Author: Kelsey Sutton
Published: July 8th 2013 by Flux
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Description: 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?
I Give This ...
So many conflicting thoughts about this book. It had so much potential. And when I first started reading it, I was sure it was going to be one of those books. The few and far between that leave me reeling and I give my seldom seen 5 stars!
The main strike against this book is Elizabeth herself. But, I can't imagine writing a character that feels no emotion. How does one even begin to do that? Her parents basically resent her because she's not the daughter she use to (suppose to) be. Her mother has retreated so far into herself that she can't recognize the daughter she has. Her father is an abusive raging alcoholic. I think her brother tries, but to get no response back would be draining on your soul. The odd thing is though that Elizabeth tries. She knows what emotions she's suppose to feel in certain situations. She tries to make them believable, but on the pages it comes across as flat. And if she's trying so hard to keep up appearances, how is it that she doesn't have emotions. In all reality, she cares. And that's an emotion all by itself. Plus, she seems to feel pain. But, how much of her lack of a normal pain response is tied into the fact she feels nothing. In the end, I gave up trying to understand her because she often seemed to be a walking contradiction.
However, the one thing that kept me reading was that I was absolutely fascinated by the human personification of the emotions and all the other characters. Each emotion we meet is awesome. They know their parts and they play them well. I also felt like we got an excellent explanation of how they worked in conjunction with us. So many emotion to meet, and I'm sure plenty more than I would never even think of! I also love to elemental beings and other things were given the same treatment. We meet Fog, Moss, Death, etc. Every possible thing that makes up the Earth seems to have this entity tied to them. Who wouldn't be fascinated by it? Every time Elizabeth would interact with one of these characters, I would be glued to the pages again.
The explanation of who Elizabeth is was quiet interesting. It fit into the story nicely and made things make a lot more sense. However, I just couldn't give this story more than a 3 when our main character is so hard to relate to. However, I just learned that there will be a second book in this series. Without Elizabeth....maybe this can be all I want it to be!