Book Review: Split Second by Kasie West

Posted March 3, 2014 by Debby in Book Reviews

Book Review: Split Second by Kasie WestSplit Second by Kasie West
Series: Pivot Point #2
Published by HarperTeen on February 11th, 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

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.

5 Stars

Kasie West does it again! Oh my god, guys, I am so happy. I want to dance around and throw confetti in the air, because obviously I’ve officially found my author soul mate. This is Kasie’s third book, and just like the other two, it gets 5 stars from me. I mean, there’s auto-buy authors, and then there’s please-can-I-stalk-you-and-maybe-marry-you authors, and that’s kind of what Kasie West is becoming to me. *cough* Okay. Calm down, Debby. Cool it.

Split Second picks up right where Pivot Point left off, which, if you read the first one, you know was a pretty painful and heartbreaking cliffhanger. It took no time at all for me to be swept up in this book again. This time, there’s no alternating timelines, but alternating perspectives between Addie and her awesome, too cool for words BFF Laila. Though this means that we see less of Addie and perhaps her personality doesn’t shine through as well as it did in the first book, the addition of Laila is absolutely awesome. She’s feisty and daring, and her love for Addie is so beautiful. Those two. BFFs guys. *cries*

I was on the edge of my seat from the beginning because obviously I couldn’t wait to see Addie and Trevor reunited. How would it happen? How would they find each other again? The two still have such an amazing bond, and Trevor is seriously dreamy. I liked how the consequences of the first book played out. It was engrossing to read about and just… yes. It worked. It made sense. I love every bit of it.

And aside from the beauteous relationship between Addie and Trevor, this book gave us perhaps my favorite Kasie West ship yet: Laila and Connor. Oh my god guys. It’s like Kasie writes romance just for me, because every single one of her couples gives me insane shippy feels. This one struck me in the first encounter. It’s hate to love guys. HATE TO LOVE ROMANCE. *flails* They have such a good banter going on and are continuously having a battle of wit while secretly and unknowingly flirting. I was so invested in their relationship. Oh my god. It was just perfect. Perfect. No. Words.

But aside from the awesome ships and how Kasie West crafts the most awesome, human and relatable characters ever, the plot also packs a punch. This book is not only about Addie getting her memories back and being reunited with Trevor – as per Pivot Point there’s something else happening beneath the surface. There was a subtle feeling of suspense the built up until the end of the novel. Something strange is happening to Addie’s abilities, and she faces growing suspicion from the perhaps not so trustworthy Compound. While it wasn’t as shocking or heartbreaking a mystery as in Pivot Point, it was incredibly interesting and engrossing.

The ending left me seriously satisfied. I was just so happy. I can’t even really remember the last time I was this satisfied with a conclusion to a series. Addie’s story is clearly wrapped up neatly here, and it was all kinds of adorbs. I love Laila’s ending too, though there’s some bittersweetness. I can tell that Kasie perhaps purposefully left the door open just a tad for a potential sequel, but at the same time, it really is an awesome conclusion, and it can stand on its own. In any case, it just worked.

Summing Up:

Kasie West gets me. She hits me straight in the feels every time. She just writes the most wonderful characters, emotions, and romance. I have hearts in my eyes right now, I can’t even control myself. But while concentrating on all this loveliness, she doesn’t let the plot or worldbuilding go by the wayside. Pivot Point is one of my favorite series ever, because it’s just such a well-rounded, awesome series. Prepare to be reread multiple times, lovelies, and should there ever be a spin-off or continuation, I will be first in line to buy it.

GIF it to me straight!


Recommended To:

Obviously everyone. If you haven’t read this series, I cannot recommend it enough.

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7 responses to “Book Review: Split Second by Kasie West

  1. I don’t think I’ve actually read another review of Split Second yet, which surprises me because all Pivot Point fans have been anticipating it so much! I’m really looking forward to reading it now!

  2. I did love this one, but there was something a little sad about Addie and Trevor, in the sense that I absolutely adored the way their relationship progressed in Pivot Point, and you just knew, no matter what, that it wouldn’t happen the same way. When Addie was thinking about the fact that Trevor didn’t really know her like he knew her in the other path…just broke my heart a little. But I agree, Kasie West is not just an auto-buy author, she’s so much more. Can’t wait to read On the Fence!

  3. I’m so happy I actually waited till Split Second was out to read it right after finishing Pivot Point!
    I loved both and I was so happy to avoid the awful wait with the ending there!
    Great review! If I hadn’t already read and loved the series, I’d be running to buy it!

  4. I totally agree that this series is amazing. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Split Second and just barreled through it when I got it. Pivot Point and Split Second had the most amazing characters and I agree the ending wrapped up nicely.