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?
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 premise. Elizabeth is empty, she literally can't feel anything! In a world of overly dramatic YA heroines this was such a refreshing and fantastic idea! This girl has to figure out who or what she is whilst also not crazily overreacting! This is fantastic, right... RIGHT?!
Well, sort of... whilst the whole empty protagonist thing is done very well and the mystery aspect is extremely compelling and interesting to read, it's this whole concept itself that sort of brings itself down. The idea of someone without emotions is so interesting, however since it's the main character it kind of makes some bland and boring reading especially when the author is trying to keep a romance afloat as well.
However, I honestly can't fault Sutton's writing, I would happily read anything by this author because the writing style was so enchanting and beautiful and it really grabbed me, every single page seemed magical and I am aware that I am kind of overdoing the adjectives right now!
Overall, Some Quiet Place was a compelling and beautiful read, however at times the emotionless heroine was quite boring to read, so this book didn't quite reach it's potential.
Overall Rating: B-
Book released 8th July 2013 by Flux
Book received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review (NetGalley)