By: Melanie | January 5, 2014 | (26) Comments

Review: Split Second by Kasie WestSplit Second by Kasie West
Series: Pivot Point, #2
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia, HarperTeen
Release Date: February 11, 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, YA
Pages: 320
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!~

4.5 Stars
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Melanie

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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26 Responses to Review: Split Second by Kasie West

  1. I haven’t read anything from Kasie West, yet, and it seems that I should start reading this series. I’m sorry about Addie, but it’s like you did enjoy those scenes that you kissed the book! LOL!

  2. Melliane says:

    I hope you’ll have the answers later… I wonder if I know the first one, I really don’t have a good memory. But it sounds nice! I often have a problem with multiples POVs but well it’s well done, it should be ok.
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  3. Stephanie B says:

    You make me want to read this series, Melanie. Seriously. I’m not a fan of the covers but you make them sound so good. I just don’t know when to read ALL THE BOOKS.
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  4. I had no idea that she added another POV in this one! Shows what I know. But I am glad that we’re offered more insight into Laila’s character. And I’m glad you were happy with the romances. You actually changed my mind about reading this one. I’m off to download now.
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  5. Oh I have Pivot Point and need to read it, I think I will add it to my list for the Take Control Challenge and then read this over the summer! Woot, lovely review 🙂
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  6. I have both of these and want to read them so bad but can’t fit them in! I keep looking for the audiobooks but she doesn’t have any which sucks. Hopefully I can fit these and The Distance Between Us inmy TBR soon.
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  7. Tanja says:

    Funny. I have just read Keertana’s review for the first book and while I’m a bit worried about this idea your review is getting me more and more interested. I like how both POVs are interesting and it’s always great that author manages to keep dynamics between two. Great review, Mel 🙂
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  8. Jenni says:

    *gasp* 5 stars! I am so excited to get my hands on this one. I remember being taken by surprise by the first book and dying for the second one when it ended. Can’t wait until this one comes out. Love that you mention that snarkiness is present in this one, I am always on board for that. Great review, Mel!
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  9. Alise says:

    Hmm, a book left with unanswered questions really makes me frustrated sometimes but this is after all Kasie West and you said the rest of the book was good so I will probably check this one out 🙂
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  10. Emily says:

    Ahhh… I can’t believe I’ve not read this series yet!! Cat keeps recommending it to me, and now you are too! 😀 I always like a romance done right, and an engaging POV 😉 So many good things have been said about Pivot Point, I simply MUST read it soon! 😀
    Wonderful review, Mel!! <33
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  11. I haven’t read any of Kasie West books, like The Distance Betweeen Us or Pivot Point. But I have been persuaded to do so I think. When a book is really hyped up I tend to read at a later date. But it looks like the sequel to PP is just as good and I’m looking forward to reading Addie’s perspective. Lovely review, Mel! 🙂
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  12. I only skimmed b/c I am reading this one very soon but I’m glad you enjoyed it overall. I will read anything Kasie West writes. 🙂
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  13. I loved Split Second so much! I agree with you about there being a few unresolved issues in the ending, but I still thought it was a pretty good ending. The romance was amazing, too. Great review 🙂
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  14. Megan says:

    Yay! I love it when sequels get 5 stars!
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  15. I have got to read this series! I loved her contemporary romance last summer.. forgetting the name right now, anyway I have heard nothing but good things about this series, and I desperately want to read it. I can live with a few unanswered questions.
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  16. omgggg Jessi was so sweet and she sent me an ARC of it and I am SOOO excited to start it, and after reading your review I really want to start it like today because I am so intrigued at the sound of Connor and Laila as well as Addie’s perspective with TREVOR omg he makes me so happy <33 Fantastic review, Mel!
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  17. Celine says:

    EE! I’m so jealous of you right now, haha. I’m glad Split Second delivered! It’s sucky that there were some threads left hanging but I’m glad it was really good overall. Knowing my love-love relationship with Kasie West, this will probably be one of my faves this year 😀 I can’t wait for it to come out!

    Great review, hun <3
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  18. Charlotte says:

    I think I have just spoiled myself by reading this review, Mel. Hahaha. I am still planning to read Pivot Point this year and see for myself if this series deserves all the hype it’s getting. Weee!

    And regarding those unresolved minor issues, maybe it will be answered in book 3…uhm, is this book a trilogy or a duology? Because if it is the latter, that would really be a bummer. I want last installments to be fully wrapped up. Hahahaha.

    Great review even if I don’t have an inkling about what you’re talking about! xD
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  19. Kate Bond says:

    Mel. That ending. I need more books in this series. This book felt like it was setting up a really cool series about what’s going to happen in the X-Men camp place now.

    I was also a little bummed, as I always am, by–how do I say this in a non-spoiler-y way?–the healing at the end. I know it was necessary to fix things or whatever, but it always leaves a bad taste in my mouth when a part of the big happy ending of a book is the healing of a disability.
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