Description (taken from Kasie West's website):
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 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 a very refreshing read. Wouldn't it be awesome if every time you were given a choice, you could see the outcome of those choices prior to making your choice? That's exactly what Addie can do. She lives in a world filled with paranormals. Each person has a gift from persuasion to telekinesis to even erasing memories. Sounds awesome, right? Except how do you really know what you're feeling is coming from you and not someone else making you feel that way?
Each chapter is from one of the outcomes of who she chooses to live with. Both lives play out simultaneously. And when those lives begin to intersect, things can get confusing. Sometimes I had to stop myself and try to remember which parent she's living with to determine which reality this was. And while the big climatic plot was just okay, I felt the jumping between two lives was awesome.
And even if you're just having fun and not totally invested in the characters, the ending will kind of rip your heart up. I guess I realized just how invested I was with her parallel worlds when they started to shatter, and she had to pick one.
Would I recommend this? Yes, it's such a fun, refreshing and very riveting read! I'll be on the lookout for the second one...
Challenges: Paranormal and Debut Author Challenges