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

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Top Ten Books I Almost Put Down

TTT BannerTop Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Check out their amazing blog here!

Today’s TTT topic is: Top Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Didn’t. Some of these are happy stories of later success, and others are the “I hated every second but I finished it anyway” sort of books. It’s in a scale of worst to best (because we need to end on a happy note).

1. A Girl Called Fearless by Catherine Linka. I reviewed it… a week… maybe two weeks, ago, and it was one big rantfest. I loved the first 25%, but the rest was just teeth-grinding and face palming, and saying, “Ten percent more, ten percent more.”

2. Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel. Another that I enjoyed enough to be almost halfway through the ARC before I decided that I really was ready to snarl and throw this book. 

3. Big Fat Disaster by Beth Fehlbaum. RAGE. RAGE RAGE. I see red when I think of this book and how it ended, because the first 75% was so perfect but then crash and burn and ughhh it makes me so mad. And I was so far into the book that I couldn’t justify not finishing it, so I cried through the rest in a ball of anger.

4. The Here and Now by Ann Brashares. This was one of those that wasn’t quite bad enough to put down, but it didn’t get me going either. I was remarkably apathetic the entire time reading it. I felt like a gray blob – zero emotions at all for the 250 pages.

5. The Sound of Shooting Stars by Heather Allen. I liked the concept, I liked the characters, but the way the plot went in the end kind of killed this other-wise fluffy two hour read for me. In the end, I was meh about it.

6. Thin Space by Jody Casella. The first quarter was a bit bland for me, and I nearly set it aside, but I pushed through and actually ended up enjoying the rest of the story. Plus, that twist had my jaw dropping at the end.

7. Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton. Because the main character is emotionless for the first 25%, it’s VERY difficult to get in the right head space to enjoy this book. But as she starts to change, I became so immersed in the story that I zoomed through to the end.

8. The Warrior Heir by Cinda Willaims Chima. It started out iffy for me, mostly because I couldn’t understand the world building. But I stuck through, and I really enjoyed the rest of it. And the second book, Wizard Heir, is even better!

9. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. This is mostly because you’re thrown into the middle of the story and have to figure it all out in a few pages. I couldn’t tell WHO the narrator was, but I finally figured it out and I honestly fell in love with this book.

10. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Never thought you’d see that one, did you? After I ranted and raved about how much I LOVE this book, and how it changed my life (serious), THIS is on my list of almost-put-it-down? Yup. And actually, I DID put it down for a while. I read 40 pages, couldn’t get into it at all, and walked away for almost two (three?) months. But then I started it all over again, and, well, the rest is history ❤

That’s my list for this week – link me yours below!

Top Ten Unique Books

TTT BannerTop Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Check out their amazing blog here!

Today’s TTT topic is: Top Ten Most Unique Books I’ve Read. This can be really different MCs, the way the book was written, a very unique spin on a genre or topic, etc.

All right, let’s pull up Goodreads and see what I come up with!

Unique Main Characters

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1. Cracked by Eliza Crewe. Meda is a demon, with a craving for souls and a love of mayhem. She’s unapologetic about her chaotic nature, and yet at the same time she’s a character you just have to root for, because there’s this tiny streak of good inside her.

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2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Celaena, like I talked about in my review last week, is incredibly feminine: she loves to have her hair and nails done, and dresses in the finest gowns. But at the same time, she could take you down with one finger and not ruffle a hair out of place. She’s deadly and sexy, and she knows it. 

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3. Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park. Matt may be your average “geeky guy”, but it’s the little details that Park gives him that really makes him a standout character. From his monologues on fonts to his nerdy tshirts, Matt definitely stands out among the slew of geek guys in YA fiction.

Unique Writing Styles

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4. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi. Really, this is a given that Mafi will be on most lists today. But instead of Shatter Me, with its crossed out lines and pages of repeated words, I chose Ignite Me. It maintains all the lyrical nature of the first two books, and becomes more solid prose. Instead of being fragmented thoughts and random metaphors, the style is focused, and there’s a gem of a quote on every other page.

Unique Topics/Ideas

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5. The Archived by Victoria Schwab. Walking memories in the form of their bodies before they died. Need I say more?

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6. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. It’s kind of like X-Men, but all of them are Magneto and there’s no Professor X. Or is there…? DUN DUN DUN READ THE FREAKING BOOK.

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7. Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton. Emotions take physical forms, and Elizabeth can see them all. And with Fear constantly hanging around her, Elizabeth follows a strange journey as she tries to actually feel the emotions, not just see them.

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8. Backward Glass by David Lomax. You fall through a mirror, and you skip back ten years. And it can only happen at midnight. And if you time it right, you can jump back or forward several decades. And it all has to be on years that end in seven. Oh, and all the teens from each year are intricately intwined in a way that will give you chills. It’s time travel at its best!

That’s my list for this week – link me yours below!

Top Ten Books to Make Me Swoon

TTT BannerTop Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Check out their amazing blog here!

Today’s TTT topic is: Top Ten Books That Will Make You Swoon. 

Baby butterflies:

1. Pivot Point by Kasie West. Addie + Trevor was my favorite, even though I loved the Para world better than the Norm world. I’d give up my super powers too!

2. Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw. This is a huge blast from the past – seventh grade Kayla’s first swoon worthy book. I haven’t read it in years, but when I owned a copy I read it over at least twenty times in two years. 

Some squealing:

3. Crash Into You by Katie McGarry. Rachel and Isaiah <333 This was the beginning of my love affair with McGarry’s series, and I think it’s still my favorite!

4. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Wolf and Scarlet – I shipped it so hard. The tomatoes??? Perfect!

5. Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton. It started out a bit slow, but the burn smoldered into a blaze and WOW Fear is a fantastic character and y’all need to meet him. 

6. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I almost put Lola and the Boy Next Door instead, but AatFK is the one that made me swoon more. LatBND is the soft comforting one that makes me super bubbly. Very much like my taste in men: I’m drawn towards the St. Clairs, but in the end I’ll settle down with the Crickets 😉

Hardcore swooning:

7.  Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. Sturmhond. The Darkling. Mal. IT’S ALL TOO MUCH FOR ME TO HANDLE. Ruin and Rising is going to be the death of me.

8. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi. THE. FEELS. This week is pretty much Ignite Me week on the blog, so I won’t go into too much detail since I’m posting my review tomorrow and a discussion on Thursday. BUT I CAN’T PUT IT INTO WORDS HOW MUCH PERFECT WAS PACKED INTO THESE PAGES.

9. Angelfall by Susan Ee. I’ve always loved angels, but this was the first where I fell head over heels for the main character. Raffe is so multi-dimensional, and his relationship with Pen is antagonistic, yet the sweetest!

That’s my list for this week – link me yours below!