[YA/Paranormal Fiction Review] Pivot Point by Kasie West

Posted on 01/16/2013 in Book Review / 15 Comments

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

[YA/Paranormal Fiction Review] Pivot Point by Kasie WestPivot Point by Kasie West
Series: Pivot Point #1
Published by Harper Teen on 2/12/2013
Genres: Paranormal Fiction, Romance, Science-fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
Source: Edelweiss
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Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .\r\n\r\nAddison 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.\r\n\r\nIn 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 riveting, one-of-a-kind and really makes you ponder the choices you make in your life.  I really liked it and had such a hard time putting it down.

Addie is a Searcher.  She has the ability to be faced with choices and Search them to see their outcomes, and then choose the best one.  Wouldn’t we all love to have that?  Could have saved me some heartache….  In Pivot Point, she is faced with a choice, and rather than blindly make it, she Searches the two different outcomes, bringing to life two very different – but intertwined – paths, one that could lead to heartache for her and the other could lead to pain and suffering for the ones closest to her. 

Addie is such a great main character!  She is well-grounded and affable – and smart!  I can’t tell you how much I despise brainless main characters (who doesn’t?).  I’m forgiving if they grow, but Addie doesn’t need to grow; she’s already there.  She’s extremely selfless and her relationships with the secondary characters, like her parents, or her BFF Laila were wonderful and felt real and I really just enjoyed reading from her perspective.

I loved Trevor!  It’s a pairing that surprised me, since he’s a Norm, but the interaction was so adorable, and the build-up was slow and perfectly done.  Trevor is a former jock, but funny and sweet – and smart!  I had a hard time deciphering my feelings for Duke, the Para boy from the Compound, but he’s definitely charming.

My favorite part of Pivot Point, besides all the awesome characters, is the plot.  Like I said, she’s faced with a choice, and when she Searches it, we the reader are taken on the journey with her, to find out the outcome of those two paths, depending on which choice she goes with.  But what I really liked about it is that they aren’t all that separate; seemingly they are at first, but they intertwine in such a fascinating way, that I was rendered speechless at the end of the story.

And the ending!  OMG.  I couldn’t believe what Addie chose, and I thought to myself, “How is she going to get her HEA after choosing that?”  Talk about selfless!  Rest assured, dear friends.  People get what they deserve. And I was over the moon with the outcome of this story.

The one thing I wished I had seen more of was world-building.  There isn’t a lot of world-building regarding the Compound where the Paras live, and I think the author left it up to the reader to figure it out on their own.  It sounded like there was a lot of technology they had that was unknown to the Norms, and it wasn’t explored thoroughly.  But the story was stellar enough that I overlooked it without much question, because I just needed to know what was on the next page.

If you’re looking for a new paranormal book to get you out of a reading slump, or simply just because, look no further.   Pivot Point is full of fantastic dialogue, great characters, interesting paranormal abilities, and even some nasty danger.  It sucked this reader right in.



“I’ve been thinking about books where the main character’s parents are going through divorce.  A big theme is rebellion.  I think I should give it a try.”


Disclaimers: This book was provided by the publisher in exchange of an honest review. Blurb and photo source courtesy of Goodreads.  *If you decide to purchase this book through any of these links, we do receive a small monetary kick-back that helps fund this blog.


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Jennifer is both a book nerd and professional photographer. That means she lives in the fantasy world all the time, whether of her making, or someone else's. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids, and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.


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15 responses to “[YA/Paranormal Fiction Review] Pivot Point by Kasie West

  1. Jennnnn! This sounds wicked good.\nI keep thinking the YA version of Sliding Doors but… not really. I’m loving the idea of choice and I love how you describe Addie and… wow. Would you believe that, for the first time ever, you have no KMM quote in your sidebar? 😀

  2. Great review! Nothing beats an awesome heroine (and a cute couple)! Can’t wait to get  my hands on this in February!

  3. Steph, The Readingista

    Yes!  I have this for review.  It sounds promising!  I love a book that gives me something to think about.  Thanks for the great review.

  4. Braine Talk Supe

    What a tongue.in cheek quote! I live the cover of this book and I always thought.this was dystopian. I love character driven books it mass it so much easier to read and get in to. Hopefully book 2 will have more of that world building you’re looking for.

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