|Publisher:||North Star Editions|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 18 Years|
About 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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Imagine seeing your emotions and elements such as lies and truths in your life like humans invading your space, talking to you, reaching out to you every moment of your day. This concept, this bizarre notion had me grabbing this book off the libraries new section even before I read the first book in the series. Alex lives with her aunt and uncle after a car accident claimed the individuals in her family. Alex has been living with Revenge, her best friend who makes her feel safe and is someone she can depend on consistently. Stunned and alarmed, Alex discovers that Nate Foster is being released from prison today, his sentence too short for the lives he claimed. Alex was sure she knew his destiny upon his release but things get confusing when other emotions and elements start to enter her life. As some of them stand side-by-side, they don’t battle it out, they address the issues and let it lie, they know it is Alex’s life and she has to choose which ones to listen to. Alex has a hard decision to make and as they walk into her life some are persistent, some linger and some just want to be seen and then vanish. She must choose which ones to listen to, as it is her life. Alex’s behavior changes as she’s skipping school, brushing people off and her friends are being hurt by her actions. Revenge, her constant companion wanders away for a while and Alex is confused at his departure. He was her constant, someone she could rely on, she needs him but yet the things she hears now she wonders if he was she needed. Alex discovers other truths but the future she must decide. There was a fascination with the emotions and elements as I first started to read the book but as I got into the story, they started to annoy me a bit. They were distracting as they popped in the scene and I didn’t feel any emotions reading about them. When Alex was talking with Revenge, I didn’t feel the emotions that go with revenge, such as hatred, retaliation spite, etc, I just felt like they were having an emotionless conversation and I wanted to feel something. The story was set, the tension was there, I just didn’t feel any emotion, but then again, perhaps I wasn’t supposed to. What I did get out of this story was an astonishing look at all of the emotions and elements that invade my thoughts when I least expect it. I’m a complex human being and no wonder I don’t know what I want sometimes. The idea that we also feel more than one emotion at a time was inside this story. This idea was significant for me as it helps describe why people are the way they are. Emotions come in clusters (anger, despair, and desperation), there are layers which are built upon one another. You never really feel one emotion at a time. So when someone says they are angry, there’s more to it besides the angry part of it. Another example is love, excited and anticipation. I guess I knew this but when the Emotions walked in together, it really hit home.
This novel is a companion to Some Quiet Place; a standalone that is set in the same world, but with different characters. Whereas Some Quiet Place focuses on Elizabeth, a young woman unable to feel emotion, and her relationship with Fear, Where Silence Gathers brings us new characters and emotions in that of Alex, Revenge, and Forgiveness. Alex is a fairly complex character and I enjoyed getting to know her. I can’t imagine how I would react should my family be decimated by a drunk driver, and I certainly don’t know how I’d react should said drunk driver be released from prison, only to come back to town as a constant reminder of what I lost. Alex struggles, and I found her struggle to be an extremely real one. While I’d like to say that I wouldn’t act like her, that I wouldn’t allow my family’s death to consume my life, I feel like that’s a lie, and I’d most likely be in the same boat as Alex. With Revenge as a constant companion, Alex has many choices to make—and some of them are quite horrible, but as she grows throughout the novel, I liked how she began to connect with Forgiveness and begins to come back into herself—the girl she was before the death of her family. I wasn’t expecting the final truth about Revenge and Forgiveness—I was surprised, but in retrospect, I don’t think I should have been; it only makes perfect sense. There is an added element of mystery to this novel as well as Alex learns about information she found on her father’s flash drive, and I enjoyed this aspect of the story as well, though I preferred that of the emotions and their constant companionship of Alex. I just find it so cool to think that emotions are invisible entities that constantly appear and interact with us, without our knowing. Overall, this series is a unique, interesting read. If you’re looking for something different, I highly suggest picking it up.
My main issue with Where Silence Gathers was that I couldn't bring myself to become fully invested in the story. The concept involving the emotions was very creative and the theme or choice made me like the book more towards the end (which is why I've added an extra half star to my rating). However, I never truly connected with Alex and I was never very interested in the plot. This book wasn't as good as Some Quiet Place, sadly, and it wasn't the type of book I was in the mood for. Overall, this was an okay read that didn't leave much of an impression on me. Rating: 2.5 stars *I received a copy of this book for review purposes. This has not affected my opinion of the novel.
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Where Silence Gathers by Kelsey Sutton Book Two of the Some Quiet Place series Publisher: Flux Books Publication Date: July 8, 2014 Rating: 2 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads): Seventeen-year-old Alexandra Tate sits outside Nate Foster's house, clutching a gun. After serving ten years for the drunk driving accident that killed Alex's family, Nate has been released from prison. Every night, Alex waits out of sight, building up the courage to exact her own justice. There's just one problem: Forgiveness. Alex has been able to see personified Emotions for as long as she can remember, and Revenge is her best friend. But when Forgiveness suddenly appears, he offers Alex a choice—getting even or moving on. It's impossible to decide when Revenge whispers in one ear . . . and Forgiveness whispers in the other. What I Liked: If you've been following me since last year, you'd know that I LOVED Some Quiet Place, the first novel in this companion series. There was something so beautiful and haunting about the novel. Sutton tackled many issues besides a paranormal story with some romance. There was a spark and flair to that book - which were missing in this book, unfortunately. Maybe I couldn't connect to the story as well. Let's explore. Alex is grieving the loss of her parents and her younger brother - they all died in an accident six years ago. When the man who killed them in the car accident is let out of jail, Alex is hellbent on revenge. Revenge, her constant friend, is all for it. But then Forgiveness appears for the first time, and Alex is no longer sure of what she wants. Alex's story is incredibly difficult, and sad. She is so determined to get revenge, to seek out vengeance, to destroy Nate Foster. She totally loses sight of herself and her future. Alex stops going to school, stops trying to be a good friend, stops trying to be a good adoptive daughter... she gives up on everything, except getting rid of Nate Foster. And trying to figure out if she's going crazy. Things start to unravel, involving her father. Secrets from the past that she might not want to know surface. I can't say that I liked Alex (see the next section), or connected with her, or her story. I didn't really connect with Revenge either, or Forgiveness. I really felt for Missy and Saul, Alex's uncle and aunt. I was interested in knowing who was following Alex and why, and who was the real villain in the story. So I had a mild interest in the plot (but see the next section). There were a lot of things that I didn't like, in this book. What I Did Not Like: Again, I had a mild interest in the plot. Honestly, this book was a bit difficult for me to read and finish. I have to be honest - I was bored. I didn't really care about Alex, or her sob story of a life. I know that sounds awful, because she was still in her grieving stages or whatever, but I was not pleased with her behavior. But one thing at a time. The plot and Alex's crazies are tied together. This book is really all about Alex and her revenge. I did not enjoy this plot. I didn't care much about Alex wanting to kill Nate Foster - it's so obvious from page one that she won't do it, at all, ever. It seems like this whole book is her harping on and on about wanting to get revenge, and throwing temper tantrums when she can't do it, and having pity parties left and right. Pathetic. What's more pathetic is her behavior. I understand that she was going through grief, even though it's been six years... yes, death does get easier with time. But for Alex, to me, it seems like the deaths were recent. The author made the deaths seem recent, and that the deaths were affecting Alex very freshly. That made no sense to me. Their deaths occurred years ago. Her feelings shouldn't be SO fresh, so precise, towards the death. I don't know how to explain what I'm trying to say - trust me, it won't make sense to you either, once you read it. Anyway, Alex is really pathetic. She keeps making the same mistakes over and over, hurting the same people over and over with her actions and words - and the sad thing? SHE KNOWS IT. She feels Guilt and Regret in like, every scene, yet SHE KEEPS DOING THOSE THINGS OVER AND OVER. Seriously?! Do you learn at all?! From cover to cover, it's like she's two years old and does not learn the first, second, third, or tenth time. I hate how fake she is - she acknowledges that she hurts someone like her friend Briana, but keeps hurting her, maybe even in different ways. What a complete and utter b****. Moving on to connecting with characters and the story in general. Yeah, I could not connect to Alex. I was very detached from her and her story. I couldn't feel for her, I couldn't like her (she's NOT someone I would get along with in real life), I couldn't like her (sob) story. I didn't connect well with Revenge or Forgiveness as well. I LOVED Fear in Some Quiet Place. I felt like he was very well-rounded and fleshed out in that book, with lots of page-time. In this book, I feel like I didn't know Revenge at all - or Forgiveness. So I didn't care about either of them. The romance - there is a love triangle, of a sort. Ew. Ick. Yuck. No. I liked Revenge more from the beginning, because he's the "bad" emotion, of the two, and the "bad' ones are HOT. But honestly, I could care less which one Alex liked more. And the romance is kind of bland, anyway. It doesn't feel THERE, in my opinion. And the ending, in terms of the romance, is weird. Whatever. I didn't really follow the story well, in terms of the father's past and who was following Alex and whatnot. It's all connected, but I was like, meh, the whole time. In Some Quiet Place, I was dying to know what was wrong with Elizabeth. In this book? I didn't really care what was "wrong" with Alex, or what her father had to do with anything. Meh meh meh. I'm so disappointed in this book. It was nothing like the first book, in a bad way. It didn't have the spellbinding quality that sucked me into the first book. The romance didn't leave me breathless. I didn't care about any of the characters, or the story. How sad! Would I Recommend It: If you read Some Quiet Place, you should definitely read this one. I read and LOVED the first book - it was one of my favorite books of 2013, earning a rare 5 stars from me. This book might be a bit of a letdown for you as well, if you also really loved the first book. Or it might not be, who knows. Just be warned. Rating: 2.5 stars -> rounded down to 2 stars. This book didn't have the magic and spark that Some Quiet Place had, unfortunately. It was disappointing, really, but I'm still glad I read it.