Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Review and Giveaway: The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

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 Take
Fans of paranormal/fantasy type novels will highly enjoy this fresh portrayal of the supernatural world intermingling with average human beings. The paranormal elements are subtle throughout most of the story, but the reader can easily spot the hints along the way. 

Allison is a young adult who's spent her life taking care of her schizophrenic mother while living with her grandparents. After Allison was conceived on Ireland, her mother's left despondent over the loss of the father of her child. She slowly falls into what is identified as a mental illness, often falling into a catatonic state, and spending endless periods of time either crying or staring out the window in desperate need of Liam, Allison't presumed father. 

For a period of about six months, Allison's been dreaming of a man whose eyes distinctly match her own. Unexpectedly, Allison't doorbell rings and she goes to answer. As she opens the door, she instantly recognizes those eyes and the man from her dreams. Her father. Liam, seemingly unaware of the situation, vows to find a way to fix Allison's mother come Hell or high water. Can Allison trust this man, the one who left her mother to fall into such a state, enough to try and seek the help she desperately leaves?

Laura Howard did a fantastic job creating a fresh addition to the paranormal world. The story flows with such ease that I found myself lost in it. Allison is not your average college student. Instead of hanging out, partying, she goes to school, works, and spends her time caring for her mother. She even avoids dating, although there is one man, Ethan, who definitely holds her interest. Allison is also a strong female character who is determined to help her mother no matter what she may face. 

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 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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