I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Split Second by Kasie West
Also by this author: Pivot Point, The Distance Between Us, On the Fence, The Fill-In Boyfriend, , P.S. I Like You
Series: Pivot Point #2
Also in this series: Pivot Point
Published by HarperCollins on 2014-02-11
Genres: Girls & Women, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Addie has always been able to see the future when faced with a choice, but that doesn't make her present any easier. Her boyfriend used her. Her best friend betrayed her. So when Addie's dad invites her to spend her winter break with him in the Norm world, she jumps at the chance. 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. She wants to change that.Laila, her best friend, 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 this to 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.In the suspenseful sequel to Pivot Point, Addie tries desperately to retrieve her lost memories and piece together a world she thought she knew before she loses the love she nearly forgot.
MAJOR SPOILERS FOR PIVOT POINT AHEAD because I totally cannot talk about the plot of Split Second without spoiling Pivot Point.
I am thisclose to patting myself on the back for my good life choices this weekend. I mean, I decided to whip through Kasie West’s books and I have just finished Split Second, the sequel to Pivot Point and am finding myself totally satisfied with what I have been reading. Friends, I think that maybe series or duologies or trilogies might be meant to be binge read. Yes, there’s something magical in the anticipation of a new book to release. Yet, I think that there’s also something special about reading through a series of books all at once. I found that having Split Second on hand after I finished Pivot Point heightened my enjoyment of the sequel. I didn’t have months between to forget what happened. I was already invested and my investment feelings were super high. To make a long story short, I loved this sequel.
Split Second picks up where Pivot Point leaves off. Addie has slowed down time so that her and her friends can escape from Bobby and so he can pretty much be arrested for being a serial killer. So anyways, Laila has erased Addie’s memory of the path with Trevor in it, and she’s got this note from Addie that says she has the ability to undo a memory erase, or to restore someone’s memories. Laila then tries to move heaven and Earth to figure out how to access this ability while continuously interacting with this guy named Connor who is totally a mysterious loner dude. Meanwhile, Addie’s dad has invited her to come visit him for six weeks to recover from the horrific experience of Bobby. While there, Addie discovers that she maybe her ability goes beyond searching the futures. So, anyways, Addie makes friends with this girl Stephanie who introduces her to Trevor, who triggers something in Addie. Will Laila figure out how to give Addie her memories back? What’s the deal with Connor? Really you need to read Split Second so you will know the answers to these questions and will then be just as obsessed as I am.
Instead of talking about Addie and how she develops and how we get to see her from a third person point of view in addition to first person, I figure because I hashed my feelings for her out in my review of Pivot Point we could instead talk about Laila. Oh, you guys, Laila is one strong woman. Well, girl. She has a hard life. Her dad is addicted to suppressants to the point where he will try to steal money from his family and is an overall terrible person. Her brother, Eli, has not manifested any sort of ability and she is worried he might be a norm. Plus, Laila has to figure out how to restore memory and her only lead is Bobby who is in jail. Girl does not have it easy. Yet, instead of giving up and laying down, she gives it her best shot and finds a way. Laila uses all the weapons in her arsenal, from memory erasing to womanly charm to get what she wants. Basically, I really admire her. Also? She is such an awesome best friend. I am thrilled we get to read chapters from her first person point of view during this go around.
Kasie West is really awesome at writing and developing relationships. Split Second just affirms this. I mean, okay I was a bit worried because Addie chose the path without Trevor in order to save Laila and I was like, how is this noise even going to work out. BUT THEN we see Trevor again and it’s like we get all that development and slow burns. I mean, the word love might be a bit overused in this book, but for real, the relationships are sooooo sweet and adorable. Then we get a whole new romance in the form of Connor and Laila and it’s like an antagonistic relationship at first. They both annoy each other, but really it’s a cover for how into each other they are. And ugh, the flirting and the traded repartee I kind of love it. ALSO! There is no love triangle in Split Second, friends, NONE.
Split Second is a one day sort of read with action and an interesting world and answers all the questions you had from Pivot Point. The romance in this book is totally aces and I would not lie to you about that, you know how I am about kissing scenes. I am so pleased by this sequel and actually really, really glad we got this sequel — cause you know sometimes it’s like ah, damn cash grab. THIS IS A WORTHY SEQUEL. Also? How many times can I type sequel in this paragraph? Alas. I’m just going to end this by saying READ SPLIT SECOND by Kasie West because I cannot be more blunt.