Thursday, December 6, 2012

{BLOG TOUR} OWLET (SOCIETY OF FEATHERS #1) by EMMA MICHAELS


Welcome to my stop on the Owlet Blog Tour. This huge event is being hosted by Tribute Books. My stop on the tour includes my review of Owlet, an excerpt for the read-a-long, and the tour-wide giveaway.

Owlet (Society of Feathers, #1)Series: Society of Feathers #1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Tribute Books
Publication Date: 10/13/12
Format: eARC
Pages: 170
Source: Received from publisher for review.



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.


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.


Favorite Quote:


  "Don't ever make me leave her side again, okay?" he asked and looked into Roger's eyes.   (60%)

 
Excerpt
 
Falcon stayed by Iris’ side. Not close enough to disturb her but close enough so he would notice if she stopped breathing. Luckily Diana had been able to administer steroids that targeted her lungs, a prescription she had been given for only the most extreme of emergencies. Falcon watched Iris slowly breathing in and out as he thought about the girl he’d once known. And, overpowered by the past, he slowly started to hum the song he had always sung to her.

He sat up when he heard her lightly hum the next few notes back to him. “Are you awake?”

There was no response so he started to hum again and she joined in every few verses for a few notes, slightly broken by her lungs’ delicate state. Even though the intubation kit was not out of her throat, Diana was worried about keeping it in too long while Iris healed internally. Finally Falcon started to sing the words to her, hoping it might wake her or help jog her memory.

“On a breeze from afar she flew;
Forgetting her past and her stolen future;
Afraid and alone until she found home.
The Sparrow found the Fairy Wren;
Her soul mate kept apart;
They learned to live separate lives;
While dreaming in the dark;
Hearts apart but always together;
Flying in the sky while never;
Lifting their feet from the ground;
Until finally love was found,
When the Fairy Wren found the Sparrow;
Finally together and never to part;
Always dreaming as they were lifted into the sky,
To fly into their future together.
The Sparrow and the Fairy Wren.”


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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 (http://OurBooksOurVoice.Blogspot.com) 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.

Connect with Emma at:
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15 comments:

  1. Oh I like the sound of this book Andrea, it has a stunning cover to match it's alluring premise. I'm glad you enjoyed this despite some confusing aspects of the book. Thanks for sharing this excerpt with us! :)

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  2. Andrea, I'm glad you enjoyed the time you spent in the paranormal world that Emma created. And please stay tuned for more from Iris and Falcon in Books 2 and 3 :)

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  3. This sounds different. I usually enjoy fantasy. Thanks for the great review.

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  4. This sounds really interesting. The cover is gorgeous and the synopsis sounds good. Great review.

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  5. Holy cow, that is quite the blog tour schedule! I am always interseted in books with a unique paranormal world. Thanks for reviewing!

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  6. Sounds like a different kind of read, but I'm not sure its for me! Glad you enjoyed it and great review as always!

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  7. I wonder how she could lose her memory and nobody noticed? I don't usually like being confused ether but I also don't like knowing what happened when the MC takes forever to figure it out. A very fine line.
    I'm interested in the flying aspect...

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  8. I've got this in my tbr pile, great excerpt!

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  9. Not into being confused either. It's okay sometimes to learn things along with the MC but this doesn't sound like one of them.

    Valerie

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  10. I lose interest if I find myself too confused. Nice review babe. Big tour.

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  11. I'm on the fence with this one. I've been seeing the cover around a lot but your's is the first review I've read. Owlet sounds like one of a kind which has me interested. But if I'm confused for a certain period of time I lose interest in what I'm reading regardless. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one.

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  12. I have seen this around a lot (that's a huge tour!) but I haven't seen many reviews. I love the cover and the story sounds really good. I'm a bit concerned about being confused cause I feel like I need just a bit more to go in the beginning. I think I just lose patience fast. Or interest. Whatever. But I don't know, its worth checking out a few more reviews. Thanks for the fantastic review!

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  13. holy cow that is a huge tour. Not sure this one is for me, I don't like being confused, but I'm happy you enjoyed it over all.

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  14. I was thinking this was about angels too! LOL I have no clue really but I just like the memory loss idea! Curious to learn about her world!

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  15. Considering the blurb, I was thinking angels and confusion too but I still want to read it so badly. It' nice to see someone address the worries I had as well and still enjoyed it.

    Thanks! This tour is huge and it's great going along the different blogs and reading everyone's take on the book.

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