Book Review: Split Second

Book Review: Split SecondSplit Second by Kasie West
Series: Pivot Point #2
Published by HarperCollins on February 11th 2014
Pages: 368
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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 was something completely magical about Pivot Point. Just the right amount of supernatural, realism, and romance. I walked away from Pivot Point in complete awe and heartbreak. It was like that read was written just for me, having everything that I could have hoped for. Except, my true happily ever after. That I feared I would have to wait till the sequel to see. And I was right… in a way.

Split Second picks up right after Pivot Point. Addie has discovered the “truth” behind her relationship with Duke. Her friendship with Laila is in questionable state. After all that has happened, Addie just wants to get away from it all. She knows that time heals all wounds, and right now, that is what she needs. With her upcoming visit to her father outside of the Compound, Addie is sure that everything will right itself. Until she runs into Trevor. While she has few memories of her past meeting with him, something feels wrong. Like it all isn’t adding up the way it should be, and now Addie must risk it all to discover what she is missing.

I will admit that I expected Split Second to almost mirror Pivot Point in a way. The dual Addie perspectives from Pivot Point worked so well for me that it was almost a let down to have another perspective added in. However, the more I thought about it, I realized how much I would have actually been let down if I had gotten what I wanted. It would have basically been the same book all over again.. and while Pivot Point was a wonderful book, it probably would have felt pointless to have Split Second be Pivot Point 2.0.

Split Second is Addie’s book… sort of. The biggest let down for me with Split Second was Addie’s romance. Addie and Trevor are basically starting at square one. While we, the readers, know what could be in store for them, the moments that I had been hoping for never really occur. The chemistry and fun that was a huge part of their romance from Pivot Point felt lacking this time around. Sure, there were a few squee moments, but I never truly got the tingly, happy feelings I did in Pivot Point for them. Instead, those feelings went to Laila and Conner. Oh, how I adored them.

Split Second was also a lot deeper of a read than Pivot Point. Yes, the romance is a huge part of the read, but this time it also had more. We finally get to learn more about the Compound and what it means to be a para. It was interesting to have those elements finally coming center stage. While it feels like everything has not been explored yet, I was able to get a much better picture this time around of Addie’s world.

Final Verdict:

I am torn a little bit with Split Second. It was a fantasic read. Nothing less than what I had expected from Kasie West. However, it was not exactly what I had been expecting. Which is good and bad. At this point, I am not sure if there will be another installment… I really hope there will be. I think that Addie and Trevor’s tale may be over, but I have feeling Laila and Conner’s might not be. And while it feels a little weird to say this, I am actually kinda hoping to see more of Duke. He isn’t my favorite character, but I feel like there may be more to him than meets the eye. And after how everything turned out, I kinda want to see him happy. (Don’t shoot me!)

 

Kate

Kate is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. I am a twenty-something year old who is passionate about reading. I currently hold a B.A. in English and am married to my high school sweetheart. We have two (cat) children, Gracie and Kit, who are total divas. I have an insane and possibly unhealthy passion for reading. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book.

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