Monday, October 3, 2016

All Things Halloween Review - Split Second

Split Second (Pivot Point, # 2)

By: Kasie West

Published: February 11th 2014 by HarperTeen

360 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

Source: Personal Kindle Library (Christmas present from my sister-in-law)

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Goodreads description--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.

You guys, it's been 2 years since I read Pivot Point. That being said, I forgot A LOT about that book. I remembered that Addie could see both futures when presented with a choice, and I remembered that she chose the future that didn't include Trevor in order to save her best friend, Laila's life. I also remembered how every little detail was important to the overall story. However, the downside to that was that two years later it's pretty impossible for me to remember every little detail. I can't believe that it took me this long to read Split Second.

At the end of Pivot Point before Addie chose a path, she wrote herself a note to be opened on a specific date. She then chose her path and had Laila erase her memory of the other option. Unfortunately, Laila chooses not to give Addie the note that she wrote herself because Laila doesn't want to add any stress to Addie. This means that when Addie goes to visit her father and she meets Trevor she has no memory of him in the alternative life that she could have chosen.

I should have been, but wasn't, prepared for it to take as long as it did for Addie to get her memories back. On the one hand, that made Addie's storyline not as interesting to me, yet made Laila's even more interesting. And on that note, Laila is an added narrator in Split Second. I wasn't thrilled about this at first, but as it turns out, Laila's part of the story was my favorite part.

It's not just that Addison doesn't have any memories of her potential life with Trevor, but because she didn't actually live that life Trevor also doesn't have any memories of Addison. But unlike Addison, Trevor can't get back memories that he never had. That made things interesting because the two have to develop a connection and fall for each other all over again. They do begin to develop that connection before Addie even gets her memories back, but it just didn't quite feel the same to me this time.

This time, instead of Addie fighting to save Laila, Laila is working to save Addie. She has to learn how to even restore someone's memory that she's erased in the first place. And she ends up needing Conner's help. The chemistry between these two made the book for me. They're hot and then cold. It starts off as one of those relationship where the two can hardly stand each other. I really enjoyed it.

Favorite quotes:

-"Because you need me, and I've never needed anyone more than I need you."

I'd say write this one down as another win for Kasie West. Paranormal...contemporary...it doesn't matter. She's great at writing characters that I can't help but get invested in. I've noticed more in this series than in her contemporary work, but every single piece is important. She's never let me down. Split Second gets 4 Stars from me. Have you read Split Second? What did you think? Let me know!

This review is part of my All Things Halloween event--a month of paranormal, supernatural, mystery/thriller, etc reviews and books.

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