Book Review: Split Second by Kasie West

Split Second
Pivot Point #2
Author: Kasie West
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal | Fantasy
Released: February 11th 2014
Review Source: HarperTeen
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.

This installment just continues where Pivot Point (1st Book) left off, and for that reason it is highly recommended that you read it before reading this one.

Addie and Laila are best friends that take turns to narrate this story and tell it in their point of view. Addie returns to her life after choosing the path that saves her best friends life, but has not so great consequences for her. She now knows that the boyfriend is not what he pretends to be and used her best friend to betray her. To top it all up her ability is acting up and she is afraid to speak to anyone about it. A trips to her father for the holidays is supposed to help, but it doesn’t turn out that way. She meets Trevor once again and the attraction resurface, the unexpected chemistry lead her places that she never expected and opens new questions for her future. On the other hand Laila is holding a note that had to do with the path that Addie avoided and is trying to improve her abilities to restore some of Addie’s memories that she asked to erase, and this brings her close to Connor the loner bad boy with a few tricks up his sleeve and the connections to help her. We learn more about her family life and why she clicks perfectly with Connor. These teens end up riding a roller coaster of twist and turns where mystery, deceit, loyalty and sweet romance is accompanied by fun and the usual growing pain.

This is one of those books that you don’t want to put down, once you stop reading you get that gnawing question, what’s going to happen next?. It is too bad that there is no plans for a third book, there is definitely good material to continue on and play into more adventures with these characters. This is one series that should be read if you like fun characters, sweet romance without being sappy that is expertly told in an exciting adventurous way.

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