The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard
Release date: April 28, 2013
My rating: 3.75 fay starsAllison 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.
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.
It took me a couple of days to figure out how I wanted to go about this review. I haven’t read many books of this type. It usually isn’t my type of genre. However, I do tend to find I like this genre from time to time. This book is no exception. Now just to get all of my thoughts out there so they are understandable and easy to follow.
I liked this book. It had me guessing and trying to figure things out throughout the entire story. That was a little difficult, but not completely impossible. Once the book hits about mid-point, it starts to kick into gear. More and more characters are introduced, along with more of the backstory to the plot. This is both good and bad. Good because it keeps you interested and intrigued. Bad, well not bad more like on a slight downside… because it does start to get a little confusing trying to follow what character is who and how it relates to the story. By the end, I had most of it down, I think.
I really liked that this isn’t just a story about faeries. It has many different angles for readers to follow. I like a story that isn’t just one complete story. This has its own little side stories, if you call them, to keep the story moving and interesting. The characters in the story are very likeable and dislikeable, where ever the feeling should be. There is no doubt who you should like and who you should dislike.
The ending… well, I am a sucker for cliffhangers. I love to love and hate them at the same time. This story is no different. I love the cliffhanger. It sure left me hanging for more. I hate that I have to wait for the next book in this trilogy. The waiting can be intriguing, yet gruesome at the same time. Hold on tight, I have a feeling the next book will be even more exciting. I am seeing a lot more “action” with the characters in the future.