My TBR pile is just getting too out of hand. While I will still purchase very reasonable priced eBooks, a physical copy book really needs to Wow! me in order for me to consider buying it. So, I download the sample and the author has a very short window to drag me in and catch me up in the story. Since I've bought more than my share of books prematurely, whether by cover alone, word of mouth or some other source, I wanted to share my first impressions of the sample I read so that I may assist others in choosing for themselves whether To But or Not to Buy.
Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton
Book Description (From Amazon):
Publication Date: June 1, 2013 | Age Level: 12 and up
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.
My First Impression:
First sentence: Fear is coming.
A chilling, yet gripping opening.
We find our main character, Elizabeth, being stalked by the incarnation of fear.
He stalks her because he wants to taste her fear, but she is devoid of all emotion, empty inside and he can’t touch her. But he won’t give up. He’ll keep trying, he’ll keep appearing to her and hope that something will change.
She was not always like this and now must pretend that she is a normal teenager. Although, she has to constantly remind herself how a normal teenager would act. She is not normal, though. She only has one friend that is sick and dying. She sits alone at school and talks to no one. When her friend Maggie shows up to school, she doesn’t even last a half hour before she collapses and is taken away by an ambulance, but Elizabeth doesn’t feel anything, only reacts how she thinks a concerned friend should act. She endures the taunts of her fellow classmates. After all, she feels nothing, but on the way home from school, she senses a presence, one that is new to her.
See, while most people are ignorant of any other world but ours, Elizabeth knows and she can see them. Fear, envy, greed, all emotions as well as light, wind, the seasons, they are all incarnate beings that are both part and apart from our world.