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.Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton
Series: Some Quiet Place #1
Published by Flux on July 8th, 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
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?
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.