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3 Stars: Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton ARC

Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton has an exceedingly intriguing premise and so I had to request it after seeing one review. That cover is also gorgeous, so that didn’t hurt ;-). However, I ended up being a bit whiplashed by the scene changes and it took some time for me to get into the plot. I did end up enjoying Some Quiet Place, but I’m hoping there is some smoothing in the final copy that I didn’t get to read.

Note: I received Some Quiet Place through Netgalley for an honest review.

3 Stars: Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton ARC

Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton
Published by Flux on July 8th, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Length: 350 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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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?

3 Stars

Strengths:

  • The premise in Some Quiet Place of a girl who can’t feel emotions and Emotions/Elements represented by humanoids that only she can see is just crazy awesome. I haven’t read anything like it and I was pumped to find out more.
  • There was a surprising amount of character development for the secondary characters in Some Quiet Place. At first everyone seems very stereotypical for the difficult situation that Elizabeth is in at home, however a lot of things change as the story unfolds and I ended up being very proud of many of the characters.
  • Despite being told from the perspective of a girl who can’t feel emotions, the plot of Some Quiet Place is moving and the revelations are heart-wrenching. I can’t really call them plot twists, since there was so much lead up that I was quite sure what was coming, but when things start getting revealed, it’s pretty awesome.

Weaknesses:

  •  Especially in the beginning of Some Quiet Place, the scenes were so short and jumping location so frequently that I felt like I was watching a preview instead of the full-length film. It makes it difficult to get invested into a story if you aren’t able to get into a scene because none of them are long enough. This did get better farther on, so if you can stick it out, you’ll hopefully be pleased.
  • There is a lot of trigger material here. Be warned that Some Quiet Place has domestic abuse that is very detailed and Elizabeth goes through a lot before the end.
  • I still have a lot of questions about how the Emotions/Elements work. We find out some things, but I’m still left wondering about some fairly critical aspects of the system. It doesn’t look like there is going to be a second book either which is disappointing with loose threads.

Summary:

Some Quiet Place is a mix of odd, painful, and awesome. I was hoping for more awesome and less odd, but you can’t always get what you want ;-). If the premise sounds interesting, you might try it out, but I wouldn’t invest money unless you are really sure you won’t be annoyed by what I was annoyed by. The cover of Some Quiet Place is probably a very good representation of what you are going to get, with it’s artistic beauty that doesn’t quite make sense. That being said, I love that cover more than I loved the story, so who knows!

3 Stars

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings - Anya

 

 Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton

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Comments

  1. I LOVE the way you format your review! I agree that the premise is fantastic and I’m hoping to read this one soon! I picked it up at BEA and I’m SO SO SO curious about it. Thanks for the headsup about the graphic depictions of abuse!

    • Yey, thank you!! I hope you like it when you have a chance to read it, it is definitely beautiful in that sublime way ya know?

  2. I think we felt pretty similarly about this one. I was also left wanting more explanation on the emotions/elements and I wish their ‘world’ or workings would have been fleshed out more. I thought the idea of them though was brilliant – add that to an MC who can see them but not feel them? Like you said: crazy awesome!! Fantastic review :)

    • Thanks :D Yeah, I really want there to be more books or novellas or something to tell me more about the system D:

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