Some Quiet Place [NOOK Book]

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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...

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Overview

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.

Praise:

"Haunting, chilling and achingly romantic."— KIRKUS REVIEWS (STARRED REVIEW)

"An utterly original, compelling story—with maybe the most irresistible love interest of all."—Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of the Evernight series

"...teens will find this a haunting and fresh psychological thriller."—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Sutton sets a high bar in her YA debut, challenging readers to empathize with a protagonist who has no emotions. Elizabeth Caldwell’s best friend is dying of cancer, one of the cutest boys in school loves her, and her alcoholic father beats her—but Elizabeth doesn’t care about any of it. Her only meaningful interactions are with the Emotions, immortal personifications of the feelings she can’t experience. With them, she does not have to pretend, as she must when she tries to muster believable social responses. The only Emotion who hasn’t given up on her is beautiful, passionate Fear. He’s not above tormenting her with graphic hallucinations, but he’s also intent on uncovering the mystery behind her coldness. Then the quest turns from a private parlor game into a matter of life or death for Elizabeth. Sutton’s plot unfolds slowly, and some scenes may unsettle more sensitive readers—neither Fear nor Elizabeth’s father pulls his punches—but most teens will find this a haunting and fresh psychological thriller. Ages 13–up. Agent: Beth Miller, Writers House. (July)
VOYA - Kristi Sadowski
Nothing scares Elizabeth, nothing concerns her, and nothing makes her happy. She feels no emotions, and because of this everyone (even her own family) thinks she is a freak. But Elizabeth is different in another way as well. She may not feel emotions, but she does see them and can even speak with them. Emotions (and Elements) influence a person by taking human form and standing behind their target. For instance, when someone is scared, Elizabeth will see Fear. Elizabeth sees Fear often because Elizabeth is a mystery to the Emotions, and Fear is determined to uncover her secrets. He may even be in love with her, but his brother, Courage, says there is a human boy that Elizabeth needs. So, Elizabeth spends time with Joshua and he helps her begin to feel. Meanwhile, strange dreams—dreams she has always had of a girl grieving for a fallen boy—increase their frequency. Elizabeth sets out to learn the truth, battles Nightmare, and learns she is an Element hiding in human form. With an incredibly interesting premise, Sutton creates a world for Elizabeth that, while fanciful, is very realistic. Some Quiet Place is a bit confusing at times and that may deter reluctant readers, but the idea of interacting with Emotions—with them feeling more than just the emotion they represent—will keep teens reading, as will discovering the mystery of Elizabeth's past. Reviewer: Kristi Sadowski
School Library Journal
10/01/2013
Gr 8 Up—Elizabeth Caldwell knows something terrible must have happened when she was a small child. There was a car accident that no one will discuss with her. Her mother has all but disowned her, and her abusive, alcoholic father is determined to keep her under his control. Since the age of five, Elizabeth has seen emotions as human forms hovering beside the people around her but they have no effect on her. Most of her peers consider her a freak; a few believe they can see beyond her stoic demeanor, and they are the most troublesome to her. The only emotion still trying to rouse a reaction from her is the handsome, seductive Fear, whose constant appearances in her life encourage her to try to solve the mystery of her recurring dreams. Gradually, Elizabeth becomes aware of feelings trying to break through her seemingly impenetrable wall of nothingness. Her dreams become more like memories, and a strengthening sense of unease takes the physical form of Nightmare. He is bent on destroying her, but not before she reveals to him information that she cannot provide until she discovers what happened to her 13 years earlier. Sutton provides a creative and refreshingly original approach to the supernatural genre with well-developed characters and rich description. While certain elements of the story lack thorough explanation, this intense roller-coaster ride of palpable emotions and suspense will keep readers engrossed from start to finish.—Cary Frostick, Library of Virginia
Kirkus Reviews
Haunting, chilling and achingly romantic, Sutton's debut novel for teens will keep readers up until the wee hours, unable to tear themselves away from this strange and beautifully crafted story. Elizabeth Caldwell can't feel emotions, yet she sees them everywhere, human in appearance, standing alongside their "summons." Guilt and Worry flank the mother of a dying friend. Resentment grips the shoulder of her bruised and battered mother. Elizabeth can see them, acknowledge their power and even speak to them, but ever since the night of a terrible car accident when she was 4, the only sensation Elizabeth is capable of mustering is a numb nothingness. The only emotion that still bothers to come calling is Fear, a menacing and surprisingly seductive suitor who seems as determined as Elizabeth to uncover the truth behind who and what she truly is--no matter what the cost. Elizabeth may not be able to feel, but her novel-long dance with Fear is as sexy and intense as any couple's in recent memory. This is a testament to Elizabeth's brilliantly crafted narrative voice. Reminiscent of Death in Markus Zusak's The Book Thief, she shares her story with the cold detachment of the emotionless yet still manages to convey the urgent and desperate nature of her search for the truth. Chills and goose bumps of the very best kind accompany this haunting, memorable achievement. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738737560
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 403,456
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Kelsey Sutton (Bemidji, MN) is a twenty-year-old college student who divides her time between attending classes and writing novels. She can also be found pounding out horrible renditions of Beethoven on the piano and trying bizarre drinks at her local coffee shop. Some Quiet Place is her debut novel.

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  • Posted June 14, 2013

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    I truly loved the fresh new idea that was Some Quite Place. It w

    I truly loved the fresh new idea that was Some Quite Place. It was unlike anything I have yet to read. Elizabeth Caldwell was a very interesting character. The fact that she couldn't feel emotions was not only a unique story line, but also had a much deeper meaning for me. I feel that everyone has moments in their life when they either wish they couldn't feel emotions, or literally feel numb. In this aspect, Elizabeth becomes relatable to the reader. You can also see Elizabeth trying to do the right thing for those around her, and for a girl who cannot feel, that is a pretty big deal. Elizabeth Caldwell is not your typical YA teen heroine! 
    I really enjoyed both love interests in this story. Fear was dark, sexy, and mysterious. Joshua was the shy, thoughtful, and loyal boy next door. Even though there were technically two love interests in this book, I wouldn't call it a "love triangle". Since Elizabeth herself coudn't feel love, it was more like two guys that were interested in her. I feel that it made the story better, not worse, to have the two guys in Elizabeths life. They both helped protect her and figure out why she couldn't feel. 
    The story was quick paced and exciting. Trying to piece together that is Elizabeth will keep you turning the pages long into the night. I thoroughly enjoyed trying to figure out the mystery, and oh man, you will be surprised! 
    Some Quiet Place is a deeply moving, suspense filled read that will make you think about emotions in a completely different way. I really feel that this is a must-read for everyone. It tugs at the heart strings and a whole new world is revealed. Regardless of your genre preference, you will find something to connect with here. 

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

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    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Some Quiet Plac

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

    Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton
    Publisher: Flux Books
    Publication Date: July 8, 2013
    Rating: 5 stars
    Source: eARC from NetGalley

    Summary (from Goodreads):

    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?


    What I Liked:

    I don't even know where to begin with how I feel about this book. I expected to like this book (I even pre-ordered it without reading it a couple of months ago!), but I didn't expect to like it so much! It's safe to say that this book blew me away in the best way possible.

    So, Elizabeth can't feel anything, but she can physically see Emotions, as people. They are immortal beings who show up when someone starts to feel a certain way. For example, if a person felt embarrassment, then Embarrassment would show up around the person.

    Why can't Elizabeth feel anything? What makes her so different? It takes the entire book to understand why. Fear is the only Emotion that is interested in the "why", enough to talk to her and be around her. The other Emotions have no use being around her, because she doesn't feel anything, so she doesn't need them.

    It was really heart-breaking to go through this book, following Elizabeth and her emotionless state. As a reader, I just knew that there had to be a reason why she couldn't, but I also could tell that she truly could feel emotions. Sutton leads readers to this realization, and as we get closer to the end of the book, more and more starts to make sense.

    Nevertheless, the plot of this book was never dull or boring. I wanted to know what would happen to Elizabeth at school, or with her father, or with her mother, or with Fear. I was completely sucked into the mystery of her emotionless being.

    I was also completely sucked into Elizabeth and Fear's relationship. Not a lot happens between them, but when things happen, they happen. As we learn the truth about Elizabeth's condition, things between her and Fear become even more heartbreaking, but they start to make sense.

    The scenes with Fear are my favorite. Whether he is acting jealous over Joshua, or he is accompanying Elizabeth to a party, or he is saving her from her father, Fear is there for Elizabeth. Any scene with Fear made my heart beat a little faster. In his own way, he is swoony and perfectly male and all-around a wonderful Emotion, despite his purpose.

    Elizabeth's predicament at home made this novel all the more three-dimensional. Her father is a drunk who tends to yell at her and take his rage out on her because she isn't the perfect child like her brother. Her mother basically hates her, and wants to run away from the house as fast as possible. And Elizabeth's brother - he might be the worst. He ISN'T the perfect child his father thinks he is. He avoids Elizabeth, and wants to take the easy way out of everything. He dropped out of school and wants to leave the farm.

    I'm glad this book ended the way it did, with Elizabeth choosing what she did. She didn't deserve how her family treated her. That being said, the ending is probably the happiest part of the book! I was pleased by the ending, because the tone of the entire book is very melancholy (not a bad thing!) - until the end.

    Okay, there is a sort-of love triangle, but in my opinion, it's not love triangle at all. Elizabeth can't feel love. So whatever relationship (friendship) she had with Joshua wasn't real. Fear is the primary interest, and I said there was a happy ending. So... there.


    What I Did Not Like:

    There really wasn't much I didn't like. Maybe, there could have been more physically swoony scenes with Fear.


    Would I Recommend It:

    YES! Oh my gosh, yes! This one is going on my end-of-the-year favorites list for sure!


    Rating:

    5 stars. I'm so glad I got the chance to read this one! And I'm even more glad that I took the chance and pre-ordered it without reading it first - because it's a really good book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2014

    When I first picked up this book, it was because I wanted to rea

    When I first picked up this book, it was because I wanted to read it quickly and then pass it on to my sister because the cover creeped me out. I didn't like how her eyes were covered and how she didn't have any arms. But let me tell you, this book is still sitting on my shelves because of how much it blew me away. I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did which was a pleasant surprise.

    I really didn't like Elizabeth at first, but I think that had everything to do with the fact that she couldn't feel emotions so she seemed so robotic. Even when her father was beating her, she felt nothing which was scary at some points. I did love the explanation behind why she was seeing the emotions and the entire plot behind the story.

    While this book had some dark themes to it, it was fun to watch Fear try to scare Elizabeth. He would do what he could to try to make her feel any kind of fear. Of course, he wasn't successful but watching him try was charming. I also loved watching their romance blossom and the way that he started to develop these protective tendencies.

    Although there was a bit of a love triangle, this book was largely original and engaging. When I found out that there was going to be another book set in the same world, I was elated. While the story with Fear and Elizabeth has ended, I can't wait to see what Sutton dreams up next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2013

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     I was really excited to get to read this book! I was able to ge

     I was really excited to get to read this book! I was able to get a copy through Netgalley and started it immediately because I heard really
     good things about it. Plus it's written from the perspective of the main character who's unable to feel any emotion. It started out great; I
     loved being introduced to all of the different Emotions and Elements. It added a cool feel to the tale that I hadn't really expected.

    But somewhere near the middle of the book I began to enjoy it a lot less. Elizabeth would claim not to be able to feel anything still and
    then there would be scenes where it was kind of obvious that she felt something or else she wouldn't have even done anything. And
     then I'd think that that meant she was finally breaking through when a few pages later she wouldn't even notice any change and would
     continue to insist that she felt knowing. It was a little frustrating. 

    That being said, I spent most of the book being incredibly confused because it was all building up to the last section except with the
    way that it was written I didn't really enjoy that anticipation and felt no burdening mystery. Instead I was just impatient and felt as though
     this book was something that I just needed to get over with and I really hated that. I think maybe a different approach with this concept
     would have made me enjoy it all a little more but this book as it is just didn't do it for me. While I liked some of the supporting characters
    , I really felt nothing at all for Elizabeth and didn't have that emotional connection toward the story.

    There were so many little characters that were introduced throughout that could have been used to clarify the purpose of all of these
     Emotions and Elements that were introduced at random and in a confusing manner but that opportunity was never really taken. I do
     think that maybe other people will enjoy this book better than I will but I'm glad that this is a stand alone novel.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2014

    The book was amazing

    The book was amazing

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  • Posted June 10, 2014

    Interesting concept, with the protagonist unable to feel emotion

    Interesting concept, with the protagonist unable to feel emotions, although she sees them in others. Delicious chemistry between Elizabeth and Fear. A spooky read with a mystery wrapped inside, and gorgeous writing to match. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted July 25, 2013

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    Some Quiet Place started off really strong, with a very strange

    Some Quiet Place started off really strong, with a very strange and intriguing idea. Elizabeth Cadwill is protected from emotions that humans usually feel, from Fear, Jealousy, Joy, Courage, to Hatered. Something else that sets her from people is that she can see these emotions in the form of people. Not only that, but she sees elements too, whether it is storm, wind, or even willow. I found this idea so interesting especially in that Elizabeth isn't affected at all by emotions, kind of hard to imagine right? I was worried in how I would actually be able to connect to Elizabeth but I didn't have to worry. 
    However, this book is not free from issues. The biggest issue I had is that at some parts Elizabeth DOES have emotions, one specifically is curiosity, which she regards as not an emotion.. but then, at one point in the novel she sees curiosity. So now I'm like "Is it an emotion or not??". Also, for someone who shouldn't care about anything, she seemed very invested in finding out what happened to her past, as well as a certain boy in her school. If you disregard that point, I think you would really appreciate the way Elizabeth was trying to fit in between people, acting happy, concerned, and as a caring friend to Maggie, her cancer ridden "friend". 
    One character that is prominent in the story that I loved was Fear.. yes the Fear, THE person that brings fear to all of us. He is so invested in finding out why Elizabeth is like that but you can't help but feel that he cares for her too (oh yea, romantic plot line? check!). Something else that bothered me in this novel is that the climax came a bit too soon.. maybe 60 pages before the book finished? after that point I have to admit I grew restless waiting for the story to wrap up and end. I even started skimming to get to that ending. I grew a bit tired of the flashbacks and wished we got the explanation in one go, not over the course of the 60 pages. All in all,Some Quiet Place was an enjoyable book. I personally enjoyed the first half more than the second but had fun with the plot line and the ideas behind it. If you are a paranormal fan I would suggest you check it out and see for yourself! 

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  • Posted July 9, 2013

    This was a strange one for me. Some Quiet Place was not at all

    This was a strange one for me. Some Quiet Place was not at all what I expected, and at first I really wasn't sure if I would like it. However, after reading through it, it really ended up pulling me in and interesting me. My overall impression was a good one.

    The story itself was so unique. I haven't really read anything quite like this before. It was strange, it was unusual, and a bit weird, but it was also fascinating and engaging. At first, I had some issues. I found myself getting a bit confused trying to figure out what everybody was. It's never spelled out, so I had to just keep reading and just go with it. Then I was very intrigued. Apparently human emotions have a physical manifestation. This idea was so new and different that I really was sucked in. It was the flashbacks that lost me a little bit. I didn't understand at first what they had to do with the main issue, but after a while, it started to make more sense, and by the time I figured it out, I was really surprised.

    I loved the characters. Elizabeth was kind of amazingly written. The author did a wonderful job writing about a character who felt no emotion. That must be incredibly hard to do, and I kept waiting for her to mess up somewhere, but she never did. The consistency was really incredible. Her relationship with Fear was one of my favorite aspects of the story. At first, I thought I was going to find out he was a bad guy, and was pretty surprised at the twist there.

    This story had a lot of high points for me, but the writing was especially amazing. It was beautiful and poetic. I loved the story and found it to be one of the most unique I've read in a long time.

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  • Posted July 8, 2013

    This is going to be quite a challenging review to write as I d

    This is going to be quite a challenging review to write as I do not want to give anything away. Kelsey Sutton has brought us a beautiful novel about a girl who has the ability to see Emotions and Elements (who can take human shape), but is not able to feel any of them.

    Our main character, Elizabeth, lives in the small town of Edson and feels nothing. We discover that she was in a car accident when she was 4, but miraculously survived. However, she has not been the same ever since. She is devoid of all emotions and has been this way for as long as she can remember. She lives with a mother who thinks her unnatural, and with a father who feels the same, but is also an abusive alcoholic. Elizabeth is visited the most frequently by Fear, who tries over and over again to make her feel, but to no avail.

    This story is not filled with non-stop action; instead it is the mystery of the why Elizabeth is the way she is, and the intrigue behind discovering what it all means that propels you through this book. I couldn’t put it down because I wanted answers! I wanted to know why she couldn’t feel emotions, but why she could see them. I wanted to know why Fear had this strange attachment to her. I wanted to know why she kept painting pictures and dreaming of people she didn’t remember and how they were connected to her life.

    I will be honest, I was not happy with the treatment of one character in particular. I understand why it played out that way, but it still broke my heart for that one person because they did not deserve to be strung along and then tossed aside in the manner that they were. Again, having that character interaction was a necessary element to the unraveling of the story, but still. Hmph.

    Fear, is such an enigma to me. At first he seems like he is hanging around her only to goad and taunt her, by trying to make her feel fear by projecting horrifying images to her. But somewhere, things shift and we see a very different person/Emotion. It’s interesting to see Fear show interest in Elizabeth and possibly start to feel something more for her. We don’t typically associate fear with love.

    For lovers of the paranormal, this book is definitely worth checking out.

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  • Posted June 27, 2013

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a re

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Flux Books and Netgalley.)
    17-year-old Elizabeth doesn’t feel emotions, but she does see them – as people hovering around those who they’re affecting. To Elizabeth they are very real, whilst to everyone else, they are totally invisible.

    Elizabeth doesn’t know why she is unable to feel emotion, and she doesn’t know what exactly happened to make her this way, but deep down inside she knows she’s not the real Elizabeth, she’s an imposter.
    Fear is one of the few emotions that hasn’t given up on ever making Elizabeth feel, but things are changing, and soon Elizabeth may know exactly what she is.
    What happened to make Elizabeth this way? Will ‘Fear’ ever leave her alone? And who is she if not Elizabeth?


    This was one hell of a weird story.

    Elizabeth knew that she wasn’t really Elizabeth, as did her family, but no-one knew who she really was. She did seem to generally lack emotion though, which was weird, and I totally got why people thought she was a freak. I’m even pretty convinced that her classmates feared her slightly.

    The storyline was quite interesting, and the mystery of what Elizabeth really was enough for me to keep reading. I liked the way that the emotions were portrayed as invisible people, hanging around the person that they were acting on. I did guess what Elizabeth was in the end, and I thought that it was quite fitting.

    There was some romance in his one, in the form of Joshua and also ‘Fear’, and I was team ‘Fear’ from the start! Yikes, there was even a love triangle in this!
    Overall, this was a really strange story, but it was entertaining, and was very different from anything else I’ve read. I suppose this could be described as ‘haunting’, and probably fits into the category of ‘Gothic Romance’. I think if you like this kind of weird, haunting story you’d probably like this.
    7 out of 10.

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