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    Maggie�۪s job at the Department of Thoughts and Records in heaven is pretty simple. She is a spirit curator���an observer of human life who sorts and categorizes every unsaid thought. When Eric, her beholden, shows interest in the new girl at work, Maggie can�۪t help ignoring the rules to understand the wonders of mortality and love. But meddling in mortal affairs has consequences that Maggie couldn�۪t have ever imagined . . .

    Overall Customer Rating of 2 Reviews:

    Unique Love Story!

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    This was a unique love story. Maggie lives in heaven, watching and recording Eric's thoughts. He's struggling and seems to come alive when he meets the new girl at work, Lindsey. There comes a point when Maggie realizes she needs to interfere, but there are consequences in doing that.



    It was interesting to read Eric's thoughts but it was also distracting at times. It did take me longer than normal to read this because I could only seem to take reading his thoughts in small doses. There were times when he'd say one thing and think something completely different. Which, of course, got me thinking about my own thoughts and behavior. And the things that go unsaid which might make a difference in someone else's life.



    It picked up towards the end and got to the point where I couldn't put it down. Especially as we got the backstory for Eric and Lindsey. They were easy to root for. I enjoyed the author's humor and his references to a show I've recently started watching (I know, I know--I'm not sure why I didn't watch it years ago). I haven't read a book like this before and wasn't sure how it would end. I'm happy to say that I enjoyed the ending! If you're looking for a unique love story, give this one a chance!



    I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way.

    Arizona

    Great Read, perfect ending!

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    The Unsaid

    Synopsis

    There’s a heavenly bureau whose job is to catalogue all the thoughts of ‘finities,’ or people on Earth. Maggie, a being in this bureau, is assigned to her beholden, Eric. She’s been with him for his entire life. She’s seen every thought that has gone through his head from excitement(Star Wars) to heartbreak(April). The story picks up with Eric at his miserable IT job, setting up the work station for a new employee, Lindsey. He immediately starts to fall for the beautiful, yet troubled, woman. Maggie is desperate for Eric and Lindsey to fall in love. She yearns for his happiness. Maggie’s world has its rules and influencing a beholden’s life is the number one no-no. But a desperate Maggie can’t be witness to tragedy and is willing to stop it with no fear of what consequences may come.

    Review

    You’re literally inside Eric’s head for the majority of the story. It’s an interesting perspective, and it’s written extremely well. You find yourself, not only pulling for Eric, but you start to think like him. The dynamic between Maggie and Eric as the story progresses is particular interesting and enjoyable. It manages to blend elements of a love story, buddy comedy, workplace observation, fish out of water tale, and spiritual awakening, without being too heavy handed on the last. You’re not going to get that edge of your seat feeling that you might have in his last novel, but this one makes up for it with the character driven story. That being said, there are a couple of anxiety tinged moments.



    The parts in the heavenly bureau are interesting and play as a mirror to Eric’s own workplace. Except the workers in DOTAR are generally nice and love their jobs. The issues that are hinted at for some of the other heavenly workers, Borador in particular, had me wanting more from that angle.



    Aaron Blaylock’s sophomore novel is a far more personal and spiritual affair than his first, The Land of Look Behind. The best writers can change genre and motif. Some of Stephen King’s best stories are his ones that aren’t horror. This is what Aaron Blaylock did with The Unsaid and he did it well. That transition from an action/adventure tale to a character driven story can’t be easy. The Unsaid is a quick read, also. You start the book and you’re immediately 30 pages in. It’s brevity is refreshing.

    Good

    The dialogue, though it dips into the cheesy, is written well. The interactions between all of the characters feels authentic. Being inside Eric’s head lends the reader to start thinking like the main character, which builds a connection. You find yourself pulling hard for Eric and facepalming when he says something awkward, which is often.

    The concept is interesting. It draws a likeness to the incredible Pixar film, Inside Out. If you’re going to be compared to another story you can’t complain about it being a Pixar one. It’s similar, but really only in the aspect of being inside someone’s head. Blaylock focuses on the theme of action and consequence than emotion and imagination.

    The characters are relatable and enjoyable. The story hinges on Eric being relatable, and he is. He’s self-deprecating, funny, awkward, frustrated, and nice. Maggie is ever-optimistic and selfless. Dave is a character in need of his own story. If you picture Chris Pratt’s Andy Dwyer from Parks and Rec, that’s Dave. The protagonists in this story are extremely likable and the antagonists are literally...the worst. That’s a good thing.

    POTENTIAL SPOILER

    The ending is great. I can be a sucker for am happy ending especially when it ties up the story nicely. This one ends perfectly. The last chapter gave me chills. I finished and uttered the word, “Bravo.”

    Bad

    Nothing really. I have been hard pressed to find something I didn’t like in this book. There may be some things the reader could, at worst, be indifferent to, but there isn’t anything to not like.

    Verdict

    Read it! Read it twice! If you get to the end of this book and don’t, at least, feel goosebumps, you might not be human. You might want to get that checked out. It’s a change of pace from his first novel, but a well executed one.