Friday, July 19, 2013

Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton

Some Quiet Place

Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton

First book in the Some Quiet Place series

3.5 stars

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 she understand what is going on if she can’t remember who she is and how she got to such emptiness? I’ve been meaning to review forever, but vacation got in the way, so apologies to the publishers and how I’m so terrible at this. I apologize. On to the review, I’m not really sure if I like Some Quiet Place. I loved it at first thought it was going to be a five star book, but the middle just halted and it all went downhill for me. I would like to give the reason as to why this book just stopped working for me, but it’s a huge spoiler. That means if there’s a spoiler tag, it’s best not to read it at all if you are interested in this book.


The main female character is Elizabeth. I actually like Elizabeth, but she can be so much of a Debbie Downer. It made me like her less and less the more she would deny how she couldn’t feel, which I thought was ironic since she isn’t supposed to feel anything, but she can obviously deny stuff. This book is really just one big contradiction of itself. It works at the end, but not the beginning. You can’t have a character who is not supposed to feel things, but can deny things. According to Ms. Sutton, Denial is an emotion. This annoyed me to no end. I would occasionally skim a review before starting this book and I saw that a lot of reviews mentioned this. At least I think I saw this. (I’m not sure since I’ve been having dreams about books and reviewing and Goodreads, so I don’t know if it happened or not. I think I saw this though.) Anyway this is really the one thing that bothers me about Elizabeth. I also really wanted to slap her at the last 80% of the book, but she got better at like 98%.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 7

The main male characters are Fear and Josh (or Joshua). I love Fear. He is amazing and it is as simple as that. I don’t need reasons to love him because my love isn’t an obsession like some of my fictional character lovers loves. I just really enjoyed him as a character and he was one of my favorites in the novel. Then we have Joshua, who I wish was a nonexistent entity in the novel. He had absolutely no point and I want him gone. I will scream if I see him in the upcoming books and I know I will. I really dislike unnecessary love triangles and Joshua just needs to go away and let Fear be happy with Elizabeth or Rebecca.

Swoon Worthy Scale: Fear-9 Josh-5

The Villain- I shouldn’t seen this plot development coming. It has been done quite a bit. There is always a rogue something or other from a race of people not humans. It gets tiring sometimes. Plus this guy is literally your worst nightmare and I felt like he was a mediocre YA villain. It would’ve been more interesting if we got to see something, I don’t know more sadistic, but this is YA. So for a YA villain he was a good one.


Villain Scale: 8

I have to address this one character that I absolutely love, but hate how she was just another tool in this book. Maggie’s death tore my heart out and it was one of the cruelest character deaths I’ve encountered. Why had this been done? It proved nothing other than just more stuff for Elizabeth to deal with this and I hated how it was used like that. This is where I totally lost most interest in the book because it felt forced upon the reader. I also liked Elizabeth’s “brother”. I also wanted to see more of Morgan who held a lot of promise as being an actual character, but I must admit that ending with her made me tearing up a bit with happiness. I also don’t like how Sophia just didn’t like Elizabeth when they were once besties. Once again another mean girl meant to terrorize the heroine. At the same time, I actually enjoyed how she was an actual mean person and not just someone who would just say cruel names, but went out of their way to cause physical humiliation.


Character Scale: 8

I really enjoyed Some Quiet Place, but I wish some things would’ve been done differently. I will be continuing the series though. I really like where it is going, but I wonder if it’ll be enough for an actual plot.


Cover Thoughts: It’s absolutely gorgeous. One of my favorite covers of the year.

Huge thank you to Netgalley and Flux for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Also I'm sorry it was passed the "deadline".

8 comments:

  1. Glad to hear you still enjoyed this one despite a few set backs. Maggie was a favorite character of mine, too, but we definitely felt a bit differently about her part in the story. I think we'll definitely see a lot of that in reviews of this one---this one is definitely going to strike people in different ways.

    Thanks for stopping by my review, too! :D

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    1. Thanks for stopping by mine, Becky!:) Maggie is a very different character for everybody and I think she can make or break it for some people. This part changed Elizabeth whether she saw it or not. I agree the reviews so far are all very different.

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  2. A character which seemingly doesn't feel? Woah, that's a strange concept for a book! You usually always want the main character to feel... :3

    I'm glad Fear was swoon-worthy enough! It's just a shame this book fell a little flat for you. :(

    Great review anyway! :D

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! It is a strange concept. It worked in some ways, but fell flat in others.:)

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  3. I'm sorry you didn't like this more! It's so disappointing when a book starts out strongly and then just goes pffffft.

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    1. It is quite discouraging. I hope the sequel is better though!

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  4. I haven't heard too much of this one, but it seems rather promising. It's a shame this book wasn't too riveting, but I do love the idea. Great review! :)

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    1. Thanks, Keertana! I love the idea, too. I was really excited for this one, but I liked it well enough.

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