For a debut novel(la), this was a pretty good read. In fact, it's good enough that I sort of want to treat myself to the sequel. And that says a lot because I never buy a book over 99 cents. Even then it has to be traditionally published or it's a box set of young adult novels in which I don't own most of it already.
Though maybe I'll treat myself one day, when the last book comes out.
The Forgotten Ones is quite different from other fairy novels, mainly due to the fact that the main character's (Allison) mother has schizophrenia. You don't come across that often everyday. For about 6 months, Allison's been getting strange dreams. Soon enough, her father suddenly appears after almost twenty-two years, claiming that he can actually cure her mother's schizophrenia.
There's also a pronunciation guide! For most of the strange terms used, that is. Gods know exactly how well I'll remember them, so I'll quote Allison:
My mind swirled with new names to remember.*pats character's head* I feel you, Allison. I feel you.
“We have way too much leftover food here. Come help me eat it...please.”Apparently I want to shake Allison for pushing him away, even though her thoroughly valid reason is to take care of her mother.
*back to normal* It's sort of frustrating in my opinion. Even though it's caring of her to take care of her schizophrenic mother – she even goes after her mother when she disappears all of a sudden! – Allison battles internally with her feelings for Ethan throughout a good half of the book. Somehow, I just want to nudge her. She's liked him since they were little, he returns her feelings, she pushes him away. >_< *nudges* Allison doesn't seem to have much of a social life either.
I was sort of disappointed when I reached the end though. Actually, I didn't say I was disappointed in the end, though that's true – I was disappointed that it's over. As for the end, there's a cliffhanger, but it's weak. You sort of expect it to happen because technically... it's already happened. That's not exactly a cliffhanger in my humble opinion. More like an end in which the other characters just realized that or that and it just sank into the main character.
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