Friday, June 28, 2013

Blog Tour {Review & Giveaway}: The Forgotten Ones (The Danaan Trilogy #1) by Laura Howard

The Forgotten Ones (The Danaan Trilogy #1)
by Laura Howard
Release date: May 15, 2013 
Genre: NA Paranormal

Allison O'Malley just graduated from college. Her life's plan is to get a job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She doesn't have room for friends or even Ethan, who clearly wants more.

When Allison's long-lost father shows up, he claims he can bring her mother back from the dark place her mind has sent her. He reveals legends of a race of people long forgotten, the Tuatha de Danaan, along with the truth about why he abandoned her mother.


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.

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There are many, many, many beautiful covers that embrace books, but this cover is absolutely my favorite. I even saved it to my phone without even thinking about it just so I could stare at the wondrous thing. It blows all other book covers out of the proverbial water.

I wish I could say the same about the book itself, the meat inside of the gorgeous cover, but alas I cannot. There are parts of The Forgotten Ones where I can see the beauty (the amazing descriptions and landscapes that makeup the latter part of the novel) and other parts where I could feel the story drifting off on some other, unwarranted path.

The Forgotten One’s summary doesn't tell much about the novel itself. From it, I would've never been able to guess that it was a fey book at all. At that point the cover was the only thing drawing me to this book because I was in the dark going in to read it.

The Forgotten Ones, in short, is about a girl named Allison. Fresh out of high school and dealing with things most kids don't have to deal with. Her mother, who is schizophrenic, can't even look at her without going into a fit. I can't imagine the hurt and sadness Allison feels at this, but it's not really elaborated on. I, personally, love it when books feel. When characters show their emotions so bluntly that we--as the reader--can feel them too. Allison seems to only feel jealousy and anger, but for only brief periods of time. She is brave, head-strong, and with a heart large enough to carry the burdens of those around her. Yet her ability to care, to feel more than just describe the things around her, doesn't last long.

When the cliched bad-boy player enters things start to get a little ridiculous. When the dead-beat dad shows up on her door step and Allison merely gets non-nonchalantly mad, the story gets gets laughable.

The latter end of the book is what made me really delve into this novel and enjoy it. Wondrous scenes of Tir Ma Nog (the fey kingdom) with its rolling green hills and beautiful people. Foods and flowers and everything that comes with being a Faery is describe so amazingly that it was hard to see reality the same. Laura’s ability to label and see the things in this foreign world is stunning.

I equal parts loved and disliked this novel. As I said before, it had some parts where all I could do is gape in wonder and others where I just felt ridiculous. I feel like Laura has something really good up her sleeve for the next novel and so I will definitely be reading it.

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