This is a review on both books and may contain spoilers.
Addie Coleman lives in a community where nearly everyone has a special power. Her dad is a human lie detector, her best friend can remove memories, and Addie is a searcher. This means she can see both outcomes of a decision before she makes it. When her parents tell her that they’re getting a divorce, Addie makes the most important search of her life. Which parent does she want to live with? In the end, it will all come down to who she doesn’t think she can live without.
This was such an interesting premise to me. Addie’s power isn’t your most common super power, but it seems really useful. In her search, she sees herself staying in the Compound with her mom and dating Duke Rivers, the star quarterback or living with her dad in Texas and dating Trevor who is an injured quarterback. It’s interesting to see where the individual story lines converge like when the Compound football team comes out to play Addie’s new high school’s team. I also liked seeing Addie’s relationship with each of her parents. Addie and her parents are just good people trying to make the best decisions that they can. I liked that there wasn’t too much angst or drama between her and her parents (unless you call dying some of your hair dramatic).
As far as the other characters, I loved Trevor and was rooting for him and Addie the whole time. He was just a very sweet and genuine character and I thought he was really good for her. Also, I didn’t like Duke because he felt way too cocky to me. Laila was a good character, but she definitely made some decisions that annoyed me. I liked how she got more narrating time in the second book though because it made me like her more. Connor was also a great character (even though I think he probably deserves better than Laila). He’s very complex with his bad boy exterior and his good guy interior.
Overall, a good series. I enjoyed the premise immensely and of course watching Addie fall in love with Trevor (twice) was fun. Though there were times when the books made me super anxious and I couldn’t always tell where the plot was going, I think Ms. West was able to wrap everything up very nicely in just two books.
Overall Rating: 4
Sexual Content: Moderate