Some Quiet Place By Kelsey Sutton A Review

Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton

Title: Some Quiet Place

Author: Kelsey Sutton

Publisher: Flux

Source: Netgalley

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

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Summary

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?

Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton is a unique novel and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Sutton personifies emotions, which the main character Elizabeth can see, but is unable to experience. Instead, Elizabeth feels nothing and goes through the motions of living. It is as if she is acting the role of a teenager, a daughter, and a friend. This is especially heartbreaking in a scene where her only close friend succumbs to cancer and she is left feeling nothing. Being filled with a nothingness does not escape the attention of those around her. Her father reacts with cruelty and violence while her mother dissociates.

Kelsey Sutton does a great job of showing the desolation in Elizabeth’s life. Her horrible home life, where she take whatever abuse is thrown at her, and the horrible way she is treated by the kids at school. The world she creates is dark and sad with small spots of light. I am not a big fan of paranormal fiction but Some Quiet Place has a unique kind of sweetness to it. It may be because the emotions are so much a part of the action but you cannot help but hold your breath hoping that Elizabeth will feel something.

Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton is a well-written unique story that fans of paranormal fiction will enjoy. Some Quiet Place does live up to the beauty of its cover. I highly recommend Some Quiet Place and am looking forward to reading book two, Where Silence Gathers.

I was given a copy of Some Quiet Place on Netgalley but all thoughts are my own.

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Early Review:Ink By Amanda Sun

Ink by Amanda Sun

Title: Ink

Series: Paper Gods #1

Author: Amanda Sun

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Publication Date: June 25, 2013

Source: Netgalley

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

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Summary

I looked down at the paper, still touching the tip of my shoe. I reached for it, flipping the page over to look.

Scrawls of ink outlined a drawing of a girl lying on a bench.

A sick feeling started to twist in my stomach, like motion sickness.

And then the girl in the drawing turned her head, and her inky eyes glared straight into mine.

On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.

Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they’ll both be targets.

Review

I really wanted to like Ink by Amanda Sun but found the book problematic. The kiss of death for me, and the reason why I put the book down halfway into it, is insta-love. One page Katie is suspicious of Tomo and certain that he is a huge jerk (after having spoken to him two times) and the next page he is the person who understands her best. Yes, a tragic event in both of their lives could be the catalyst for this ridiculously quick love, but I just did not believe it.

When I am at the halfway point of a book, I know it is not going well if I do not care about the characters. The characters in Ink by Amanda Sun are not fleshed out. I never got the feel of Katie, even though I spent so many pages in her head. Katie has two friends from school, who should be more fleshed out but are not. Even her Aunt, who takes her in and must have an interesting story about why she lives in Japan, is not. In Ink, I was unable to connect to any of the characters and lost interest in the direction the story was going.

Ink by Amanda Sun is a decently written book, which gives me hope that Amanda Sun may write other books that would be more suited to my tastes. When my TBR stack is towering, I just cannot spend time reading books that leave me feeling nothing but a slight irritation. I wanted to like Ink by Amanda Sun for its beautiful cover and unique location but it was not enough.

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I was given an eARC of Ink by Harlequin Teen but it did bot influence my review. All thoughts are my own.

A Discovery Of Witches By Deborah Harkness

A Discovery Of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Title: A Discovery of Witches

Author: Deborah Harkness

Series: All Souls Trilogy #1

Publisher: Viking Penguin

Edition: Hardcover, 585 Pages

Literary Awards: SCIBA Award For Fiction

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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness is a real puzzler. I enjoyed the book and plan on reading book two (Shadow Of The Night) but found the book to be frustrating.

What I did not like about A Discovery Of Witches:

Length:

This book is way too long! For being so long, it has little action. At well over 500 pages, this book seemed to drag. I did have a hard time putting it down but I am not sure if it was because I enjoyed reading it or was just waiting for something (anything) to happen.

Characters:

A Discovery Of Witches has a lot of characters which can be confusing at times. This is especially the case when so many are introduced at the end of the book. Deborah Harkeness might go into further detail about these characters in subsequent books but as of the end of this one, there are a few who seem pretty random. The two daemons introduced near the end (who also have a forbidden love and a forbidden pregnancy) are a great example. They both literally move right in but we learn very little about them

Plot:

The plot is all over the place. It starts with being about alchemy and Asmole 782, jumps to issues with forbidden relationships and all the different creatures, and ends with some kind of stand against the man. It felt like there were so many story lines (many of them interesting) with little to no resolution. I hope these issues are addressed in the subsequent books.

Love Story:

I do not read books for the titillation (not a fan of erotica or romance novels) but having a destined greatest love story ever in a book and all the main characters do is heavy petting is boring. Even with the lack of sex, the love story seems off. Mathew is so overprotective and gushy, it made me want Diana to break up with him.

Diana has such a personality change in the later parts of the book that it seems like she is bent on becoming subservient to a man she has known for a few weeks. I understand that Mathew is a vampire, old-fashioned, but Diana is a modern, educated woman whom I would hope would  have her own voice. There is a lot of talk of obeying Mathew, couched in the hew is a vampire and the head of household, which really did not make it easier for me to read or understand. It made me as ragey as New Moon where all Bella can do is moan about heartbreak. I like my fictional women strong and independent, able to function without the help of a man.

All of these issues aside, I did enjoy A Discovery Of Witches and do plan on reading the follow-up Shadow Of The Night. I have hope that tighter editing and more of a focus on moving the plot forward will lead to a better book two.

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