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
Danaan Trilogy Book One
Genre: New Adult Fantasy
TOUR WIDE GIVEAWAY
The author is doing three giveaway packages (three winners)! Each package will contain a keychain, some swag, and a signed paperback copy of The Forgotten Ones!
REVIEW BY JENA (FROM MAY 21, 2013)
I had the pleasure of sorta-kinda-by-accident-but-not-really meeting Laura Howard online. She and I are both part of (and organizing) the Stamford Author Event this coming August. In talking with her about publishing and whatnot, I agreed to review her debut novel The Forgotten Ones.
And I absolutely loved it.
I ended up reading The Forgotten Ones this last weekend. Being cooped up at home with a sick child who demanded that I be cuddled up with him rather than working on my own book, I had plenty of time and decided that would be my book of choice.
Within just a few pages, I was completely sucked in. It took no time at all before I was burning through the pages of this book at demon speed. I had stuck to my age old rule of not reading the synopsis before reading the book so I went into the story not knowing what to expect aside from the obvious fae reference in the name of the series (the Danaan Trilogy). And who doesn’t like a good fae story?
The characters are very well-written. The main character has the weight of the world on her shoulders in the form of her self-imposed duty to put all of her own needs and wants aside in an effort to take care of her mentally ill mom. Now, this would ordinarily sound like the start of some heavy chick lit book but right off the bat, you know her mom’s “illness” is not normal.
The intrigue in this book is what keeps you turning the pages. The author writes in such a way that she doesn’t give it up on the first date. The secrets and revelations in the book are perfectly timed so you don’t learn everything too quickly but at the same time, the little morsels of information are given often enough that you don’t feel like anything is dragged out. Pace is key, folks and Laura Howard has got it down!
Good books often require a steamy male lead and we have got one. Ethan. Oh, Ethan. There’s just something about him. I honestly had him pegged as a scum bag in the beginning but I have a hunch that he’s actually a genuinely nice guy. We shall see as the story continues.
The fae in this book have classic fae qualities. They’re not twinkly little shits that pass their time floating amongst the trees. They are selfish with selfish agendas. Much like the fae in more modern tales such as the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning and the Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris, Howard’s fae have little regard for humans. Are there acceptions? Well, aren’t there always? You’re just going to have to read the book to find out more.
Now all these kind words come with one fair warning. Be prepared for a cliffhanger that will leave you saying Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?!?!?!?!?!?!?! The ending is not BAD. It’s just a MASSIVE cliffhanger. Massive. You WILL be left craving more!
Overall, I am giving The Forgotten Ones a solid 5 stars! This is a wonderful debut novel from a promising new indie on the market! I thoroughly enjoyed this book from cover to cover. The plot is well thought out, the dialog flows smoothly, the characters have depth – it has everything you need for the good book cocktail. I can’t wait to read the rest of this series!
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.