The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard
Publication date: April 28th 2013
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Number of pages: 197
Series: The Danaan Trilogy (1#)
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Source: Received in exchange for review. This is my honest opinion.
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.
Complete with beautiful descriptions of the faerie world, The Forgotten Ones will not be forgotten.
I was genuinely surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I practically read it in an hour, maybe less. Totally worth it though. Who can pass on a short faerie read, anyway?
The descriptions were breath-taking. One of my favourite things about faerie books is the descriptions because faeries are these mythical beings that are glamorously evil, complete with magic. The Forgotten Ones did not disappoint me in this area. There weren’t many world descriptions as such, but certainly a lot of faerie description.
I loved the author’s take on faeries because she introduced some newer elements while keeping the ones that I read faerie books to witness. I liked the way the world had managed to worm it’s way into the life of just some family who could otherwise be normal.
If felt that the story was more character driven because, of course, there’s the mother/cousin/boy/dad issues and I definitely felt like I was reading more for the characters. I felt sorry for Ethan but I really loved his character and would certainly love to see his and Allison’s relationship develop a bit further.
The reason why I am docking off half a comet/star, however, is because I felt like the characters were just given any random Irish names. Yes, they are nice names but I just kind of thought that it would have been better if maybe the names sounded a bit more old fashioned and Irish faerie like. There were a few in there beginning with A that I can’t remember off the top of my head in the book that were good. Some people may think I’m being a little unfair here but it genuinely did annoy me and the little things really do count. Plus I would have loved to see more world descriptions.
I would definitely recommend The Forgotten Ones to people who enjoy reading faerie books that have a few Irish mythology references. If I get a chance to read the sequel in future, I will probably take it.
KABOOM! That only leaves one continent. One little flaw.
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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.