03 May 2013

Blog Tour: The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

Release Date: April 30th, 2013
Kindle Edition: 177 pages

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.

So, the first surprise for me upon finishing this novel was the length; with only 177 pages, The Forgotten Ones was a quick read and yet an enjoyable one. I have not often read such short novels and I found myself enjoying it because it cuts right to the point. With some original ideas (Tuatha de Danaan) to refresh the YA genre, I look forward to the next one.

Even though the plot and the writing were things I really enjoyed, I was a bit let down about the romance. I know that Allison has some problems but she didn't have to push Ethan away so hard. I do hope the sequel will bring something more in this department. However, the world-building was enough to pick my interest and I really enjoyed her trip to Tir na n’Og. I really loved this mix of magic and real world.

The characters were likeable and realistic. But sometimes I had the feeling that there just too many side characters. I certainly forgot many of their names throughout the novel. Ethan was, of course, swoony and Allison a really likeable main character.

I do recommend this novel to anyone who likes the paranormal genre in YA. This novel is short and I'm sure you will enjoy it, and even if you don't (which I doubt it), there are only 177 pages! I was even a bit sad that The Forgotten Ones was so short. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel to this novel, even though there was no cliffhanger in the end.

Dream Cast:

With those piercing blue eyes and that "studious" vibe, Alexis Bledel would make the perfect Allison. I had her character in Gilmore Girls, Rory, often in my mind while reading The Forgotten Ones.

I know Ethan actually has longer hair and curls, but Taylor Lautner would be my pick for this character. He certainly is gorgeous enough for the role.

Kellan Lutz would be the perfect Sean. I always have him in my mind when I think about those "big brother"-type of character. He is a friend of Allison since they were kids and treats her like a younger sister.

Daneel Harris would make the perfect Rachel. I don't know if you've watched One Tree Hill but her character there was a bit unbearable in the beginning (just like Rachel) and coincidentally Daneel's character in OTH was also called Rachel! The perfect fit , right?!

Teresa Palmer is my pick for Nicole's character. Nicole is Allison's cousin and best friend. Teresa would be my choice because while she is blonde and pretty like Nicole, she still can be one fierce actress!

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