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Elena Likes Books

I am an avid reader of YA, fantasy, and romance, a librarian, and a writer of fantasy short fiction.

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Cut & Run
Abigail Roux, Madeleine Urban
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Shel Silverstein
The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius
John Joseph Adams
The Thousand Names
Django Wexler
The Duchess Hunt
Jennifer Haymore

Pivot Point

Pivot Point - Note: I received an electronic ARC of this book from the publisher.3.5 starsThis book spent way too much time being a book about which boy Addie should choose. You see, Addie comes from a secret compound of people with advanced mental abilities (i.e. superpowers). Addie's power is being able to "Search" a choice in her life to see the outcomes that result from each choice. When her parents announce that they're getting divorced and her dad is leaving the compound to live in the "norm" world, Addie Searches the choice of which parent to live with. Most of the rest of the book is actually Addie living out each of her choices in her mind while she Searches. In alternating chapters, we see how Addie's life progresses in two separate realities, and in each version of the future, Addie ends up involved with a different hot guy.Until pretty much the last few chapters, that's more or less all this book was. In one version of the future, Addie gets used to living in the "norm" world, which is less technologically advanced than the compound and where she has to hide her mental abilities, and meets cute former football player and closet comic artist Trevor. In the other future, Addie is relentlessly pursued by the compound's star quarterback, generally regarded to be the hottest guy in school, and she hangs out with her best friend. Blah blah blah. It was a 2.5 star read, at best.Then a plot finally materialized, and the end of Addie's Search helps make up for the bland quasi-love triangle of most of the book, bumping it up an entire star to 3.5, so it was actually pretty damn cool. I'm not a huge fan of the resolution and denouement, but Kasie West gets props for the climax.If the blurb for this book sounds good and/or you're really into teen romance, this might be a good one to check out. But if you don't find romance particularly compelling, you might want to skip it.