The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard
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.
I thought The Forgotten Ones was very interesting. The concept behind it was something not yet seen in New Adult books (though has been done in YA). It starts off like a contemporary romance and subtly weaves in the magic until you are fully immersed in a world of relatively traditional fairies.
What I found refreshing about this book was that its main focus was on the storyline and the magic and that wasn’t all only secondary to the romance. I did feel that the characters could have been more engaging which is the main reason why this book only got 4 stars.
The best part of this book was the storyline and the mythology. It was really well developed and beautifully written. The author’s magical writing style mixes well with the magical themes of the book.
Parts of this book seemed very introductory. For example the romance between Allison and Ethan never fully blossoms and we only see the hints of their attraction. The Forgotten Ones is the first in a series so presumably things like this will be further explored in future books.
I will admit that I was confused by the ending. It is one of those sudden “We have just discovered this” ending but I was confused as it was something that I was pretty sure the characters had found out in the previous chapter.
This was a great start to the series introducing very well the characters and the world and setting the scene for the story to unfold over a few books. I am looking forwards to the next book in the series. There is so much more I want to see: characters being more developed and friendships and relationships being explored.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, this has not affected my opinions or rating in any way*
About the Author
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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