Series: Some Quiet Place #1
Genres: YA Paranormal Romance
Published by Flux on July 8, 2014
Cover Artist: Ellen Lawson, Brooke Shaden
Reviewed by: Abigail
Kissing, sensuality, references to sex
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?
Every genre has its pitfalls, its tropes that get repeated all too often. In YA, it's an overdose of angst and the dreaded insta-love. SOME QUIET PLACE has a premise that not only eliminates even the possibility of those annoyances, but creates a protagonist that is utterly distinct--and all the more compelling for her uniqueness--from any other heroine the genre has produced.
SOME QUIET PLACE creates unbelievably strong emotions for readers all while telling a story about a girl who has none. Writing a character who doesn't feel is a huge challenge. There has to be a real finesse that makes her plight realistic without turning her into a robot, and Kelsey Sutton does that beautifully with her accessibly lyrical and subtly seductive writing. I empathized deeply with Elizabeth all while truly experiencing her lack of emotional response.
The beautiful contrast to Elizabeth's emotionless state was the personification of the Emotions around her, Fear being the most prominent. Wow was he a twisty and irresistible character. His goal is to get Elizabeth to feel him, so he's constantly throwing her into scenarios designed to incite terror. And yet, he cares for her in a way that goes against his nature, and it's heartbreaking to watch him watch her inability to reciprocate in any way.
And I'm barely touching on the mystery which was completely unpredictable and yet all the threads tied together in the end perfectly. In the end though, SOME QUIET PLACE is a lovely and creepy story with characters as unusual as they are unforgettable. I can't wait to get my hands on the follow up book 'set in the same world of personified emotions' and will feature Forgiveness and Revenge in July 2014.