Author: Laura Howard
Release Date: April 30, 2013
Danaan Trilogy #1
Genre: YA Paranormal
Book Source: Author
About the book:
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.
What G & U are talking about:
The Forgotten Ones is the debut novel of Laura Howard. This is the first book in Danaan Trilogy. We found this novel to have a few of the characteristics we seem to associate as new author issues; however, we did find the premise interesting and promising.
The novel begins with our main character, Allison trying to ease her mother during one of her schizophrenic episodes. This sets the tone of Allison’s character. She is completely devoted to her mother, to the point that she neglects not only herself but living. Even though she has a long-standing crush on Ethan, her cousin Nicole’s boyfriend’s brother, she refuses to acknowledge or pursue her feelings even when they seem to be reciprocated. Her sole goal is to be educated so she can care for her mother, nothing else matters. Her plans are derailed when her long lost father, Liam, returns, to see her mother and meets his unknown daughter instead.
The interesting mythology is centered on the Fae. Liam has returned in hopes of curing Beth’s insanity, but Allison refuses to believe him and his crazy stories of the fair folk. Unfortunately she is dragged into this world when her mother goes missing. Allison will sacrifice anything to save her, even herself.
One of the issues we had with the writing was that as a first person narrative, the reader is being told what happens one instead of experiencing it through the main character’s eyes. This did detract a bit from our enjoyment. We also feel that the story read more like a novella rather than a full novel. This may be due to the terse, compact nature of the story. Gikany and Una would have preferred to been given more meat in this novel. It was interesting and were intrigued, but we were left wanting for more. In some ways we felt that the novel ended where it started, thus giving it a more prequel feeling than being a first book in a trilogy.
All in all, our interest is piqued. We look forward to reading the next book in the Danaan Trilogy. If your are looking for a new and quick read, give The Forgotten Ones a try.
Liked it, but I had some issues – recommend (B)