Sunday, March 15, 2015

Review - The Forgotten: An American Faerie Tale by Bishop O'Connell

Release date: March 17, 2015
Published by: Harper Voyager Impulse
Source: Digital ARC provided by Edelweiss
Author links: Blog | Facebook | Twitter

Across the United States, children are vanishing. Only this time, faeries may not be to blame…

Dante, Regent of the fae's Rogue Court, has been receiving disturbing reports. Human children are manifesting magical powers in record numbers. Shunned and forgotten, they live on the streets in ragtag groups with the already-booming population of homeless changelings. But the streets aren't a haven; someone, or something, is hunting these children down.

Wraith, a teenage spell slinger, has no home, no family, and no real memories of her past. She and her friends SK, Fritz, and Shadow are constantly on the run, fleeing from a dark and unknown enemy. But when her companions are taken by "the snatchers," Wraith is their only hope. Her journey to find them will test the limits of her magic—and her trust. A dark force is on the rise, and it could spell the end of our world as we know it.


I broke one of my sacred reading rules with The Forgotten. I read the series out of order. It's something I've only done once before and something I don't plan on making a habit of. Even though I didn't read The Stolen, I never felt like this took away from my enjoyment of the story. Also, I discovered that the lead characters in book 1 are not the same as in this sequel, so that seemed to work out in my favor. 

I really enjoyed the magical elements of this world. There were various types of magic users like faeries, fifties (or changelings), wizards, and shapeshifters. There was also a variety of unique talents like the ability to create ground-shaking sonic booms, blinding bursts of light, growing things from the ground, or opening portals. 

The story's mystery surrounds an unexplained rise in the number of homeless kids with magical abilities and the snatchers who are kidnapping them off of the streets. O'Connell does a great job of weaving this plot thread into the other elements of the story and bringing it all to an intense and emotional conclusion.

Of all the things I loved about The Forgotten, what really kept me captivated was Wraith. She's a teen spell-slinger who is living in abandoned buildings with other orphan kids. She sees equations in everything around her and is able to manipulate those equations until she gets the desired result. She's an incredibly powerful young heroine, but also one that I felt sympathy for. Not only is she on the streets and trying to avoid being caught by the snatchers, but she also struggles with holes in her memory. She was often confused and had a nagging sense of unease as if something about her situation wasn't quite right. I was fascinated by her character and what she was capable of, but I also came to care about her and wanted everything to work out for her in the end. 

The Forgotten's imaginative world, unique characters, and action-packed storyline had me hooked. I would definitely recommend this and I'm looking forward to reading more stories by O'Connell in the future. 


Van Pham said...

Oh I love the sound of this book, and I LOVE Faeries! Double win! Great review Cat, I've never heard of this series or author before so thanks for putting it on my radar. I'm gonna put this book/series on my to-read list now! :)

Addicted2Heroines said...

Thanks! I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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