Thursday, April 18, 2013

Review - Pivot Point by Kasie West (5/5 stars)

Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Science Fiction
Size: 352 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date: February 12, 2013
ISBN: 978-0062117373
Stand Alone or Series: 1st book in the Pivot Point series
Source: ARC through Amazon Vine
Rating: 5/5 stars

I got an advanced reading copy of this book to review through the Amazon Vine program. This was a truly unique book that was incredibly engaging. I had a very, very hard time putting it down and was constantly on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next! This is definitely a paranormal YA book that is different from everything else out there.

Addie lives in a secret complex of people who all have a mental ability they can use. Some are telekinetic, some can influence emotions, but Addie is different...she is a Searcher. As a Searcher she can search out the results of a decision she makes. So when Addie’s parents announce they are getting into a divorce it is definitely something Addie needs to Search out. Addie decides to search out both future options; leaving the complex and living with her dad or staying in the complex and living with her mom. The story alternates between the reality where Addie lives with her dad and the one where she lives with her mom.

This book blew me away. I mean the idea of a secret society of paranormal individuals isn’t all that unique, but Addie’s power is. Imagine having the ability to search out both branches of a vital decision...wouldn’t that be awesome? You could check things out like career path, what boy you should date, or...well....just anything. The book is also put together in a very creative way; each chapter features a word and definition. The words with “para” in them are the chapters where Addie stays at the paranormal complex with her mom. The words with “norm” in them are the chapters where Addies leaves the paranormal community to live with her dad.

You would think being able to search out your choices would be wonderful but West also explores the downside of this. What if while you were searching you saw someone do a really bad thing. Well if you don’t choose that path, then they won’t take that bad action...but you are still going to know that they would have done it given a chance...and this colors your opinion of them even though they never actually did anything. It’s crazy things like that and the way they are explored that make this an excellent book.

Addie is a pretty down to earth character. She was very believable and very easy to relate to. Both paths she searches out have good things and bad things that happen. But the way everything turns out was awesome and surprising and heartbreaking. I mean what if either choice ends up being devastating? I guess that would be just like real life sometimes then, huh?

This ended up being a seriously emotional book for me. I just got so wrapped up in the story and so sucked into Addie’s character. I felt so bad about some of the decisions she had to make. Seriously, I haven’t had a book pull me in and twist me up this much for quite some time.

The book ends spectacularly and in a way that totally matches the tone of the story. It was a very well written and engaging read. I am absolutely dying to know what happens next.

Overall a wonderful, wonderful read. I think everyone should read this book. Not only does it totally redeem the YA paranormal genre, it gives the reader a lot of food for thought. It is an engaging book, that is unique and creative, and impossible to put down. I cannot wait to see what West comes up with next. This book is highly recommended to everyone.

This book goes towards the following reading challenges:
- 150+ Reading Challenge
- Debut Author Reading Challenge
- Paranormal Reading Challenge
- Young Adult Reading Challenge

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