Friday, October 2, 2015

TOUR STOP: The Danaan Trilogy


Pages: 197
Source: Mark My Words Publicity
Publication Date: April 28, 2013
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.

Pages: 163
Source: Mark My Words Publicity
Publication Date: April 21, 2014
Allison thought it was crazy enough when she found out her father, Liam, wasn't entirely human. But now she has to join his magical allies to unravel his former mistress's plans. Aoife wants to keep Allison's parents apart forever. 
Despite Allison's efforts to keep Ethan, the only guy she's ever cared about, out of this supernatural mess, fate keeps throwing him back into the mix. 
Will Allison be able to find the amulet that holds the enchantment Aoife placed on Liam and destroy it? Are Ethan' s feelings for Allison strong enough to endure the magic of the Tuatha De Danaan?

Pages: 182
Source: Mark My Words Publicity
Publication Date: October 24, 2014
The eagerly anticipated finale of USA Today Bestselling Danaan Trilogy. 
The time has come. Allison's quest to save her mother from Aoife's wicked enchantment will test everything she believes in. Who is trustworthy in the land of the Fair Folk, the Tuatha de Danaan? It's up to Allison, along with her host of allies, to unravel the truth. 
Journey along and discover the power of family, love and duty as Allison faces the most difficult trial of her life. 

Hello everyone and welcome to my tour stop for the Danaan Trilogy by Laura Howard! Since this is an overall trilogy review I'm going to get straight into my review and try to keep this as non-spoiler as possible!

I've been wanting to pick up this trilogy for the longest time ever since I read one phrase in the synopsis of The Forgotten Ones: Tuatha de Danaan. A huge part of my life from middle school onward has been fascinated with the heroic legends and beautiful stories of Celtic and Irish mythology so it's no surprise that I was so excited to read a YA novel focusing around the Sidhe. While this story didn't exactly deliver a heroic legend, it was so fast paced and engaging journey that kept me furiously pressing the keys on the Kindle because I couldn't read fast enough.

The story telling is so gripping and the situation of things in the novel when it first begins just allows everything to fall into place. There were some things that I can trouble grasping such as the whole half human half fairy deal that was going on with Liam. Everything just seemed so messed up and out of everyone's control throughout most of the book that it felt like the character really couldn't do anything but sit and wait. 

While I had some trouble connecting with Allison for maybe 20-30% of the novel, I was still able to enjoy the story through her perspective. I am honestly loving the twisted fairy idea that I have been reading lately and Aoife is definitely twisted. I will admit she's a bit wrong in the head, but I didn't perceive her as much of a threat. She was just a really annoying character who kept getting in the way of things. I will also say that I wanted a different outcome for her, but maybe I'm being to harsh.

In terms of the other characters, I did not like Ethan for the majority of the first book because he got in the way of Allison's goal of breaking the geis on her parents. However, his dedication is admirable and at the end I do think they make a good team. I didn't trust most of the Danaans for a big chunk of the trilogy because they were just so manipulative, but in the end I guess everything did work out.

All in all, I enjoyed the overall story and how engaged I was while reading. I sort of put off reading this until the very last minute which isn't a good idea, but I managed to blow through the entire trilogy in just two days. Also, does anyone want a spin-off with Samantha and her bodyguard (his name is escaping me) as the main characters? Personally, I think that'd be amazing~

LauraAbout the Author
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.

3.5 out of 5 stars

Foreverly Obsessed,

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