Friday, May 3, 2013

Blog Tour: The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard - Review, Giveaway


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard.  The tour is hosted by Itching For Books Blog Tours.  You can visit the rest of the stops on the tour here.  There is also a tour-wide giveaway going on, which you can enter below.  In addition, Laura is giving away one eBook to one lucky winner on this tour stop.  Just leave a comment below to enter.  The winner will be chosen via random generator on May 10, 2013.  




The Forgotten Ones
by Laura Howard
Published:  April 30, 2013

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 Thoughts:  Allison O'Malley is a 21-year-old who keeps mostly to herself.  Her one goal has been to help take the burden off her grandparents by taking over care of her schizophrenic mother.  Her mom wasn't always this way, but became this way after Allison was born, something else Allison feels guilty about.  She is not very outgoing and doesn't have a lot of friends.  Her cousin and neighbor, Nicole, is the only reason she goes out at all.  Nicole dates Jeff, and Jeff's brother is Ethan.  Allison has been in love with Ethan ever since she can remember, but continually pushes him away, convinced that she doesn't have time for a relationship.  When she finally starts to give in a little, her long lost father, Liam, appears on the scene and things quickly change.  Allison's rather dull life soon becomes filled with things that are only found in story books and legends.  When her mother and Ethan get sucked up into this world, Allison is forced to become involved.  She realizes how much she loves Ethan, but can she save him, and if she does, will it be too little too late?


The Forgotten Ones was an interesting story.  It is labeled as NA, but with the exception of the age of the characters, it has more of a YA feel to it.  The story is told from Allison's point of view.   The first half reads more like a contemporary novel, then transitions into more fantasy, incorporating Irish Folklore and the Fey, the forgotten tribe of Tuatha de Danaan.  Allison finds herself in the land of  Tir Na Nog, where she learns more about her father, and must trust her father and others to help save those she loves.  Allison's character kind of had to grow on me.  I liked her, but at the same time was frustrated with her, because of the way she treated Ethan.  I understood her reasoning behind not wanting a relationship, but I also feel like she protested too much and would have liked to see something more develop between the two of them in this novel.  I did like Ethan's character.  He was a player, but it was obvious how much he cared about Allison.  I am really rooting for their relationship.   I was a little perplexed with the ending, with where and how things left off, particularly where the romance was concerned, but at the same time look forward to seeing how this develops in the next novel.  The fantasy element of the book was interesting, as was the Irish Folklore.  Laura Howard has set the stage for an interesting and magical series with her debut novel, The Forgotten Ones, and I look forward to seeing where she takes the story from here.  If you enjoy fantasy, magic, and folklore, combined with some romance and drama, then you may want to check The Forgotten Ones out.  



Favorite Quotes:

"Ethan was tall, Olive skinned with dark messy curls. Easily the best-looking guy in Stoneville. And also the biggest player in town. He knew the effect he had on girls, and he used it to his advantage.”

"I'm perfectly happy with a good book and a bowl of Double fudge ice cream."



Laura   HowardAbout 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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26 comments:

  1. I am glad you liked this even if the ending was a little off. I am not sure if I would like all the fantasy in this one but it does seem like a really interesting read.

    Have a great weekend Ellen!!

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  2. Mental illness AND magic? Sounds awesome. :)

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    1. It was good, especially if you enjoy fantasy.

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  3. I can't wait to read this! I hae been looking forward to it!

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  4. I really do love fantasy stuff, so I think I might like that bit of it a lot. Wonderful review!

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  5. Good review & quotes. Thanks for participating.

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  6. This one sounds so cool! I like contemporary and fantasy mixes... and that cover is beautiful. Great review Ellen!

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  7. sounds fantastic! Thanks for the great review and giveaway!

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  8. Your review is simple and very honest. I think I might have to read this novel (especially with its the beautiful cover)!

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  9. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed this! My review will be up tomorrow. I enjoyed it as well... but I honestly had a lot of trouble with all of the Irish Mythological names and places... I just couldn't keep them all straight! Other than that, the world Laura described was wonderful. Great review!

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    1. I agree, that was the hardest part of the book and I had a difficult time keeping them straight to. I mostly tried to get a fix on the main ones. I think fantasy fans will be the main ones to enjoy it.

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  10. What first attracted me to this book was it's pretty cover but now that I read more about it, I definitely want to read it more:)

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    1. The cover is really pretty. It is a great book, especially if you enjoy fantasy.

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  11. This sounds very intriguing. I cannot imagine living with a schizophrenic parent. I would like to read it Thanks for the interview and giveaway.

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    1. It is an interesting story. Thanks for visiting.

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