Review: The Forgotten Ones (The Danaan Trilogy #1) by Laura Howard

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Goodreads Summary:

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.

My Review

Fairy based stories are the fantasy genre I’ve read the least of (though I’ve still read a fair share), so I was definitely excited to start reading this series, and I had been meaning to read them for quite some time now so I was glad I finally was able to.

Allison was always the girl who never quite fit in, and would rather keep to herself then go out with friends, and would certainly rather avoid the whole situation of falling in love with the gorgeous Ethan. She grew up with a mother who was diagnosed with schizophrenia and a non-existent father whom supposedly ditched out on her mother. She was raised by her grandparents and lives next door to her cousin and aunt and uncle. Her life was (for the most part normal), that is until her father shows up on her door step, and her world gets turned entirely upside down when she learns the truth behind her mother’s mental problems.

Laura Howard added her own spin to the fairy genre that I hadn’t read before, and though I would have liked to have seen more of the actual world they came from, I was still intrigued by their nature. Each Danaan has their own powers, but all of them are pretty emotionless, except for the few human-turned-fae (you’ll have to read the book to find out what I mean by that). Allison does a pretty darn good job of dealing with the insanity, which was definitely better than the total-freakout-break-down-crying thing some characters do in other books.

This first book was pretty much all about the set up for the next two, which was pretty prevalent. Yes there were some good developments, but basically, all the characters were introduced, the enemy was set, and the pretense for the next books was established and that was that. Oh and the romance was dangled in my face and then ripped away, which was frustrating and most definitely made me want more! Ethan and Allison are clearly perfect for each other, Allison just needed to get her knickers out of a knot and do something about it! Fingers crossed for book two!

All in all, The Forgotten Ones was a good book with a great set up for what’s to come in the series, and I can’t wait to read the rest. I have already started book two, and things are getting spicy!

You can buy The Forgotten Ones on Amazon here! Get it, it’s free!

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