[Blog Tour] The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard + Giveaway!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Title: The Forgotten Ones
Author: Laura Howard
Format: Paperback, 177 pages
Genre: NA, Paranormal, Fae
Publication Date: May 15, 2013
Source: Earc received from Author for honest review

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 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.

I have to admit that I was very surprised by this novel. I am always a little skeptical when it comes to books that aren't published by traditional publishers. But you know what? I am so glad I read this book. It was captivating right from the beginning and I will admit that I couldn't put it down!

What I think I loved most about this book was its culture and history. The Fae world that Laura created is based on actual Scottish myths and legends and I have to say that having a Gaelic name myself, I loved seeing all those cultural names--even if they were hard to pronounce at first! The characters felt real and I was invested from the beginning. One of the only complaints I have logistically is I wish the book was longer. Being only 177 I felt like I flew through it, and I was left wanting a lot more. Especially in the romance department. The main character Alisson has supressed feelings for Ethan that she denied throughout the whole book, and while reading you can tell there are mutual feelings going on, but I felt a little jipped. I wanted some culmintaion of those feeling ;) But maybe that will happen in book 2.

One other thing I would have liked was for there to be more of the Fae world in the beginning. When I started reading this book it felt like a straight contemporary book and then we are thrust into this whole other world. I loved that world and the character that we meet in it, but I just wish it was introduced a little sooner.

Overall this book was way more than I expected and I did not think I would get that invested in the character. The writing style is superb and I can only hope that Laura continues to write because I  will continue to read everything she puts out into the world. It was great fantasy read!

While I read I always listen to music, so I thought I would share the songs I was listening to during this read.

1. Bleeding Out- Imagine Dragons
2. All About Us- He is We
3. I Love It- Icona Pop
4. Between the Raindrops- Lifehouse
5. They Don't Know About Us- One Direction--> Laugh all you want, they have catchy songs :)

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  1. Cool review. I like your playlist too, especially They Don't Know About Us by 1D :)

  2. Thank you Siobhan! I love your name, of course! I hope you stick with me and Allison to find out if she gives Ethan his chance. They have a long way to go. :D