Wicked Valentine’s Read-a-Thon Vol. 2
I do so love readathons, and the WWReadathons are always amazing, but alas this one is over. The Twitter chats were a ton of fun, the books for me were mostly excellent despite not reading as much as I wanted, and overall it was a great time of bookish goodness. Over the course of the readathon I read 9 books and started a tenth, reading a total of 2,850 pages, not too shabby! Now, without further ado, here are the books I read! ^.^
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein – 2/5
Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor – 3/5
Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen – 5/5
Split Second by Kasie West – 5/5
If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch – 5/5
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson – 4/5
The Future of Us by Jay Asher – 4/5
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (started)
I can’t wait to participate in more readathons in the near future as well as the next WWReadathon! How did you do for this readathon? Did you meet your goals or even surpass them? What was your favorite read during it? Thanks as always for reading! ^.^
Book of the Week
Every Saturday I will talk about my favorite book that I read during the week, whether it be a review or a spotlight, or maybe having the author over to talk about it. Who doesn’t want more happy bookish goodness? ^.^
This week I’m gushing about: Pivot Point by Kasie West
Released On: February 12th, 2013
Summary From Goodreads:
Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .
Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.
In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.
Pivot Point was every bit as good as the hype that surrounded it. All the book bloggers seemed to love it, and when I said I hadn’t gotten around to reading it yet I was met with this face every time.
Now I get it. Pivot Point is freaking amazing! I immediately pre-ordered Split Second which comes out next month and wished I had a TARDIS so I didn’t have to wait even that long to read it. Kasie West has quickly been added to my auto-buy list. Her writing style, the flow of her books, the fact that I’ve been unable to put down either of them… they just speak to me. I may be rambling at this point. I just have too much excitement!
I loved the superpowers, especially because they were mind-based which are my favorite. I really enjoyed the way West did a split POV even though it is only from the MC’s viewpoint both times. The different timelines were both fascinating, neither felt secondary, and it was never clear which way Addie was going to go, at least to me. Which brings me to Addie and the other characters of the book.
That gif sums up my feelings pretty well, but I’ll try to go into a tiny bit of detail. Addie, LOVED her! She is so likable, from her snarky sense of humor, to her love of books which all book bloggers can obviously relate to, and even all of her little quirks, just adored her character soooo much. She has this super awesome power that is unique and really useful yet doesn’t brag or get a big head about it, if anything she downplays her abilities. Just soooo gooood!
The other characters in Pivot Point are fabulous too! Her best friend Laila is hilarious, supportive and caring, but not afraid to give Addie a good shove in the direction she wants. Laila is a fireball, and as best friends go top notch, if a little bit of a pest once in a while (even that in a good way).
Then you have the love interests. Duke the quarterback that’s full of himself, the guy everyone seems to like, oh, and he’s apparently gorgeous too. There does seem to be more than meets the eye with him, he really does appear to care for Addie and truly like her, even though he comes off as a jerk on more than one occasion. Trevor is your classic sentimental artist that doesn’t want to share their gift, broken in some way, and is very swoon worthy. His moods are a bit all over the place, but I liked him for the most part, though he seems more best friend (behind Laila of course, she wouldn’t have it any other way) material to me. West does great with both of them, showcasing a pretty remarkable ability to be able to have each timeline relationship develop in a different way, so completely opposite and yet both of them WORKED. They just…ugh, so many feels!
I can’t get into much more without spoiling a big part of the book, but there is soooo much going on in Pivot Point that it will make your head spin. It’s beautifully written, perfectly paced, has an excellent cast of characters, and freaking spectacular superpowers, what more could you want?! I absolutely loved it and even though it is early in the year I will be shocked if this doesn’t make it into my favorites by the end of 2014, it was THAT good. Thanks as always for reading! ^.^