Weekly Recap 35 (July 13) – The Birthday Book Haul (Part TWO!)

Well hello Sunday my old friend. I can’t believe another week has passed again! Yet another busy week at work, but at least it makes the time pass quickly! But I get Friday through Tuesday off, so I spent all Friday being a general waste of society and marathoning Netflix shows. But hey – I’ve got a bunch of posts scheduled for next week and I read some really great books, so really what is the downside here?

Stacking the Shelves

And the book ban breaking continues! Some of the books I preordered, or ones that didn’t show up till this week, finally came in, and I think I may be excited more than last week??

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Aren’t they pretty??? After I fell in love with Nina LaCour’s writing in Everything Leads to You, I had to get her other two books, Hold Still and The Disenchantments. And after Jo’s rave review, I had to get There Will Come a Time by Carrie Arcos. BRING ON THE FEELS. And to satiate the sci-fi/fantasy/paranormal side of me, I preordered three books that were released on the 8th: Four (Veronica Roth), Midnight Thief (Livia Blackburne), and Where Silence Gathers (Kelsey Sutton). I NEED MORE TIME IN MY WEEK TO READ ALL THESE BOOKS. IT’S A SERIOUS PROBLEM.

In other news…

  • It’s still blazing hot in California. Though it was nice (nice meaning like 90F with a breeze) on Friday – at like 8 in the morning. I didn’t go outside after that. I think I need to start carrying around a cup of ice with me wherever I go.
  • Last Sunday, in my never-ending attempts to manage the thyroid issue my doctor won’t quite call hypothyroidism because it’s “on the border”, I’ve started the Paleo diet. Lots of veggies and fruit over here! I had already gone gluten-free, so it wasn’t horribly painful, but OH MY GOD I MISS DAIRY. SPECIFICALLY MILK. But other than that, I actually don’t miss sweets all that much. Sometimes I want a chocolate chip or two, but it’s easy to ignore that. And I have a lot more energy, and I’m sleeping better. So – week one is a success! Oh, and I lost four pounds since I went gluten free, so now adding the Paleo thing I’m pretty sure I’ll finally start seeing some progress.

In case you missed it, last week I…

What’s coming up this week?

  • Monday – Review: Plus One by Elizabeth Fama
  • Tuesday – Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Movies and TV Shows
  • Wednesday – Saturated Reads: Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
  • Thursday – Discussion: I’m a Forgiving Reader
  • Friday – Review: Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Hope you all have a good week!

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Read It Again Review: Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton

Title: Some Quiet Place
Author: Kelsey Sutton
Genre: YA, paranormal, romance
Publisher/Publication Date: Flux / July 8, 2013
How Did I Get It? Bought it
Format? Paperback

Synopsis from Goodreads: I can’t feel sadness, anger, or fear. I can’t feel anything. I’ve grown talented at pretending.

Elizabeth Caldwell doesn’t feel emotions . . . she sees them in human form. Longing hovers around the shy, adoring boy at school. Courage materializes beside her dying friend. Fury and Resentment visit her abusive home. They’ve all given up on Elizabeth because she doesn’t succumb to their touch. All, that is, except beautiful Fear, who sometimes torments her and other times plays her compassionate savior. He’s obsessed with finding the answer to one question: What happened to Elizabeth to make her this way?

They both sense that the key to Elizabeth’s condition is somehow connected to the paintings of her dreams, which show visions of death and grief that raise more questions than answers. But as a shadowy menace begins to stalk her, Elizabeth’s very survival depends on discovering the truth about herself. When it matters most, she may not be able to rely on Fear to save her.

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I’ve actually read this book once before, and reviewed it back when The Thousand Lives was but a wee blog with a writer who had no idea what she was doing. So now that Where Silence Gathers (the companion novel) is being released tomorrow (go get it!), I thought I’d reread SQP and review it again to spread the word a bit more! I was actually approved for Where Silence Gathers on NetGalley… but screwed up and let my copy expire. So now I have to wait, and I can’t wait to see where the rest of the series goes. But let’s get back to Some Quiet Place…

My feelings about the book are exactly the same as before – so huge points to Kelsey for making her book so rereadable! I still think it’s one of the most unique ideas I’ve ever read. I’m not a huge paranormal fan (but I’m getting better at that), so for me to say that I loved it is pretty high praise. The concept of personified emotions and elements is so intriguing! And I thought that Kelsey did a great job at making Elizabeth truly emotionless – I was easily able to track her barriers crumbling down as she felt more and more.

The shining factor of this book though, was Fear, and his relationship with Elizabeth. Fear is a complex character – mysterious, passionate, almost frightening at times (derp – he’s supposed to be terrifying). He has such an electric personality, and he jumps out every time he’s on the page. Not to mention the fact that he’s pretty stinkin’ hot. As Elizabeth and Fear encounter all the issues of the past that were buried, I couldn’t wait to see what would happen to the two of them. And the ending… ❤ I loved it!

The one thing I would complain about is that the middle part of the book had me confused at times, like it was really fuzzy. The plot blurred a bit for a few chapters, but I finally figured it out. Other than that, I really don’t have too much to complain about!

So if you’re interested in a unique idea, a mystery-filled plot, two well-written main characters, and a sexy romance, this book might be for you! Go out and support Kelsey, especially as this is her debut, and her sophomore novel is released tomorrow!

My Final Rating:

Four stars

Revew: Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton

Title: Some Quiet Place
Author: Kelsey Sutton
Pages: 331
Genre: Paranormal, romance, YA, supernatural
Series? No
Publisher: Flux (2013)
Rating: 4/6 – I really liked it

Synopsis from cover: I can’t feel sadness, anger, or fear. I can’t feel anything. I’ve grown talented at pretending.

Elizabeth Caldwell doesn’t feel emotions… she sees them in human form. Longing hovers around the shy, adoring boy at school. Courage materializes beside her dying friend. Fury and Resentment visit her abusive home. They’ve all given up on Elizabeth because she doesn’t succumb to their touch. All, that is, except beautiful Fear, who sometimes torments her and other times plays her compassionate savior. He’s obsessed with finding the answer to one question: What happened to Elizabeth to make her this way?

They both sense that the key to Elizabeth’s condition is somehow connected to the paintings of her dreams, which show visions of death and grief that raise more questions than answers. But as a shadowy menace begins to stalk her, Elizabeth’s very survival depends on discovering the truth about herself. When it matters most, she may not be able to rely on Fear to save her.

My Initial Thoughts/Rambling: This book should be proof that you always need to walk at least twice through the YA section before leaving the store. I went through Barnes and Noble once, then something pulled me back to look just once more. Lo and behold, I spotted this one on the very bottom shelf, tucked away in the paranormal section (which I usually skip over). The Lesson: Never Leave Without Checking Twice. BE SANTA. 

Possible Spoilers Ahead.

What did I think about the characters? Elizabeth was really hard to connect to, at least for the first half of the story, before she started to open up a little bit, but in this case it was a job well done on Sutton’s part. A girl with no emotions should be hard to empathize with, right? In the second half, though, everything started to pick up, and I latched onto Elizabeth’s new found emotion like a barnacle.

Then we have the two love interests. When I bought the book, I didn’t know there was a love triangle, so it was a bit of a surprise. BUT, it was actually pretty well done! There wasn’t any angst, at least related to the triangle. Elizabeth came to a very clear realization, and it was refreshing to see a YA protagonist make her mind up for once.

So we have Fear, and then we have Joshua. Joshua is the sweet, compassionate, boy-next-door type. So, he is a bit flat, because he relies a lot on that archetype. In addition, he serves more as a plot piece rather than a love interest, but he plays that role well. He was sweet, and definitely a guy you’d want as your best friend.

But I’ll also be honest and say that I preferred Fear, hands down. He was enigmatic and powerful, so he had that whole vibe going, but he showed pretty quickly how intensely passionate and protective he is for Elizabeth. She may not show emotion, but he certainly does, and he carried the emotional story for me for the first half of the book. Plus, he rocks a black trenchcoat, white hair, and electric blue eyes. Now tell me that’s not hot.
Lady with squirt bottleAnd the concept and plot? The concept is thrilling. Being able to see emotions? That’s the main reason I picked up this book. And it was well executed too! It actually reminded me of this tumblr post I saw ages ago. 

And the plot… well I can’t say quite as much about it. It was a good story, and I liked the twists and turns in the second half, but the pacing was a bit off for me. It was like the first three quarters was the long uphill climb on a roller coaster, and the last quarter was the downhill at eighty miles an hour. This was a good and a bad thing: good because I felt the urgency of the situation, but bad because I felt like everything was wrapped up a bit too quickly. Like there was all this suspense and build up, but then it fell a little bit flat. Not to say that it wasn’t a solid plot, but I think if we had hit the climax a bit earlier, I would have given it a 5 instead of a 4.

What about the writing style? Ugh, gorgeous. Can I marry prose? Is that a thing? It should be a thing. Just look at this clip (my favorite): 

Fear has a bright facade and dark insides; he’s horror and a windy recklessness that carries millions over the plains with no hope of ever stopping. And Courage… he’s dark on the outside but carries a light within: he’s calm and encouraging and his very breath is a soothing dash of water on a hot, hot day.

Simply breathtaking.

Anything else you’d like to add? While I think there were a few plotting/pacing issues, overall I really enjoyed the book. It took a few chapters to really get into, but I’m glad I stuck with it, because this is one hidden gem I’m glad I found!

Oh, and I finally decided to brave emotional trauma and read The Fault In Our Stars. We’ll see how that goes.

Find the book at:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Some-Quiet-Place-Kelsey-Sutton/dp/0738736430

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/some-quiet-place-kelsey-sutton/1113557692?ean=9780738736433

Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Some-Quiet-Place-Kelsey-Sutton/9780738736433

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15710557-some-quiet-place