August 28, 2013

Spotlight on: The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard
(The Danaan Trilogy #1)
Publication date: April 30th 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

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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.

The Forgotten Ones (The Danaan Trilogy, #1)The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really ended up enjoying this book! I went in to it with no real expectations - I didn't read a blurb or synopsis beforehand - so I was looking forward to being surprised. It was a quick and easy read, and I was captivated by the story and characters.

At first I thought that the story was going to be a typical New Adult romance that featured Allison and Ethan. They have a long standing attraction between the two of them, but he is a player and she is afraid that he will hurt her. Plus, she has the added complications of trying to prepare to take care of her schizophrenic mom now that she's an adult, and she feels that Ethan would just be an unneeded complication. However, things take a turn for the fantastical when Allison's absent father suddenly appears on her doorstep claiming that he is a fairy, and that he is the reason that her mother is sick. And he says that he can find a way to help make her better. The plot gets kind of twisty at this point, and it was a little confusing as a lot of new characters with exotic names were introduced all at once, but the story line was spot on. It was tight and well-written and kept me turning the pages all the way to the end.

I do have to say that I am extremely glad that I signed up for this blog tour. Sometimes I forget just how much I enjoy a good fantasy novel. A lot of times I get caught up in all of the angsty, moody, New Adult books, and forget that originally I was drawn to make believe and imagination. This book reminded me of that.

This is book one of the a trilogy, so I should have been expecting the ending to be a bit of a cliffhanger, but it stops in a really exasperating place. I really, REALLY, want to know what happens next and can't wait to read book two.

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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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