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?
Publication Date: July 8, 2013
This book was an addictive read that had me turning the pages into the wee hours. However, the end was so unexpected and dissatisfying that it made me doubtful that I would continue to read subsequent books in the series.
I loved the premise of the book: a main character that can see emotions, but is unaffected by them. Elizabeth goes through life pretending to feel and it causes strife with the people in her life. Her family knows something is off about her and it causes them to fear her. There was so much originality in the plot and I really loved the unique style of storytelling.
Elizabeth is interesting and I sympathized with her despite her lack of emotional responses. The visions she has made me curious over what exactly made her the way she was. I liked the descriptions of the emotions and it was interesting to see how they tried to get a rise out of her.
The pacing was good and there were a lot of twists and turns I didn’t expect. Some of the things Elizabeth endures were hard to read, especially at the hands of her father. I thought he would be more central to the plot, but his role diminishes as the book goes on.
The romance totally missed the mark in my opinion. SPOILERS I thought the story was headed to a nice ending with Elizabeth and Joshua together. He was a sweet romantic lead and really put up with a lot to be with her. But then the reveal is made that Elizabeth is Rebecca and she ends up with Fear. It was too twisted for me to wrap my head around, especially since Fear tortures Elizabeth time and time again to “taste” her fear and try to get a rise out of her. END OF SPOILERS
I think this is an interesting book and a very unique YA paranormal romance. I’d read another book from the author, but my disappointment with the ending will make me hesitant to pick up the next book in the series.
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book for review!