Thursday, April 4, 2013


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

Author:  Kasie West
Published:  2013
Series:  Pivot Point #1
Genre:  YA Paranormal

Initially I wasn't going to read this book.  And let me just say the overview from the publisher DOES NOT do this book justice.  All I got from the tidbit was love triangle, which I really do not do.  Oh and maybe a sprinkling of paranormal, and I need a lot of paranormal to make up for a love triangle.  But reviewers I follow were gushing over this book.  And some even share my loathing of love triangles.  So I cracked, and requested this from the library.  And my mind was blown!  And I just cried a little because I found out it's part of a series! The Setting paragraph is from Goodreads which is probably compliments from the publisher.

The Setting
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.

What I LIKED about this book
This book actually has a lot more paranormal quirks than the description lets on.  But let me set the record straight.  This book reads more like a mystery romance, and boy did I fall for the wrong person (although to be fair I liked both love interests)!  And because you were wrestling with yourself on who the murderer was and which path Addie should follow this book flew by!  I stayed up late turning the pages!

Once you saw all the facts about Addie's two possible choices, you were heartbroken.  I really can't say more than that.  But the author throws us a bone at the end of a possibility.  And since I just found out there will be a sequel to see more of Addie and hopefully Mr. Right, I did a happy dance.  I need to read more!

What I DISLIKED about this book
Okay my only qualm about this book deals with a slight technicality.  How can a seemingly "average" girl steal the hearts of two different quarterbacks from two different schools?  I'm just saying, that's no easy feat for even the popular, pretty girl.

Parting Thoughts
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed Pivot Point, awarding it 4.5 out of 5 stars.  And I'm struggling with that rating because it was so good.  I never in my wildest dreams thought I could enjoy a book with a love triangle in it.  Maybe it was because it didn't really feel like the traditional love triangle story.  And where this book could have been cliche or obvious, West did a wonderful job breathing life into the overcrowded paranormal genre.  I would recommend this to fans of paranormal, mystery and romance.  So if I could see into my future, is there a chance I could get my grubby little hands on the sequel early?  Cause I'm thinking I need it!  

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