Title: Some Quiet Place written by Kelsey Sutton
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Published by Flux Books
Page count: 256
Format: Ebook (Read on Barnes and Noble HD+)
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #43
Elizabeth has always felt different…and everyone around her can feel it too. Ever since she was in an accident when she was a child she has never been able to feel any emotions. She can’t feel fear, worry, sorrow but she can see them as well as other elements like wind and fog. They walk the earth, unseen…silent ghosts among humans. There is one emotion who just won’t leave her along…Fear. He constantly barrages her with terrible things that would make any normal human being scream in terror but it doesn’t affect her. Not even her best friends death or the hard blow of her fathers fist can make her feel any pain.
Dreams of a young boy and his older sister fill her sleeping hours and she patiently goes through the motions of each day…that is until stirrings of feelings start to form in her stomach as she entertains a friendship with a boy from school…or is it something darker that begins to awaken the emotions within her?
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review via NetGalley.
I initially fell in love with the cover of this book, isn’t it gorgeous? I love the muted colors and the mysteriousness of it. It has this really strange mixture of darkness and grace that is something that is really hard to capture. This has to be one of my most favorite book covers.
I loved this book. I thought the story was really intriguing right from the beginning. I read the description but even after reading it, I didn’t really know what to expect from it which is a quality I really love in books. I love stories that are unpredictable and that I can’t figure out the direction in which it’s heading.
I thought the writing was superb. It was really fluid, graceful and beautiful. It was definitely a dark fantasy type novel and I hadn’t ever really read a story with a plot quite like it. It was definitely original and was just a breath of fresh air because of that. I love YA dystopian novels but it seems like the YA market is just saturated with books of that subgenre so this book’s plot was a welcome break from that.
I thought it was interesting because the main character as I mentioned in my small description of the story above, cannot feel any emotions but I found myself feeling a multitude of emotions for her. I felt bad for her, I felt sorry for her, I loved for her (I’m not going to be too specific about that you’ll have to read it to find out about that!) and I felt pain for her. That was interesting to me how that worked as a dynamic…me as a reader connecting with the character in that way. There are two romances in this book that I felt very torn between and that were really interesting in their own respects, I’d have to say they were probably one of my most favorite parts of the story. I would have really liked to see a bit more of courageous as he was one of my favorite emotions in this book.
I ended up giving this book a 4 out of 5 rating which I think was really well deserved. I really wanted to give it a 5 but I did have a few problems with it but they weren’t major problems, they were really just minor things having to do with the characters background and the emotions. I am looking forward to reading more from this author because I really like her writing style…I also just found out today that she has released a sequel to this book which I will definitely read…I’m VERY intrigued by a sequel and it is called Where Silence Gathers, very intriguing indeed! I would definitely recommend giving this book a read, especially you YA fans out there, you won’t be disappointed!