Today, I’m participating as a blog tour host on the blog tour for Owlet by Emma Michaels.
Series: Society of Feathers, #1
Author: Emma Michaels
Published: Tribute Books
Release: October 13, 2012
Twitter hashtag: #Owlet
Source: a copy was provided by the publisher
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 façade her father has built starts to crumble around her she will have to decide which means more to her; the truth or her life.
What if a dream is not just a dream but a lost memory, and what if this lost memory is not just any memory but an omen to the bearer when it resurfaces …
Iris has always felt there is more to life than just being home-schooled. She constantly dreams of flying to her own Neverland without the need of a Peter Pan. But when her father arranges her to visit the island where her mother grew up on, she discovers that the island is actually the Neverland that she has been dreaming about. As she stays on the island, she learns about things that she has long forgotten and she realizes the sad truth that her father has been keeping from her. Can Iris bravely embrace who she is now that the truth is out?
I must say I was quite fascinated by the mystery around the discovery of Iris’ identity. Although it felt slightly confusing at the beginning, I felt drawn to keep reading to find out why Iris’ father did what he did to isolate his daughter from the world. Because Iris is a lifelong asthmatic, I felt a sense of unease whenever I saw her running or doing something that might trigger an asthma attack. While Iris is not physically strong, I like that she has a wonderful sense of perception and that she doesn’t act like a spoiled teenager. I also enjoy the way how she interacts with people. Even when she is cautious around strangers, I like that she is kind, warm and polite.
Falcon is a boy who lives on the island. It’s sad that Iris has no recollection of him at first, but Falcon is determined to help Iris remember. I like that Falcon is loyal and understanding. Even though he may not have a happy childhood, I like that he does not dwell in his unhappy past. I also like that he chooses to stay by the side of Iris and willingly does everything to help to keep her safe.
What I truly enjoyed is the revelation of what feathers and flying are really about in the story. The part about the eagles dance is so charming that I swooned as I learned about what the dance signifies in Chapters Five and Six!
While I wish the story to be a little bit longer, I had a great time enjoying the elements of fantasy and myth that Owlet offers. If you love stories about soul mates and destiny, there is a good chance that you’ll like Owlet. This is the first book of the Society of Feathers series. Book two, Eyrie, will be available in October 2013.
Excerpt from Owlet
Iris felt like her heart might flip when she heard her mother’s full laugh. It wasn’t small or delicate; instead it was a full, rich sound, the type of laugh that would be impossible to fake. She looked over at Falcon and realized that he was watching her mother the same way she was, though for her it was the first time she had heard her mother’s laugh in her dreams; for him it seemed more like the first time he had heard anyone laugh at all. He suddenly looked so nervous, but as he watched the younger Iris stay calm and just smile, he copied her.
“There is a constellation called Vermilion and it’s based off of a bird from a legend. Only it isn’t a normal constellation, it’s a Stryx constellation, like the Sparrow.”
“I thought you said that Falcon’s family was the Stryx.”
“In a way, yes, but we can talk about that later. Stryx is all of our family.”
Falcon spoke softly, “You are thinking of the Eyrie. They are not my family anymore.” He got up to leave but her mother stopped him.
“Please, I want you both to get to hear the song. It is beautiful and it would be a shame for you not to get to enjoy it.”
Iris watched as her younger self stared at Falcon, as though assessing him, and then finally stuck out her hand. He watched her hand like it was a spider that was going to attack him. “Sit with me,” her younger self demanded, letting her hand drop when he didn’t take it.
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