Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Pre-Release Review: Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton

Some Quiet Place is Kelsey Sutton's first YA novel. It tells the story of Elizabeth Caldwell, a 17 year old living in Wisconsin who apparently survived being struck by a truck when she was 4 years old. Since then, she's apparently the only human being alive who can't feel any emotions. She's also different in that she can actually see and talk to the various Elements and Emotions like Fear, Courage, and Denial that surround her fellow classmates and family on a daily basis. 

Liz is pretty much alone in the world because her parents treat her like she's a POD person, her brother really isn't around all that much, her best friend Maggie Stone is dealing with cancer, and her ex best friend Sophia Richardson has all but turned into a mean girl who directs all her frustration and anger towards Elizabeth who takes it with a grain of salt.

In many ways, Some Quiet Place is a difficult story to review without spoiling the story for others who may want to read it in the future. There is the obvious point that Elizabeth  and yet another secret that slowly unveils itself over the course of the story.

SQP has some extremely brutal moments which may turn people off who don't like that sort of thing. The brutality doesn't just come from one single source either. It's various sources who have their own agendas. It's also an emotional story when reading about someone who is suffering from the cause and effects of cancer and a character like Elizabeth who can't show or feel any emotional connection to the person dealing with it.

There is definitely a bit of romance involved in Some Quiet Place as well. I'm sure there are those who have read that there is a 3 way love triangle between Elizabeth, Fear, and Joshua Hayes. I'm sure there will be those who will take sides on which characters should end up with Elizabeth. But, let me say this, Fear is a character who goes above and beyond the call of duty looking for the girl he fell he love with and then she disappeared without a trace.

He searched high and low for 13 years looking for her truly believing that her enemies have caught up with her and done her harm. So, yes, he harasses, bothers, and tries to test Elizabeth's emotional fortitude at each and every corner because Fear believes she is the answer to all his questions. He also finds himself protecting her from harm at the cost of his own life. Joshua is a decent character as well but I found him more of a best friend influence, rather than a love interest. In the end, it will be up to the reader to decide whether or not I'm wrong or right.

The title of the book is appropriate in that every now and again, people need some quiet place to get away from the obnoxiousness of life and to find some place to unwind and just be yourself or someone else for a moment or two.

Apparently, Some Quiet Place is a standalone that I don't see any sequels appearing any time soon. Yet, there is a question I have to Kelsey Sutton: What happened to "Elizabeth's" real mother? Was she really taken into safety by her father? Inquiring minds would love to know!

Title - Some Quiet Place
Author - Kelsey Sutton
Publisher - Flux
Releases July 8, 2013
Genre - Young Adult Paranormal
Received from publisher via Netgalley

1 comment:

  1. This is an interesting premise. Love the intensity in the cover.