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 fairy tale 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.
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The Forgotten Ones
by Laura Howard
The Danaan Trilogy #1
November 24, 2013
The Forgotten Ones is a NA/YA modern fantasy, which follows a young woman, Allison, who has done everything in her power to focus on caring for her mother. If not for her grandparents, she would never go out with her friends or even attend a cookout. All of this because her mother lost her mind after she was born. Beautiful and charismatic before, now she cannot even leave the house. It broke my heart, and Allison’s in the book, when her mother cannot remember her daughter and gets agitated thinking Allison is her father, whom she resembles. And then her father shows up and promises to make it right, to bring Allison’s mom back from the dark place she’s gone in her mind.
The story is well-written and short, great for those who like a quick read. I liked how it gets to the point, building the empathy for the mother and her daughter, making me hope Allison loosens up a bit and gets together with Ethan. The romance gets rather bazaar, though, particularly when the dad shows up. There’s lots of jealousy between Ethan and Allison, though I found Ethan’s to be rather amusing. I won’t go into why due to the potential for spoilers.
The fantasy focus is on Irish mythology, faeries who entrance and enslave humans. The mythology is interesting, but I found all of the names and personalities of the faeries a little hard to keep up with. They went from just a couple to half a dozen or so, rather quickly, I might add, and then migrated between being friend, foe and other. Allison also experiences a bunch of visions, but they seem to be hit or miss. Are they foreshadowing? Are they telling the future as it will be, or as it could be? Maybe some will be explained in the next couple of books, but I think some were there just to build tension whether or not they ever pan out.
Anyway, I thought this was a great book. There’s fantasy, dark mythology, and bit of romance and action in a neat YA/NA package. The book sets the stage for the next in the trilogy and isn’t meant to be a standalone.
The review copy of this book was purchased by the reviewer.
About Laura Howard
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.