Review: Split Second-Kasie West

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4/5 Stars

Publication Date: Feb 11, 2014

HarperTeen

He turned toward me, his eyes meeting mine. They were electrified, like a lightning storm raged behind them. I needed to feel that energy. I swiveled in my seat toward him, rested my hand on my knee and turned it palm up. That was as much risk as I could take. Now it was his turn.

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We held each other’s stare, and without meaning to, my body moved an inch closer to him. He reached over with his free hand, took me by the back of the head, and pulled me to him. Our lips collided roughly. As though years of pent-up emotions were waiting to come out, the kiss was hungry and raw. Our hands unclasped, and mine found his hair and entangled themselves there.

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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.

-via Goodreads


Told from the alternating perspectives of Addie and Laila, Split Second picks up a little after the events in Pivot Point. Addie is heartbroken over the lies and skin-crawling emotional manipulation Duke put her through and the threat to her friendship with her best friend Laila. Her world seems to be falling apart, she thought she had everything figured out and that her life was in a content, happy place until everything came crashing down. Between her parent’s divorce, Duke, Laila’s betrayal, and the events that happened in the other time line that she has no memory of, Addie is puzzled over her choice of this pretty terrible reality. What could have been so bad in the other path that she would have willingly picked something that cut her so deeply? On top of this catastrophic new reality, Addie’s powers have gone haywire. It seems like her ability to search future paths has mixed with slowing time or speeding herself up. She’s not too sure but knows that she can’t tell anyone about it because if it’s strange to her, a mark on her file would be much worse. Addie is asked to spend the holiday’s with her father in the Normal world, where people don’t have crazy brain powers and everything is like a trip into the past. The awkwardness of her school situation, having to face Duke, and even looking at her best friend has become trying. Addie wants to escape the pressure of her current path and relax in a place without constant reminders of her heartache.When Addie meets Trevor, she is struck with déjà vu. She feels like she knows him, inside and out, which is impossible. Deep within her heart, she warms whenever Trevor is around, content on a soul level. She doesn’t know what to make of this insane and inexplicable feeling but she likes it.The only problem is, her new BFF in the norm world, Stephanie is Trevor’s ex and despite what she says, she’s not over him. Torn between her budding friendship and the fireworks that Trevor sparks, Addie is more confused than ever.

On the other side of the wall, Laila is rife with guilt over the wedge she’s driven in her friendship with Addie. With a letter burning in her pocket from Addie after the path Search in Pivot Point, Laila does something she shouldn’t, again. Curiosity gets the best of her and what she finds in the note is puzzling. Addie’s letter mentions Laila’s potential power to restore memories, something Laila had never even imagined. Seeing this as a way to make her past mistakes up to Addie, Laila embarks on a mission to get highly illegal materials to enhance her powers. But it seems that every path towards this is blocked by people who warn her of danger and the wrath of the government. Laila doesn’t care, she desperately needs to fix their rift and restoring Addie’s memories would do a lot to mend the wounds she carelessly inflicted. Cue Conner, mysterious and gorgeous, and apparently in the know for coveted mind enchancers.Conner is immune to Laila’s charms and beyond infuriating but she needs him to help Addie. In the pursuit of lost memories and a race against time and the government’s watch dogs, Addie, Lailia, Trevor and Conner must team up to get back Addie’s memories before the future is irreparably altered.

PROS:

  • While Addie’s overall plot was full of action, secrets, and mystery, Laila’s was the more compelling of the two. Laila has grown so much as a character, she’s sassy, snarky, bursting with this big, bold energy that will enchant and ensnare you. Laila is intoxicating. Her lines are original, hilarious and rich in sarcasm, she’s a wonderful protagonist that is unafraid to fight to be heard and do what it takes to get what she wants. As the story progresses, Laila opens up, the soft, marshmallowy girl who loves shoes and pretty things rises to the surface and a whole new layer of Laila emerges. The Laila who talks about her past, who admits her emotional issues, and teases her brothers is made of heart and sunshine. She’s brilliant and warm, and when she let’s herself love, it’s truly a magical, uplifting moment. 
  • Conner is a puzzle waiting to be solved. He’s introverted, adores Norm technology and spontaneously appears when Laila needs him. As his character progresses, his funny commentary, his concern for Laila, and the revelations about his past will capture your heart. 
  • Laila and Conner’s interactions are flirty, heated matches of wicked, sensual banter and anger. They butt heads. Their personalities war with each other but the tension between them is electric. I found myself flipping eagerly through, racing to get to their next scene together. Conner challenges Laila, puts her on the spot and makes her work through her issues. He infuriates her like no one else but also awakens something raw and real inside of her that she’d been too afraid to face. 
  • The brief glimpses of Stephanie and Rowan present two very different characters than in Pivot Point and show a whole different side to their personalities. Stephanie is still a bit of a priss but she’s a good friend to Addie, kind and inclusive. Rowan is as comical as ever but he’s not just a playboy. He’s a companion and a savior to Addie.
  • Addie is the same character we know and love from the first book, level-headed, smart, a little self-conscious but now she’s got more attitude, she’s not scared to give back what’s thrown at her full force. Addie’s search is reckless and inspired, she hunts down clues and works on rebuilding her life. Addie’s internal dialogue is filled of emotions, she sifts through the memories of Laila and Duke, the shadows of images of her and Trevor and tries to piece everything together. Her hope is admirable, she struggles with what she thinks she should feel and what she actually does. Her confusion is understandable and really plays into Addie’s dilemma of choosing between the head and the heart.
  • When this group gets together, their teamwork is unstoppable. They forge an inseparable bond of precision, risk, and ingenuity that helps them get through several precarious situations. In terms of the plot, the Trevor and Addie’s love is on the line and these teens go through deadly and suspense-filled scenes that will leave you on edge to save it.

CONS:

  • The story starts out a little slow and doesn’t really pick up for a while. Addie’s parts are initially a bit boring and knowing what we do from Pivot Point makes the void between Addie and Trevor hard to cope with. 
  • It’s strange that Addie doesn’t confront her father about the secrets he’s been keeping and that she doesn’t ask enough questions about the sudden reappearance of her family member. His odd behavior is only slightly puzzled over and Addie, knowing what she does should have been more cautious or at the least bit more curious.
  • Addie and Trevor’s interactions were kind a let down. The chemistry was lacking for most of the story and Addie spent most of her time on a wild goose chase for a pretty random plot point.

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Happy reading, 

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Bout of Books 10 Day 2 + Perfect Pairings Post

BoB10-200x200The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

First, here’s my progress for Tuesday. Like I thought, it was way less impressive than Monday because two classes got in the way, plus I was really struggling over whether or not to put my current read in the DNF pile.

This is my third time participating in Bout of Books and I always love a good challenge. For this week my goals are pretty simple:

  • Read as much as I can as often as I can.
  • Complete the books you voted for me to read on my previous post/NetGalley books.
  • Find time to participate in all of the Bout of Books activities/giveaways.
  • Review several books that you voted for.

Books to Read:

  • Shattered Veil by Tracey E. Banghart
  • Split Second by Kasie West
  • No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale
  • Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
  • A Whisper in Time by Elizabeth Langston
  • Creators by Tiffany Truitt 

5/12

Number of Books Read Today: 2
Total Number of Books Read: 2
Books read during week: Shattered Veil and Split Second
Participated in: Nothing yet 😦
Feelings: I absolutely was in awe of Shattered Veil, wow, what a beautiful, powerful protagonist and the introspection and self discovery was so incredibly raw and brilliant. Loved it. I gave it 5 stars. The review will be out today. I’ll attach it later. Split Second, in my opinion was so much better than Pivot Point, which I rated as 3 stars. Split Second flips between Laila and Addie and each section is something entirely different and just full of personality. I became so wrapped up in Laila’s story, I kept speeding through, I didn’t sleep last night/this morning until I finished.

Blog Posts: Bout of Books Goal PostAll About Jessica Gibson Teaser PostRelease Day Blitz: Tempting the Bodyguard by J. LynnBook Blast, Guest Post, and Giveaway: Love, Lucy by April Lindner


5/13

Number of Books Read Today: 1/2

Total Number of Books Read: 2 1/2

Books read during the week: Shattered Veil and Split Second, 1/2 of No One Else Can Have You

Participated in: Nothing yet 😦

Feelings: I’m trying so hard to like this book but the main character is overly obnoxious and eccentric, she’s kind of an idiot. The whole story is awkward in that embarrassing, weird way that sort of feels like the story is either being told by a 10 year old or someone much older trying to sound like what they think a teenager would. It’s really slow. The introduction into the story is awesome, it’s full of mystery and a horrific murder and what’s really keeping me going is the need to know how it ends. Therefore, this is a really snails pace read for me because I have to push through but I WILL prevail!

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 Bout of Books Read-a-thon has daily challenges with prizes. I’ve never participated before but thought I should try to interact more this time around. Today’s challenge is presented by My Overstuffed Shelves:

THE RULES:

1. Choose a book and something to pair with it.
2. Share your combination and why you think the two go together on your blog, Facebook, twitter, or Goodreads.
3. Link to your posting in the comments, with your BOB 10 participant number so I can verify your registration.
4. If you tweet about this challenge (and I hope you do) make sure to mention me, @KnittingGromit, and use the hashtag #boutofbooks.

+++If you would like to participate for this prize, you would head on over to My Overstuffed Bookshevles for number 3. It’s hyperlinked above. 

Shattered Veil is set in a dystopian world but the city that the main character Aris hails from is on the coast. Aris and her beloved Calix have a secret cave where they go to spend time together. Some of the most romantic scenes in the book take place in this cave physically or through letters about memories had in the cave. Calix often speaks poetically about Aris’ flowing tornado of dark locks and the scent of the ocean breeze. When the times of war get their most harrowing, Calix fantasizes about a reunion in that cave, eating a perfect mango and taking in the smell of the ocean. What I imagined as the perfect pairing for this particular aspect of the book is a mango pina colada 🙂 

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Mango Pina Colada Recipe

Split Second rarely talks about food except to toss out a vegetarian selection during a Thanksgiving party. In honor of that lost food, I’ve paired Split Second with a vegetarian selection of Thanksgiving norms.

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Food and Wine have an entire vegetarian Thanksgiving menu that looks delicious. Here’s the link: Vegetarian Thanksgiving

No One Else Can Have You is set in a tiny town called Friendship where their main diet is meat. They’re constantly eating italian sausage, brats, or hotdogs. But because I’m just a little dark, I’ve decided to focus on corn because a corn field was the scene of the murder. 😉 A bratwurst with corn relish. Bratwurst w/ Grilled Corn Relish

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