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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Owlet by Emma Michaels

Title: Owlet, The Society of Feathers #1
Author: Emma Michaels
Publisher: Tribute Books
Publishing Date: October 2012
Length: 138 pages
Editions: ebook
Source: CBB Promotions in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis:  Iris has a secret. She lost her memory eight years ago and never told a living soul. After an asthma attack one night she finds out that her dreams of a strange house on a snowy island may be a memory resurfacing but the more she learns about the past the more she realizes the life she has been living is a lie. As the fa├žade her father has built starts to crumble around her she will have to decide which means more to her; the truth or her life.

Hi! My name is Tiffany and I am a book-oholic, book devourer, and generally get myself in trouble by having more books to read than I possibly could finish. OR CAN I? No, really. My TBR on goodreads is out of control. And it doesn't even have the books on my kindle that are sitting in the collections called: TBR Amazon Freebies, TBR NG (NetGalley), TBR Purchased. Man, I'm thankful for my kindle as it's light despite the treasures it is currently holding for me. Another confession: I'm a cryer. I don't walk around weeping, but I'm a highly emotional woman who empathizes/sympathizes quite easily. It's something my boyfriend teases me about usually with a "oh boy here we go again." He's lucky he didn't see me in my raging hormone pre-teen days. Just ask my mother who got me books such as "Where the Red Fern Grows" and "Old Yeller" and "The Yearling." She didn't MEAN to traumatize me, but damn I really thought she hated me or something for a good year there. Anyway...


So, yes I had this on my TBR for a while and then noticed it on CBB promotions as a "review opportunity." I immediately requested it and was approved and was incredibly happy because I've been wanting to read this for a while.


Star Rating? 4 from the beginning to about the last quarter. That last quarter is 5 stars. But 4 overall. You know that warning about me crying? Yeah. I cried at the end of this book.


This book started off so well - it immediately gripped my attention and the initial dream sequence was amazingly written, conveying all those ethereal qualities of dreams that MAKE it a dream. It played like a movie in my head: white feathers falling, a golden feather, soft landing, that muted sound you have in dreamlike state, etc.


I found the description of the plot summary to be a little misleading; she never told a soul? She had no idea that she was missing her memory! How could she? She was such a little girl! As I was reading and gathering the information in the story, I kept circling back to this. Is there some huge trauma involved to cause amnesia? PATIENCE. Patience is necessary; it all unfolds beautifully.


The poems/songs that help relay the story are beautiful and haunting as are the flashback sequences. Ms. Michaels builds this incredible world of society within our own that we are oblivious to. As we all know, history can be told through tales, and that is what keeps this world rich: the various origin tales relaying the history of the Society of Feathers. The stories/songs relayed by Falcon, Diana, Iris's mother are really beautiful and probably heavily prophetic.


Iris, aka Izzy, is named after a character in a story of her people. The correlation between that story as well as "The Sparrow and the Fairy Wren" and Iris's life makes you bite your lip in anticipation of what must come.


I am deliberately being vague; you have to read this to understand the characters and how everything unfurls. I will say that I was keeping notes of the different kinds of birds and what I know about them or not and what to google as personalities and the types of birds go hand in hand. As Iris regains her memory and..BECOMES, I liked her more and more. She was a little flat to begin with, but seeing as how she was missing her memories it is to be expected. I cried near the end. You'll see why.


I cannot WAIT for October 2013 when Eyries, book 2 comes out. I want to follow along this story, I want to see Iris & Falcon's relationship develop. The action was just picking up at the end of this novel after we got a solid foothold in the world the author has built, a solid glimpse of who the good guys are, who the bad guys are, and now the mystery of what is to come.