I woke this morning with a goal to do workish things while my kids struggle to wake up and function enough for school work, and my quick peek on Amazon divulged a rather awesome review milestone in the making!
Dying to Forget is only one spot away from 400 reviews (in the regular Amazon store – I’m not knocking those of you in other territories who have read and reviewed – thank you SO much). Mostly positive, some critical and a few…well…harsh. lol I think this is amazing, so to celebrate these 399 reviews, while trying not to bite my nails waiting for the next one to come in, I’ve decided to pull some of my favorite positive and negative reviews and share them with you here. Sure, some might see this as tortuous behavior, but I swear, I’m 100% fine. *wink*
Hannah Grace says: ASTOUNDING! Dawson is a very good author, and she also makes her books very interesting. I highly recommend reading one of her books if you love adventure and creative and imaginative stories. ;)
Alicia says: Tragically Beautiful. Dying to Forget was tragic, heartbreaking, beautiful, compelling, interesting, curious, an experience from start to finish. I don’t want to give a SINGLE thing away!! I read this in 1 sitting, and I was shown mercy, as this series continues in Dying to Remember, which I just want to buy so badly I can’t think of how to express how extremely touching, comforting, and memorable the 1st Station book was!
All I will say is I kind of foresaw the end, and I’m extremely intrigued to see where it goes. I also can safely say that on her journeys, I love how creative and full of perspective Piper was.
I recommend this book-to all ages and to all people whatever stage of life they’re in. It’s a book about hope and 2nd chances, and at 171 pages, I would’ve stayed up much later than 1:16 am to finish this 1st installment! WELL DONE! Thank goodness it’s not over yet!!
Joyce D says: I loved reading Dying to Forget. I loved reading “Dying To Forget: The Station Series 1″. I read it straight through as soon as I got it. Trish Marie Dawson writes with a good sense of humor on a very sensitive subject. It is very believable and one can feel very confident in life after life after reading it. The issue of suicide is often not addressed because of the sensitivity of it, but this is a very believable look at a probable way of bringing it to the attention of those who might contemplate suicide as a way of escaping the trials of life on this Earth. I’m anxious to read the other two books in the series as well.
Coffee says: Makes me think differently. Wow. My whole thought process just went “GASP” at the ending. Absolutely wonderful read. Had a very hard time putting this book down. Cannot wait to read book two. This book really made an impact in how I think. Maybe it’s not just me in my head….
Kirstin says: Once you start, be prepared to read the whole book. You know that little voice in the back of your head, guiding you in the right direction? Do you listen to it? Not everyone does, but after reading Dying to Forget, you may listen a bit more…
This is a strong character driven story and series that tackles serious issues in a comfortable and relatable manner. I was impressed with the way the author handled it.
and the ending… WOW… all I can say is that I was glad I already had book 2 on hand because I started right after.
Peg says: Story idea good, but no real story line to grab and hold you. Liked the idea of a way station after death and a possible second chance. The writing was okay that’s why a 2 star review but the seriousness of suicide was totally glossed over. By half way thrum the books just closed it and left it unread. The story dragged with no point left to the story line.
M Anderson says: A smudge above average. In Dying To Forget, the main character, Piper Willow, is someone who I can empathize with on many levels. Her development is steady and logical, and the overall story is sweet. What starts out as a truly depressing introduction, turns into a lovely read.
But this is where the rise in Star points peters out. The writing style is mildly juvenile- things phrased the way I would expect a high school student to phrase things, conversationally and descriptively speaking. The plot twists were a bit obvious though I didn’t mind that so much as I minded the end. When I read the last words of the book, I had the sensation that when the author wrote them, she did so with a loud and machiavellian “Dun-Dun-DDUUUNN!” Queue creepy, hokey B-rate movie suspense music. Had there not been a “duh, of course that’s how this book would end” combined with the obvious attempt at leaving us readers with a Thrill to follow into the next book, I would have made it four stars, not three.
Otherwise, it’s a good quick read. To anyone around 16 years old and looking to read something interesting enough to pull you from your own reality for a few hours, I highly recommend this book.
Jennifer says: Horrible. This book is not badly written, but that is the only good thing I can say about it. Most likely, as I don’t find suicide romantic, I should have not even started this, but I read the reviews and hoped maybe it would be worth it. And it was free that day.
The real problem I found in this book is the complete glossing over of the suicide. There is no pain, graphic description of just how horrible what she did was or how awful for those she left behind. In fact, it read to me as though if you kill yourself you get to maybe have a new chance at romance even.
While authors are not held to the duty of raising children, if you are going to write a YA story about suicide, at least have the decency to make it obvious that your after life is worse than the life you killed yourself to leave. Make it clear that you don’t get it better once you go, so maybe instead of seeing it as a way out, a way to a better place, someone would see it as an awful choice and make another one.
Redaim says: How did this book get such great reviews? This was one of the most pointless books I have EVER read. I read all the reviews and it sounded so good, but the story was seriously lacking in any type of plot and downright stupid. I kept wondering when it was going to get better and live up to all the reviews…but then it just ended.
Abby says: Nope. read the first chapter and thats as far as I got. usually I can wait to see if it gets better but I think it was just the writing style that got so far under my skin that I just had to stop reading.
Why did I share more positive reviews than negative ones? Because there are over 250 five-star reviews, and over 100 four star reviews. I think this is pretty awesome. And those people deserve a shout out. But don’t worry…I will definitely be working hard to make my writing style more enjoyable, my plot lines less pointless and will make it MORE clear that I don’t support suicide, and neither do the main characters in the Station books. In fact, I’ve gotten more private messages from people I don’t know, explaining how these books helped them during tough times – even keeping them from self-harming. And that right there, is beyond amazing.
Piper Willow would love to hug each and every reader and reviewer, and kindly remind them she is a figment of my imagination, but very much real in everyone’s hearts. Not everyone reviews a book after they read it – a small percentage do, actually – so thank you for taking the time, if you’ve reviewed. I hope to keep you entertained for many years to come. And if you have NO idea what the Station is all about – check it out yourself – the first book is FREE and available on Amazon, Nook, Smashwords and even iBooks. Happy Reading!
XOXO – Trish