Sucked into The Station series by Trish M. Dawson!!!!

19 Feb

You’ve seen these books out there, floating around on the intarwebs. You’ve seen Trish M. Dawson’s name and her fabulous covers. Well, I think it’s high time you snatched one up and did yourself a favor. Here’s my two reviews that will tell you why.

Book One of The Station series.

Book One of The Station series.

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?

Here’s my review of “Dying to Forget”:

I don’t even know where to begin. This story grabbed me from the beginning and didn’t let go. Two things that don’t normally appeal to me (first person narrative, present tense) suddenly didn’t matter in the wake of good storytelling.

The world-building here is incredible. The imagination behind the creation of The Station and all its components is, for the lack of a better word, brilliant. Piper’s journey is one of self-discovery (even if she doesn’t realize it, the reader does), and is relatable. Dawson’s ability to put you into Piper’s head and make the reader really feel her thoughts and emotions is top notch. I wanted her to succeed with her Assignments.

I won’t go into those for fear of spoilers, but I can say that what she does is so subtle, yet amazing. She doesn’t do anything extraordinary, there are no blinding revelations, no epiphanies, just the drive to help and get it right. It’s what makes her character so very real. It’s the little things, the tiny reminders of the beauty in everyday things that she brings across that makes this story so vivid.

Dawson takes the controversial subject of suicide and paints it with a deft and understanding touch, reminding the characters and the reader that sometimes the difference between choosing to go on or not lies in the simplest of things. A fruit salad, a good hair day, and a candy bar can be the little victories that keep a person moving forward with baby steps toward happiness and healing. That is what you should take away from this novel.

Is it flawless? No. I found a few typographical and grammatical errors, but honestly, I was so involved in the story that my brain skimmed over them without a second thought. The writing is solid, sometimes poetic, but always…real.

There is a twist at the end that, in hindsight, I really should have seen coming, but I was so engrossed that when it happened, I was blindsided. Gobsmacked at how Piper would deal with the situation. That’s just good writing. No red herrings, no Christie twists, but a turn of the plot that if, like me, you were so engaged, it stops you in your tracks.

I was already a fan of Dawson’s work, and frankly, put off reading this one for the narrative and tense stylings. I can humbly say that was an egregious mistake on my part.

I can’t wait to start on the next book in the series. Pick this one up. Just do it.

Five out of five stars.

 

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Book Two of The Station series.

The next installment in The Station Series by Amazon Bestselling Author, Trish Marie Dawson, takes readers on another lively journey through the after-life adventures of eighteen year old Piper Willow.

Piper has new challenges to overcome, new names to learn and is faced with a new Station occupation. Did she make the right choice – choosing to stay at the Station and become a Volunteer? Does she really want answers to the questions that never leave her mind? How did the Station come to be? What lies beyond? Who is Andurush and what, exactly, does he want with Piper?

She must ask herself once again if she has what it takes…but this time it isn’t about saving lives, it is about discovering what lies beyond death.

Would you want to know?

Here’s my review of “Dying to Remember”:

“Dying to Forget” left me in the lurch. I was both sad and excited to see the first book end. Now, Trish M. Dawson is picking right back up, wasting no time in getting into the next installment of The Station series with “Dying to Remember”.

I flew through this in a few hours. Again, the same winning writing style, only this time the reader gets to dive into more of Piper’s journey. Her feelings for Sloan, Niles, Kerry-Anne, Mallory, and the introduction to Andurush are all pushed to the forefront. So much is happening for Piper. I couldn’t put this down until I finished it.

Again, the twists and turns aren’t something out of left field, but I was stunned just the same. Things I should have anticipated, but I was still too embroiled in the storyline to think that far ahead. I was lost in each and every moment of this book, just like the first. More great writing that is funny, heartwarming, sad, and touching all at the same time. I sniffled, I gasped, I blushed. I felt. And that is what made this book so wonderful.

From a technical standpoint, the editing in this one is far better, and there were only a few errors that stood out to me. Other than that, Dawson keeps the pace and the momentum going, pushing the reader on to the end of book, which of course, ends in another cliffhanger. So many more questions revolving around Piper and Sloan, and a thousand regarding her relationship with Andurush. What will Piper discover in the beyond? What happens to all these characters that I am suddenly in love with?

All I can say is the next book better be out soon. I can’t wait.

Five out of five stars.

267170_438550189513861_717503808_oTrish 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.

TRISH’S BOOKS

I Hope You Find Me (2012)
Dying to Forget (2012)
Dying to Remember (2012)
Hawke & the Beast – Once Upon A Twisted Time (2012)

COMING SOON

Lost & Found – Book 2 of The Find Me Series (March 2013)
Dying To Return – Book 3 of The Station Series (May 2013)
Behind the Glass (Fall-Winter 2013)
The Last Faerie of Failynn (Fall-Winter 2013)

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One Response to “Sucked into The Station series by Trish M. Dawson!!!!”

  1. trishmarie February 19, 2013 at 10:48 am #

    Squeeee! Thank you so much for the lovely reviews! I am beyond happy you enjoyed the series!! 😀

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