Thursday, September 11, 2014

JASMINE's THOUGHTS on The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

New Adult Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
The Danaan Trilogy, #1
Publish Date:
April 28, 2013
Finding Bliss Publishing

Summary from Goodreads:
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 to 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.

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**My Thoughts**

Note: This review contains NO spoilers

I am such a sucker for the paranormal/fantasy genre that when I read The Forgotten Ones, it reminded me of why I love this genre! Laura Howard brought to life a world of faeries to this story. As stated in the aforementioned summary, Allison has a plan for her life, but with the appearance of her father that all changed.

I enjoyed reading these imagined worlds that Laura has so written beautifully. And...the characters were so "life-like" with the right amount of descriptive words that left some to my imagination. The story flowed from beginning to end with introducing me to Allison's life and family to the world of Tuatha de Danaan! Two separate and different worlds, but with Laura's writing, these worlds were distinct and unique in its own way that there was no mistake on where these characters were while reading. I even fell in love with the characters with their individual personalities and quirkiness as they interacted with each other; then there are the faeries with their unique personalities and mannerisms.

To my surprise there is that spark of intrigue or mystery in the story with some surprising twists. All this started when Allison's long-lost father shows up! From that moment on, nothing seems as it appears...the same can be said about the faeries as well. Oh, of course, the "kicker of it all" is that The Forgotten Ones ends with a freakin' cliffhanger! Really!!! Just when you think everything will be okay, Laura throws in a twist and ends the book.

I am already set to read Book 2, Stone of Destiny, and good thing I have it! One of my reader pet peeves....finishing a book and not being able to read the next book in the series because it hasn't been released yet...haha!! Luckily, I have Stone of Destiny! No waiting for me!! I can find out what happens next! But, then again, that's what I love about reading...the story starts with a nice even flow, then builds up to an exciting mystery with plot twists. During all these twists, the story is also filled with emotional situations that could, possibly, make you teary eyed. I know I got teary eyed in various parts of the book.

My rating:


  1. I couldn't be more thrilled! Thank you so much Jasmine!!!!

    1. It's totally my pleasure! I've had the book for a while and didn't start reading it until now. I'm glad I did since I am hosting a day on the blog tour for Stone of Destiny...and I picked to review it knowing that I have The Forgotten Ones! :) Perfect timing, too! Thank you for introducing Irish faery lore in these books!