Pivot Point by Kasie West

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.

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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.)

Check out Pivot Point by Kasie West on Goodreads / Amazon

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  • Rachel @ hello, chelly. May 14, 2013, 12:24 pm

    I felt the exact same way when I read this! I definitely did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did. But like you, I enjoyed the different powers the characters had (especially Addie’s), the plot, world building and especially the story-telling. I liked being able to see both outcomes. And Trevor.. I loved him! I can’t wait for the second book. Awesome review!!
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  • Wendy May 14, 2013, 12:55 pm

    Hmm this sounds really interesting! Added to goodreads. I also really like the cover – I know, not supposed to judge by the cover but still.
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  • Angel @ Book Flame May 14, 2013, 6:34 pm

    I need to get my hands on this one soon… I’ve seen it around just haven’t paid much attention to it until now. Great review!
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  • elena May 14, 2013, 7:24 pm

    i find a blend of genres interesting too! it could go either really well or not. i’m glad it was the former in this case. addie sounds like a fantastic character and yay for non-jerks. i’m excited to read this one now!
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  • Bookworm1858 May 17, 2013, 8:18 am

    I wasn’t expecting much from this book either and was so surprised (and pleased!) when I could barely put this down! I flew through it and enjoyed every single page.
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  • Tina February 23, 2014, 6:23 am

    I’ve read a few reviews on this book and totally want to check it out. It’s in my stack of pleasure reads for the next few months (when I can fit them in).

    However, I can’t STAND love triangles. Thank god this one sounds a bit different.

    Thanks for the review! Nice one.
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