13 March 2014

Split Second by Kasie West

Split Second by Kasie West
Series: Pivot Point #2
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: February 11th 2014
Source: Bought

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.

May contain slight spoilers for Pivot Point.

I'm starting to think that Kasie West can do no wrong when it comes to writing books. I've loved every single of her books that I've read and Split Second has just become my favourite of hers. Honestly, I had no idea how anything was ever going to because Pivot Point (because it was awesome), but holy crap! Split Second completely surpassed every expectation that I had and I freaking loved it!

Split Second picks up not that long after Pivot Point and this time we got to hear from both Addie and Laila (which made me extremely excited because Laila is awesome). Back in Pivot Point, Addie did a huge Search that allowed her to see two different paths that she couldn't decided between and then she had Laila erase her memories after she decided which path she had to take. And, if you've read Pivot Point, you'll know that the ending was soul destroying

I had absolutely no idea where Kasie West was going to go with the storyline in this book. All I knew was that it involved Trevor so I was 100000000% on board because I love Trevor with all my heart and I needed more of him and Addie. And I also needed to piece my  heart back together after the ending of Pivot Point.

Addie heads off to spend some time with her dad in this book, but when she arrives at her dad's she starts to have a sense of déjà vu and feels like she's completely missing something. Now, of course, we know that Addie is since she's Searched her future and saw her life with her dad for a few months, but Addie doesn't remember any of this. I loved getting back into Addie's head and seeing her meet everyone all over again (especially Trever *squeals*). I felt bad for her because she didn't remember anything about what had happened, but everything was so much more amazing the second time around. Addie was still such an amazing character and she had a new ability to try and get to grips with in this one - which was actually pretty awesome. 

Trevor <3 I looooooooove Trevor so much. Trevor is the most adorable guy ever. Seriously, he has no competition. He's number 1 on that list. Trevor is the main reason I was so excited to read Split Second. Trevor is suspicious of Addie because he sees her doing some extremely unexplained things, so obviously he's going to be a bit weary of her. But I loved seeing Addie and Trevor's friendship re-develop. It wasn't as cute and adorable as the last time (with all the letters <3) but it still made my heart melt. I just adore those two so much!

Laila is one of the best characters ever. Her and Addie are so close and are the best friends ever. Laila cares about Addie so much and it was so sweet! Actually getting to hear from Laila this time was awesome. Laila is so feisty and awesome and I love her. She's got a lot going on with her family because of her dad, which means her and her mother are constantly having to hide money to make sure they've got enough to feed the family. Laila manages to stay tough and strong throughout all of that and I really admired her.

I loved getting to meet Connor. Connor is snarky, slightly arrogant, a pain in the ass sometimes, but I loved him so much. No one knows what Connor's ability is because he never uses it - most people think he doesn't have one. Hearing about Connor's past was slightly heartbreaking and made me just want to give him a huge cuddle. Laila and Connor's relationship was an interesting one. They started off basically hating each other but there was a huge spark between them that they were both completely ignoring due to their hate for each other. I really loved seeing those two together though. There was never a dull moment when Laila and Connor were together.

There were a hell of a lot of unexpected twists throughout this book that had my jaw dropping. I honestly didn't expect this book to be as amazing as it was, it completely blew me away. Addie was pretty sure her father was hiding something from her which led to a lot of revelations and even more complications. Laila was trying to help her brother and stumbled across something that did more harm than good. Addie's mother was keeping secrets from her and trying to help her from The Compound - even though Addie didn't want her mother's help. I flew through Split Second because it was just one of those books that I was desperate to find out how it was going to end and I was completely satisfied with the ending of this series. Honestly, I couldn't have asked for a more perfect ending. My heart was melting and I was smiling like crazy because I was just so happy!

Overall, Split Second is one of the best sequels I've ever read. The Pivot Point duology is now one of my all time favourite series and has my all time favourite most adorable guy ever in it. It's also been one of the most emotional series I've ever read purely because of Addie and Trevor <3. If you haven't read Pivot Point yet, I seriously suggest that you do. I honestly cannot recommend this series or Kasie West enough. You definitely won't regret picking up this series. It's incredible.


  1. I have to agree that Split Second was awesome! I loved reading Pivot Point & Split Second back to back (and cannot imagine having to wait for a year after Pivot Point and that horrible heartbreaking ending!!).
    Great review, Samantha!

    1. Hahaha! I'd been waiting since May and I was dying! It was such a cruel ending :(
      But Split Second was totally worth the wait. Thanks Pili! :D

  2. Trevor <3<3<3

    I wish there was going to be another book. I want to see them rebel. Maybe it will happen on day?!
    And also, need more Trevor!

    1. I wish there was another one as well just so I could read about Trevor some more <3