The Forgotten Ones - Laura Howard
“I just know sometimes things happen, things that can’t be explained. But you still deserve to be happy.”
“The moment our eyes met, time froze, and everything else fell away. This woman was – and yet was not – my mother.”
“As I blew out my candles, I wished for the same thing I did every year—to be strong enough, and capable enough, to take care of my mother.”
The only reason this book didn’t get a full 5 stars, was because I had trouble with the names. Don’t be alarmed, Laura gives you a phonetic spelling of the names so you know how to say it. I just forgot some of them, had to go back to the front and back (just to forget again but that’s just me. I’m super forgetful) Even though, I’ll admit I was too captivated by the story to even WANT to go back to see if I was pronouncing the name wrong in my head. Just didn’t care.
Laura Howard brings a truly unique novel to the table with The Forgotten ones. This book was superbly thought out and extremely creative with entwining of a fantasy realm unlike any other, with a modern day real world. The characters were relatable, easy to fall in love with, or even to loathe. I’m not into the whole Fey thing. However, every time they transferred realms from human to fey, all I could think about was True Blood with a Hobbit shire feel. I absolutely loved the stunning imagery that was painted before my eyes. The characters may not have walked into a carnival tent, but I could really feel the love and beauty being described.
I LOVED Aodhan(Ay-den) and Ethan. I would LOVE to be the meat between that sandwich! Mhmm. Mhmm. MhMM! I thoroughly enjoyed the cocky antagonistic attitude of Ethan, and he was such a sweetheart. Of course, total swoonage. Don’t let me forget about Mr. Tall, Dangerous, Mysterious, and Handsome Aodhan. Aodhan really took on the role of Allison’s guardian with the utmost dedication. The back story and painful emotions inflicted through him are just amazing.
I adored Allison. Possibly because she’s so easy to relate to, as an avid reader. Most of us would rather curl up in our favorite reading spot for hours on end with a book than go out gallivanting through the town. She also brought this fierce bravery to the story. The devotion to her mother is to put it simply, beautiful. I like that she never felt burdened by her mother Beth. It was just acceptance, love, and understanding.
The Forgotten Ones ends with you just wanting MORE. I can’t wait to delve further into the story. I’m seriously hoping that certain relationships will blossom and all my questions get answered! While not a traditional cliffhanger, The Forgotten Ones definitely leaves you with a few questions. My mind is reeling in so many different ways, as to which this may turn! Truly a brilliant read to be recommended to anyone who loves a variety of genres! You surely get a little bit of everything with this book, and it’s phenomenal.