The Forgotten Ones


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I bought it!


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.


I have been wanting to read this book for a little while now. Goodness knows how long it has been on my Kindle. I finally got around to it. I didn’t realise it was such a short read. At under 200 pages, it didn’t take me long to read at all. I think The Forgotten Ones is a book which could’ve done with being longer, as it felt incredibly rushed, which was a shame.  Still, it’s an enjoyable, well written story!

In The Forgotten Ones Laura Howard uses Irish lore for the story. She uses Danaana and Tir na Nog terms. I’m so intrigued by Tir Na Nog. I thought it was a fascinating concept!

I found The Forgotten Ones to be a really unique read. Despite its short length, it almost felt like two books pushed together. The first half had a very contemporary romance feel but then the second half turned into a fantasy read.

Our main character is Alison O’Malley. Alison is a great character. She’s grown up with her mother Elizabeth, who has schizophrenia. (Side note, I loved how the author tackled mental health, it’s nice to see it addressed in a book!) Allison and her grandparents have taken care of Elizabeth, for many years. Allison’s main priority is her mother and she doesn’t feel pressured by her peers.  I liked how there was no Insta-Love in this book and no love triangles so far. It made the book stand out as different to the rest in its genre.

I thought Laura Howard had done a fantastic job and putting the reader into Allison’s shoes. I am blessed that I haven’t yet had to care for a sick parent, but Laura really put the reader into Allison’s shoes. I really liked how Laura provides readers with the spellings/pronunciation of Fae names. It really helped the flow of the story.

I enjoyed The Forgotten Ones, despite wanting it to be longer! Still, it’s definitely worth a read!

Would I recommend it?:

10 thoughts on “The Forgotten Ones

  1. I’ve wanted to read this for ages so I’m really pleased to read your review! I think I may have a copy of this on my Kindle so I’m going to have a look for it now. It sounds really intriguing!

    Fab review, Chrissi!

  2. This book sounds interesting. It’s always good to see mental illnesses accurately portrayed and plus I love books about faeries… might have to keep an eye out.

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