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The Forgotten Ones: Book 1 (The Danaan Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Laura Howard
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Book Description

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 fairy tale 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.


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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 427 KB
  • Print Length: 197 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CKXODRG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,004 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Laura Howard lives in New England 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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth a read. 19 Aug. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Argggghhhh! Why do I do this to myself? Once again I have had a great book sat on my kindle for forever and time after time I have put off reading it only to finally sit down to it and read it all in one sitting. I was blown away by Howard's writing style which is all the more impressive by the fact that this is her debut novel.. and it has left me with an urge to read more of her work. Luckily for me I have her second book in this series, Stone of Destiny, already loaded on my Kindle waiting for me.

From the very first few pages I was drawn to Allison and I knew almost immediately that I was going to love this book. I'm not saying that Allison is perfect, she made a couple of choices I wouldn't have made.. Like constantly casting Ethan aside. Even when she was 'giving him a chance' she was really quick to shut him out. And while I understand her reasoning that doesn't mean I have to agree with them. I'm still trying to work out if she was overly harsh on her father when he arrives, especially given his reason for not being there.. totally valid. But I did like the way their relationship developed throughout the story.

Looking through other reviews and it would seem that Howard has come under fire for her choice of names for her characters, or rather the spelling of those names. But personally I found it to be a great addition to the story, it adds a real Irish flavour to a story that is thick in Irish mythology. If you are going to have a centuries old Irish character it would seem rather out of place if his name was spelled Aiden or Declan. Easier to pronounce, yes, but not authentic. And that is one of the things that gives this book its charm. Howard stayed true to her story and for that I applaud her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but protagonist was annoying 13 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a very interesting take on Irish folklore. I enjoyed the concept behind the Tuatha de Danaan and it was nice to see Tir na Nòg brought to life by the author. Being Irish I always enjoy reading books based on Irish mythology and seeing how it is brought into the modern world. The plot in TFO was really interesting and I liked learning about the fey and their world. There were twist and turns and you never knew who you could trust. You were left doubting yourself so many times as to who was the good guy and who was the bad guy. This kept the story exciting and had me second guessing things. But the reason I only gave the book 3 stars was because I didn't really like the characters, especially Allison. I can understand that she needs to look after her mother and everything which is a huge burden but she could go out with friends once in a while. For a twenty one year old she was practically a hermet. Her only real friend was her cousin who lived right next door. And I didn't really get the love interest Ethan. I didn't really get their attraction to one another. And I would class this as YA rather than NA as nothing happened in it to class it as NA. The only character that I kind of liked was Aodhan. He was the silent mysterious warrior type and I can't wait to see more of him.
Overall the book was good but the characters kind of brought it down a bit. I will definitely read the next book as I am intrigued by the fey and their world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Forgotten Ones 1 Aug. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I gave The Forgotten Ones 3.5 Stars

*I'd like to thank the author for giving an ARC, in exchange for my honest review.*

When I saw that this book was about fairies and Irish mythology, I knew I had to have it. The fact that I was lucky enough to get an ARC of one of my most anticipated books for the year was pretty amazing. I'm so glad to say that I found this book to have a wonderful heroine, and some great Irish mythology thrown in. I also really liked Laura's version of Tir Na Nog.

I think Allison was my favorite character in this book. She was the one we got to know the best, as she was the heroine, and the character through who's eyes the story was told. She was really protective of her mother, and she wanted to take the responsibility of taking care of her mom and herself off of her grandparents. That showed just how much she appreciated other people's efforts to help her. Of course, I felt really horrible for Al, because she had so much responsibility. She felt like she couldn't have a life outside of her mother, and as she was only in her early twenties, it made me sad for her, as well as for her love interest whom she continually pushed away.

Speaking of her love interest, I really liked what we got to see of Ethan. He was very patient, and he didn't mind helping Al if she ever needed him, even when the two of them weren't talking. It was obvious how much he cared about her, and I cringed every time she pushed him away, or later, when she lied to him to keep him from all the insanity her life became. I can't wait for the sequel, so that we can see more of him. The ending of this book set up a lot of possibilities for these two.

There were a lot of secondary characters in this book.
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By Sarah
Format:Kindle Edition
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

Although I did feel it took a little while for this book to fully get into the story, I did think it was quite an entertaining read.

I've seen books about the people of Tuatha de Danaan. I often find them to be quite intriguing and this book was no exception. I found the main character to be fairly likable, though I did have a few eye-rolling moments at the way she treated her friends. And Rachel didn't really seem to have a purpose (or life) outside of man-stealing and being a jerk to Allison.

It was interesting to see Allison's mother and how she was affected. The pining for the Fair Folk isn't something I see very often, so when it is mentioned, it's always good to see it handled well - and I felt it was in this case.

I liked Ethan as a character, but his romantic interest in Allison kind of came across as forced. I did like Nicole, too, but couldn't figure out why she kept hanging around with Rachel.

I liked the characters from Tuatha de Danaan, too, and I would have liked to see more of them. I felt the author did a good job of showing the differences between them and humans.

It was nice to see that Allison didn't follow the stereotypical over-powered heroine from young adult books. Although I felt there were a few moments she didn't act as well as she could have, I could still believe in her as a character.

The book was really well-written, with very few errors - if any - that I noticed. I would definitely be interested in reading the next book/s at some point in the future.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Tried so hard to finish!! ***Spoilers***
I gave up on this book well over half way through! I really did try and persevere, but I just didn't care about Allison or her mother and father. Read more
Published 1 month ago by DaisyDaisy
5.0 out of 5 stars Grabs your attention from the start
Oh the angst and emotion that Laura Howard has placed into these books!! I was warned about them before I read them so I knew it was coming. Read more
Published 1 month ago by I Feel the Need, the Need to Read book blog
3.0 out of 5 stars hope the end is worth the effort
still struggling to finish this.... can only read this in small doses as its quite hard going.
Published 1 month ago by C.A. Baldwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh really imaginative
Easy to read. Liked the twist about the mum how she is trapped in her own mind. Can't wait to read the others in the trilogy.
Published 2 months ago by Avid reader
3.0 out of 5 stars The Forgotten Ones
Probably a better book for young adults. It was very predictable and frustrating before she knew what was happening to her then it just became too far fetched for me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good will def read more
Published 3 months ago by gynis
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put this book down
Really enjoyed this book just couldn't put it down quick to get into and a real good pacing story of Irish fairies!
Published 3 months ago by denlen
4.0 out of 5 stars Young adult theme
Chose to mark as 4star rating.
Allison comes across as a very young character in this book, and other characters came thick and fast. Read more
Published 3 months ago by coletteh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good
Published 4 months ago by Doreen Scarlett
4.0 out of 5 stars The Forgotten Ones
Allison is a serious young girl who knows exactly what she wants in life... and that doesn't include the gorgeous Ethan that she has had a crush on forever. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
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