Saturday, May 11, 2013

The Forgotten Ones Review + Giveaway

Now available exclusively at Amazon.

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 am so happy to host Laura Howard here today during the release tour of her debut NA paranormal novel: The Forgotten Ones. In addition to being a talent to be reckoned with, I am a huge fan of Laura's book/writing blog Finding Bliss.

"His scent, clean and fresh like sun-warmed denim, made my knees go weak." 

Everything from the title to the writing to the cover of The Forgotten Ones was beautifully executed.

The first half of the book reads like a contemporary sweet romance while the second half turns into a fantasy. I usually prefer fantasy over contemporary, but in the case of Forgotten Ones, I actually enjoyed the first half more than the second.

Allison’s situation with her mother is so heart wrenching. I’m a sucker for stuff like that and don’t mind getting misty eyed when I read. I also enjoyed the relationship between Allison and Ethan, which mostly disappears in the second half.

While I love fantasy, I have never been a fan of fairies or fey. This is just a personal thing. I think they’re mean, selfish little tricksters who are the most insensitive of all paranormal creatures.

What I loved most about The Forgotten Ones was the main character Allison. I could completely relate to her desire to be left alone with her book or work, always trying to get out of outings with her peers. I didn’t really date during my teen years, either, which is probably why I love reading and writing YA so much. I get a chance to go back and do it all over again. ;)

Although Allison is a recent high school grad planning to go to college, this book is an appropriate YA read in addition to NA.

A quick read and so beautifully written!

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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