Music Monday: July Playlist

Like books, music has always been an integral part of my life and I'm constantly inspired by the songs I hear and the artists I find. So, going forward, I'm going to try and share monthly playlists of songs that I'm currently in love with in the hope that they inspire you, too. July's playlist features some of my favorites like Sia, Florence & the Machine, and Lana del Rey, but there are also some new finds like Wrabel and Broods. Take a listen and let me know which songs you love, who you're listening to, and what you think I need to hear.

Happy listening!

Review: SOME QUIET PLACE by Kelsey Sutton

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Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton
Publisher: Flux
Release Date: 7/8/2013
Read/Finished: 7/12/2014


I first heard of Kelsey Sutton’s Some Quiet Place last year in the months leading up to BEA. I was fortunate enough to meet Kelsey and have her sign a copy of the book at the convention, but it was only recently that I finally read it. I had picked it up last summer, but it didn’t hook me. This time, however, I was immediately drawn in and finished it in a day.

With smooth and poetic writing, Kelsey demonstrates a clear skill for storytelling and her mythology is brilliant. She does a great job personifying the Emotions and Elements so that they’re three-dimensional characters that balance well with the rest of the cast. The pacing slows a bit in the middle, but it quickly picks back up as the mystery surrounding Elizabeth’s inability to feel emotions starts to unravel.

Speaking of Elizabeth, she’s a bit too passive and somewhat submissive for my tastes, but she still proves to be a compelling heroine given her circumstances. Her tense relationships with the people around her are rather fascinating to read about, and I particularly enjoyed her interactions with Fear and the other Emotions and Elements.

Overall, Some Quiet Place is a refreshingly inventive novel with elegant prose, unexpected twists, and intriguing characters. The romance might be a too light for some, but there’s enough to keep romance readers wholly invested. With its perfect blend of fantasy and suspense, this is a must-read!

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