Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Forgotten Ones Blog Tour: Review of The Forgotten Ones (The Danaan Trilogy #1) by Laura Howard + GIVEAWAY

Hi everyone! I'm very excited to be a part of this blog tour. You can check out the rest of the tour HERE!


Goodreads rating: 3.79
Kindle Edition, 197 pages
Published April 28th 2013 by Amazon Digital Services
Genre: YA paranormal 

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 finished this one fairly quickly, since it was just under 200 pages, but I was surprised by how much I liked it. I'm not very into indie books these days, mostly because of the drama with a few indie authors, but I took a chance signing up for this blog tour and I'm glad I took a chance on this book. It helps that I love Irish folklore and that the cover is gorgeous! We open up with Allison. It's the summer after she's graduated from college and she's already thinking about grad school to get a good job. And all of this to take care of her mother, who's schizophrenic, and mostly catatonic. She hasn't been much of a mom for Allison, so they both live with her grandparents, who practically are her parents. She lives next door to her cousin, Nicole (finally, a character named Nicole that isn't a total beotch), but she never really goes out very much. She has to focus on her mom. Her whole life has become about giving her mom a better life. The weird thing is that this didn't read like a New Adult novel, which is why I called it YA. These people could have easily been in high school as there were no moments that needed the maturity level of a college student. I actually think it might have been even better set in high school. I think it really puts up those boundaries that teens with enough problems already have to break through in order to do what they have to.

I was really looking forward to more of the romance between Allison and Ethan, but it never really took off. I also found myself a bit un-invested at times with the characters because, while there had been some good character development, there wasn't enough for me to worry too much about what happened to them. I also felt like the descriptions were really lacking, and since this is a fairy book, it kind of took away some of the magic that I expected to feel. There was really only one thing about this book that made me want to set it down, and that was all the names and places that started popping up that I could not pronounce. There were so many of them! It would have made complete sense had it been that world from the beginning. But the whole book up until the point that Allison finds out what her father is and so what she partially is was very mundane. And then, all of a sudden, she's assaulted with these names and words and places that were very difficult to pronounce and hard to tell apart from each other. But I'd say that's my only big complaint about this one, besides it being too short and the romance taking a serious back seat to the whole thing. Besides that, this was a very enjoyable, quick, and while sometimes a bit dark still a fun read!

Those who enjoy faeries and Irish myths!

Grand prize giveaway Open internationally Prizes: --5 eBook copies of The Forgotten Ones --25$ Amazon Gift Card


2 comments:

  1. I'm pretty sure it's being marketed as YA though even if the character is a little older. I'm glad you enjoyed this one overall it sounds like a great start to a good series! :)

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  2. sounds goods and I'd like to get this. TFS.

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