Thursday, April 17, 2014

Review ~ Pivot Point by Kasie West

TITLE: Pivot Point
AUTHOR: Kasie West
COPYRIGHT: 2013
TYPE: young adult /e-book
PAGES: 343
SERIES:  yes
1. Pivot Point
2. Split Second

REASON FOR READ:
EVERYONE has been talking about it so I thought I should give it a try.

SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without

THOUGHTS/OPINION:

Okay I’m going to say it right off the bat. I LOVED THIS BOOK. Okay end of story that’s my review… no? Fine

I thought it was a fresh take on an idea that I’ve been very interested in (Sky High anyone?). It had good characters, a nice plot, a hell of a twist, and a mature female lead that is usually hard to find in this genre. While it wasn’t perfect it was darn near close enough that finding a flaw for this review is going to be hard.

THINGS I LIKED:

I loved Addie, she is mature and even when she wasn’t at first she for sure grew into it.
I loved the compound and all the mysteries and secrets involved with that.
I loved the paranormal talents and how they were all mind related (lie detection, persuasion, memory erasing, mood alteration, etc.) verses some kids flying and what not. Good twist on that end
I loved that she can’t see into the future and make it clear that there are too many variables to change the future. The catch is she can see the outcome of a choice
I loved seeing 2 different choices and the freaking outcomes
I also adored the fact that both choices SUCKED and I wasn’t sure which one she would pick
I loved the plot, the pacing, and the voice.
I loved that I figured out who the bad guy was right at the time Addie did (now keep in mind I suck at figure out who the bad guy is unless it is Scooby Doo)
THANK YOU MS. WEST for not making this a freaking LOVE TRIANGLE I so heart you right now!

THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE:

Now the hard part… b/c I loved the book so much this is going to be hard.
If I had to pick one I would say it was a little jarring at first to read one chapter of choice A and one chapter of choice B. Even though I knew she was “searching” I still took a few chapters to figure out the switching back and forth.
Otherwise it was hard.

Are you keeping it or passing it on?

Keeping and seriously debating about re-buying it in hardcover edition. Not to mention I have recommended it to EVERYONE I meet.
 
Challenges:
New Author Challenge
52 book challenge

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The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

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