pivot point and split second by kasie west (books 1-2)
overall rating: 4.6/5 ⭐️
genre: YA, paranormal, romance
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.
if you didn’t know already, pivot point is one of my FAVORITE BOOKS OF ALL TIME. of course, i had to re-read this duology after reading all of kasie west’s other books, and i loved it just as much as i did the first time. i decided to review pivot point and split second together because i read them both within a day or so, and it’s hard for me to really distinguish between books when i read them so soon after each other.
i love the characters in pivot point. i never found myself angry or annoyed at addie, and her feelings and thoughts are very realistic, which really made me like her. i also thought her development throughout the two books was amazing, and i definitely grew more attached to her as the story progressed. i enjoyed reading about the other characters as well, especially trevor and laila, addie’s best friend.
essentially, this whole story revolves around addie’s relationships (family, friends, and romance). i really wish there was more about addie’s family and her relationships with her parents, since that’s a big part of the conflict. however, it’s so interesting seeing her relationships develop in two different storylines until she finally has to choose one. kasie west just does romance SO WELL. her stories are so cute, but also complicated and usually emotional…just thinking about it makes me want to re-read p.s. i like you, which was sooo good.
pivot point and split second are both told in alternating perspectives, but pivot point switches between addie’s different searches while split second switches between addie and another character. the alternating perspectives can be a little confusing at first, but i think they really add something to the story, and i absolutely love the way kasie writes it. i didn’t think the plot was predictable at all—in fact, it’s super suspenseful and exciting, and it definitely gets emotional!
i do wish there was a little more world-building, but i enjoyed reading about the paranormal compound and addie’s world.
overall, pivot point is a MUST READ if you enjoy romance with a paranormal twist!
have you read this? what did you think?