Some Quiet Place (Some Quiet Place #1)
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 succum...more
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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...more
Ironically (and quite disappointingly), my greatest problem with Some Quiet Place happens to be the very concept that fuels its existence.
Like several of the books that I plan to love, but then end up not loving very much at all, Some Quiet Place is full of potential. It’s original, if nothing else, with its detached main character and personified Emotions. We’re introduced to a world where Fear and Longing and Denial take physical human form (for Elizabeth Caldwell, at least), and whe...more
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...more
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'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...more
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.
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...more
Recently, Kelsey and I caught back up and she sent me the final draft version, which I happily dove into, and just...wow.
It's very rare (for me, at least) to find a book where everything --the writing, the plotting, the characters-- c...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
First book in the Some Quiet Place series
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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!"
I have an interview and giveaway with Kelsey Sutton on my blog
Actual rating 4.5
I went into reading Some Quiet Place with no knowledge of the subject matter. I fell immediately in love with the cover and title so did not hesitate on requesting a copy to review. I just vaguely glanced at the summary. Going blindly into this book made for a wonderful reading experience. I had no idea where Sutton was going to take me and was...more
Some readers will find it difficult to co...more
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...more
I’ll be straight with you: Elizabeth has no persona...more
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 invisibl...more
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 tel...more
*This is a review of an uncorrected proof, and quotes/excerpts may therefore differ from the final copy.
As someone who very rarely reads books from the young adult paranormal category—and I do mean rarely (read: mostly never)—I approached Kelsey Sutton’s Some Quiet Place with a strange mix of apprehension and anticipation. It is only recently that I’ve begin to warm up to this genre, and even so, I’ve opened myself up to a mere few, such as the likes of Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood. I h...more
Aside from the absolutely amazing cover, what drove me to request this book was the interesting p...more
I was worried the author wouldn't be able to stick to the emotionless plot, since emotions are the heart and soul of books....more