Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Review: Pivot Point by Kasie West #GwB

Pivot Point
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: February 12, 2013

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.

Pivot Point was this week’s Girls with Books #GwB twitter read with Trish @ Between the Lines, Jessica @ Lovin LosLibros, CeCe @ Steaming Mug of Books, Wendy @ Book ScentsDanielle @ What Danielle Did Next and Tonya @lilybloombooks. It was on sale and Danielle said “Hey everyone, let’s grab this book and read it.” So we all did. I must say Bravo Danielle, Bravo because this was an excellent pick.

What can I say about Pivot Point except, WOW! I was blown away by this book and I don’t think I have one dislike or complaint. It was intriguing, suspenseful and downright fantastic. I read a lot of romance books, whether it’s new adult, young adult or contemporary but this book was such a nice change of pace.

Addie lives in a town of intellectually supernatural humans who have special mind abilities that are hidden from the rest of the world. She has the ability to search into her future and see what the outcome may be. She can only look into her future when she is presented with a choice. Her parents turn her world upside down when they announce their divorce and they want her to choose who she will live with. Encouraged by her best friend, Laila, she searches each future to determine which choice is the best. Both futures promise love, laughter and heartache. Which path will she ultimately decide on?

I absolutely loved Addie from the very beginning. She is witty, smart and made me laugh so many times. She isn’t the type of girl to get all giggling and annoying with the cute popular guys and she isn’t easily fooled by their charm either. She is such a good friend and she is all about doing the right thing no matter what anybody else thought. I admired her for that. She knows how special she is but she never sees herself as being better than anyone. I also loved how she would use book as advice for her real life situations. 

"I've been thinking about books where the main character's parents are going through a divorce. A big theme is rebellion. I think I should give it a try."

In her alternate realities, Addie has two love interests; Duke & Trevor. Duke is in her paranormal future and Trevor is in her normal future. Early on, I was Team Trevor but as the book progressed, I steadily wavered and became confused on who I wanted her to pick. Each guy seemed to bring something to the table and equally had their faults. Duke was sweet and his relationship with Addie picked up quickly. While he was cocky and a bit full of himself, I thought there was something deeper with him and the way he protected and fawned over Addie made me want to melt. Trevor was quiet and friendly but his relationship built much slower with Addie. He was a bit confusing at first because I couldn’t tell whether he had feelings for her or just wanted to be friends. The dialogue between them was cute and funny. They had so many similar interests and as their relationship built, I quickly fell for Trevor.  The way he knew Addie and the genuineness of his relationship with her really cemented me to Trevor in the end. While, I ended up team Trevor, I’m not going to tell you who Addie picked but I know the decision was as agonizing for her as it was for me.

"Hotlicious." "It's hot and delicious combined. In the dictionary it would be listed as a noun and wouldn't even have a definition, just a picture of Duke Rivers."

The side characters were also enjoyable and added to the excitement of the book. I liked Laila, Addie’s BFF, but found her to be a little snobbish at times. However, she was a good friend and always there for Addie. Rowan was pretty hilarious and I loved his flirtations with Addie and Laila. He was a great friend to Trevor and his conspiracy theory ideas were entertaining. Two characters that I despised were Bobby and Stephanie but they were meant to be disliked and were necessary for the story. Bobby definitely had the creep factor going for him and Stephanie was a snotty little bitch.

One of my favorite things about this book was the way it was written. Each chapter alternates with the “para-normal” universe and the “normal” universe and it was so fun switching back and forth because both universes were happening at the same time. When they crossed over, it was really exciting to see the differences in each universe at that time. The beginning of each chapter started with definition that included “para” or “normal” and that was really fun and different.  Among the romance building between the 2 guys, there was also some serious suspense and intrigue. I was definitely shocked with some of the events that transpired towards the end and had a few “wholly shit” moments.  When she came out of her search and had to make a decision, I can honestly say that I had no idea which one she would choose or how she could make the decision.

Pivot Point was by far one of the best books I have read in a long time. It had one of the most spectacular plots and writing that I have seen in a while. It carried all of the necessary elements that have me fan-girling over a book. The plot carried the right amount of romance, intrigue and suspense. The characters were well built and expertly developed and the ending wasn’t a major cliffhanger but definitely left me wanting more and on the edge of starting a revolution. I really may go crazy waiting until next year for the conclusion!

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  1. Kay @ It's a Book LifeJuly 17, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    I can't wait to read this! I have heard so many amazing things about it. I just picked it up from the library. :)

  2. I've been reading quite a few reviews of this lately and everyone seems just head-over-heels for it! Can't wait for pay day so I can grab a copy of my own and see what the fuss is about :)

  3. Great review! I recently put this on my TBR after loving Just Like Fate, another sliding doors, contemporary that I adored.

  4. New follower, google+ GFC & bloglovin

  5. I seriously loved it!!! I am SO glad some of us got to chat about it over gchat because there were just so many "ahhh!" moments!

    And seriously, Feb. =(

  6. *whispers* it was my pick haha xo

    I loved this too! (still working on my review) Can't wait for the sequel. Great review love!

  7. So glad you got a hold of it. Can't wait to see what you think! :-)

  8. It is a really excellent book. Very exciting and intriguing read. Can't wait to see what you think. :-)

  9. Thanks! I hope you enjoy it when you get to read it. I will have to check out Just Like Fate.

  10. I loved the chat we did! We have to do that more often. Definitely discussion worthy times :-) Feb seems so far away!

  11. Yay!! I don't think I've had that much anxiety when having to choose between 2 guys before. Thanks!

  12. I loved how when the story was switching back and forth, I couldn't tell which one would be the better outlook. It felt so unpredictable and really had me going. Great review!

  13. Thanks! I totally agree. I loved that it was so hard to choose which path you wanted her to take because you could never predict what would happen.

  14. It was so frickin awesome! I adored it, I still haven't written my review! Cannot wait for Split Second!! You've said everything I wanted to say :-)

  15. I agree, this book was Amazing! I need Split Second like yesterday!!


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