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Some Quiet Place (Some Quiet Place #1)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  1,940 ratings  ·  391 reviews
I can’t feel sadness, anger, or fear. I can’t feel anything. I've grown talented at pretending.

Elizabeth Caldwell doesn't feel emotions... she sees them in human form. Longing hovers around the shy, adoring boy at school. Courage materializes beside her dying friend. Fury and Resentment visit her abusive home. They've all given up on Elizabeth because she doesn't succumb t
Paperback, 331 pages
Published July 8th 2013 by Flux (first published June 1st 2013)
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Emily May

2.5 stars
I'm sorry but so much of what I want to say about this book requires spoilers. All spoilers have been placed in spoiler tags but they are very real ones. Only click if you have read/have no intention of reading this book.

There was a short period near the beginning of Some Quiet Place when I truly believed I might have found another 5-star read. It started out beautifully with some excellent, evocative language that made up for the lack of emotions felt by the protagonist. This main cha
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This review is also available over at my blog.


Everything about this book called to me. From its eerily gorgeous cover to its intriguing and original premise, I was hooked, and I dove right in as soon as I got my hands on a galley of it.

Final thoughts? Well . . . this book could have been fantastic. And don't get me wrong, it was. At least, during the beginning parts. I was grinning from ear to ear most of the time because seeing the world Kelsey Sutton built was so fascina
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Thank you Flux for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.

'People are so complex. They want to hear the truth, but they want you to lie to them.'

This month hasn't been a happy month for me. Some Quiet Place is just another addition to the 'meh' pile. While the cover and synopsis scream with brilliance, in the collection on my thoughts, this book could only be summarised as insipid and inconsistent. Here's just a few t
Gabrielle Carolina
Kelsey Sutton's provoking, gut-wrenching, and twisted (in all the best ways) novel about a girl who sees emotions as personified, meddling beings, is a debut to treasure.

Original, unique, and brimming with Emotion, Some Quiet Place made me ponder, ache and feel, even when the MC, Elizabeth, was doing her best to stay herself from those feelings.

I love a book with a message, or a story behind the story, and though I couldn't really see the entire picture until the final brushstroke had hit the ca
A compelling and original story that although I found engaging to begin with left me somewhat disappointed.

For the first four years of her life Elizabeth was a normal girl, but then the accident happened and everything changed. She could no longer feel emotions, and her family knew something was different about her. So now her mother keeps her distance, her father is an abusive alcoholic, and although her brother makes an effort he lives in denial, and acts like everything is fine.

Elizabeth do
Stefanie Gaither
I had the privilege of reading an earlier draft of this book back when I first met Kelsey, and I was completely blown away then. Such a unique, clever concept! Such gorgeous, thought-provoking writing! And also, FEAR. Yes. Fear. I have only one thing to say to him:

Recently, Kelsey and I caught back up and she sent me the final draft version, which I happily dove into, and

It's very rare (for me, at least) to find a book where everything --the writing, the plotting, the characters-- c
Karina Halle
I liked this strange little book. I had a lot more to say about it back when I read it last year, actually quite a bit more. Alas, I never wrote it down and my scatterbrain can't recall anything, so I'll just have to do a quickie. Quickies are great if they get the job done.

Some Quiet Place was unique and at times challenging. I enjoyed the relationships between the MC and the character of Fear (though I kept picturing Spike from Buffy), the complexity of her family life, and her most interestin
Sarah Marie
Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton

First book in the Some Quiet Place series

3.5 stars

Elizabeth Caldwell has always known she was different, but it isn’t easy for to hide. She doesn’t feel emotions, but she can see them. All of the emotions surround her classmates and family. All the emotions have given up on her because she doesn’t succumb to their touch, except for Fear. He wants to figure out who Elizabeth really is and why she can’t feel anything. Something is stalking Elizabeth, but how can sh

Faye, la Patata
An ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review in any way.

Once again, a book that is stamped with such a lovely, eye-catching cover, but with a storyline and heroine so bland and dull that it hurts. Honestly, I expected a lot because that pretty dress made of flowers and sepia tint just screamed "UNIQUE" in bold, capitalized letters. And it's true, it is unique. The premise was definitely interesting. I mean, dude, how often do you see a s
Some Quiet Place surprised me. Here was a book I had never heard of from an author who I had never heard of and I was completely satisfied.

Elizabeth Caldwell isn't quite normal. She can't feel emotions. Every action or encounter she has with other people, she fakes. She is acting every moment of her life, except for those moments where she is completely by herself. Her unfeeling nature doesn't go ignored by others. Everyone knows there's something wrong with this girl, but they just can't seem
'The little girl I see in the pictures doesn't really look like me. The physical details are the same, of course. The wild blond hair, the blue eyes, the smooth, sun-darkened skin. But if someone else hadn't said that the little girl was me, I wouldn't have known. It's not that I don't remember being so young...I just don't know how I became what I am now.

There's something missing in the girl I see in the mirror compared to the one in those pictures: a sort of soul. A light inside.'

She can't wee
Some Quiet Place is definitely an intriguing novel. The summary felt very original and exciting to me, so of course I was eager to pick it up. I have mixed feelings about the cover - yes, it's beautiful and it does portray the mood of the story well, but . . . it's creepy. I think I would like it a lot more if the model had arms. I remember picking this up a long time ago in the bookstore and reading the first chapter, thinking it was good, and then putting it on hold at the library. It took me ...more
Look at that cover... So beautiful..
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When I read the description of "Some Quiet Place," I was immediately intrigued and the gorgeous cover filled me with a need to read this book ASAP. Thanks to Netgalley, I was able to dive right in.

Elizabeth has not been able to experience emotions since a mysterious childhood accident, which she doesn't remember. Despite her abusive home life, her status as a 'freak' in her Wisconsin farming community, and her one friend's losing battle with cancer, Elizabeth has to pretend to feel anything abou
I was enthralled.

And also mostly confused up until the last 50 pages or so. And then everything made sense, and it was all so wonderfully brilliant and I was rather like "Oh I get it now," and felt secretly embarrassed (not so secretly now) that I hadn't connected the dots.

I guess this means I wasn't able to see the ending for once. O.o A great mystery, it was. I didn't get it at all along the way. Then again I've never read a book like this before.

Which is why it was brilliant.

EDIT: Also, si
It was a good book. I wanted to love it so much. But why the hell did she pick Fear when she had Joshua right there?
I could rant forever and ever about how much I hate bad boys but I'm gonna leave it there.

“I can't feel sadness, anger, or fear. I can't feel anything. I've grown talented at pretending.

Elizabeth Caldwell doesn't feel emotions, she sees them in human form. She can see Longing hovering beside Joshua, a shy boy at school, Courage beside Maggie's bed at the hospital and Guilt, Fury and Resentment in her abusive home. But Elizabeth is different because she can't feel their touch, she can't feel anything. And because of that all the Emotions have given up on her. All but Fear who susp
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
The fact that Kelsey Sutton was eighteen when she wrote Some Quiet Placenotwithstanding, this is a phenomenal debut. It would be a uniquely captivating story regardless, but when you take into account the author's youth, it makes it even more so. The mystery of Elizabeth's existence was compelling and her isolation from the feeling world was complete. And yet I wanted to know the why and how, unravel the enigma that was Elizabeth in her emotionless state.

Some readers will find it difficult to co
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 elemen

Primera frase:

"Fear is coming."


Como muchos sabréis, Some Quiet Place es mi mejor lectura de este 2013: con un planteamiento original a rabiar, una pluma poética y unas escenas increíbles, superó con ventaja a todas las demás. Lo leí en primavera pero no pude reseñarlo, así que aproveché la Christmathon para releerlo... y lo he encontrado aún más perfecto si cabe. Así que
Steph Su
Debut author Kelsey Sutton took a big risk in deciding to write about a protagonist who can’t feel any emotions. After all, one of the biggest criticisms of unsuccessful YA is about bland characters. And while there is an external reason for why Elizabeth is like a shell of a person, I am sorry to say that, instead of being a bold experiment in defying common YA problems by facing them head on, SOME QUIET PLACE merely fell into those very traps.

I’ll be straight with you: Elizabeth has no persona
Ella Preuss
Wow, so glad to see this book being published! I Beta-read it, but it was so good, I found that I had nothing interesting to say to Kelsey to make it better, 'cause she was already there!

This is one book that'll make you wonder what the heck's going on until the very last pages, when you go "OHHH! So that was why!"

Congrats Kelsey!
4.5 stars

Honestly, I didn't expect to enjoy it so much. Some Quiet Place has surprised me, has enchanted me.
Well, Fear too.

~ Full review to come ~
Wow, I can't believe I really read this book in three days! But it was worth it, it was so worth it!

The idea struck me from the first second, a girl who doesn't feel anything... I've always loved those stories that deal with emotions and whether they are useful or a curse. And people who are different and if there's one thing true about Elizabeth, then it's that she's different. How she observes humanity is really incredible, the perspective how she analyzies human behaviour, wow! Like she real
Resistance is Futile
Elizabeth Caldwell doesn't remember a time when she felt emotions - her whole life has been blocked by a wall of nothingness where her feelings should be. Instead, she is able to see the personifications of Emotions all around her - Anger touches her former friend Sophia. Longing touching Joshua, the boy who has a crush on her. And Fear touches her mother, who claims Elizabeth is not her child - but perhaps a changeling that has taken the place of her daughter after a tragic accident at the age ...more
We all need some quiet space to collect our thoughts, but what if that space is filled with emotions. Every day you are faced with Elements and Emotions and not as words or feelings, but as actually represented beings. Elizabeth is haunted by things no one else sees, she is steeped in secrets and wrapped in a past she cannot remember. Elizabeth has no emotions of her own, she is like a blank slate wiped of past and present, not really here but still something other than herself. Others are unco ...more
Jade Walker
Surprisingly, for an original concept such as this it reminded me very much of another Summer release - Another Little Piece in the way it was written and the general gist of it. Not that this is a bad thing, I really enjoyed both of these books and I do think that Some Quiet Place was the better of the two, I just couldn't help but find similarities and wonder if this kind of thing could be a trend.

Aside from the absolutely amazing cover, what drove me to request this book was the interesting p
5 stars.
She is void of Emotion.

Some Quiet Place is subtle. It doesn’t force its values onto you, nor is it showy or extravagant. It’s so subtle that for a while, I wasn’t sure where it was headed and what it meant to me.

But I know now. In those last forty or so pages, it finally broke through. The darkness ebbed away to reveal a message so applicable to my past experiences, to anyone’s future.

Elizabeth Caldwell can’t feel. Instead she sees Emotions in their human form. They’ve all lost interest
Someone who can't fear, or love? It seems like that would the most boring type of character to read about, but Kelsey Sutton manages to make it absolutely fascinating. Elizabeth doesn't feel any emotions, and right from the get-go you're willing her to, because who doesn't want her to be affected by the frustrated, beautiful Fear, or the thoughtful, attentive boy in class?

I was worried the author wouldn't be able to stick to the emotionless plot, since emotions are the heart and soul of books.
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Flux Books and Netgalley.)
17-year-old Elizabeth doesn’t feel emotions, but she does see them – as people hovering around those who they’re affecting. To Elizabeth they are very real, whilst to everyone else, they are totally invisible.

Elizabeth doesn’t know why she is unable to feel emotion, and she doesn’t know what exactly happened to make her this way, but deep down inside she knows she’s not the rea
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Kelsey Sutton lives in Minnesota, where she received a dual bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing from Bemidji State University. When not writing, Kelsey can be found on her couch watching too much Netflix, ordering a mocha at the local coffee shop, or browsing a bookstore.
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“People are so complex. They want to hear the truth, but they want you to lie to them.” 39 likes
“When someone is pretending to be something, or hiding who they are or what they believe, they're really more...protecting themselves.” 26 likes
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