Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Published by Amazon Digital Services on April 28th 2013
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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.
The book tells the story of Allison O’Malley, who’s mom has paranoid schizophrenia. Allison has dedicated her life to take her of her mother and take the burden from her granparents once Allison graduates and can take proper care of her mom. Allison prefers to be alone at her home and curl with a book rather than go out with friends or have a relationship with her crush, Ethan Magliaro. All her plans are shaken when her long-lost dad, Liam McKeown, comes to town, saying he can help her mother and make her be how she once used to be. As strange things begin to happen around the coming of Liam, Allison has to decide if she’ll believe what he says and save her mother from insanity.
The story started well introducing Allison’s lifestyle and her preference to her mom and her books rather than the usual stuff people her age did, like parties and hook-ups. She had her mind centered on some goals and didn’t want to be sidetracked by anything. I liked her for that at first but as the story went on I couldn’t keep that same thought with me. She was cool and smart, but there were times where I wanted to roll my eyes and give her a tiny slap. I tried to look the things I didn’t like much from a different angle but I still couldn’t comprehend her behavior. She was reactive to a lot of things and to others she complied. At the end I simply just rolled with what she did because there was no other option. Allison was strong and determined, that I’ll give her credit. But for some other simple things she just wasn’t likeable. I mean, Heroes 101 you don’t blurt things your enemy doesn’t know because most probably you’ll be killed for that!
The other character I didn’t like was Liam, Allison’s dad. All he did was make pleading, hurtful, concerned, angry, or whatever eyes at Allison. He would clench his jaw, begin to say something and then retreat back. His daughter wanted answers that were clear and precice. It was easy peasy! Piece of cake! But he was such a melodrama queen that he was just waiting way too long to reveal the good stuff. He should pair with Sherlock and make a melodrama court with the headquarters somewhere between England and Ireland.
The other thing I didn’t like was the pacing. It felt slow at the beginning, which was understandable because most introductions are like that. But there came a moment where I felt everything whooshing by at super speed. This happened so that can happen and let’s all just roll down the hill at light-speed to rush it even more and end! This often made me feel completely lost during the story. It also made me feel like there were things unsaid or missing to the story. Examples could be the motives of certain characters to do this or that.
Even with what’s above, I enjoyed discovering the Tuatha de Danaan. I only know of few myths from the world and it was refreshing to see someone use a myth that was, at least to me, completely unknown. They’re from Ireland and it was really creative how Laura Howard described them. I would have enjoyed knowing more of them, but I guess I’ll just have to read the second book to get more of that.
In general is was good and a very fast read. All I’m hoping for is that by the next book the pacing doesn’t feel so rushed and that Allison doesn’t do a lot of things to make my eyes come out of my head once and for all. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone looking for something simple to read during this summer or when you want to read something short yet entertaining.
Rating: 2.5 stars
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