Monday, October 7, 2013

The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

Book: The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard
Bookdictive CategorizationNA/M (New Adult/Mythology) 
NA because main character is in grad school; Mythology because of Druid/Gaelic/might not know Faerie mythology 
Rating: 4 out of 5 
Procurement: ARC on Kindle
Recommend? If yes, to whom?: Yes, but mostly for fellow reviewers and general YA or NA/M junkies
***This ARC was given to me through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***

Hullo! Can I just have a little moment to rant about Pre Calc? I'm an English Lit and Education major, meaning I'm a total bookworm who wants to cultivate bookworm minds. Why on earth do I need a MATH REASONING CLASS??? I hate it. I wish I could shove The Selection series at whoever decided this so they'd be forced to read about fluffy gowns and bickering girls fighting over a prince. YEAH, ENJOY IT.

Okay, rant over. Phew! But seriously, this class has got me stressed! A great way to relieve stress, however, is to pick up The Forgotten Ones. Stress is reduced due to limited amounts of frustration. Feel calm as you read nonstop until you realize you're 50% through it, and that the sun is starting to rise outside. Let your mind relax because for once, you don't have to fumble with poorly written sentences, misplaced punctuation, love triangles, and angsty boys. 
I have but one complaint: It's too short. 

I felt like things became too rushed at the end. Loose ends and plot holes were everywhere, leaving me with a lot of, "What the...?" moments. The problem was that it was so wonderful in the beginning, and so rushed at the end, that this book missed the five star mark! I truly felt the pain the main character, Allison, felt for her schizophrenic mother and for her crush Ethan when he was desperately trying to date her. Because the book has less pages, I was unsure whether or not I actually liked Allison. She doesn't do anything wrong, but there's just not enough detail for me. For an NA book, well yeah, there needs to be detail. 
However, I'm very impressed! I really enjoyed reading The Forgotten Ones. If you're drawn in by stories of The Fae, it's a good read. Here's to hoping book two (because there HAS to be one! There was a cliffhanger ending!) is a little bit longer! 

Oh, I almost forgot! Fair warning: There is a pronunciation guide at the back of the book!!!! There are very difficult character names and had I known, I wouldn't have had such a hard time remembering who was who! 


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