Title — The Forgotten Ones
Author — Laura Howard
Age group — New Adult/Adult
Genre — Contemporary/Fantasy
Published — April 28, 2013
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’m usually solid on my stars for reviewing but The Forgotten Ones has me stumped. For that reason I’m breaking down my reading satisfaction:
I guess that evens out to about 3.5 – 4 stars. I’ll just go with that because I can’t pick!
For anyone who likes fantasy or has been bogged down in similar new adult books lately, this short novel is a good twist from the norm.
I’m going to try explain my feelings here. Okay, plot. The first half was almost a solid contemporary. Magic didn’t come into it until around 40%, I think. When we were introduced to the magic, it was like boom! and everything from there on out was all magic. So from the start we have a lovely story. It opened with the hint of a love story with Ethan and Allie’s problems concerning her mother’s health. The Forgotten Ones is the type of book you read a few paragraphs of and know it’s going to be one you like.
Then occurs the twist midway where the old folk Irish magic comes in and the developing love story between Ethan and Allie halts while she gets close with her dad and figures out some issues. Okay, my feelings here. I love a good romance so I was pretty sad Ethan and Allie as a couple slowed to the point it read like straight fantasy. However, we got to see her develop a relationship with her dad, which was all sorts of wonderful. She had disliked her dad previously but when the truth was revealed about why he was never around, it made me want to read more to see how Allie’s issues would pan out in the latter half of the story given that the pace picked up heaps and it was like a fantasy adventure.
Overall, the writing was magical. Laura Howard can write and it’s hard disagreeing with that. She has a beautiful voice, which makes you see everything vividly, and writing that hits you in the heart.
My only thoughts about how I could have enjoyed this more is if a few more things were explained/expanded and if the story was longer. It would have helped to become more immersed in the rich detail of the fantasy aspect.
This novel is a great read. Anyone who loves both contemporary and fantasy novels will love it and with Laura’s talent to capture you with little words, it’s a recommended read!
3.5 – 4 stars
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