October 21, 2014

Review ~ When The City Sleeps (Unspoken #6) by Marilyn Grey


With a passion for hockey, but disdain for media attention, Sawyer Reed tries to rebuild his life after fame by reconnecting with his estranged brother in NYC. While there, he meets an odd girl who won't take no for an answer.

Nora Maddison is doing her best to maintain some level of normalcy while rising to fame quicker than she anticipated. As she disguises herself and meanders about the city, she finds a mysterious man who refuses to give her the time of day.

Eventually, the two find solace in their late night conversations, but when their true identities are revealed they must decide if their hidden romance is worth more than their dreams.

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Marilyn Grey has a knack on tackling life’s simple issues in her novels, and I love that about her. She pulls out the simplest thoughts and weaves it into a story that will have you reflect on it. She doesn’t need extravagant words to drive the point in, because the simple words she uses in her books are enough to make you thinking. She has written five beautiful novels with the different faces of life and love, and this sixth book of the Unspoken series, When The City Sleeps, is no different. However, though I loved all of her previous books, this one is, I think, not for me.

The story follows Nora Maddison, a fast-rising Hollywood star, and Sawyer Reed, a hotshot hockey player that made the papers a couple of years ago because of a scandalous episode (which wasn’t revealed until later in the book), who crossed paths in a restaurant in New York City. After a few phone conversation when the city sleeps, they started to fall in love—and of course, the complications soon followed.

The concept is great. It teases the readers’ minds about the complications between a famous couple and if the love for each other can outshine the desire for fame. It makes the readers think how big shot celebrities handle their romantic relationship with the press hovering everywhere documenting their every move and reporting it for the world to know. And here’s the infamous but—but the execution of the novel didn’t serve justice for the great concept.

The plot started out fine, but it soon started to whirl down the drain. The story is fast-paced, which should be a good thing as to not bore the readers, but it is so fast that sometimes I got lost in the story, and not in a good way. For the first few chapters everything happened so fast—they talk on the phone about “anything and everything” and that’s it. The narrator just told the readers that they talked about “everything” but there is no depth in those conversations. Oh, a few life riddles were thrown in within the said conversations, but it lacks the depth that is actually needed for the story to make sense. The next thing I know the girl started falling in love but I don’t even have an idea where it started or what spurred the feeling. There wasn’t any indication where it started, or maybe I just missed it (shame, if I did). Since books contain only words to provide the readers a proper visual, it should be more detailed and precise. I was actually confused when the female character started thinking that she might be falling in love because there wasn’t anything that stated where it started—was it the sound of his voice? Something he said? The way he laughed? There was nothing where there should be something.

The next few chapters were just a mess, for me at least.  There were a lot of words thrown around, but most of the time those words weren’t enough to tell me anything, just the characters’ babbles. Sure, most of those conversations are great because it consists of those life riddles and it makes me think and reflect, but sometimes it seems like it doesn’t fit the story. I think I feel that way because there is not enough details. I don’t mind long conversations—it’s what keeps the book interesting for me—but in this case, I would have given anything to have more narration and more details. I wanted to see deeper things, like maybe more of the characters’ feelings portrayed so well that I can see a better visual, but sadly, I didn’t see any. A lot of times I had to fill in a lot of blanks just to connect the dots on what is happening.

The characters are okay, but I did not feel connected to them. Probably because of the lack of depth and details. Actually, maybe most of the reason why I didn’t like this book is because of the lack of details. The concept is promising, but the execution is not enough to see it through.

I’m sure this book will touch others in a way I wasn’t. It’s just not for me this time.

~ Zee


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