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Posted May 19, 2013
Owlet is a magical story about a girl names Iris. Iris suffers from sever Asthma attacks and has led a sheltered life because it. She is home schooled and kept in the dark about a lot of aspects of her life. She dreams of an island that is beautiful and frightening because of what it might represent. When her father sends her with her caretaker to an island very similar to the one in her dreams, Iris starts to see similarities between her dream and her life. On this island Iris starts to learn things that she never thought possible. There she meets Falcon. He is as gorgeous as he is mysterious. Soon Iris is drawn into a world of secrets, mysteries, magic, and unbelievable things!
Emma Michaels has written a refreshing paranormal novel that brings a whole new branch of supernaturals to the playing field. The beauty of this world is translated into the adjectives that the authors uses to describe this magical place. Iris is a character that the reader can really identify with. She has a medical condition, she is vulnerable, she is strong, she is a realistic character that wins the heart of the reader from the very first scene. There is not a lot of back story that clues the reader into where the story is going, the very unique style that is used has the reader find out things, as Iris finds them out. This is a great concept that allows the reader to feel what Iris feels, when she feels it. Owlet is the beginning of an intriguing and unparalleled series that will captivate and enchant readers of all ages!
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Posted May 2, 2013
Iris is a seventeen year old girl who suffers from severe asthma. Her life has been quite sheltered, in part due to her poor health; but there seems to be more to the story than just that. Her world is shrouded in mystery and her father seems bent on keeping her in the dark on so many issues.
For as long as she can remember, she has lived with her father and a woman named Diana, who home-schools and provides care for her. For years Emma has had recurring dreams which she can't seem to put out of her mind. In particular, she dreams of an ethereal home on a secluded island.
When Iris learns she will be traveling with Diana to the island home where her mother and father had once lived, her dreams start coming back to her in full force. Iris, who has no recollection of the island, begins to realize the parallels between her dreams and the place where she now resides.
As Iris begins to learn the truth behind her past, and the realities of her world, she comes to understand the sacrifices which have been made over the years to protect her from the secrets she has yet to fully discover.
Owlet, by Emma Michaels, is a refreshingly unique book with an introduction which will entice and enthrall readers. The book starts out very strong with a bit of a cliff-hanger for a finish. Many unanswered questions will most surely be revealed in the sequel to this beautifully penned book.
Posted April 3, 2013
Emma Michaels is a talented author, who would have thought Birds, definitely not me. However, it was an amazing story. Owlet kept you wanting to know more, it kept me captivated and I love when a story does that to me. The more I read the more I wanted to know where Iris' life was being taken. Owlet really pulled on my heart, it was emotional in some parts and frustrating in others. Emma never left you with a dull moment although she did leave me wanting to read the sequel, Eyrie.
Iris is being thrown in a world unknown to her, a world kept hidden from her by the ones she loves. Now learning about this new world or society as some may call it, she is only getting bits and pieces from everyone and not the whole truth. Just as she is starting to learn more about this new life, she finds there are others that are after her because of who and what she is. Fortunately, she has so many who love her dearly and will sacrifice their lives for her.
Posted February 7, 2013
What a terrific, amazing, and creative concept for a young adult story!! I literally fell in love with Owlet and had the hardest time to put it down. I stayed up one night reading it and had to force myself to go to bed at three in the morning! But it only took me two days to read it and I had that sudden onslaught of sadness come on me because I wasn't ready to be done! Yes, its that good!
And do you see that cover? Oh my goodness! I love covers and this one is one of the best! I love how everything on the cover ties in with the book too! Perfect!
The characters in this book are so well written, especially Iris, one of our protagonists, that it is hard not to find something to relate to them with or just love them so much. Sometimes, with other stories, I find myself liking the main character but still finding faults with them; but with Iris I truly truly love her. She is a complex character but she is so fragile at times you just want to grab her and hold her for the sheer comfort. Maybe for both of you too. But just then, when you think it is too much for her and she break, Iris surprises you by showing the inner strength she has mastered.
Besides Iris, I loved the other characters too. Each of them have a special trait they bring to the story that makes it that much more exciting. Of course, Falcon, our male protagonist, is very special. I mean, come on, the name alone sends tingles down my fingers as I type it. "Falcon". I love saying it too. To me, Falcon is the epitome of the perfect guy. He is gentle, understanding, protective, not to mention he is pretty gorgeous too. But trust me, there are plenty more too.
In Owlet, we don't really get a lot of background information at the beginning; which usually upsets me in other books, but in this one, it works. We actually get the information about the same time Iris does, which is nice because it is like we get to see it through her eyes. This helped create the mystery that surrounded Iris and her memories and helped make the story even more interesting.
Also, the plot line in Owlet is a strong one. It flows easily especially as Iris starts to remember more and more from her past. I loved that the most; her memories coming back as she watches them. That part of the story was so personal and touching it was very hard to hold back a tear or two that sneaked out.
I also loved how positive the characters were, even though people were after them, and even when Iris had severe asthma attacks, they were still able to look at the bright side. I actually wish I could be more like that in reality; I am really more of a pessimistic.
Ms. Michaels put forth a huge amount of effort in Owlet because the writing is absolutely beautiful. It was so easy to get caught up in the gorgeous descriptions of the Island, the apple room, and Iris' dreams, that you find yourself wishing you could really see those places just one time. Oh how you dream you could just caress the white feathers as they fall all around Iris.
This writing is an artistry that is so thought provoking you are left wondering why no one else could create such a beautiful concept. Our author used her talented writing skills to ensnare us into her world where birds and humans come together to complete a beautiful rich love story.
Believe me, you will get caught up in Iris' emotions and fall in love with this wonderful young girl that captured my heart as swiftly as feathers on the wind.
Posted January 15, 2013
I loved how this story shows a dream Iris has and then that dream becomes a reality. Iris is brought to the place in her dreams and discovers who she really is. She has a voice that speaks to her and tries to remind her of the life she forgot years ago. The interaction between Iris and this inner voice is done really well, and when it's revealed what the inner voice is it really enhances the story.
I loved the character of Falcon. He's so sweet and loves Iris, even though she doesn't remember him. My heart really went out to him, and I hope we see a lot more of him in the next book in the Society of Feathers series. Iris's relationships with everyone in this book are a little strange because there's so much she doesn't remember. She struggles to remember her mother, who died when she was young. She struggles to remember Falcon and countless others. And while all this is happening, Iris is trying to find herself, discover who she really is.
This is a very quick read, and can I just say look at that cover? How gorgeous is that? I'm looking forward to book two.
Posted January 3, 2013
I've been meaning to read Emma Michael's first series for quite awhile, but just haven't gotten to it. When asked to join the tour for the release of the first book in a new series, I jumped at the chance. The premise of this one sounded interesting.
The first thing that stuck me is the book seems very young. Iris may be seventeen, but the story reads more like middle grade fiction. There is some violence thats more geared towards the older teens, but overall I think the younger teens will like it better. Most of the time when I feel this way, it because the characters speech and actions feel more juvenile. That's not the case here. I think it's because so much of Iris's life has been in seclusion, she comes across as particularly naive. But, not annoyingly so.
I was intrigued by Iris's dreams. I think these dreams are trying to trigger her memory loss. She's been kept in the dark for so long that she has no clue at the journey she's about to undertake. It's amazing that it was all able to be kept under wraps the way it was. She does surprisingly well when confronted with the truth, especially when so little of it is explained to her. She's just thrown into it all.
The link between the different types of owls and characters was interesting, but also a little confusing. I often felt that the storyline lead to more questions than answers. In the end, I feel like the book very little impression on me accept for the fact that I would like to know what makes Iris so special. And why everyone was lead to believe that she was something different.
Posted December 29, 2012
Owlet (Society of Feathers #1) by Emma Michaels ¿¿¿¿¿
Iris lived a sheltered life because of her severe asthma. When she slept she would have a recurring dream of flying to a beautiful island, little did she know that it was a real place. Iris had lost the memory of her childhood of when she lived on the island. Now she was going to the island again and she would begin to learn the truth about her life, and her forgotten memories.
Owlet was a nice introduction to the world of the society of feathers. I got to uncover the secrets and truth about Iris’s past as she did. I learned about Iris and the world that she will be getting to know more in future books. This book had a slower feel to it and I wanted more excitement but I think that is just because it was an introduction to the story and world type of book and I respect that. It is nice knowing the history and how the characters got to where they are.
I had a difficult time getting used to the author’s writing style, the points of views and perspectives shifted and caught me off guard, but over time I got used to it and was still able to enjoy the story. I found the world interesting and compelling. I like the idea of the world and the relationships between the characters and would like to see them unfold even more. I look forward to reading the next chapter in Iris’s journey. I think the story’s pace will pick up more as the story unfolds and I can see myself liking the next one even more.
I’m interested in reading the next installment in this series and finding out what happens next with Iris and her world.
I received Owlet from Tribute Books for review.
Posted December 27, 2012
WOW! That is how I must start this book review. This book was more than I expected. It took me no time to get into it. Once I started I couldn’t put it down. It was a very quick read. The book is beautifully written. From the very first dream in the book, the reader is hooked. You are carried along with Iris into a world that promises so much. I loved that Iris had medical issues to deal with as well as the lost memories. It added a element that made her seem all the more vulnerable. There is the promise of a romance, but it is not one of those fall into the boys arms and swoon types of romance. This is a love that comes from someplace deep. In Falcon, Iris finds so much more than an attraction. She finds a loyal protector who will do anything for Iris. Finding out she has been lied to is only part of the puzzle for Iris. Finding out the reason for the lies is the most important part of the journey into this book. The songs and poetry are beautifully written. I was not sure in the beginning what to expect from this society that Iris belongs to. There was so much mystery left to be learned in future installments about not only Iris, but also the antagonists in the story. I am thrilled there is a second book coming out. I am sad that it won’t be out until October of 2013. This is definitely a must read book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 21, 2012
The book was very fast paced. There was a lot of information given very quickly, and I think I felt just as overwhelmed as Iris did. Falcon just seems adorable, and I can't wait to learn more about him. I really like the link between birds and these people. It makes this book very unique. Owlet by Emma Michaels was provided to me by Tribute Books for review. The opinions are my own.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 12, 2012
Falls Short of its Potential
Before I say anything else, I want to say that I love the premise of Owlet. The idea of human and bird merging into a
new species is intriguing and the use of the soul is brilliant. However, the story, world and characters left me numb.
For the most part, it was if the story was being told to me; I never had the chance to experience it. The reader discovers
everything along with Iris, but it is other characters telling her about her past, the world she comes from and what she
is to face in the future. It would have been more satisfying to be shown these things and experience it through Iris instead
of with her.
The characters are complex, but we are allowed only glimpses of that complexity. The emotions run high, but they stay
on the page and never grab hold of the reader. The story and plot are good, but in the end it’s more like reading a
synopsis than a finished book.
I see the potential and really wanted to like this book. Alas, disappointment accompanied me on my reading journey.
Grammatical errors along with telling instead of showing weakened the book. I don’t think I’ll be reading the rest of the
Posted December 9, 2012
Owlet was a unique story that I found to be very nicely written, though initially confusing. It's not that I didn't understand the lore, but that I had to learn what was happening, right along with the sheltered heroine, Iris. Sometimes that works for me, but often I don't enjoy being clueless.
Iris was a very sympathetic heroine. A severe asthmatic, she has led a confined life with only her father and nurse. She is a girl who misses her long dead mother, and dreams of flying every night. When her dreams clash with her reality, Iris is set on an adventure that will redefine her life.
Once Iris begins to discover the truth, she meets Falcon, a boy she doesnt' remember, but shares a past with. Falcon was perfect for Iris. He was thoughtful, brave and loyal. His life without Iris has been difficult. Once they reconnect, Falcon is a force to be reckoned with.
As for the meaning of "owlet" and the Society of Feathers, I found that to be the most interesting aspect to the book. I assumed, with the name "feathers", that Owlet was about angels. I wasn't even close. Author Emma Michaels did a beautiful job of thoroughly forming her unique paranormal world.
Despite my initial confusion, I enjoyed Owlet. The story ended at quite a crossroad and I'm curious to learn what happens next.
Posted November 12, 2012
Warning - some spoilers contained in this review.
I absolutely love this book. This is an adorable novel about Iris and her secret family history/life. The story had some of the most unique characters and back-stories in young-adult books. I loved how each character was a specific species of bird, had a whole story behind their name and family, was a piece of the *lost memory* puzzle, and so much more (I don't want to give away too much). Emma Michael did a great job of weaving the back-story into the present day story, I loved the mix!
I can't seem to pick out just a couple things about this novel that are the best. The entire novel is just that good. The romance between Iris and Falcon, her life-long mate, the hidden story, the should/shouldn't she trust her family conflict, and the subtle twists. I absolutely loved and connected with the characters as well. They were perfect for the story and couldn't have been better. The evil villain(s) were an excellent mix between insane and creepy, the best kind of evil villain(s) in a book.
Anyone who loves modern-day fairytales with half-human and half-creatures, or TV shows such as Grimm or Once Upon a Time, will love this novel. Emma Michael balanced the creature/human world incredibly well - both felt so real. I felt like I could go to the island and meet all of these people! I highly recommend this book for anyone (over age 12) looking for a YA novel with a little romance, a little mystery, and a little fairytale.
~HilyBee from Novel d'Tales
Posted October 21, 2012
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