Disclosure: I received an electronic copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion. This did not influence my opinion in any way.
The Forgotten Ones (The Danaan Trilogy #1) by Laura Howard
Publication date: April 30th 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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 the Author
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.
This book was such a refreshing read. Though I’ve read previous tales that involved fairies, it has never been like this. I love that the story was so magical. It all felt magical to me, too, I actually felt like I was there and could look around at all the lushness when Allison is in their world. It all felt ‘real’ to me…Allison was a lovable character and her problems were something that could affect any of us. Killer cliffhanger ending, though! A solid 3 1/2 stars from me.