Monday, March 24, 2014

Pivot Point by Kasie West [Review]

Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1)4.5 out of 5 Robots!

Pivot Point by Kasie West
Series: Pivot Point #1
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release: February 12, 2013
Hardcover: 343 Pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
My Copy: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
I have decided I am a big fan of alternate reality books.  They are becoming more popular and I've read a couple recently and really love the concept of choice and how the future is affected by that choice.  And Pivot Point was no exception.

There are two elements here.  First is the paranormal aspect.  I liked the idea of people having these special powers, but being hidden away and living in secret in the Compound.  I also like that it wasn't melodramatic or dystopic, as so many "special power" books are.  The second element the two realities.  When Addie is faced with a choice, she can Search her future and see the outcome of each choice.  When she finds out her parents are divorcing, she is given to the choice to stay in the Compound with her mom, or to leave and live as a "Norm" in Dallas with her dad.  So she Searches each option.  From here, the book splits into the two realities:  life in Compound and life in Dallas.

It took me a little time to orientate myself with the paranormal aspects.  You are just kind of tossed into it.  It is also a little tricky to go back and forth between the realities.  The definitions at the beginning of each chapter helped.  But sometimes I had to really think about what had happened in each reality previously. 

I really liked the characters.  Addie is spunky and I liked her.  I loved Trevor.  Really, who couldn't?  Laila is a lot of fun and I loved her and Addie's relationship. 

Overall, I thought this was a fun book.  If you like alternate realities and paranormal mind abilities, then you should check this book out!

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. Pivot Point
2. Split Second

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  Thank you to Harper Teen for the opportunity to review this book!

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