Title: Some Quiet Place
Author: Kelsey Sutton
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publication Date: July 8, 2013
Format: Paperback, 350 Pages
ISBN-10: 0738736430 (Flux)
ISBN-13: 978-0738736433 (Flux)
Reviewed by: Bridget
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?
Quick & Dirty: This was a suspenseful book filled with interesting characters and a great plot that left me guessing the whole way through.
Opening Sentence: Fear is coming.
Elizabeth Caldwell is 17 years old and she doesn’t feel any emotions, but she can see them. Ever since she can remember she hasn’t been able to sense or feel anything, she is just an empty shell trying to live a normal life. There is another plane in this life that is invisible to the human eye, but Elizabeth can see it. In this other plane the emotions reside, there are beings that represent all the different emotions and they orchestrate their emotions by touching humans. All the emotions have ignored Elizabeth for years since their touch does not affect her, all except for one emotion — Fear. Fear seems to find her amusing and is always trying to figure her out.
Elizabeth has lived a fairly rough life. She has an abusive father, an unloving mother, and a brother that is kind but doesn’t really care. This should bother Elizabeth, but of course she can’t feel so none of it does. She finds a little solace in art. She has many paintings that are all of these dreams she keeps having of a beautiful girl in terrible agony over the death of a boy. Elizabeth keeps having dreams about these two people and she has a feeling that they are the reason why she can’t feel emotions. As she tries to figure out what happened to her a dark presence has started appearing in her life. She is in danger but she doesn’t know what from and she needs to figure out what is wrong with her before it is too late.
Elizabeth was a really interesting character. Because she has no emotions at times she can be a little frustrating. She tries to do what is normal so no one will notice how different she is, but she isn’t very successful at this. Most people just ignore her because she is weird and they don’t want to be bothered. She does have one friend, but Maggie is dying from cancer and doesn’t have much time left. Maggie never cared that Elizabeth was different, she loved her anyways. Even though Maggie is dying it doesn’t affect Elizabeth in the least bit. It is sad to see Elizabeth go through life feeling nothing, but she is a fighter. In a weird way she is still easy to connect with and in the end I really liked her.
Fear is a delicious being. Of course he is inhumanly beautiful, but he is fear itself. He seems to have a soft spot for Elizabeth and he really cares for her. All the emotions can also feel each other so Fear can feel love, anger, joy, etc… He wants to help Elizabeth feel, so he digs into her past to try and figure out what happened to her. He does everything in his power to protect her. The emotions have rules that they have to follow and one of them is to not interfere, but Fear has no problem breaking the rules to protect Elizabeth. I really like Fear, he is a very complex character that I found very interesting.
Joshua has grown up with Elizabeth her whole life. Josh is a sweet cowboy that has lost a lot in the past. He is quite with brownish-red hair. In his own way he is very attractive, but of course Elizabeth never noticed. He has always noticed Elizabeth, but he has always been too shy to do anything about it. They end up paired together for a school project and he really tries to befriend Elizabeth. As he gets to know her better she keeps thinking that he will run in the other directions, but no matter what she tells him he is always there for her. I really liked Josh, he is kind and he really cares about Elizabeth.
This was a really interesting book. It was really fast paced and I had a hard time putting it down. There were times throughout it that I did get a little lost and confused, but everything tied together nicely in the end. There were definitely some pretty suspenseful moments and at times it was a little gory, but overall I really enjoyed this book. The plot really kept me guessing until the very end. The writing was beautiful and the book flowed really well. This is the first book I have read by Kelsey Sutton, but I would love to read more from her. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that likes a good suspenseful YA Paranormal book.
The paintings are echoes of my dreams. Well, dreams and images that sometimes flit through my mind at random. I put them on a canvas so that I can study and possibly learn from them.
One scene occurs over and over in the brush strokes, differing only in angles and colors. One place, one event: a beautiful girl I’ve never met before is crying out, cradling a limp boy in her arms. They look like they could be my age, or a little older. The boy’s eyes are closed, his expression one of peace. There are trees all around, and out of the darkness, a hulking, faceless form emerges. No way to tell who or what it is, since it’s surrounded by tendrils of darkness. It stands over the weeping girl, looks at the motionless boy she holds, but she doesn’t seem to notice it. And there the dream is finished. An end of one thing and the beginning of something else, but of what I don’t know.
There are other paintings besides these, though. My dreams have been consumed by more. More images, more mysterious flickers. A vague image of a stone house. The white fingers of the ocean. A pair of crinkled, smiling eyes.
The long fingers of a woman, the flutter of a yellow skirt, the vibrant disorientation of parties and celebrations long finished.
Every time I look at these paintings, something inside me clenches. It’s an odd sensation, as if I am supposed to be feeling something but my wall of nothingness is blocking it.
Again my concentration returns to the boy and girl. Somehow I believe they’re the key to all of this. In the painting, there she sits, weeping, torrents of tears streaming down her face. She’s in the woods, wearing jeans and a long t-shirt. Surrounded by tree trunks, kneeling on the moss-covered ground. She’s looking up at the sky—it must be sunset, like now, because the air around her is pink twilight—and she’s screaming. The girl’s teeth shine in the fading light. There is an agony in her face that I cannot even imagine experiencing. The boy she has her arms wrapped around is limp, lying on the ground. Once in a while I get a faint distinction that there could have been blood surrounding the two.
FTC Advisory: Flux provided me with a copy of Some Quiet Place. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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