Thursday, August 8, 2013

Review: Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1) 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.

Kasie West, you've got yourself a new fan!  I loved everything about this book, from start to finish.  West has got her character development nailed down and perfected if you ask me.  I wasn't sure coming into this read what to expect, and couldn't predict whether or not I thought I'd come out of the last page as a fan or not.  What I can say is that when I finished the last page, went online to see if I could get the next book in the series, and realized that the sequel has not come out yet...I was not a happy camper.  To be honest I was crushed, and didn't want to think about how long I'd have to wait until I could find out what would happen next, and would I get my wish that certain things would work themselves out.

I've seen different comparisons for this book as readers and reviewers attempt to link it to other types in order to spur more reading of the series, but to be honest I think it stands on its own just fine.  Yes, some of the characters in this book have supernatural powers, and we could spend hours finding similarities within to other books or movies out there, but I think that can be done with pretty much everything depending on how far we're all willing to stretch things.  Regardless West was able to create a society of individuals and make it seem so feasible that I found myself forgetting that this was in fact a work of fiction.  I was getting so tied up with the characters themselves and the struggles and emotions they were working through that I forgot about all the rest.

I was looking for a fun and addicting read, and this book fit the bill.  But please don't get me wrong, it wasn't all silliness and fun, West hits on some deep emotional issues throughout the pages as well, whether it was divorce, abandonment, integrating into new and foreign surroundings, and the age old drama that goes along with growing up.  All in all I thought West started to show her true (and wonderful) colors, and I'm anxious to see where things go from here.  I'm still disappointed that I'll have to wait until February of next year but I'm going to enjoy every minute of reading it, I have no doubt.


  1. I love the cover for this one, and now that I know that it's a great read I'll have to pick it up. I always appreciate good characters, and the fact that you are impatient for the sequel means that I probably will be, too.

  2. This looks exactly like what I loved about this book-I didn't have the highest expectations (for some reason) but was completely blown away!



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