Monday, July 8, 2013

Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton

Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton
Release Date:  July 8, 2013
Publisher: Flux

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?  -

This was a strange one for me.  Some Quiet Place was not at all what I expected, and at first I really wasn't sure if I would like it.  However, after reading through it, it really ended up pulling me in and interesting me.  My overall impression was a good one.

The story itself was so unique.  I haven't really read anything quite like this before.  It was strange, it was unusual, and a bit weird, but it was also fascinating and engaging.  At first, I had some issues.  I found myself getting a bit confused trying to figure out what everybody was.  It's never spelled out, so I had to just keep reading and just go with it.  Then I was very intrigued.  Apparently human emotions have a physical manifestation.  This idea was so new and different that I really was sucked in.  It was the flashbacks that lost me a little bit.  I didn't understand at first what they had to do with the main issue, but after a while, it started to make more sense, and by the time I figured it out, I was really surprised.

I loved the characters.  Elizabeth was kind of amazingly written.  The author did a wonderful job writing about a character who felt no emotion.  That must be incredibly hard to do, and I kept waiting for her to mess up somewhere, but she never did.  The consistency was really incredible.  Her relationship with Fear was one of my favorite aspects of the story.  At first, I thought I was going to find out he was a bad guy, and was pretty surprised at the twist there.

This story had a lot of high points for me, but the writing was especially amazing.  It was beautiful and poetic.  I loved the story and found it to be one of the most unique I've read in a long time.


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