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Monday, 2 December 2013

REVIEW: Pivot Point by Kasie West

Pivot Point by Kasie West
Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1)
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.
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*Thank you, Harper 360*

Pivot Point is a book that I have been wanting to read for the longest time. When it arrived in the post I was overjoyed and couldn't wait to get stuck into it. Unfortunately, life got in the way and only now am I managing to read this book. I'd heard a lot of positive things about this book and really hoped that it would live up to my expectations. I was off to a fairly rocky start with this book. I had so much anticipation for it and the beginning felt quite empty for me. No events unfolded in the first third of the book, but this didn't necessarily make it a bad read. I read through it fairly quickly and my mind was soon changed. Half way through the book, events start to unfold and I couldn't put it down! I was completely captivated and couldn't wait to see how things would play out for Addie, Laila, Luke and Trevor.

Addie, Laile and Luke are students at Lincoln High, a school which houses those with extra psychological abilities. They are teenagers with newly developing powers. This just sounds like a recipe for disaster, but the rules and regulations of the Compound are so strict that it is almost impossible to take advantage of these powers. Addie, our protagonist, is a Searcher. She has the ability, if faced with a choice which involves her, to look into the future and to see how both options play out. This sounds like an ideal power to have but as the book progresses, we see that this power is certainly more of a burden than a help. I loved reading about Addie - she is the exact time of character that I love to read. So very real with real emotions and motives. Her actions aren't over inflated and she isn't represented as this perfect heroine - something I love to see in YA. She is someone many of us will be able to relate to easily.

Once this novel got going I was 100% captivated. It's a very quick read with each chapter keeping you flicking the page. With short, snappy chapters it is so easy to devour this in one sitting. I will admit though, I was a little disappointed with the ending. It wasn't a bad ending, I just wished that it had a little more oomph to it! There is plenty of action in the second half and I had an idea of how I thought it would pan out. I was wrong however, but wish that it had played out differently. The ending felt a little bland in comparison to what could have happened, but I suppose that's easy enough for me to say! I loved how the book delved into some deeper issues too: divorce, drug abuse, the darker side of society. It added more dimension to the book - it was great. 

Overall I really enjoyed Pivot Point and definitely recommend it. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Split Second and seeing how Addie's choices pan out. The book holds so many realistic characters and the romance is beautifully played out. Definitely pick this book up for a quick and light read!

1 comment:

  1. Oh I thought the ending was so good! It was bittersweet but absolutely perfect for me. I am curious to see what happens in the second book now, given how the first book ends. :)
    At least you finally were able to read this, if not as early as you wished you could have gotten to it. And now you don't have as long a wait before Split Second!


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