The Forgotten Ones

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

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.

Thoughts:

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?:
Yes!

Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week a new list is posted. This week’s Top Ten is Top Ten Books on My Winter TBR list. I failed with my Autumn TBR only reading 2 of my 10 planned, so I’m going to repeat the list adding two Wintery books!

In no particular order.. (click on images for Goodread’s page!)

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Frost Hollow HallEmma Carroll- This book is coming up very soon. I can’t wait to read it. I’ve heard such wonderful things about it.

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Let It Snow- John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle– I can’t wait to get stuck into this one. I love a holiday read!

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Left DrowningJessica Park- I have wanted to read this book for SO long. Hopefully I’ll get round to it this Winter. I loved Flat-Out Love.

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Reconstructing AmeliaKimberly McCreight– I still really want to read this, I just haven’t had the time to get around to it!

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Fever and SeverLauren Destefano- I aim to finish this series by the end of the year, so hopefully I can strike these off my TBR!

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Pretty Girl-13Liz Coley– Again, I’ve been looking forward to this book for a while! I’ve heard such good things!

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Kiss Me FirstLottie Moggach– My sister really enjoyed this book, so I’m looking forward to starting it!

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SlideJill Hathaway– Another book that was recommended to me, some time back, that I hope to get to really soon!

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The Forgotten Ones- Laura Howard– I’m really looking forward to this one, I just don’t seem to have found the time to get around to it yet. I know a lot of blogs I follow seem to have enjoyed it!

Hopefully this Winter I shall finally get around to these books! Please feel free to leave your link to your Top Ten posts and I’ll come and see what’s on your Winter TBR!