Thursday, February 28, 2013

Jen's Thoughts: Pivot Point by Kasie West

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.
A little prelude to my review: I originally downloaded Pivot Point through Edelweiss, read about 75 pages and forgot about it. It wasn't a deliberate DNF, but more like a "uh oh, Jen's attention span is having one of its episodes, NEXT BOOK PLEASE" kind of thing. So, when I won a copy from Epic Reads' Tea Time for answering an Edgar Allen Poe question, I figured now would be as good a time as any to pick up where I left off. And I am glad that I did.

  • Addie has the most awesome power in existence. Forget time travel. Forget flying (okay, let's not scratch that entirely off the list yet.) She can Search, which is to say: she can see the future of her choices and experience the ultimate consequences of her decision. Do you realize how many blunders I could've avoided throughout my idiotic teen years (and, I'll admit, my adult years. And like, yestereday) if I had such an ability?! What a fun superpower to read about!
  • Superhuman Utopian Society! And the coolest thing is? It's amongst our mundane world. They even have a football team. (Pshh, cheaters.) Makes you wonder, doesn't it? 
  • Worthwhile love interests. I know, I know. The cliche jock love interests are so yesterday, what with A.C. Slater and that boring guy from Grease whose name I forget. And the out-of-the-ordinary, yet-appealing guys are kind of overdone in today's works (though Trevor definitely has the sexy cowboy thing in his favor!) But Duke and Trevor are both sweet and fun to read about. Best thing about Pivot Point? With Addie's Searching powers, she can have both. Well, she can kind of have both.  Plus, will she make the right decision? (Come on, you know one of them had to be douchey.)
  • Kasie West really amps up the suspense toward the end. And she pulls at the heartstrings. I wasn't expecting my eyes to well up there in the end, but hey, just another benefit of Pivot Point: a considerable spectrum of emotions.
  • Well, there's the fact that it took me awhile to get into this book. That was off-putting. But don't fret, Pivot Point really picks up after the first 75 or so pages. (Or you could just chalk this up to my transient nit-pickity reading spells.)
  • There's a lot of Random Capitalization signifying that things are Special. I don't know why this is a pet peeve of mine. 
Wrapping it Up

Hey, I'll be the first to admit fault: I was wrong about Pivot Point. And I'm so glad that I had the chance to finish reading this awesome book. It had already expired on Edelweiss and I had no plans of purchasing, so a huge thanks to the Epic Reads ladies and Harper Teen for my copy. If you like your paranormal romances slathered with a little extra superpower sauce (and a sweet romance, to boot!) then Pivot Point is a worthwhile read that you probably shouldn't miss. Once Kasie West gets going, it's hard to stop her. 

I've Got You Covered

The girl makes me want some blunt cut, fringe bangs. FOR REALS. She kind of resembles Emma Stone, no? I am digging the snow/ice/orbs (WAIT, is there a haunting I wasn't aware of?!) that are drifting about, though I don't know if they serve a purpose other than to give off the paranormal/unknown/mystical vibe. Or maybe she encounters an epic blizzard if she makes the wrong decision. Either way, it's pretty. And I am a sucker for the pretty.

Pivot Point was published by HarperTeen on February 12, 2013.
Hardcover, 352 pages.
An ARC was provided via the publisher.


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  3. I don't really like bangs all that much -- lol I had blunt bangs as a little girl and just associate them with children.


    That is one boss power. I wish I had that ability - no joke. Also. I feel like a fail because I have still not read Pivot Point and it seems like everyone else totally has. Soon. I will read it soon.

  4. So glad our Tea Time chats helped persuade you to pick it up again!

  5. So glad you ended up finishing this one! I just read it last week and really loved it and the end! Gah, I want the next book because I need more Trevor. Great review! :)

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

  6. I like the fact that her power gives her the ability to see the consequences of the choice she makes! It would be interesting to be able to do that, and a very effective way to "weigh" the actions you choose. HOWEVER, I do also think it might drive me crazy and it might make life boring to know what happens if I do something - the risk factor would be gone, and there wouldn't be room for surprises!

  7. Haha I like the Saved by the Bell reference. Pivot Point sounds really good- being able to see the two consequences seems like it would definitely build the suspense. (Also, her bangs are pretty awesome!)

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  9. I'm loving the fact that this girl can see the the possible outcomes of her decisions, but I imagine that might make life a little boring if you always knew how things were going to turn out for you. But it's intriguing nonetheless, because in her case both options have some negatives and some positives, and she has to live the rest of her life knowing that she made the decision that is going to change her life!! Definitely going to give this book a read.

  10. Hah hah, the Random Capitalization kind of made me nuts, too. I liked this one as well, though not as much as a lot of people seem to. It was definitely a page-turner though, and that ending! Wow. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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  11. I'm glad you gave this one a second chance. When I read it I remembered that you had DNF'd it and had the sads. But now I'm happy because it is really good and I want the second book LIKE NOW PLEASE.

  12. Each chapter switches back and forth between the two searches: paranormal life and normal life. Riveting story! Love the strong female protagonist and the tie to future and current teenage life. I high recommend this book.

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