Split Second

Posted April 29th, 2014 by in *Review / 5 comments

split secondTitle: Split Second
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: Feb 2014
Classification: YA Novel

Summary from Goodreads:

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.

My Thoughts:

Pivot Point was one of my favorite books of last year so I was dying to read Split Second. I really fell hard for Trevor in the first book and was so upset with the things Addie had to do. I’m a reader who likes to see characters pick choices or make decisions that make themselves happy instead of everyone else around them. I often pick one boy over another as a love interest because the one boy is the one the girl would pick if she could, instead of the one she is forced to pick. So I was upset with the way Addie’s life had went at the end of Pivot Point.

In Split Second I was liking the story from the get go but I had huge doubts about how the book would end up because I felt like I was having a minor case of deja  vu. Addie had Laila erase her memories of Trevor at the end of the first book so I was so upset that it was as if the romance between them never happened. All of the good things about the first book were forgotten and that sucked. I felt like I was in the third book of the Hush, Hush series where Nora forgets everything and the entire book is a recap of the first two books. I also thought it was weird that in this book Laila was able to have her own POV. I wasn’t sold on her character in the first book so I felt as if I was in Requiem this time because now I had to read half the book from the best friend’s POV, one that I didn’t care about and didn’t want. So I can tell you that honestly I almost stopped reading this one at about 100 pages in because I was so scared of all of these things happening and that the book was going to go downhill. I don’t know what made me stick with it. I guess my drive to see her back with Trevor was my major point of sticking with the story. I’m glad I gave it a chance because although it did suck that Addie didn’t know Trevor it also was a great way to watch two people fall for each other all over again.

I have to say that also with time I really started to enjoy Laila’s POV parts of the story but that probably had a lot to do with Connor. I just couldn’t help it! Every time Connor or Trevor stepped into the scene I just had to keep reading. I think what really hooked me in this book was the boys. If they were not there then I wouldn’t have had the drive to read this one. I did eventually start to like Addie and Laila all over again and I felt that the author did a good job of weaving back in important pieces of the story. It was really great to see more of the lengths that the Compound would go to in order to make sure that their secret was a secret. It was fun to watch all of the characters band together to fight against them with their really unique powers. I enjoyed watching how easy it is for a normal world to fall apart just because a couple of teenagers have special powers that are often controlled by their emotions. I have to say that while I did have a few moments where I was scared about where the story might go that the author pulled everything together quite nicely. She is certainly an author that I will read more books by and I can’t wait to read her contemporary books because I know that if Connor and Trevor stole my heart that the boys in the contemporary books will steal my heart as well.

So while this book wasn’t everything that I wanted it to be and I had to fight the urge not to scream at Addie a lot of the time for not remembering Trevor I do admit that it was a special book, one that I could barely put down in certain points. Here is to more West books and the male characters stealing my heart.




5 Responses to “Split Second”

  1. Jessica @ Rabid Reads

    You just reminded me that I still haven’t read Pivot Point yet. I KNOW. It’s terrible. But I just downloaded from my archive, so it will be staring me in the face every time I turn my kindle on 😉 I’m sorry book 2 wasn’t all you were hoping it would be, but I’m glad to see it’s still worthy of 4 stars!

  2. Rachel @ Paper Cuts

    Eee, I’ve been meaning to read Pivot Point for AGESS and yet haven’t done so! I’m glad you ultimately enjoyed this, especially after loving the first book and then getting off to a rocky start. Weird that it’d rehash so much from the first book. 🙂 Great review!!

  3. Michelle

    Awesome review! I really enjoyed the first book of this series and I have this one but haven’t picked it up yet!

  4. Montana @ The Book Belles

    I loved this as well! Kasie West is one of my all time favorite authors. Connor was amazing, and I agree that it took a little while to warm up to Addie and Laila. Great review 🙂

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