Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Book Review: Owlet by Emma Michaels {Society of Feathers Book # 1}

Title: Owlet
Author: Emma Michaels
Series: Society of Feathers Book 1
Publisher: Tribute Books
Date of Publication: October 13, 2012
Source: received from CBB book promotions and author

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Goodreads Synopsis:Somewhere between falling and flying… there is a girl.
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




My Thoughts:

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.  

I gave Owlet five hearts!



.About the Author:


Emma Michaels is a multi-talented bookish girl. Not only is she the designer of beautiful covers, but she has many other accomplishments under her belt. She started book blogging in 2009 and was first published in 2010. She started The Writer's Voice blog in 2011 as a way to help readers get to know authors on another level.
She moved to Washington at seventeen to be with the man that she loves, who asked her what she secretly wanted to be when she grew up. Naturally, she told him that she wanted to be an author, but at the time she thought "it was a pipe dream." He encouraged her to pursue her dreams and taught her that "sometimes reaching for the impossible can make a world of difference in your life." Now she is published and reaching well beyond what most people can imagine.

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