Title: Pivot Point
Author: Kasie West
Publication Date: 2/12/2013
Series?: Pivot Point #1
Genre: YA Paranormal
Source: Review copy from Edelweiss
Addison Coleman has a useful ability: when faced with a choice, she can peer into the future and see both outcomes. In fact, she essentially lives through both choices before she makes her decision. So when her parents announce their divorce and her father asks who she wants to live with, Addison performs a search to determine her choice. Stay on The Compound with the other paranormals and her BFF, or move to Dallas with her father to live among “the norms?” Each path holds both romance and danger, but one thing is for sure: Addison’s choice isn’t going to be easy.
I struggled through this book. At the beginning, I didn’t really like Addie. I didn’t like her best friend, Laila, or her love interest on The Compound, Duke. After the initial excitement of embarking on the six-week search to determine Addie’s choice, I had a really hard time making it through the middle of the book. The true conflict of the story didn’t present itself well for a loooooong time. Until that point, this felt like a love triangle-y, slightly angsty drama novel. Yawn.
So what DID I like? What saved this book? Well, I did like the Norm love interest, Trevor. Maybe I’m just a sucker for a kid in a sling, but Trevor brought out the less annoying version of Addie Coleman. I also enjoyed the glimpse at the powers everyone on The Compound have: mind erasing, telekinesis, mass manipulators, mood controllers, lie detectors, persuasive. It’s like X-Men, but with brain powers. Brain powers are so much more interesting and sneaky! Which brings me to what saved this book: THE ENDING. No, not in a “thank god this book ended” kind of way, but in a “holy crap, now I can’t stop reading, this just got good!” kind of way. Once I realized what was going to make Addie’s decision difficult (beyond swoon-y boys) and where Kasie West was going with this, I was powering through those last 50 pages.
FINAL GRADE: C+ I feel like this grade represents the difficulty of the first 3/4 of the book, but the redeeming qualities of the ending. The premise is certainly intriguing. I’m not really a fan of paranormal books or romance, so I’m probably not the intended audience for the story. I’m trying to push myself by reading some of the less paranormal-y paranormal books. Will I read the rest of the series? Probably not…though I might inspect the blurb when it comes out to see if West takes this in an interesting direction.
Required reading: You should read this if you are doing the Debut Author Challenge, since Kasie West is a debut author. Also required for fans of paranormal books and romance.
Library recommendation: You can feel comfortable buying the book for both a middle school and a high school library. I think it’s geared toward high school, but there’s nothing too mature in the story.
If you could have any mental superpower, what would you pick? How would you use it? Or would you rather stay a “norm?”