(The Danaan Trilogy #1)
Publication date: April 30th 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 177 (Paperback)
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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.
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.
From the first time I lay my eyes on The Forgotten Ones I knew it would be an interesting read. Well the first thing that got my attention was the cover of the book, I just fell in love with it. Secondly the intriguing synopsis of the story that definitely captured my attention. Thirdly the mention of schizophrenia, because of my psychological obsessions over stuff like that. To add to all of that it was also an YA and Fantasy genre with romance! This here felt like all the perfect combinations of everything that I'm looking for in a book, so I gave it a shot.
The Forgotten Ones had a really interesting plot. I don't think I read anything like in this book before, and that was a big plus. The first half of the book didn't feel like a fantasy to me, it had more of a contemporary feel to it, which honestly didn't really bother me at all. I liked get to know the main character more and the people she cared about. That is what the first half is, also with a little bit of the romance interest of the main character, Allison. The fantasy starts when Allison father shows up asking for her mother not even knowing he had a daughter.Him and Allison than go on an adventure trying to find a way to help her mother and maybe even save themselves. The why of why her mother was the way she is in a story I found that really unique. Also the history of The Tuatha de Danaan was just fascinating, I loved how author used Irish mythology.
At first I didn't really like the main character, Allison. I understood were she was coming from and why she was the way she was, because of her mother, but I also found her to be boring. Only towards the end of the book where she developed as a character, I started to like her. So I think in a next book I will definitely like her a lot more. I really liked the Irish characters in a book, I just loved when they talked and the finding out of their history and powers. The only thing I found confusing i their names, author did wrote how to right say their names, but I couldn't remember who was who from times to times.
There also was a little bit of a romance in this book. Allison liked a boy Ethan, and surprise but he liked her back. She didn't want to have a relationship with him because she wants to take care of her mother, and I really liked that about her but you can't always take care of her, you need to have a life and some fun, and a little bit of romance. I did found their relationship cute, but it wasn't anything serious. But I think in a next book their is going to be a lot more romance, I hope.
Overall, I did enjoyed The Forgotten Ones. I really liked the story line and the fascinating history. I also enjoyed the characters, if not from the beginning than definitely at the end. What I hoped for more was a little more of romance. I also wished that the book was longer, I think it would of made a big difference. I think people would enjoy this book and I can honestly say that I will probably most definitely read the next book because there was quit a cliffhanger.
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