Monday, January 27, 2014

Pair It With: Pivot Point and Just Like Fate

I kind of have this thing for parallel/ divergent realities right now. And Kasie West's Pivot Point is one of the best I've read. I loved it and wish I could read the sequel now (or better yet, yesterday). Addison Coleman lives in a compound with individuals who have supernatural mind powers. They can always tell if someone is telling the truth or influence another person's mood. Addison is a Searcher. She can see the futures that may occur if she makes one choice or another. Addison is told that her parents are getting divorced, and she has the choice to stay in the compound with her mom or leave and live life as a Norm with her dad. So Addison searches. What follows is the story of her two possible futures. Everything about this book came to together just right for me. I really liked Addison. I liked being in her head I liked her friends. I liked the way the paranormal elements were developed. I love a book that has a lot of normal and a little bit of weird. This fit perfectly. The two futures dovetail nicely and set up quite a bit of dramatic tension for the reader. Because the reader is privy to both futures she or he knows much more than the characters. The sequel to Pivot Point, Split Second, is out February 11th!

Caroline's grandmother is dying. Caroline makes one decision, whether to stay at her grandmother's side or go to a party, and from there the book takes the reader in two different directions. Just Like Fate has a Sliding Doors-type premise. What I loved most about the book is that neither decision made for a wholly terrible existence for Caroline (and can I add how much I loved her nickname, Coco)--both good and bad things happened in each scenario. It's been a long time since I've plowed through a book so quickly. I read Just Like Fate in two days. The writing is good, and Caroline is a great narrator. I didn't mind being in her head at all. I'm curious to know a little more about the collaboration between the two authors because the book is so seamless in its style and voice. Perhaps the best compliment of all is that now that I've finished it I'm itching to read more books by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young.


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