringing the reader back into Addie’s story and also introduces us to some new characters this time around. I loved that the chapters were alternating between Addie and Laila as we got to see Laila’s point of view as well as meet Conner.

    After making the choice to save Laila and not be with Trevor in Pivot Point, Addie is now living in a world where Duke is her ex-boyfriend and she feels humiliated every time she sees him. In addition to this, Addie’s and Laila’s friendship has taken a hit although they are still friends. On top of all of that, Addie is noticing that her ability is acting up and she is manipulating time in a different way. 

    With all of this going on, Addie makes the decision to go live with her dad for a few weeks and this is how we are re-introduced to Trevor and ultimately meet Conner. I have to admit, I still love Trevor even though he and Addie were basically strangers to each other and the way West brought Addie and Trevor back together was great. 

    Addie is still a little nerdy, a good friend, and struggling to come to terms with her parents decision to break up. On top of dealing with Duke, when she gets her memory restored, she has to deal with knowing Trevor from her search and then also figure out a way to explain it to him. When she finally did explain to Trevor what was going on, he didn't dismiss it and that won him points in my mind. The fact that he responded by requesting she tell him three things about them from before only made him even more swoony.

    As I mentioned, the chapters alternated between Addie and Laila this time and West does a great job giving the reader a glimpse of what is going on with both Addie and Laila despite them not being together for most of the book. The two stories flowed seamlessly and I really enjoyed hearing Laila’s voice more this time around. A great addition for me were the headers on each of the chapters...it is a small thing but I thought they were an added bonus.

    Laila quickly became a favorite character for me and I feel like she is the perfect friend for Addie. She has a lot of crap going on in her life and she still wants to be there to help Addie. To do that she has to recognize that she can’t always do things on her own which pulls Conner into the story. I would consider Conner the “bad boy” here as he is the motorcycle driving guy who sells illegal programs to people. Once Laila gets past what she thinks she knows, she finds out there is more to him than she originally thought.

    Conner is struggling with who he is and has been doing so since he was 12 when he ended up healing his father. Because of what happened, he has cut off his ability completely and Laila is the one who makes him see how that isn't’t the answer and in all honestly, wasn't his fault. 

    There is also a relationship building between these two characters and I loved it. The banter between them made me smile and only love them more. 

    “Whining makes you less attractive. Don’t do it anymore.” 

    And the swoons…Gah – I would love more Conner anytime West wants to write a full book of just him. 

    “You’re impossible to ignore, Laila. I was acutely aware of exactly where you stood, what you looked at, when you took a breath.” 

    Those are only a few examples…trust me when I say that West certainly knows how to write the swoony parts and when Laila and Conner finally got past the crap and were honest about what was going on with everything I couldn't have been happier. They were both so closed off and I was happy that they were able to recognize how good they were for each other. 

    This is another great story by Kasie West and based on my love for all of her books so far, there is no question she will be on my auto-buy list. If you like great characters, a wonderful story and some swoons, definitely check this series out if you haven’t already – you won’t regret it.

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  • Posted February 11, 2014

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    Split Second is the fast-paced, feel clutching, edge of your sea

    Split Second is the fast-paced, feel clutching, edge of your seat sequel to Pivot Point. It has an expertly crafted story, creative and interesting plot twists and well developed characters, all of whom made me literally laugh-out-loud at one point or another. (I may have even snorted water through my nose.) The romance is heart-achingly tender and the last line is made of perfection. PERFECTION!

    It was kind of nice to read a story where, despite their abilities and the clash with the Norm world, these teens aren't staging some huge rebellion. (Maybe it's just me, but those stories tend to stress a body out sometimes.) Yes, Addie, Laila, Conner and even Duke are still challenging the system, but they're also acknowledging that real change doesn't happen all at once. They're also learning some important lessons about how to use their talents for good instead of evil. The characters who choose the Compound over the Norm world have their reasons, all of which are realistic and valid to the story and vice versa.

    This sequel does not disappoint, but don't take my word for it, step into the box and Search it for yourself. ;)

    Thank you Kasie West for another fantastic book, I will read anything you write!

    Favorite Quote(s): "How does it feel to know that even though you have an advanced mind, the girl you love wants me?"

    "Let's hope not, because we've packaged ourselves handily."

    "If someone ends up hitting me by mistake, I will them clean and won't even care."

    "Oh yeah, let me put on my girlfriend glasses and study them real close."

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  • Posted February 11, 2014

    Okay guys, I¿m seriously convinced Kasie West can do no wrong wi

    Okay guys, I’m seriously convinced Kasie West can do no wrong with her writing. I’m going to try really hard to put into words exactly how much I loved this book but I apologize if my thoughts are all over the place.




    Last year I fell in love with the concept of alternate worlds or realities. Pivot Point fit that bill tremendously, easily becoming one of my favorite reads of the entire year. In the first book the main character, Addie, had the ability to search different paths of the future and had to make a difficult decision as to which to follow. When it became obvious the path she had to take, it broke her heart to give up everything she longed for in the other, and a huge part of that was the boy she fell for.




    Split Second continues the story, allowing Addie perhaps a second chance for a path she no longer remembers since it never truly happened. And there is no one better to help her than her best friend, and the one who erased those memories in the first place, Laila. I wasn’t 100 % sure how this new point of view addition would work. Sometimes when there is that change in a series it can fall flat or not work adequately. Sometimes you can’t tell them apart or sometimes it’s just too hard to focus on someone else when you just want the main character you grew to love in the previous book(s). Oh my god though, it worked beautifully here! Laila fits right into the story. She cracked me up with her sass and love for using her feminine wiles to get her away. Or well, her attempt at that. lol There is one boy in particular who resists her and doesn’t put up with her crap and that is Connor. A complex boy of mystery, he was such a puzzle, especially for Laila. The way they’d challenge each other, pushing buttons, was adorable and hilarious. The journey they take to finally open up to each other was a perfect addition to the story.




    Of course Laila, with the help of Connor and a few others, is working to help Addie restore her memories and put everything back to how it should be. We get to see a friendship blossom between Addie and Trevor once again and I was ecstatic to see these two sharing the pages together. Trevor could not be anymore amazing. Like seriously, I couldn’t get enough of them!




    Without giving anything away, Kasie West managed to keep the story interesting and exciting, easily floating from one point of view to the next. With Pivot Point I remember reading a chapter from one path and dying to get back to it as I’d move onto the next path’s chapter and it kept going and going back and forth, making it hard to put the book down. The same can be said for Split Second with the Addie and Laila chapters. There were a few surprises thrown in, things I didn’t see coming, that made my jaw drop. And one thing at the end that pretty much just made my heart grow 3 sizes, I swear. You know when you read something and it makes you audibly gasp with surprise and giddy happiness? That was there for me. I can’t even deal with how perfect and beautiful it was. This was one of the most satisfying ends to a series I have read (I’m assuming it was just a duology?). Fans of the first book will not be disappointed in the least. And if any of you reading this have not yet started the series, please do so ASAP! This is one you simply cannot miss!




    I would recommend those who have gone a long time in between reading these books to at least give the last few chapters of Pivot Point a glance or perhaps even rereading before starting Split Second. There is a bit of recap but I found skimming a few chapters really helpful with a lot of details, especially since you are dealing with a character who has forgotten these memories herself.




         ”I want to know you,” he said, finishing the sentence that got interrupted in the box. “I need to.”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    Best book series that I've ever read. Way to go Ms. West!!! TREV

    Best book series that I've ever read. Way to go Ms. West!!! TREVORRRR <3

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