TBT Review #16 | Dying to Forget

Posted December 7, 2017 in Book Review, TBT Reviews / 3 Comments

TBT Review #16 | Dying to ForgetDying to Forget by Trish Marie Dawson
Series: The Station #1
Published by Self-Published on August 3rd, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 216
Format: eBook
Source: Freebie
Purchase on: Amazon | B&N
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For some, the day you die is only the beginning.

The Station books are part of a YA/NA Fantasy series that follow teenage anti-heroine, Piper Willow, after she dies and wakes up in the afterlife at a place called the Station, and is offered redemption – in the form of a job.

After Piper dies, she gets two choices: enter her own personal hell, or go back to Earth and become the voice of conscience inside a boy’s head. Can she save Sloan from meeting the same fate? A tale of hope that will warm your heart.

 DYING TO FORGET is a freebie I picked up on a whim while perusing BookBub. I’m so thankful it caught my eye, because it was just as spectacular and mysterious as the synopsis made it sound.

Oh, the life you can live in someone’s else’s mind…

When Piper’s first date goes horribly awry, she looses herself in reckless behavior which winds up leading her to haunting decisions with life altering ramifications. Now she must face the consequences of her actions—volunteer to coach teens into making better life choices or face her own personal hell for all eternity.

Guess which option she chooses?

Initially, I wasn’t sure DYING TO FORGET was the right fit for me. Heavy emotional stuff is introduced early on, as was some slut shaming which is a big no-no for me. However, once I waded through the first few chapters and more important events come to a head, I became enthralled and was able to shrug off some of my irritation. (The stellar character growth helped, too.) The writing was so descriptive that the images it conjured felt almost touchable. I quickly became invested in the characters and their issues.

The Station—a limbo of sorts—is described as a group of several sterile buildings that includes lots of paperwork as penance. Ick! Admissions is where the volunteer would decide on their choice, sign paperwork, and review their lives to their downfall. Can you imagine having to relive all the wrong choices you made? Yikes.

I couldn’t live with the pain and the guilt… spending eternity with it would just be… unbearable.

Piper was a great “antiheroine.” It was wonderful to watch her outlook on life change and with it, her character. She becomes devoted to helping others make better choices and grows to care for her charges. She’s the guardian angel you never knew you wanted, but every angsty teen needs.

Piper’s very first charge, Sloan, is a pretty boy on the outside but inside he’s full of self-hatred. He’s living by himself after the accidental death of his step-brother, the suicide of his mother, and the abandonment of his step-father. It’s understandable that he doesn’t want to be alone anymore. That is where Piper comes in. She uses the best of her abilities as this guys subconscious (poor guy… he has a female as a subconscious… can you imagine the confusion?) to move him down the right path, away from self harm, and towards loving himself. If anyone deserves love and happiness, it’s Sloan.

Plainly speaking, DYING TO FORGET was spectacular. I had some bumpy spots along the way, but character growth buffed out the edges. The Afterlife iDawson designed is so intriguing, the characters realistic and loveable, and a few surprising plot twists kept me on my toes. I was so focused on what was happening, I was completely blown away by the ending.

You got me, Dawson. I’m a new fan! I recommend this book to YA fans young and old and to anyone who loves a good fantasy.

About Trish Marie Dawson

I was born and mostly raised in San Diego, California where I live now with my family and pets. I began writing short stories and poetry in high school after an obsession with Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’. After over fifteen years of crazy dreams and an overactive imagination, I began my first book ‘I Hope You Find Me’ in December of 2011. I didn’t realize then that my first Fantasy series had been born.

When I’m not writing or researching or editing or formatting, I’m home-schooling my amazing daughter and mildly autistic son, reading whatever I can get my hands on, or enjoying the Southern California sun. As a strict Vegetarian, I hold a special place in my heart for animal rights and dash into the backyard weekly to rescue lizards and mice from our three rescue dogs. They all share the house with River, the rescue cat, who is part dog and part old man. I hate roaches due to an unfortunate childhood incident, like, LOATHE COMPLETELY, though I often fantasize about seeing one in Steampunk gear and I have an unhealthy obsession with a certain bow & arrow wielding zombie hunter. Don’t judge me – every girl has dreams.


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