Monday, December 31, 2012

Review: Owlet by Emma Michaels

 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.

Thoughts: Iris biggest problem is she isn't able to express how she feels because of her asthma. She can't run or get too riled up for fear of an attack. So, when she learns that her whole life has been a big lie, she does the only thing she can think of, run...but it usually goes much more smoothly in her dreams. There is an island covered in white feathers and a boy, she seems drawn. Crippled by the thoughts that she is the reason her mother died, she must learn to see the truth in the midst of all the lies and decide her own path. 

I think this is a unique concept that the author has created with the birds and humans. Iris in this book is in the dark for the most part and she is gradually being shown what has been hidden from her for so long. They spend so much time keeping things from for fear that she is too fragile to handle it but she seems able to manage emotional just fine for someone to learn that she is a part of a secret society and that someone tried to kill her. Iris’s journey to find herself takes up a large part of the book and at some points I got a little lost in all the details. The pace was slow for me but the overall story is sweet, I liked Iris's innocence and vulnerability. I'm interested to see how things unfold for her in the next book.
Excerpt for Read-A-Long

“She is a part of you now, too, isn’t she?”


“Don’t worry, I won’t scold or blame you. You are a part of her now as well, if you are mates and she remembers. At the gazebo, hurting you also hurt her. I could see it. I can’t stand in between you both again or who knows what will happen. I have never seen her like that before. I better go call Roger and update him. He was hoping to get here by morning but I think he is afraid he might be followed and that golden retriever will start getting lonely if I keep his master busy for too long. Do you think Roger will be followed?”

“He will be,” Falcon said; his jaw clenched tight.

"Then let’s hope he can lose their tail.”

Author Bio
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Emma Michaels is the author of the ‘A Sense of Truth’ and ‘Society of Feathers’ series. Her goal with her latest YA novel 'Owlet' is to give others what she did not have growing up; a strong female protagonist with asthma.  While her previous aspiration was to be a lady knight she realized that not being able to run more than a few feet might become a hindrance so turned to writing instead. Her day jobs include being a cover artist, marketing consultant and silk screen designer.

As the founder of The Writers Voice blog ( she loves to connect authors and readers. As a book blogger turned author, she was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, until she moved at eighteen to Washington State. Suddenly, the world was a new place filled with tall green trees that reached further for the sky with every moment, making her want to do the same. Ever since, she has tried to make her life something new and different from what it was before, pursuing her future career, setting high goals and reaching for them. With the support of her fiancé, Chihuahua, and her amazing blog followers and fellow bloggers, she wants to prove to the world that anything is possible and help inspire fellow literary lovers to reach for their dreams. 

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  1. I always love reading about the authors. It is true. I can't remember a book I've read where the protagonist had a disability or illness and was still a strong character and able to over come the obstacles they faced. This is so wonderful. I love that! The cover is beautiful. I love the title. Also, my niece and nephew both have struggled with breathing problems, so thank you for this book.

  2. Nice review Cricket, sometimes slow and sweet is perfect :)

  3. Cricket, I'm glad you enjoyed meeting Iris and your journey into the world that Emma created. Please stay tuned, there's definitely more to come!

    Happy New Year :)

  4. This sounds like a good read, thank you for you're review. I'll be adding this to my tbr list. I don't mind if the pace of a book is slow at times if it's good overall.


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