I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
*This review contains slight spoilers*
I was so pleased that the book was a GREAT read! The story is told from Allison's point of view, and, you, as the reader, can't help but feel for her as she copes with a mother who is not mentally altogether present and for her sense of responsibility to take care of her mom.
Knowing a person who experiences schizophrenic episodes, I am able to say that Laura Howard's writing captures those episodes well in her writing, portraying them realistically. You can't help but like Allison because of her devotion to her mother.
I love the descriptive elements about the fairy land (Tír na n'Óg). I have to admit that I am a sucker for books with fairies in them, so it's not that surprising that I liked this book! Of all the fairies though, my favorite character was Aodhan. Something about him made me want to learn more about him, and I am hoping that we find out more in subsequent books or maybe even a future book based on him as the main character.
The imagery in the book is beautiful, and you are easily swept away by the emotions, the mood and the magic of the story.
I definitely recommend "The Forgotten Ones" to everyone who loves fantasy and romance. Anyone who loves paranormal romance and urban fantasy (YA) should love this book.
The Forgotten Ones
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.
About Laura Howard
Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.