Author: Kasie West


Jan 30

Review * By Your Side by Kasie West

Reviews 2 ★★★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * By Your Side by Kasie WestBy Your Side by Kasie West
Published by HarperTeen on January 31, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
Source: Edelweiss
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five-stars
When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

What I Thought…

• When was the last time Kasie West disappointed me? Never!

• How awesome would it be to be stuck in a library? I don’t care how unrealistic the logistics were, it would be fun!

• I was pleasantly surprised that By Your Side did not take place entirely in the library. This made the book so much better because we get to see what happens after the library.

• So many feels!

• Autumn has anxiety and I appreciated how well she was written and the message that came across with it. Autumn was still a strong character, but it also showed how she dealt with it (or in some cases didn’t deal with it).

• Dax was smooth and easy despite his upbringing. He had a lot going on even though he wasn’t given a lot to start with.

• There is a little more to the story than just the library, which I appreciate. I won’t go in to details, but I will say that I didn’t like all of Autumns friends. The situation regarding how she got left at the library made me angry, and I don’t feel that they were true friends. Autumn explained som

Overall another great contemporary from Kasie West. You won’t be disappointed!

Kimberly


Apr 20

Review * The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

Reviews 1 ★★★★★

Review * The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie WestThe Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
Published by HarperTeen on May 5, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Source: Borrowed
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five-stars
When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she'd been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it's not the real Bradley she's thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn't even know. But tracking him down doesn't mean they're done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend's graduation party — three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.

What I Thought…

• The Fill-In Boyfriend is my new favorite Kasie West book. Might even be my favorite book of the year (it’s only April so it’s a little too early to say for sure).

• I love the pretend boyfriend/girlfriend plot line. It never gets old and it’s always fun.

• Gia does so much growing throughout the book, and that’s what makes this my favorite West book. At the beginning Gia is pretty superficial, she’s too embarrassed to tell her friends that her long distance boyfriend Bradley bailed on her (they don’t all believe she had a boyfriend) and that’s why she gets a stand in.

• I adored Gia’s Fill-In Hayden. He’s a nice guy (obviously, since he did the fake boyfriend thing) but also funny and not quite perfect. He has a complicated ex-girlfriend/ex-best friend thing going on.

• Hayden’s sister Bec was awesome (and I seriously hope that West decides that she needs a book). Her and Gia start to become friends and I enjoyed watching them do it as they are so different.

• Gia’s other friends suck. She feels that she can’t even tell them that Bradley dumped her before prom so obviously they aren’t true friends. This was one of my favorite aspects of the book, watching Gia and her friends as their friendship changes. The way West handled their friendship was absolutely perfect, which made the book even better.

Overall this is my FAVORITE Kasie West book to date and one I have definite plans on rereading!

Kimberly


Feb 10

Review * Split Second by Kasie West

Reviews 3 ★★★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via Borrowed in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * Split Second by Kasie WestSplit Second by Kasie West
Series: Pivot Point #2
Published by HarperTeen on February 11, 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: ARC
Source: Borrowed
Also in this series: Pivot Point
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five-stars
Addie has always been able to see the future when faced with a choice, but that doesn't make her present any easier. Her boyfriend used her. Her best friend betrayed her. So when Addie's dad invites her to spend her winter break with him in the Norm world, she jumps at the chance. 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. She wants to change that.

Laila, her best friend, 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 this to 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.

In the suspenseful sequel to Pivot Point, Addie tries desperately to retrieve her lost memories and piece together a world she thought she knew before she loses the love she nearly forgot.

There are no spoilers for Split Second but there is no getting around spoilers from Pivot Point.

What I Thought…

  • To sum it up, Kasie West is amazing. Seriously, I love her characters, her plots, her writing, I love it all!
  • Split Second is the follow up to Pivot Point. When we left Addie in Pivot Point she just made the hardest choice of her life, choosing her best friend over a boy. If you’ve read Pivot Point you know that that was obviously the right choice and having her memory wiped of her memory of that choice was also the right thing for Addie to do, but I hurt for Addie because I wanted her to have that other choice!
  • In split second we get alternating POV’s between Laila and Addie rather than Addie’s two choices. I worried a bit about changing the POV’s between books, but I had no reason to worry! I loved also being inside Laila’s head. She is quite different from Addie and brought a lot of additional things to the story that couldn’t have been done solely with Addie’s POV.
  • I think my absolute favorite thing about Split Second was watching Addie fall for Trevor again. Even though we all know they belong together Addie’s choice forced them apart and then she had her memory erased so she wouldn’t have to remember her choices. Watching her interact and fall for Trevor again was so sweet!
  • There is also a second swoony boy in Split Second, but you don’t have to choose between them! Connor is all Laila’s and they make such a cute couple, even though they are quite resistant to it. Connor is a little bit dark and a lot brooding but cares so much about hurting people. It’s so sweet.
  • The not so fabulous Duke is around a bit too much in Split Second, doing things he shouldn’t be doing and misusing his ability again.
  • In Pivot Point we knew that there were a lot of abilities but we only learned a lot about a few of them . We learn a lot more about some other abilities in Split Second, some of which can be a little scary to think about! Addie’s new ability of slowing down time is pretty sweet!
  • It’s really hard to talk about the plot of Split Second without spoilers but here goes. Addie is suffering from the incident with Bobbie and what happened with Duke and is going to visit her dad off the compound. Laila is supposed to give Addie something on a certain date but isn’t sure she should. The Compound wants things and doesn’t want other things, and goes after things. The end. There were quite a few twists and turns, a few of which I was completely unprepared for (but oh were they genius!).

In short, if you haven’t read a book by Kasie West, I suggest you get on that!

Kimberly


Aug 09

Review * The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Reviews 8 ★★★★

Review * The Distance Between Us by Kasie WestThe Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Published by HarperTeen on July 2, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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four-stars
Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

What I Thought…

  • It’s been awhile since I’ve stayed up late into the night reading a book and Kasie West has been able to make me stay up late twice in the last month.
  • While The Distance Between Us is completely different from Pivot Point it still has the same great writing and some pretty great characters.
  • So Caymen’s mom owns a doll store. Back in the day I “collected” porcelain dolls, i.e. they were given to me on my birthday or Christmas by family who felt I should collect them. Even though I didn’t ask for them, they were very pretty to look at (but so boring because I couldn’t play with them). The dolls in Caymen’s mom’s store sound super cute and almost makes me wish I had been more excited about my dolls.
  • I have always been a fan of rich guy/poor girl stories and The Distance Between Us did not disappoint, in fact it was one of the more enjoyable ones I read.
  • I really liked Caymen. She has a very dry and sarcastic sense of humor. If you aren’t a fan of dry and sarcastic humor then… I’m not quite sure if you’ll like Caymen. Caymen is also a bit insecure, but not so much that you don’t like her. I found the most irritating thing about Caymen was her “follow the leader” attitude regarding the rich (basically, they are all bad and not to be trusted). Caymen pretty much blindly believe all her mom said about rich people. Don’t worry though… Xander is working on it. ;)
  • Xander. Sigh. He isn’t one of the pompous rich boys and he isn’t one of the jerky rich boys. I would almost go so far as to say he normal, but there was a jet so… not normal. But his determination to make friends (and a little something more) with Caymen was so sweet.
  • I loved all the moments between Caymen and Xander. There were so many cute and funny moments, serious moments and quite a bit of tension between them as well. I can’t say that they’ll make it forever, but West gave enough of both of them to make you think it’s possible.
  • I thought that West did a good job of highlighting the differences between the rich and the poor. It may have been a bit over the top at times (again, there was a jet), but that wasn’t a problem for me.
  • Awesome Best Friend Alert: Skye was an excellent best friend. It drives me nuts when the best friend is either just thrown in so that the main character has a best friend, or is more of a “friend” than a friend. Thankfully Skye is neither of those.
  • I didn’t much care for Caymen’s mom. Too. Many. Secrets.
  • I could have done without the whole mysterious thing with Caymen’s mom. Once it came it out it was a little off for me. The other surprise about her mom was actually not surprising when you think about it.
  • One of the best things (for me) about the ending was that West did not wrap everything up and slap a bow on it. In typical contemporary romance fashion West pulls things together, but she leaves some issues unresolved, which I appreciate.

If you like contemporary romance and/or dry and sarcastic humor The Distance Between Us if for you!

Notable Quotes

“Is that your subtle way of saying you missed me last week?”

“I’ve missed my hot chocolate. I just think of you as the guy who brings it to me. Sometimes I forget your name and call you hot chocolate guy.”

Kimberly


Jul 25

Review * Pivot Point by Kasie West

Reviews 14 ★★★★★

Review * Pivot Point by Kasie WestPivot Point by Kasie West
Series: Pivot Point #1
Published by HarperTeen on February 12, 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 343
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Split Second
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five-stars
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.

What I Thought…

  • Pivot Point completely blew me away. I don’t even know where to begin my review, it was that amazing.
  • For me at least the concept of Pivot Point was unique. I’ve never read anything similar so it was fresh and different and I loved it!
  • Addie lives at the Compound, where people who have special mind abilities (mood changer, memory eraser, lie detector, etc) live away from the “normal” people.  Addie’s parents are getting a divorce and her father has decided to leave the Compound and live in the normal world and Addie has to decide if she wants to stay at the Compound with her mom or live in the “normal” world with her father. Addie is a searcher so when she has to make a choice she can see the outcome of each choice in the future before she makes it. Because this choice is so serious she decides to search six weeks into the future, which is a lot for her.
  • I was worried that I would be a little confused with the two choices, but it’s very clear as to whether she is living in the “paranormal” world or in the “normal” world. Even though she is looking at two different choices, there is one storyline that pops up in both choices and I was fascinated with how that developed. You see bits and pieces throughout both choices that you can kind of piece together, but not enough (for me anyway) to figure out the end.
  • West keeps you on your toes! Every time I thought I figured out which choice Addie would make something happened to change my mind. I went back and forth quite a bit throughout the book.
  • There are two boys, but it’s not a love triangle. In the “paranormal” world Addie has Duke, the quarterback. At first she isn’t so into him, but he slowly wins her over. In the “normal” world Addie has Trevor, who used to play football but hasn’t been able to play since he got hurt, he also has a bit of a nerdy side. It took me quite a while to settle on which guy I liked better, but I do not regret my choice!
  • I absolutely loved both sides of Addie. Even though she was on two different paths she was still her. I love how she struggled with her abilities while others seemed to relish theirs. I also felt like I could really connect with Addie. We’ve all been in that place where you have to make a decision and we all know how hard it is to make the right choice. As much as I wish I could have Addie’s ability so that I know beforehand what the right choice is I can see the drawbacks of being able to see the future.
  • I sometimes struggled with Addie’s best friend Laila. She was likeable in the “paranormal” choice but less likeable in the “normal” world. Part of this is because she wasn’t physically there and her and Addie were slowly growing apart and Laila’s attitude began changing. All was not well in the “paranormal” world between them though.

Overall I completely LOVED Pivot Point and you should definitely read it!

Notable Quotes

“I don’t care when people think I’m an antisocial, controlling, bookworm because that’s what I am. It’s when they interpret me wrong that I have a problem.”

“One person can’t change the future. Do you know how many people and things are involved in every major event that happens? Sure, you might be able to change some of the minor aspects of a day, but ultimately things that are going to happen, if you go along a certain path, do happen.”

Kimberly