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ARC Review: Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton

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Some Quiet Place
   by: Kelsey Sutton

Publication Date: July 8, 2013
Publisher: Flux
Genre: Paranormal
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: e-ARC provided from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 350 pages
Order Links: Amazon| B&N
My Rating: 4/5 stars


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?
                                                   -goodreads.com description


This is going to be quite a challenging review to write as I do not want to give anything away. Kelsey Sutton has brought us a beautiful novel about a girl who has the ability to see Emotions and Elements (who can take human shape), but is not able to feel any of them.

Our main character, Elizabeth, lives in the small town of Edson and feels nothing. We discover that she was in a car accident when she was 4, but miraculously survived. However, she has not been the same ever since.  She is devoid of all emotions and has been this way for as long as she can remember. She lives with a mother who thinks her unnatural, and with a father who feels the same, but is also an abusive alcoholic. Elizabeth is visited the most frequently by Fear, who tries over and over again to make her feel, but to no avail.

This story is not filled with non-stop action; instead it is the mystery of the why Elizabeth is the way she is, and the intrigue behind discovering what it all means that propels you through this book. I couldn’t put it down because I wanted answers! I wanted to know why she couldn’t feel emotions, but why she could see them. I wanted to know why Fear had this strange attachment to her. I wanted to know why she kept painting pictures and dreaming of people she didn’t remember and how they were connected to her life.

I will be honest, I was not happy with the treatment of one character in particular. I understand why it played out that way, but it still broke my heart for that one person because they did not deserve to be strung along and then tossed aside in the manner that they were. Again, having that character interaction was a necessary element to the unraveling of the story, but still. Hmph.

Fear, is such an enigma to me. At first he seems like he is hanging around her only to goad and taunt her, by trying to make her feel fear by projecting horrifying images to her. But somewhere, things shift and we see a very different person/Emotion. It’s interesting to see Fear show interest in Elizabeth and possibly start to feel something more for her. We don’t typically associate fear with love.

For lovers of the paranormal, this book is definitely worth checking out.

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14 comments

  1. Great review. This is the second positive review I have read about this book. The premise sounds strange, but it obviously works. I am glad you liked it. I am adding it to my TBR list.

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    1. Thanks Ellen. It was definitely a very different book, but it ended up working for me.

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  2. Great review! I have been looking forward to this one !

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    1. Thanks Tonya! I hope you end up liking it! I know it's been getting some mixed reviews, but I thought it was enjoyable.

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  3. I love this cover. It's so beautiful. This sounds like an interesting paranormal story and I always love when a story unravels slowly. Great review!

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    1. Right?! I LOVE the cover! I knew nothing about the book but had to read it because of the cover alone. It was definitely a neat read.

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  4. Great Review Jessica! You totally have my interest piqued! I love Paranormal, and trying to unravel mysteries! This book sounds so intriguing, and unique!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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    1. Thanks Lindy! I read this one quite a while ago, but I remember it was really neat and I needed something different at the time!

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  5. Awesome review! I've been wondering about this one for a while but it sounds like something i'd like! :)

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    1. Thanks Dani! I'd say give this one a shot. Hopefully you won't be disappointed! It was just so unique- I couldn't help but like it!

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  6. I love that cover!! And I'm so excited about this!! I have it on my TBR list!! :D It's just so interesting that the main character can't feel anything! Your review was amazing and has made me even more excited about the book!!

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    1. Yay! I'm glad you're excited to read it! Thanks girl! I hope you end up enjoying it! It was definitely different, but such a cool idea!

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  7. This is both an intriguing book and review! I enjoyed reading your review very much and I'm gonna put this book on my TBR list! I like how the emotions are personified because I think I don't see that very often in books. Also unraveling mysteries in books is something I enjoy very much as well, definitely gonna pick this one up soon! :D

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    1. Thanks Tory! I definitely liked both of those things you stated- it really helped push the story along and make for an interesting read. I loved that it was such a unique concept and isn't something that's been done a million times before.

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