Saturday, 8 February 2014

Review: Split Second by Kasie West

Title: Split Second (Pivot Point #2)
Author: Kasie West
Release date: February 11th 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Format: ARC
Pages: 360
Source: Publisher

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.

I really liked Pivot Point, but Split Second totally blew me away. I was hanging on to every word, right until the end. This book is fast-paced and very intense and so much happens! I'm pretty sure this is a duology but I would've been happy with a third book because there's so much substance in this world, so much that can be done with the premise. Either way, I adored this book and I'd recommend this series to pretty much everyone.

I didn't know this before reading the book, but we get Laila's as well as Addie's perspective in this, alternating POVs every chapter. That works really well since Addie goes to live with her dad while Laila stays in the Compound. From Pivot Point, we know that Addie picked the path where she stays in the Compound, with Duke. Which means she now knows nothing about Trevor except that Duke was involved in his shoulder injury. As Addie gets to know Trevor, she feels their connection and decides she wants her memories back. But that's easier said than done. Meanwhile, Laila's trying to expand her powers to help Addie, and her search brings her to Connor, an enigmatic bad boy whom she seems to have no effect on. Addie and Laila do their best to gain the memories back, but there are rules being broken everywhere and all of them are in danger unless they figure out how to get themselves out of the situation they're in.

It broke my heart when Addie picked the other path at the end of Pivot Point, and I've got to admit it was hard reading this, knowing that Addie has no memories of Trevor and the life she could've had living with her father. But it was sweet to see her getting close to Trevor again, though she starts off by trying to make him her best friend. Doesn't work out so well, because of their instant connection to each other. It's like they already know each other, and that was awesome to see. What I love most about Addie is how smart she is, and we get to see a lot of that in Split Second. She's one of the few protagonists who've never pissed me off. I get the choices she's made, and I think they're the right ones.

I liked Laila a lot more in this book than in Pivot Point. She's snarky and sarcastic and used to getting what she wants. Imagine her surprise when Connor won't bow down to her. Laila is tough and independent, and she clearly doesn't like relying on people. I loved her loyalty towards Addie, and how far she goes to get Addie her memories back. Laila would do anything for her best friend, and vice versa. They're a powerful pair, those two. Both have amazing abilities, and both have learned how to expand them in different ways. But most of my favourite bits in this book involve Laila and Connor. They work so well together mostly because they never got along in the beginning. It was cool to see the mutual dislike turn into something so much sweeter.

Both the love interests - Trevor and Connor - are awesome in their own ways. Trevor and Addie are great together, as are Connor and Laila. Just like I mentioned for Addie, it was also hard reading about Trevor as if the whole six-week path with him and Addie never happened. Trevor has no idea who she is, but as he gets to know her again, it's clear that his feelings for her are way more than just friendship. I still feel sad to think that Trevor will never experience those weeks, the choice Addie didn't make, but when she gets her memories back she does tell him about those weeks so that's good enough I guess.

Connor was the one who stole my heart, though. He's kind of your typical broody bad boy, but he's got a lot of surprises up his sleeve. Connor is mysterious, and he really gets to Laila because of his total lack of interest in her. Supposedly. But Laila knows Connor's hiding something and he can help her, so she persists. And succeeds! She breaks down Connor's walls, and what we find out about him is pretty tragic. As Laila unravels him, we get to see a different side of this steely guy, and I loved what I saw.

The plot of this one is just as complex and intense as that of its predecessor, if not more. There are some great twists I never saw coming. Kasie West makes full use of the powers she introduced with the characters, and that just makes the book even more awesome. The ending is sweet and perfect, with no plot threads left hanging. The romance throughout is lovely, and the action scenes are definitely heart-pounding. I adored every second of reading this book!

*Thank you to Megan at HarperCollins for sending me an ARC for review*

Rating: 5/5


  1. Ahh! Split Second sounds so insanely amazing! I really look forward to knowing more about Laila since I didn't really get some of her choices back in Pivot Point. Also, ADDIE & TREVOR. Glad to know they had a happy ending because well, they totally deserve it after all they've been through. Great review, Richa! Can't wait to read this one!

  2. Aw, so happy that you loved this book :D I have yet to read book one, but have pre-ordered this so will be reading both soon. <3 amazing review :)


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