Reviewing the Unreviewed: July

I read a lot of books that I don’t end up reviewing for whatever reason. Some because I wasn’t impressed. Some because I didn’t have the time. Some I just wasn’t feeling it on whatever particular day I finished. I thought I’d start doing a post once a month  with just the couple thoughts I shared on Good Reads.

Falling for Her Fiance (Accidentally in Love, #1)

Falling for Her Fiancé (Accidentally in Love #1) by Cindi Masden. Read July 6th. 4 stars.

This was a super cute, fast read. Even though it’s totally predictable, I’m always a sucker for the “fake relationship” trope. 4 stars based on enjoyability alone.

On the Fence

On the Fence by Kasie West. Read July 7-8. 4 stars.

This book was all kinds of adorable!

Split Second (Pivot Point, #2)

Split Second (Pivot Point #2) by Kasie West. Read July 24-25. 3 stars.

 

I didn’t like this book as much as the first, but I still enjoyed it. This time instead of alternating realties, it was told in alternating POV between Addie and Laila. I didn’t care for Laila in the first book and it really took me until the final chapters for me to warm up to her now. I did end up really liking Connor, and of course I love Addie and Trevor.

My favorite part of the whole book, though, was:

*SPOILER ALERT*

when Connor healed Trevor’s arm! It was such an unexpected move and it made me so happy!

Sweet Reckoning (The Sweet Trilogy, #3)

Sweet Reckoning (The Sweet Trilogy #3) by Wendy Higgins. Read July 25-27. 2.5 stars.

 

2.5 stars. I think this book would’ve been a little better if it was about 50 pages shorter. Most of the story was very slow paced and there was a lot of “and I drove around, wondering what to do next” going on. There were a few surprise deaths at the end that I didn’t see coming and took some guts for Higgins to include. Overall, it was a decent ending to the series, but it kind of failed to capture my interest most of the time.

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DID NOT FINISH

The City

The City by Dean Koontz. This was the first Dean Koontz book I tried and I don’t think it was the best one to introduce me to him. I got about a quarter of the way through before I gave up. The writing was good, but the story – what there was of a story – couldn’t interest me enough to keep reading.

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BACK ON THE TBR SHELF

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1) by Maggie Stiefvater. I wasn’t quite half way through this when I got distracted by something else. I’m planning on coming back to it eventually, though. I do love Maggie Stiefvater.

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RE-READS

All I Ever Wanted

Origin (Lux, #4)

All I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgins – because sometimes just need some Kristan Higgins – and Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer Armentrout in preparation of Opposition coming out next Tuesday!

 

Review: Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1) by Kasie West

Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1)

Synopsis from Good Reads:

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.

I’ve read Kasie West’s contemporary YA novels and found them pretty adorable, so I thought I’d give her other series I try. Though it took me a little while to get into it, I enjoyed Pivot Point.

Addie lives in a compound with people with paranormal abilities. She can Search the future when given a specific choice to make to see what the outcome will be. I would personally use this power All. The. Time. because I’m the most indecisive person ever. But, Addie doesn’t like to use it because she keeps “memories” of both paths, even the ones that don’t come to fruition, and it can be hard to keep track of reality. She’s also very careful to not change anything that happens in the future she chooses.

When her parents tell her they’re divorcing and she has to decide whether to stay in the compound with her mom or live in the Normal world with her father, her best friend Laila suggests she search the future to see which parent she should choose to live with. The story then follows what her life would be like on each path, in alternating chapters.

While I definitely enjoyed the chapters of Addie’s Norm life more than her Para life, I felt like the plot was moved along further in the Para chapters. While Addie is a likable character, there were times that she was almost a little too perfect. Laila, in contract, was the typical YA BFF – more beautiful, more popular, more daring than our sweet, innocent main character, and ultimately brings them trouble.

Overall, I did really enjoy Pivot Point. I thought the world building was a little sparse, but it was just enough to give us all the info we need. I really liked the writing style of the alternating chapters being alternate realities. I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series to see her reunited with the path I wish she chose.

Also, as far as I can tell this is just a duology. Does anyone know for sure if book 2 is the end or is there more to this series??

Rating (out of 5):
Plot: 3.5
Characters: 3
Readability: 4
Enjoyability: 4
Overall Rating: 3.625 Stars