Series: Pivot Point, #2
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia, HarperTeen
Release Date: February 11, 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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.
Split Second is just another reason why Kasie West is one of my favourite authors. Along with her snarky writing, lovable characters and swoon inducing romance as well as an ass-kicking plot line, who can be disappointed?
Like Pivot Point, Split Second follows the point of view of Addie, but now with a new addition of Laila’s point of view. I was mainly worried about wanting to skim Laila’s POV since I was rooted on reading all the Addie and Trevor scenes but there wasn’t any problem with that as Kasie West keeps both POVs interesting and unputdownable. One of the huge benefits with this dual narration was that we got to see Laila’s life that we didn’t learn about when it was just Addie telling the story. I was surprised to discover underneath the layer of a sweet and vibrant teenage girl, there was a damaged and intricate girl with a family that’s struggling to stay together. Which of course, only makes me want to hug Laila tighter. With another narrative point, this totally calls for another love interest, yes? Connor and Laila’s chemistry was a painful, I think because I wanted to grab them from out of the book and smoosh their faces together. KISS NOW. They are honestly perfect for each other and my heart melted a little when Laila finally came to her senses.
Addie. Oh Addie I’ve missed you so much. I felt partially sorry for her because she has to go and chase her love around once again but I couldn’t help but love the idea because I was squealing the whole way through their scenes together and it did not feel repetitive at all. Just freaking adorable. And. *kisses book* Other than the romance, the plot was also well developed. There were twists I didn’t see coming and I clung onto every word.
Unfortunately, despite the brilliance in the characters and romance and plot, I still had a problem with Split Second. While the ending was sweet and intense, I felt that there were some questions that needed to still be answered. I will not divulge much further what they were but I wanted to know how some other minor plot points were resolved.
In all, I am delighted with the result Kasie West gave us and I cannot wait for her upcoming novels. She can perfect nearly every aspect and deserves all, if not more hype.
~Thank you HarperCollins Australia for sending me this copy!~
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