August 24, 2013

Review: The Forgotten Ones

Title: The Forgotten Ones
Author: Laura Howard
My Rating: 4 conch
Source: Purchased
By At: Amazon, Barnes and Noble

Summary from Goodreads: 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 Review: This was an enjoyable story, especially since I was looking forward to reading about the fey. Allison has a lot of responsibility and even a little guilt for her mother's state. When her father shows up and explains it all, she handles it with surprising grace. I liked the relationship with Allison and her grandparents and her cousin who made her have fun. Ethan was okay too, although I would have liked to see more develop between him and Allison so that her actions felt more justified. Perhaps that relationship will be explored more in the second book. The world of the fey was fantastic. Laura did a beautiful job describing the environment and creating an alternative realm. Aodhan, the silent warrior, was by far my favorite male character and I hope we see more of him. Although the ending was a bit abrupt/cliffhanger, I was okay with it. I think that was a good place for the story to end and leaves quite a few threads to be explored in the next installment - which I will definitely be reading!

The Good: Beautiful world once we get to meet the fey and I hope we see more of it in the next book.

The Issue: I had a hard time with the names and, therefore, at times found myself skipping over them. I also didn't feel that strong of a connection between Ethan and Allison.

The Rating: 4 conch. A pleasant read that will leave you wanting more.

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