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Review: The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

Danaan #1
Laura Howard
Publication Date: April 28, 2013
Publisher: Self Published

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.

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.
I know I don't usually like romances, but I have a random confession. *whispers* I think Ethan's cute (yeah, that includes his cockiness O_O). He sort of won me over with a quote. (Oh, come on. I was worried this was going to be another Daemon guy! I'm sure you guys have heard me complain about stalky love interests.) ^_^
“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.
Although I'm curious. What does she look like??? Somehow, Allison looks like a blank slate or that girl on the pretty cover. Or maybe... I just need to pay more attention.

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.
What's really intriguing, however, is the fact Allison is mistaken as someone else who hasn't entered the picture. At least, not yet, so I'm curious if said girl will make an appearance in the sequel or the finale.

4.5 Owls

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