I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up Pivot Point by Kasie West. I’ve been a little lukewarm with most young adult paranormals lately. Even though I was intrigued by the synopsis, I wasn’t expecting this read to change my losing streak with the genre. Well y’all, Pivot Point showed me! I ended up reading it in one sitting, dying to see how things would turn out.
I found the blend of genres fascinating. Paranormal, contemporary, mystery, suspense, romance…everything is weaved together masterfully. Seriously, I was impressed by the firm handle Kasie West had on the plot despite all the various components. When Pivot Point begins, Addison Coleman is living in a supernatural compound. Her ability allows her to take a choice/decision and see into the future at the results of both possible outcomes. How cool is that? I ended up really digging the paranormal abilities weaved into the story.
So, Addie’s parents hit her with the big D for divorce news and she chooses to move out of the compound with her dad into the land of us common folk. (Or does she?) The book skips back and forth between Addie’s life with her dad at a normal school and continued life in the supernatural compound. In one world, she falls for a really awesome non-douchebag named Trevor…in the other, she is pursued by a Class-A douche. As both lives continue to progress, some MAJOR CRAP goes down and she is forced into making a choice. She has to decide between how she really wants to live and what she really can’t live without.
You guys, I fell for Addie in a big way. I also have quite a soft spot for the non-douche (I guess I could actually use his name, huh? Trevor). BUT…believe it or not, this plot is not just an excuse for an incredibly convoluted love triangle (we all know the jerk is a jerk, so seriously don’t get turned off by the mention of two guys). There is actual mystery and suspense surrounding a murder back at the compound. Addie ends up pretty involved in trying to help her dad solve the case. By the time things started coming to a head in Pivot Point, I was seriously on the edge of my seat.
Basically, it all comes down to the fact that Kasie West is pretty awesome. She rocked everything: the plot, world building and characterization. The way the stories weave together is so well done…and it all keeps you guessing until the very end. This is one of those rare times when you won’t be figuring out the end before you get there. Seriously. Just enjoy anticipating the “WTF? AHHHHHHH!” moment you have coming to you.
To Sum it Up:
- I enjoyed Pivot Point SO much more than I expected…this is one heck of a story, and it is a lot more than it seems.
- Kasie West has some serious skills, you guys. She had total control over everything in this story, and some of the strings she tugged at shocked the heck outta me.
- I’m not always the best at continuing series, but you better believe I will be ALL OVER this one! (Despite a little bit of disappointment, because this could have been wrapped up just fine as a stand-alone.)