Title: The Forgotten Ones (book 1)
Series: The Danaan Trilogy
Author: Laura Howard
Pub Date: May 2013
Publisher: Finding Bliss Publishing
Source: I received an ebook from My Family’s Heart Book Reviews & Tours to read and review as part of my tour stop for Laura Howard’s first book in The Danaan Trilogy, The Stone Destiny.
About The Book:
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 by Laura Howard is her debut novel. I have to say if Stone of Destiny (book 2) in the series is anything like this one I am going to love it just as much.
I have to admit I was guilty of accepting this book to review based on the cover which I really love. Isn’t it a cute cover?
Then once I started to read it I have to say that I was taken in and literally read this in one sitting. Its a pretty quick read at roughly 200 pages. I normally don’t read alot of books that deal with paranormal/magical creatures and fairies and that is just because its my choice but I think after reading this I might have to pick up a few more books like this. It was a lot of fun to read.
Before I begin my review I have to applaud Laura for all the research she did with the book and you could see it throughout the book. I am currently planning to read all that I can on the Danaan’s as it sounds really interesting considering I normally don’t read alot of books with mythology mixed in.
Allison is a 21 year old who is living with her grandparents and her schizophrenia mother. Allison has no idea who her father (Liam) is and all she knows is that when her mother went to Ireland her last semester of college and met Liam. They fell in love and had a brief romance. When all was said and done she came home alone heart broken and changed.
Allison is almost like every girl across the world with the exception of being shy and for some reason alone. The only friend she seems to have is her cousin Nicole who is the exact opposite of Allison. Nicole is the life of the party and lives like there is no tomorrow. She knows you have to live for the moment. Something I think Allison wants but feels the burden of having to take care of her mother.
With all books you have to have a love interest and for Allison is Ethan. A guy she has been crushing on forever. I loved Ethan. He is probably the kind of guy girls crush over and want but as much as Allison is crushing on him she tries to keep it as friends. I wanted to reach in the book and shake her up because after all the years of crushing over him he is finally showing an interest in her. I think for Allison she was afraid that if she crossed that line with Ethan that things would never be the same again. Something I thought about and could relate to. As much as you want your crush to be more sometimes, sometimes its just better to leave as is. Does that make sense?
Then out of no where Liam, Allison’s father shows up. This is probably where the book got interesting because I was dying to find out more about the past history of her parents. What happened that changed everything? Liam feels Allison in on the history of the Danaan’s and from that point it was one hell of a ride.
I don’t want to go into much more because I will spoil the book but I think if your looking for a fun read this summer I highly recommend this one.
Have you read this? Do you think you would want to read this?