Author: Kasie West
Published by: Harper Collins 360
Publication date: 1st November 2013
Genres: Young Adult/Romance/Dystopian/Contemporary
Source: Review copy from the author.
'Pivot Point' is a novel in which two worlds exist; the paranormal and the normal. The paranormal is a world contained in Texas, but normal people can't see it; only people with the special mind powers can. In the paranormal compound, everyone has powers whether it's Telekinesis like Duke, mind erasing like Laila or lie detection like Addie's dad. In the normal world, well...we all know what that's like, because we live in it!
I love how the worlds kept getting closer and closer, making you anticipate the climax when both worlds would eventually collide. I think Kasie West could have done a bit more world building with the compound, but other than that it was excellent!
I loved the protagonist Addie. She was smart, independent, funny and I loved her power (which I've forgotten the name of but it's similar to Clairvoyance). At the beginning she didn't have a crush on the quarterback, Duke - in fact, she despised him - which I also liked because it avoided a classic cliche!
Laila, Addie's best friend, was nice at the start but towards the end I started to question whether she was a good friend or not. I couldn't really decide, so I'm hoping that will become clearer in the second novel.
I really didn't like Duke and I had suspicions about him from the start. Even his name irritated me (sorry if your name is Duke!) He was too full on and he always got what he wanted, including Addie.
Trevor, the other main male character, was lovely! I adored him and I definitely ship him with Addie. He is so sweet and genuine, whereas Duke isn't.
In 'Pivot Point', there is insta-love with Duke and Addie. I'm not a fan of insta-love but in this case it had to be done and it definitely benefited the story. Through using insta-love, West was directing the reader to prefer Trevor and Addie's relationship over Duke and Addie's, and it worked!
Sometimes I was confused by the alternating chapters - one chapter would be in the paranormal compound and the next would be in the normal world. It got harder to distinguish between the two as the parallel worlds got closer because I would forget what had happened in the last compound chapter and so on.
I knew I would love this book as soon as I saw the beautiful cover. Yep, I judge books by their covers, guilty as charged! I'm desperate to read the sequel which will be out in February - I need it NOW! I'm absolutely delighted at how it turned out. *Simon Cowell voice* "It's a yes from me."