ARC Book Review: Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton

Posted May 12, 2013 by Debby in Reviews / 13 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Book Review: Some Quiet Place by Kelsey SuttonSome Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton
Series: Some Quiet Place #1
Published by Flux on July 8th, 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 350
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

I can’t weep. I can’t fear. I’ve grown talented at pretending.

Elizabeth Caldwell doesn’t feel emotions . . . she sees them. Longing, Shame, and Courage materialize around her classmates. Fury and Resentment appear in her dysfunctional home. They’ve all given up on Elizabeth because she doesn’t succumb to their touch. All, that is, save one—Fear. He’s intrigued by her, as desperate to understand the accident that changed Elizabeth’s life as she is herself.

Elizabeth and Fear both sense that the key to her past is hidden in the dream paintings she hides in the family barn. But a shadowy menace has begun to stalk her, and try as she might, Elizabeth can barely avoid the brutality of her life long enough to uncover the truth about herself. When it matters most, will she be able to rely on Fear to save her?

4 Stars

Some Quiet Place is an extremely imaginative and original debut novel by author Kelsey Sutton. The story is shrouded in mystery and takes some dark and creepy turns, which all in all make for a very memorable read.

The concept of this novel… I just love it. Elizabeth doesn’t feel emotions, but she sees them – physical presences in the world that haunt the humans and make them feel their influence. She talks to them. But why can she see them? And why can’t she feel? This mysterious element makes the plot absorbing and keeps you turning the pages. Elizabeth’s life is far from perfect: she is haunted by dreams of death and faces domestic abuse and bullying at school. Some parts of the novel thus get rather dark and creepy, filled with twists and turns that will surprise you. This is not my normal cup of tea, but man did I enjoy it.

The writing is quite powerful. Writing from the perspective of someone who lacks emotion is challenging, but Sutton did a great job. Throughout the course of the novel, certain scenes are so emotionally laden, you can’t help but get swept up in the story and sympathize with the main character. It’s a great rollercoaster of highs and lows – the balance is perfect.

The romance was surprisingly addictive and engrossing. Fear is obviously a sort of bad boy character, and the chemistry is off the charts. I’m not typically one who goes for paranormal romance with a bad boy character but this one is so unique and touching… It was just perfect! I haven’t felt so emotionally involved in a relationship in quite a while.

My only qualms with the novel are that some things lacked believability. For example, Joshua (the other angle of the love triangle) inexplicably chases after Elizabeth while she’s being an unfeeling jerk to him. Elizabeth, victim of domestic abuse, gets ignored (and bullied) by her peers and teachers at school. I mean, honestly, someone shows up with massive bruises, you don’t just have a counselor sit and ask once, “Is there anything you want to tell me?” Hell no. The world building could have been better developed – I didn’t quite get why some “elements” existed, like Moss – that’s an element? And the big one, the antagonist (spoilers) – how is that an element? If these things were explored a bit more, Sutton could have created a truly magical and unforgettable world.

Summing Up:

This debut novel’s uniqueness and creativity will definitely have me recommending it. Though a story with such dark and creepy elements is not my normal thing, I feel like Sutton delivered on her unique premise. When you’re in the mood for something totally different, why not give it a shot? I’ll be eagerly awaiting the sequel (although this one can be read as a stand alone – no cliffhanger here).

In Three Words:

Recommended To:

Fans of paranormal romance who want something just a bit different.

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13 responses to “ARC Book Review: Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton

  1. I loved the originality of the story, but the love triangle and revelation stopped me from fully enjoying it. The romance between the mc and Fear was awesome, though. 🙂 Great review!

  2. Nicole

    This is a beautiful review Debby! I really want to read this one now! I might have the same qualms as you but the concept and writing as you described it sounds really intriguing and like something I will enjoy. Thanks for sharing!! 😀

    Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

  3. I agree that the love triangle was kind of a sad thing. It would have been better if Joshua would have just cared for Elizabeth as a friend – that kind of thing. I did like how it turned out though, because I expected her to end up with the other one than she actually did, and I liked the surprise. The revelation though? How did it disappoint you? I've seen this in multiple reviews, but no one actually mentions what about it was disappointing to avoid spoilers, so I don't get it xD thanks!
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  4. I have seen this book around the blogsphere and GR a lot lately! I got the ARC on NetGalley and from your review I think I must start this soon! I hadn't heard much about the concept of this book other than it's 'unique' and the way you explained it, it sure is. Despite the lack of believability, this book sounds so good! Will definitely have to check it out soon! : )
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  5. Really? I haven't actually seen many reviews on this one. It's such a great reading experience, if only because it's so different from everything else I usually read. I'll be looking forward to your review! 🙂

  6. YES! In YA I feel like so many books are too close to each other. You can definitely tell they borrowed elements from each other and that is so not the case here. And yeah, I am rather positive about this book on the whole – it was a great reading experience.

  7. Oh, I'm much the same! I usually hate paranormal romance, but this one is nothing like the typical format of the genre. So I hope you like this if you check it out 🙂

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