Series: Stand Alone (With a sequel in the works)
Published By: Flux (July 8, 2013)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!
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 n to stalk her, and try as she might, Elizabeth can barely avoid the brutality of her life long enough to unckey to her past is hidden in the dream paintings she hides in the family barn. But a shadowy menace has beguover the truth about herself. When it matters most, will she be able to rely on Fear to save her?
My Thoughts and Review:
I must start by praising the gorgeous cover on this one, what kind of cover whore would I be if I didn't? And it is gorgeous. Thankfully this isn't just a pretty cover, it is a beautifully written tale as well. Lyrical and soft. Mysterious and sweet, dark and intriguing. Really everything the cover portrays.
Elizabeth is a girl that lives in a world where she feels no emotion at all. A world where the very emotions she can not feel, she can see instead. She can see the elements around her as they do they work each day bringing about light and dark and sun and clouds. They are people like you and me and yet, not at all like you and me. With a single touch they can cause anguish, fear, pain, happiness, sadness, anger, guilt and so much more. Each emotion and element are separate beings and ones that over time have learned to ignore Elizabeth for the most part, all except a select few. A few that are kind and compassionate, a few that are fascinated by their inability to affect her and a few that may have sinister motives.
The only emotion at all that is ever displayed from her and maybe the only clues as to how Elizabeth became this way lies in her dreams and in her paintings. Dreams that she does not understand about people she does not know.
Fear, fascinated and slightly frustrated that he can not affect her with his emotion sets off to help Liz discover what happened to her and why she went from a happy buoyant little girl to the emotionless teenager she is today and things she does not remember doing.
Then there is Fear, ah Fear. I never thought I would say this but I couldn't help liking the guy. He is the ultimate bad boy in Emotions. Yes, you heard that right, a bad boy in the form of an emotion (I can't help but giggle here at what you must be thinking as you read this). He dangerous and dark and has a warped sense of humor, not to mention he is always trying to get Liz to succumb to his emotion but yet, underneath you can't help but think that maybe there is more to him than just his fascination and frustration at not being able to affect Liz. Does he want more from her? Does he care about her at all? Can he ever care for someone like her? These are the mysteries that are Fear.
Elizabeth does not have an easy life with parents that know something is wrong with her, a father who is abusive and few friends that care, it is probably a good thing that Elizabeth doesn't feel anything. Yet even with her wall of nothingness built firmly around her heart, she wants to find out who she is and why she is the way she is.
Really I loved this whole story. It flowed so nicely and so well. Joshua was a great character and I really enjoyed how shy, awkward and sweet he was. I loved how the author portrayed all of the Emotions and Elements. Their descriptions and personalities were so spot on for what I would picture some of them as.
I truly can't even fathom that this is a debut novel because it was so well done. I am pretty sure I just found another author to add to my auto buy list!
*All opinions and thoughts are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher in any way. I was not compensated for this review.*