Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Review of Dying to Forget by Trish Marie Dawson

This is one book that I have been wanting to read for awhile now.  I got it free on Amazon awhile ago, and when Trish asked me to review this and the second book for her, I jumped at the chance.

"...With trembling fingers, I reach up and touch the hard and chiseled contours of his chest while Ryan's large and strong hands roam over my entire body, feeling and squeezing everything. I've never been touched like this before and my insides are starting to freak out.

"I want you, Piper," he murmurs into my neck.

My mouth drops open in surprise and even though my brain seems to be telling me to jump and run out of the room, I’m unable to move, stuck firmly to the same place on the mattress. With my nerves on high alert, I glance at the door repeatedly, sure that someone will come bursting through it at any second but the steady thumping of the music downstairs reminds me that no one can hear what is happening in this room. No one cares that Ryan Burke took me, of all people, into a bedroom. That realization hits me suddenly. Oh. My. God. What am I doing here?"

Piper Willow dies the summer after her high school graduation but she doesn’t make it to Heaven or Hell…instead she finds herself in a spiritual terminal called the Station. She’s given only two choices: Return to Earth as the subconscious for a person in need of some outside assistance, or move on and spend an eternity lost in her own sorrow and pain. 

Does Piper have what it takes to save a life - to be the nagging voice inside someone else’s head - or will she fail and end up lost and tormented in limbo...forever?

The only complaint I had about this book is that it ended too early for me.  I loved reading this book, because I loved Piper so much!

I felt horrible for Piper, because in the first few chapters she goes through things no sixteen year old should ever have to go through.  To know that she felt suicide was her only way out; that she was that desolate in her life.

After she finds herself in a place called the Station.  A place that isn't Heaven, isn't Hell.  She's confused at the beginning; confused about what she is supposed to do, where she is supposed to go.  She meets Niles, her Intake Specialist.  He is the one who guides her through the Station.  Describes what various buildings are.  She learns she has two choices:  Become a volunteer, where she would go into the mind of a person thinking of suicide, or she can go off and be by herself.  She isn't sure what happens on the second choice, but she decides to be a volunteer.

Her first assignment... oh... I'm going to gush here... We meet Sloan.

He's lovely... Like beautiful!!  She is instantly attracted to him, and learns why they were paired together.  He lost someone in a similar manner in which she lost someone, and is also blamed in the same way as she was.  He's got a gun, and she has to convince him to get rid of it.  She is the voice in his head, and there are times he's stubborn about listening to her.  Slowly, she manages to get him to come around.

I was laughing at how she acted in getting him to listen.  Even telling him there was a fire in his apartment to get him out of bed!  I loved it!! Things are slower when to comes to a man listening, but she does succeed in doing it.  It is when she's almost able to convince him to get rid of the gun that she's pulled away from him early.  She's devastated, knowing it's too soon, but believes he's going to be ok.

Coming back to the Station there is a reason she was pulled back.  One of the volunteers does something indescribable.  It's hard to imagine someone would be that cruel, but you understand why she was taken from Sloan earlier then expected.  She tells Niles of her worries, but is also still convinced he will be ok.

Her next assignment is Abby who is getting bullied.  Her father did something beyond horrible, and she was abandoned by her mother, and the kids at school are blaming her for what happened.  Again, Piper manages to turn her around, giving her the confidence she so desperately needed.  There a hottie teacher that I would have loved to have had in highschool... but I loved that he kept an eye out for this girl and intervened when he saw her being bullied by three certain girls.  It shows that there are teachers out there who care!

I loved Piper's attitude she had.  At the beginning of the book she was so down, for good reason, and to see her so happy with Sloan and Abby made me happy for her.  Being a volunteer makes her feel needed, and she finds it's something she's good at!  Also, she makes a friend.  Kerry-Anne is someone who she sees on her first day, and gets to know quickly.

One thing I found funny was what people were wearing.  When you kill yourself, you go up to the Station is whatever you were wearing when you died.  It's interesting to imagine what these people are walking around in.  The ending was expected, but still surprising and makes me want to read the next book to see what happens.  Just because I have to know!!!!

I loved this book!!  I truly did!  It started out sad, but I just loved Piper so much as the story went on. While she was in Sloan's and Abby's head she was just so happy!  Telling Sloan to pick up his dirty clothes off the floor and buy fruits and vegetables had me laughing!!

So, please go and get this book!  I will be providing the link so you can go to amazon yourself and get it!!!


Links to Trish's Books:

About the Author:
Trish was born and mostly raised in San Diego, California where she lives now with her family and pets. She's been writing short stories and poetry since high school after an obsession with Stephen King's 'The Stand'. After over fifteen years of crazy dreams and an overactive imagination, Trish began her first book 'I Hope You Find Me' in December of 2011. When Trish isn't writing, she's homeschooling her amazing daughter and mildly autistic son, reading whatever she can get her hands on, or enjoying the Southern California sun. As a strict Vegetarian, Trish holds a special place in her heart for animal rights and dashes into the backyard weekly to rescue lizards and mice from her mini-lab/cocker spaniel mixed dog, Zoey...who is always getting into some sort of trouble.
Book 2 of The Station Series (Dying To Remember) is due for release on 12/12/12.
Book 2 of The Find Me Series (Lost & Found) is also currently underway and due out in early 2013.
'Hawke & the Beast' - part of the 'Once Upon A Twisted Time' Anthology.


WriterTrishMarie said...

Love it! Your blog is beautiful BTW!!! :D

Jess's Journal said...

Thanks!! Reading Dying to Remember right now! I can't take all the credit for the blog! Janice Foy designed it for me! She did an amazing job on it!

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