Review: Pivot Point

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PIVOT POINT by Kasie West was released in the U.S. on February 12, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON an BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 352 pages.

PIVOT POINT is the first book in author Kasie West’s new series of the same name. The second book in the series, as yet untitled, is slated for release in February 2014.


Goodreads description…

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.


PIVOT POINT is an exciting and immensely entertaining first book in author Kasie West’s new series that combines the paranormal with a mystery and offers an exciting twist on a story about difficult choices and the consequences of those decisions.

Fast-paced, with a captivating mystery that will keep readers guessing, and a heroine whose ability proves that sometimes knowing the outcome doesn’t make the decision any easier, this story will grab readers with its distinctive premise and won’t shake them loose until they solve the puzzle and learn which future will become Addie’s reality.

Addison Coleman is given the choice of whether to stay in the Compound where she has lived her entire life with her mother, her friends and all the rest of the residents with paranormal abilities or leave what she’s always known to join her father in the normal world, where her abilities and her past must be kept secret.

As someone with the ability to Search the future, figuring out the right decision to make should simple. But when both futures have the potential for heartbreak, not just for Addie, choosing which future to let slip away is anything but easy.

From start to finish, PIVOT POINT will keep readers engaged and anxious to discover just what happens along each of Addie’s potential paths. The story switches between her life in the Compound and the one among the “Norms,” furthering the plot with each peek, revealing just enough to keep readers in suspense and more than enough for readers to become invested in both potential futures and the outcome of Addison’s decision.

Kasie West does an incredible job of keeping readers connected to the story through each of the transitions between the two parallel storylines. Each chapter ends at a logical point in the story, yet one that is compelling enough to make readers want to return to that version of the main character’s existence. And each chapter begins with a clever definition, one that makes which of Addie’s paths readers are on clearly identifiable.

While readers will have to suspend disbelief and accept that there is only one possible outcome for each of Addison Coleman’s paths, it isn’t difficult to do so during the read. The characters – Addie, Laila, Duke and Trevor – are interesting and relatable, the writing has an easy flow, the mystery is suspenseful and knowing that only one of the two futures is possible, makes this story bittersweet.

PIVOT POINT is an absolutely captivating must read first book in this new series that will appeal to fans of paranormal, mystery and contemporary stories alike.

Reviewer gives this book…


On a personal note…

The second I put PIVOT POINT down after I finished reading it, I wanted to do nothing more than pick it back up and re-read it. It was just that awesome. And it left me desperately wanting to know what was going to happen in the sequel.

Because even though I wouldn’t call the end a cliffhanger, there were certain possibilities for Addie’s future that I wanted to know more about right away. But of course I’ll have to wait for 2014 like everyone else.

I knew going in that I would love this book. Just the idea of two possible paths for the main character to take had me intrigued. Addie had her very own “choose your own adventure” with every major life decision. And getting a peek at the two options she had in this particular story was all sorts of awesome.

I loved that the story went back and forth between the two potential futures – and I love, love, loved the chapter identifiers/definitions. I was worried that the alternating futures might keep me from being able to connect, but it did the opposite. It made me that much more anxious to find out what was happening along the one path when I was reading about the other, and that much more curious to see where the two futures intersected.

I knew that there would be a bit of a mystery involved from having read the description. And while I was suspicious of a few of the ultimately guilty characters, I didn’t have a clue as to exactly why they were guilty or what their motivations were. So I was definitely surprised when all was revealed.

And I also knew exactly which path I wanted Addie to take. Though I can’t say which one I wanted or whether she did end up choosing that future, or I would totally spoil the read.

But I abso-freaking-lutely loved how one decision could have such vastly different outcomes for not only Addie’s future but for so many others. And I especially loved getting to “watch” how both decisions played out.

PIVOT POINT is a super quick read. One I am so very tempted to read again right now, as I’m certain I missed some small foreshadowing event that I would have picked up on had I not been racing through it. I seriously love the characters’ abilities. Though not delved into fully in this first book, they are absolutely fascinating and potentially very, very dangerous. What I wouldn’t do to have one or two of them myself….

I love the world the author created – from the Compound to the world outside with the Norms – I love her main character Addie and a certain boy, who I shall not name or it will totally reveal which path I wanted Addie to choose, and I love the way everything came together at the end.

And I also really love that the decision Addie had to make was not an easy one, that there are so many possibilities for where this story could go in the next book, and most of all that this isn’t a standalone novel. Because I definitely want to read more by this author and I definitely want to revisit this world and these characters… well, the characters I love. Maybe not the evil ones.

PIVOT POINT is a total must read and one of my favorite reads so far this year.

Line_001Favorite passage…

I got so caught up in the story that I barely made any notes, including which were my favorite passages and quotes. But there were a few that I did highlight. One that still makes me smile, but without reading it in context it wouldn’t make any sense. Much like an inside joke.

And there is another that also makes me grin… would make any book lover grin… but I decided to choose this one instead, because it really is my most favorite.

“Sometimes perfection reveals the lie, Addie, not the truth,” she says. I nod and wait with the others who have already completed the task.

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