Some Quiet Place
Series: Some Quiet Place, #1
Release Date: July 8th, 2013
Rating: 3 stars
Word Rating: Meh
Reviewed by: Melanie
Thank you Flux for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.
This month hasn't been a happy month for me. Some Quiet Place is just another addition to the 'meh' pile. While the cover and synopsis scream with brilliance, in the collection on my thoughts, this book could only be summarised as insipid and inconsistent. Here's just a few teasers: love triangle, cliché school crap and poor execution.
Elizabeth Caldwell is dead to the world. Or she may as well be. Ever since a tragic car accident, Elizabeth has changed greatly--she doesn't feel or show any genuine emotions. Not because of the trauma or shock though, it's actually due to something more paranormal and mind boggling. Something no one is sure about yet, even now. Attempting to juggle along with her best friend's cancer, Sophia's--mean girl at school--glares and mocks, and tight tension at home, Elizabeth commences to unravel the truth behind her change of personality and character.
Nothing about Elizabeth struck me as outstandingly remarkable. Yes, her disability to not sense or react with emotions was fascinating, intriguing and eye-catching for a short span of time. Yet soon, this was lost in the sea of boring words. Thankfully enough, I could take time to appreciate Kesley Sutton's effort in building unique and touching family relationships. All held different types of moods and were highly complex in the sense that they all contained a second meaning within. There's Elizabeth and her mother, the connection is wary and even foreign, yet bittersweet all the same. Elizabeth's father stood a more viscous and broken connection. It was compact of fire and guilt. And lastly, Elizabeth and her brother. It's short lived, light but swaying.
What I feared most appeared in Some Quiet Place. It always does. The love triangle. No matter how much I try to rub it out with an eraser, it's still there glaring back at me. I want to erase it because it's a mistake. That is the point of the love triangle here? Our two love interests, Fear and Joshua, are rather trite in the sense that their ego is the same as every other YA paranormal novel. I wasn't awfully invested in either relationship but Fear was much preferable for me. He was clear minded and filled with emotion--a great contrast to our MC.
The writing was what kept me driving though Some Quiet Place. It was beautiful and picturesque in descriptions that just seemed to flow out effortlessly. Kelsey Sutton's words created an ideal setting and powerful mood. In contrast, the weakest link was the stereotypes being thrown about here. The major one was 'mean girls'. I don't get why every main character needs to have a girl bitching about them. It's irrelevant and shifts us readers away from the main plot.
Some Quiet Place is an atmospheric novel intertwined with great writing skills for the most part. Yet many small points lead me to dislike and bore over this novel. Like many others have said, this is much like Another Little Piece. So if that was your cup of tea, this could be your next book to highly anticipate.