Monday, July 30, 2012

Review: Pivot Point by Kasie West

Pivot Point
Pivot Point by Kasie West
Reminiscent of the movie Sliding Doors, Pivot Point is about a girl who has the power to Search alternate futures. When faced with a life changing decision, she lives out six weeks of two different lives (in alternating chapters), both holding the potential for love and loss, and must ultimately choose which path she is willing to live through.

Publishes in US: Feb 13th 2013
Source: author/publisher for honest review and giveaway
1st in series, 2nd is slated to release in 2014

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     In a few words: Amazing plot, beautiful writing, and great main character.
     At first I didn't think I would like the way that the chapters alternated between futures, but Kasie West pulls it off beautifully. It was seamless and I gained so much insight into Addie (the main character) because of the different choices and outcomes she is faced with.
     The paranormalcy set up in this book is really neat. I like how they all have different abilities and we get to see how it works on their compound. I also really love the idea of how one choice can make such ripples and the idea of time travel and exploring alternate realities, and Ms. West did not disappoint.
     To me, Addie was so easy to relate to, because she is so much like me. The book loving, not want to make waves, want to have a plan and know my choices and what will happen.   I really bonded with her, I like how she is slightly on the outside, but she connects deeply with a few people. She's not fake, and she wants to feel things that are real. I loved it when she was talking about books and saying that it is the only time she knew she wasn't being influenced on how to feel. I don't know what it is like to have my emotions supernaturally altered obviously, but I do connect on a deep level about books making me feel things. I read to escape, I read to connect, and I read to feel emotions.
      I loved the contrast of her and Laila's personality and watching their friendship. It is such a theme and I enjoy reading about well developed friendship. It adds such depth and layers to the story.
    Speaking of layers, I was constantly amazed at how she connected things like Poison or the football issues to both storylines. It was a work of pure genius. The symmetrical themes showed some amazing talent, and it made me do lots of thinking.
    Trevor is exactly the kind of guy that I love to read about. He is sweet and kind, he is an artist. It was fun watching him and Addie interact, both their budding friendship and the flirting as well. I appreciate how they took things slowly and I feel so bad about some of the choices that Addie had to make, but it ultimately showed so much about the depth of her character.
    An aside, I completely adored the chapter heading. At first I think that I mostly ignored them, but once I noticed how witty they were, and how it connected to the story, they were a great touch. It was words, some real, some changed a bit, using Para and Norm to let you know which perspective you were reading.
    It was like I blinked and the story was over, and I was left satisfied and amazed at the characters, and how one decision can have such affects on your life. It was heartbreaking and fulfilling at the same time her choices and how the book wrapped up. I really appreciated though that in that sadness and conclusion there is so much hope and possibilities to explore and hope for in the next book.
    Speaking of which, I can't believe that I have to wait until 2014 to get more into Addie's mind and to read more about Trevor our resident sexy cowboy.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Would you want to be able to see different futures based on your choices?
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30 comments:

  1. it's so nice to have characters you can relate to. I didn't know this author but I like the idea of the alternate future. I haven't seen a lot that kind of stories. thanks for the review!

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  2. Another great cover. I'm so happy that you liked the book.
    To answer your question, huh...maybe not, if I knew what was going to happen I wouldn't enjoy living, so maybe is better to even make wrong choices cause at least you could experience it.

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  3. Oh my gosh! This one sounds so good!

    I would definitely want to know. I want to make the best decision in the long-run!

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    1. Sometimes I think I would want to know and others I don't

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  4. There is nothing I like more than a well-developed, well-balanced, but most of all, well-written friendship. This book sounds so thought-provokind and such a treat! Thanks for putting it on my radar.
    Great review!

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  5. WOW!!!! This sounds like such a good one! I haven't heard too much about it but the characters and writing both sound absolutely wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. In some intuitive healing modalities, people meditate and energetically tune into the flow of energy of different variations of possible future outcomes. It seems like this book elaborates on the idea and brings us something contemplative, engaging and noteworthy. Glad to learn that this is a fascinating-read :) Thanks for sharing, I'll watch out for its release in 2013!

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  7. I do not know if there is one power I have never wanted it would be the power to see the future but if you can see different possible futures and control seeing the future as opposed to seeing a constant stream of possibilities like that poor guy in Men in Black 3 then maybe. I am quite indecisive so seeing the outcome of my possible choices could be quite useful.

    When does this book come out? Next year? It sounds really good so I will add it to my TBR.

    Sandy
    Scribing Shadows

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    1. Oh nevermind you have the release date up xP.

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    2. She sees the future when she makes a decision about something so it is not necessarily a constant stream.

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  8. Great review Bradi, I am not sure I would want to see futures. If you look once..you will always want to look..idk. This sounds like such an interesting read and I love that you connected with the characters. The different time periods intrigue me and I am glad to hear it was well done.

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    1. I know, I think I would spend too much time in the future and not enough in the present

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  9. This sounds REALLY really unique. Quite often I think back to how one decision changes SO much. Actually going through the different things and seeing how your decision has changed things sounds really interesting but I'm not so sure I would ever want to know. Thanks for the awesome review!

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    1. I know. I think about that sometimes. Wondering how things would be different

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  10. Thanks for a great review, Brandi!! I'm glad you liked it. :)

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  11. You have me so excited for this one, Brandi! I totally love artist type guys in YA and I'm glad the main character was easy to relate to. :) Nice review!

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  13. Ohhh I just love the idea of depending on what choice she makes she will have two different futures! Can't wait to see what the two different futures look like and what choice she ends up ultimately making. I love the sweet and sexy artist guys and a nice budding friendship and lots of flirting. I would love to see my different futures if I had chosen different things. I would be mad to find out a different choice could have made my life better though lol

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    1. She pulled it off so well and connected it all together.

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  14. I loved Sliding Doors and the idea of this story is so fascinating to me! I'm glad to read how much you liked this book! I like a good ending so when you said "It was heartbreaking and fulfilling at the same time her choices and how the book wrapped up.", it sounds like a great book for me! Thanks for the info!

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  15. I love time travel and I love how this has been done with a twist with her different futures. It's great when a sci fi novel has really deep characters:)

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  16. I enjoyed the film sliding doors, and in my own life I have reflected on some of my choices and wondered how my life would have been different

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  17. This is the first time I have come across this book and I wonder why! Sounds like a great read. I absolutely lov anything to do with time travel! Glad I came across you review! Thanks!

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