Split Second by Kasie West

Book: Split Second by Kasie West
Series: Pivot Point #2
Publisher: Harper Teen
Date Published: February 11th, 2014
Source: Library
Date Started: March 15th, 2014
Date Finished: March 18th, 2014
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Other Books Reviewed: Pivot Point, On The Fence, The Distance Between Us, The Fill-In Boyfriend

 

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.

 

**There are spoilers for Pivot Point in this review, so if you haven’t read it, I suggest you check out the review of Pivot Point first before continuing on. If you have read it, then by all means, continue on!

After reading Pivot Point, I was really excited to find out that there was a sequel to the book. I liked Pivot Point, and felt excited to continue the story. When we left Pivot Point, Addie was left with a choice of having to date the highschool football quarterback or the man that actually gets her. After doing a search with her ability to see two futures based on a choice, she is left with a boyfriend that only wanted to use her for her ability, and had a pretty upsetting encounter that left her with some unexpected new abilities. She decides to go visit her dad in Texas, and she meets Trevor, the man that she almost chose to spend her life with. But he knows nothing about her, and Addie feels something familiar about him. The other half of the story is told from the perspective of Laila, Addie’s mind erasing best friend. Addie had left Laila a note telling her to restore Addie’s memories. The only problem was that Laila had no idea how to do that. Together, they have to piece a story together before the compound gets to Addie and erases her memory.

So, Pivot Point was told from two perspectives of Addie’s, one in her future with Duke, and the other in her future with Trevor. This time, it is told from the perspective of Laila and Addie, which was different. This story was told more from the present, and had less to do with Addie searching her future. It seemed as though Addie was so focused on her new abilities of slowing down time rather than searching her future for possibilities. It was also nice to see Laila trying to tap into her abilities a bit more and develop them. I liked Laila in Pivot Point. She has such a strong personality even though she comes from a somewhat broken home. She always has a barrier up against people, but she ultimately cannot resist Connor, the one guy who cannot be affected by her ability, and also enhances her ability. I was more interested in Laila and Connor’s romance than I was Addie and Trevor’s.

Which leads me to my next point. Addie and Trevor’s relationship in this book felt really strange. Their relationship in Pivot Point did get erased, so it was as if it never happened. And yet they were drawn to each other. It felt a little forced, as if you were just expecting them to be together. I was expecting them to be together, but I was hoping they would get to know each other a little bit at a time, just as they did in Pivot Point. I kept seeing that Trevor would say things like, I don’t know you, but I want to know you, and just be ultimately drawn to her. It just didn’t feel as organic to me as their original relationship. Laila and Connor’s relationship felt organic, on the other hand. They were drawn together because they each dealt with their own personal demons. It felt like they understood each other, and they got to know each other slowly.

As for the story, I was a little confused as to how everything worked out in the end, but I believe I got the general gist of it. However, the one thing that I felt was unresolved, was the overarching story of Bobby, the guy that had harmed Addie in Pivot Point. He was spilling secrets to the compound about Addie, and it seems as though that more people would know the truth about Addie and come after her. I don’t want to give too much information about the story, but I just felt that the compound was a much bigger enemy than was lead to be believed in Split Second. I’m really hoping that there will be a third book to the series. I just don’t feel like that was the end for Laila and Addie.

This was a great sequel to Pivot Point. At one point in the book, when all the action went down, I was squealing and saying OMG. I literally threw my book because I just couldn’t handle it at the moment. I love how these books are action filled, have romances that aren’t too fluffy and have real substance, and the characters are strong. The only question I have is, WHERE ARE THEIR PARENTS? Haha.

Anyways, I give this book a 4/5. It was a great sequel and had me on the edge.

9 Comments

  1. Lol I only read the first couple of sentences, realised it was a sequel, then stopped reading because I really didn’t want to spoil it any further, until I’ve at least read the first one haha. I liked it because well, the cover of this book is admittedly very, very awesome!!!

    • Lol. Its so hard to write a review for a sequel without giving away spoilers for the previous book. I liked that the theme for the covers stayed the same. It was fitting because the story kept the same themes from the first. Sometimes a sequel changes the setting a lot!

      • Lol I totally know what you mean! Haha. So sometimes I end up giving away spoilers anyway (but always with a warning!)
        I do love the covers. I’m glad that they kept the same theme. I totally know what you mean about the different covers! Glow by AmyKathleen Ryan has a really cool cover, but it’s sequel was totally different! BUT when you look at all three of the books, it makes sense. It’s just it was a bit of surprise when I saw the sequel after the first.
        See: https://www.goodreads.com/series/56522-sky-chasers

        • Me too. I just throw in the towel and give a disclaimer. I hurt my head sometimes thinking about how to write a synopsis.. when its supposed to be so easy haha.

          ahh yess. I can see how those covers would not look related at all, but when you look at all of them, they connect. Book covers are interesting. I read an article about how they make book covers and all the planning that goes into them, and it seems kinda fun!

          • Lol I totally know what you mean! I try to keep it simple, but then, it’s too simple and too generic, so I feel like I have to change it and make it different to other summarised versions lol. It’s so hard! So in the end I write it how I would like to read it, or at least what I would like to read in a synopsis lol.

            I know right. But when the second first came out, it was like such a big difference, I was like…um are these the same series? But seeing the third though, it definitely makes sense! It is fun (or it sounds like fun I’ve never done it myself lol). I read an article too, but about Isobelle Carmody’s Obernewtyn series (have you heard of it?) and that was really interesting! But the last book is still not out yet….she’s taking so long!!! T.T. lol

          • Lol yeah. I sometimes feel that the descriptions on books are too generic, and I have no idea what I’m getting into. Thats what happened when I read Cruel Beauty. I felt like it was way more than what the book jacket said.

            I haven’t read that series. I always wanted to be a part of the making of a book cover if I ever published something. But I hear that a lot of authors don’t get a voice on what goes on the front of books. Which is a shame but I guess gotta leave it to those with the advertising degrees!

          • Totally deceptive!!! So I pretty much only just glance at the back. Instead I decide, so good things I’ve heard about it? Bad things? Pretty cover? And then balance them out against each other haha. Or I just chuck it onto my to-read list.

            It is a shame. I thought that too, but I think the author does get to choose out of a series of final covers which they like I guess. Because an author who came to my highschool said that she got to choose, but that might only be here….

          • Never hurts to just throw it on your tbr list! I used to be so selective about which books would go on my tbr list, but now, I feel like it doesn’t really matter.

            I guess it depends on how big of an author you are, the publisher, etc.

          • YEP definitely never hurts! Unfortunately my tbr list is incredibly long so I usually wouldn’t get round to a book for ages unless it’s one of those I was absolutely dying to read. But it’s always interesting when I go back over it and choose books at random to borrow or put on hold. Mostly because I think, oh that’s on my tbr list? Why was that again? And then I’d shrug and put it on hold anyway, usually I’m either happy with the book, totally disappointed or pleasantly surprised, in the sense that most of the time Ive completely forgotten why it was on my tbr list in the first place haha.

            Hmm true! I guess it would depend, though I don’t think that author was spectacularly big, but maybe the publisher was. The book was…well I guess it’s one of those I wouldn’t have picked up and read if it hadn’t been a class must read.

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