I can’t weep. I can’t fear. I’ve grown talented at pretending.
**There are small spoilers. I tried hard not to but this was a semi complicated book. I didn't reveal anything HUGE**
Before I could sit down to write this review I read Some Quiet Place twice. I loved it, quite possibly one of the best books I read this year. Not only were the characters original, written with depth but the story was a bit of conceptual beauty.
Elizabeth is a girl who cannot feel anything and has spent her life wondering why she cannot and trying to fake it. Her best friend is dying of cancer, her father is abusive, her mother can’t stand to be around her and doesn’t think there is any way Elizabeth is her real daughter, her brother has perfected the art of denial and placating. Elizabeth has a bratty enemy, Sophia, who teases her at every turn and a boy, Joshua, who has a huge crush on her.
Elizabeth is different, and not just because she cannot feel. She sees things. Emotions and Elements appear to her and look and talk like people. For example Courage is a semi handsome dark hair young man and Moss is a tiny child like creature. Death is hideous and beautiful all at once with liquid black eyes. Some of them are boring to look at, lovely, frightening, and homely; some are fat, thin, tall and short, just like real people. They can duplicate themselves so they can be at thousands of places at once. If they die then another is born to take their place.
Fear falls in love with Elizabeth, and desperately wants to help her out with finding out why she is the way she is. Alas, he is the living embodiment of fear so not everything he does is super nice and friendly. I read reviews that said their relationship was sick, twisted and unhealthy. What people are forgetting is that he isn’t a “real” boy. He is not a vampire, he has NEVER been human. He is fear and fear is not pleasant.
Amidst a really big bad guy trying to kill Elizabeth and Joshua falling in love with her Elizabeth dreams and begins to realize someone has placed a spell/illusion on her and she must remember her past life and quickly or she will die and her powers will be drained out of her. Even after she remembers who she really is she still cannot feel, it isn’t until Joshua professes undying love that it all comes flooding back. Now many people have complained that she used Joshua and should have stayed with him. That’s a pretty immature way to look at it I think.
When Elizabeth’s true nature comes out her looks change, she is no longer Elizabeth but Rebecca. She may still look 18 but in reality she is like 35. She isn’t really mortal and she’s been in love with Fear for a long time, she is also dealing with magical powers and a ton of emotions and past baggage. So she gives Joshua a pretty amazing gift and lets him go and live his life while she goes back to where she belongs and with Fear. Who I was half in love with myself by the end of this book.
This book was written well, the descriptions were great and I enjoyed myself. Were their problems? Yeah maybe a few, but honestly I can look past them because of how beautiful this book really was. I can only hope that the author writes more and it is as good as this. You want something different? Something unique? Try here, because I haven’t read ANYTHING like this. Five Weeping Angels.