Laura Howard contacted me earlier this year to ask if I would be interested in reviewing her book, The Forgotten Ones. This entire experience was kind of weird because I had just been reading about her book on Amazon and was considering purchasing it but wanted to wait, then all of a sudden I get an email from her asking if I’d be willing to review it. Of course I jumped at the opportunity!
The Forgotten Ones
Title: The Forgotten Ones (The Danaan Trilogy #1)
Author: Laura Howard
Publisher: Finding Bliss Publishing
Publication Date: April 28, 2013
Format: Paperback, 177 pages
Source: Received from author in exchange for an honest review
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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 (from Goodreads):
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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.
As I mentioned, I had been eyeing this book and debating about when to purchase it. There was something about the synopsis and the cover that attracted me. I really enjoy when authors bring mythology into stories and put a twist on their story. I thought Laura Howard did an awesome job combining a story about a young woman trying to navigate the complexities of life with the ” Tuatha de Danaan” of the Irish people.
Format and Writing Style: This book is written from Allison’s perspective. Allison guides us through her days and her life as the story unfolds. The book was really well written and is easy to read. Everything flows nicely and the chapters are short but not too short. The way the book was formatted and written makes you feel like you are living in the story- it is as if each day is laid out in front of you and you’re simply living the day with the characters.
Characters: All of the characters were well developed throughout the novel. Each character is unique in their own way and they play off of each other really well.
Allison– Allison is the main character and is 22 years old. Right from the beginning of the novel you realize she has a tough life and your heart goes out to her. I could only imagine what Allison felt when she had to go home and see her mother start crying because of Allison looking like her father. Throughout the novel Allison’s character really develops and you learn that she just wants the best for her family. I really liked Allison and thought her character was really believable.
Ethan– Ethan is Allison’s cousin’s boyfriends brother. He is also the love interest of Allison. At first I didn’t really like Ethan because I thought he had the typical “sexy boy syndrome” (the one where the guy thinks that they are so super sexy that their S*** doesn’t smell- if you know what I mean). I was annoyed at him for the way he acted and just wanted him to go away. Eventually I warmed up to him and was rooting for him.
Plot: The plot is a unique one. The beginning of the novel seems like it is just a typical contemporary story about a young woman who is trying to figure out her life- school, her love life, and how she is going to take care of her mother. It isn’t until about midway through the novel that the fantasy and mythology aspects start to come into play.
The plot does not center around romance, which I liked- it was just sprinkled in a little. Throughout the novel we start to see the budding romance of Ethan and Allison, but it isn’t anything crazy. There is just enough romance to keep the story believable. I thought Allison’s decision on the relationship showed just how strong she was and made me like her even more. Just because you are a young woman doesn’t mean you need to be in a relationship with a guy.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and the characters. It was well written and captured my attention right from the beginning of the book. My one complaint is that the book was too short! I wanted more when I hit the last page and was so disappointed that the story had ended.
Therefore, I give this book:
Laura will be releasing the second book in The Danaan Trilogy in Spring of 2014. Be sure to keep an eye out for it, i’m sure it will be just as good as the first book!