July 16, 2013

Review: The Forgotten Ones (The Danaan Trilogy #1)

The Forgotten Ones (The Danaan Trilogy #1) by Laura Howard
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Release Date: April 28, 2013
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Book Description:

Allison O'Malley's plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she's been in love with for as long as she can remember.

What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison's mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn't trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? 

But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother's sanity.

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The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard takes place in a small town named Stoneville and follows 22-year-old Allison O'Malley as she attempts to get into grad school while working and taking care of her sick Mother. But all isn’t well in Allison’s world when her long lost Father shows up with dangerous news that can help her Mother or possibly get her killed.

I’m not entirely sure I’ve processed this book yet. It was a pretty easy read and while I liked most of the characters and their interactions I felt as if The Forgotten Ones was lacking something. I liked Allison, she’s strong, determined, and stubborn. Definitely my kind of girl, but I didn’t like that she felt so alone that she couldn’t share how she was feeling about her Dad just showing up.

Allison is clearly close to her cousin Nicole and even to Ethan and her grandparents; yet she didn’t trust any of them with this news, which I think was kind of silly. Maybe if she told Ethan that would have saved both of them some pain later on.

I adored Ethan. He was such a sweet character and I liked that he was cocky and self-assured with pretty much everything except Allison. It was clear as day how much he liked her, but Allison was constantly pushing him away and I didn’t get that.

The plot itself was really good. I enjoyed learning about the other world and how things are different there including the way time moves. One character I loved almost as much as Ethan was Aodhan. I’m not sure why, there was just something about him that screamed protector and I loved that.

One thing I wasn’t so crazy about though was the lack of character development. I realize this book is a series and there will probably be more development later on, but so many characters were introduced in this first book that I was getting a little confused as to who they all were. I wish there would have been less characters and more detail about who those characters were.

Despite my slight hang-up on that, I really did enjoy the story The Forgotten Ones told and I’m looking forward to continuing the tale to see what happens and how Allison deals with the abrupt cliffhanger at the end of the story!

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Author Bio:

Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.

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