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author: Kelsey Sutton
released: July 8, 2013
format: e-arc, e-book, paperback
pages: 336 pages
Read: May 24-5, 2013
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?(From Goodreads.com)
Why You Should Buy It
Fans of paranormal romance will be thrilled with this unique take on the world. It is full of emotion, suspense, and mystery that will leave the reader wanting more.
*I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of NetGalley*
This book is unlike anything I’ve read in a long time, and it had me hooked from the very first time I saw the cover. Gawd, that cover is amazing.
Sutton personifies emotions — Fear, Courage, Joy, Anger, etc. They are beings that exist in the world and only one human seems to be able to see them — Elizabeth. Elizabeth has this ability with a price — she cannot feel emotions herself. Now, you would think this would make her a flat, unchanging character. But, she still found a way to tug at my heart strings and make me feel for her. I know a lot of other reviewers said this made them not connect with her, but I guess I could see beyond the ‘numbness’ as she called it. I saw Elizabeth for what she was — a girl with a hard life who even if she hadn’t had this supernatural issue of not being able to feel, had every reason to need a wall of protection from the harsh emotions that would come with the difficult life she had.
The book takes twists and turns I couldn’t expect, and it doesn’t follow the normal YA pattern. I literally had NO idea at times what was going to happen, and I have to say that was refreshing when reading so many books of a similar pattern. I do think the ending was a bit predictable, but I was pleased with the results nonetheless.
There were SOME things that felt off with the book, like the conversations between Elizabeth and her parents. I know the father was supposed to be abusive and her mother was supposed to feel like her daughter wasn’t with her, but the scenes felt a bit forced. I had a hard time believing those conversations would really play out that way.
The book left potential for a sequel (and there is one listed on Goodreads), but I feel like it could be a standalone. Overall, this book was unique and engaging, and I HIGHLY recommend it to people looking for something different. However, this book does deal with mature themes (like violence and abuse), so I don’t recommend it for young YA readers.
Four point five out of Five Stars