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I’m stoked to have finally read, what for me has been a highly-anticipated release: Book 4 in Trish Marie Dawson’s Find Me series!

This is my favorite series, and the one that introduced me to one of my favorite authors. Dawson has an annoying habit of leaving me hanging so I’ve been going mental waiting for this one.

It did not disappoint.
The book:

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(Pre-order it here: http://amzn.to/2iLj6au )

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Pelican Freak’s 5-star review:

     I’ve been a fan of Dawson since ‘I Hope You Find Me’ and this is actually my favorite book series and she’s one of my two favorite authors.
So, it was with lots of excitement but also very, very high expectations that I embarked on Book 4 of her Find Me series. I’m not an easy person to impress, and was left hanging where the first three installments left off – still this one does not disappoint.
     When we left off in Book 3, Finding Hope, it of course, had grown increasingly dark, being the third book in a post apocalyptic series. I was impressed, constantly, with how perfectly she managed to pull off the escalating darkness of the mood, while keeping it real. Nothing about this series strikes me as far-fetched and the changes we see in the characters’ demeanors seem appropriate for what they’ve been through. This installment just picks up where its predecessor left off, tone-wise. Despite it growing darker, there is still always hope, thanks to brilliantly designed characters.  Dawson is incredibly brilliant in this way.
     As with all of her other books, I feel like I’ve watched it all play out. Her descriptions are so real, so raw and so detailed -without droning on annoyingly though- that I forget I’m looking at words and just watch all of the scenes play out in my mind. This is how all books should be, yes, but Dawson is one of the few authors who does this for me. When I had to put the book down, I missed it. This series stays with me and I’m certain I’ll be re-reading the entire series, greedily. Again.
     Despite the rotating point-of-views, there is no confusion. This way, the reader has insight into the various ways the different characters see things. It’s fascinating at times to view one character’s view of their relationship with that person, versus the other person’s. It was always a great way to showcase the various characters’ mindsets: some remained ever-hopeful, despite having lost everything. Others had developed some very interesting coping mechanisms that added drama to the group dynamic, adding another element of fun to the overall reading experience.
     Overall I’d give this 5 stars for keeping me engaged, not an easy feat, staying with me after I’ve finished it, and being professionally done.
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If you haven’t already started this series, check it out!
You can score the first book for free, here:
https://www.amazon.com/Hope-You-Find-Me-ebook/dp/B008CJQX0W/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1484796541&sr=1-2
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The Book:

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In the fourth installment of the bestselling Station series, Piper Willow finds herself not only struggling to juggle her new responsibilities as a Mentor, but her love life as well. After the Station loses one of its own, Piper’s past returns, and she realizes that the happiness she seeks out for herself and her friends may come with a steep price. As her world changes and crashes down around her, Piper realizes that love isn’t meant to be easy in the afterlife, and that happiness can’t last forever…or can it?

 

Pelican Freak’s 5-star Review:

Cover: Professional and fitting with the rest of the series, no complaints.

Editing/Proofing: Professionally done. No distractions from the reading experience, good continuity, etc.

Formatting: Unable to comment as I was provided with an advanced reader’s copy in order to evaluate the book.

I’m a long time, huge fan of Dawson. I enjoy the Station series an all the little novellas (teasers as I call them) she also put out while we waited for this, fourth installment of the series. As always with Dawson, it did leave me wanting more which drives me nuts because historically there’s a lot of time in between her books. But – this one isn’t killing me. I want more, more out of curiosity and attachment to the characters than a burning need to know (which is what I have going on with her Find Me series – she is KILLING me).

Piper is still true to character and her situations with Sloan and Rush, respectively, went as predicted – in a satisfying way if that makes sense.

The book’s prologue is a great refresher for the series, which was much-appreciated since it’s been so long since #3.

Early into the book, we are shown Bug’s story – Piper shares it with the reader and it is profoundly heartbreaking. I rarely get any real feels from fiction – but this was so well done, and sadly, so true to life for so many people today – that it physically hurt, as I ready the heart-wrenching details. I was impressed with Dawson’s ability to draw that out of me and as sad as the scene was, I found it to be brilliantly and perfectly executed. Now I was emotionally invested (as if I wasn’t already with this whole series). Pay attention to Bug’s story, because it contains a very important message that we need to remember when back to reality.

Piper is both kind of wise beyond her years and at times, still kind of a boy-crazy teenager so that dichotomy is fun to read, as it was in the rest of the books too. For all the serious, Dawson brilliantly arranges some fun as well.

Overall the book fits well with the rest of the series; I don’t think it’s my favorite installment, I think Book 1 still is, as it’s the one that hooked me, but it’s very well done and did not disappoint even after the long wait for it.

I also enjoyed something Rush said that most people would do well to remember:
“…every failrure leads to a more fulfilling success.”
Words to live by.

Anyway- well done. No complaints, wouldn’t change anything and see no reason to rate this any less than five stars.

This one is super fitting for this time of year – though, I found it to be really fun for any time!

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Some really brilliant authors came together to compile this book. I gave it 5 stars!

First of all this book in & of itself is an attest to how amazing the author community can be; many of them got together and contributed, edited, formatted, etc. in order to bring us this book and have all proceeds go to Brandon Hale -another great author who’s battling cancer and the bills that come with doing so.
That said I’ll post reviews to each short story as I read them.

Madness – by Trish Marie Dawson:
Dawson manages to provide for a very vivid picture to the reader with her detailed descriptions while giving us the POV of predator, victim and law enforcement. The action ensues quickly and as is typical for Trish, ends in a way that leaves me wanting more…

Donald Beasley’s Big Adventure – by Ana Oru’
I enjoyed this very much as it managed to surprise me every step of the way where I normally predict every step of what I read/watch. I LOVE a writer who can surprise me. Not your typical predator/prey roles at all!

Going to Hale – by Stephen Arseneault
Another quick, great read. “Never hunt alone.” Not really a spoiler because, although it led me to predict the outcome mostly, there was still a cool surprise in the very end.

Blood Anthem – by – George Wier
This story sucked me in straight away with a fun cliche and then turned out to be a complete surprise – will look for more from this author!

Field of Blood – by – John Daulton
I was completely caught off guard by the time I hit the end of this one; the story started out in a completely intriguing way, then seemed to go a bit cliche and then – well it didn’t. I do not want to spoil anything but you’ve just got to read this one all the way through to appreciate it fully. 😉

**Will post updates as I read more of these stories. So far, all are great.**