Review: The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

 

The Forgotten OnesSource: Purchased
Publisher: –

 

Series: The Danann Trilogy #1
Edition: ebook,  197 Pages
Genre: New Adult Fantasy
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Rating: 3/5

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 centers around 21 year old Allison O’Malley, who is trying to juggle working and taking care of her schizophrenic mother but gets way more than she bargains for when her father shows up and brings a whole lot of trouble with him.The Forgotten Ones is a pretty decent start to a series with a rich mythology and fast paced plot.

I do wish I had enjoyed this one more as I hate being firmly in the middle of my rating scale, it some how becomes harder to put together a review. There were many things about The Forgotten Ones that I did like, but I’m also hoping to find more in the second book. The plot is fairly fast paced and starts out with a more contemporary feel to it, there are some fantasy type elements mixed in but they don’t come into play until the second half. I loved reading about the Tuatha and it was clear that Howard really did her research on them, but at the same I wished I had gotten a better sense of what makes some of them tick. I’ve sort of come to accept that the Fae just ARE. They are not necessarily evil or good, and most of the time they are written as self serving individuals and while I do think that applies here I would have loved to know the Tuatha characters more. The pacing is pretty good for most of the book, except for a few moments where it either fell flat or moved too quickly. The plot in itself was pretty entertaining though and I loved the unique quality of the story.

There is a bit of romance in this book, but it doesn’t take center stage and it’s also not insta-love so it gets huge points from me there. Ethan is an incredibly sweet guy and I really liked seeing Allison open up with him after years of trying not to. Of course after the Tuatha enter the picture things get a bit hectic, but I’m sure we’ll see more of him in the second book. I can’t say I connected with Allison, but I did enjoy reading about her and it’s clear she’s no cookie cutter female.

Overall The Forgotten Ones was a good start to a series that has me ready to read the next one! It’s pretty entertaining and has a lot going for it, so I’m looking forward to seeing if any of the areas I had trouble with improve and what is going to happen now that Allison knows about the Tuatha.

3 star

 

 

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9 Responses to Review: The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

  1. Hmmm I have seen this book around but haven’t really felt compelled to pick it up. Fae are probably my least favourite supe to read about. Thanks for the review, I think I’ll give this one a miss.

  2. I just finished this one this morning. I thought it was pretty good and I have the next one too, but I am hoping that I enjoy it a little more. Fae book are sometimes a hit or miss with me. I’m glad you ended up enjoying this for the most part. 🙂

  3. Glad there were things to enjoy even if there were some issues. I hate that feeling of liking but rating being middle of the line.

  4. howardgirls2003 says:

    Hi Michelle! Thank you so much for the review. It’s so important for me to learn what works and what doesn’t, so I appreciate this info more than you know!

  5. I read this last year, and I remember either liking it or loving it. The covers for the series are gorgeous and I want to read the next book too. But I’m in no hurry to do so. I did enjoy learning about the Tuatha though, and I think it would be nice to learn more about them. Maybe soon in the future. 😛

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