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Friday, November 9, 2012

Owlet Blog Tour - Indie Book Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: Owlet (Society of Feathers #1) by Emma Michaels

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Author: Emma Michaels
Series: Society of Feathers
Number in Series: 1
Format: ePub
Release Date: October 13, 2012
Pages: 125
Publisher: Tribute Books
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Mystery/Paranormal Romance

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Synopsis from Tribute Books

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 is a great story about a young girl named Iris. Iris suffers from a terrible case of asthma. But when she sleeps, she dreams of an island where the snow is as soft as feathers. There is a house that is always calling to her. She wakes up one day with the news that her father wants her to go on a trip with their family friend Diana. On the trip, she finds out that her island may not be just a dream after all. Iris soon finds out the house is the start to many things hidden from her and more she may not want to know.

      Iris aka Izzy was a wonderful lead character. She wasn't whiny and definitely kept her head above water. I don't think I could even handle all the things she had thrown at her. She suffers from awful asthma and she must be home schooled, so she is very sheltered. I love when she is on the island, she begins to break out of her shell a bit especially after finding Falcon. I loved him. There is a lot of mystery behind him and what he means to Iris. I love the connection they share. Diana was a great character as well. She is a family friend, but she is more connected to Iris and Roger than you would think. I love the role she plays in this book.

      This is a short story, so the pace is pretty fast. I don't want to say too much about the story though. One little detail might spoil everything. But everything is on that island. The history it holds for Iris is huge specifically concerning her mother and the secret her family has held from her. Secrets that will definitely change Iris completely. Her father knows so much and had kept her in the dark and she just feels lost as she should considering all that is happening around her. I love that we are given the chance to have things unravel along with Iris. Iris is as in the dark as we are. Along with her asthma, she suffers from amnesia. She can't remember anything about her past and she doesn't why. So all of that added even more to the mystery of the story and definitely had me hanging on every word.

      This is not your typical YA read. I love the premise because it is very unique compared to other fantasy reads. The idea of the birds is just brilliant. This is not a straight out shapeshifter story as I expected it to be. This book was just very clever. Michaels has amazing skills. This story was well-written and engaging. The mystery had me burying my face into the book. Such a great read. It is so hard not to spoil anything, but trust me when I say, I will be getting the second book for sure. If you are looking for something different on the YA world, this is the book you should be checking out.


*This book belongs to the following challenges*
BCC's 100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge 2012
Excerpt for Read-Along from Tribute Books
“Iris watched the sand dollar with sadness in her eyes, knowing that the answers she had been searching for had been right in front of her the entire time,” Falcon said, his tone changing into that of a storyteller as he started walking along the beach.

“Me? Or is that from the story on the walls at the house?” 

“The legend.” 

“You know it?” Iris followed Falcon, watching her steps carefully to make sure she didn’t break any of the still unbroken shells. 

“Yes,” he said and picked up a shell to show her. 

“A sand dollar.” 

“They called them sea cookies in the actual texts. Or, well, it translates to sea cookies. They are a part of the legend. It was your mother’s second favorite and from what I have heard, it may have been Nathaniel’s as well.”

“My grandfather?” 

“Yes, he loved it almost as much as she did. That is how she heard the stories.” 

“So you did know her,” she said. Iris felt the sudden jolt of electricity rush through her body as Falcon placed the sand dollar into her hand.

Ask about the sand dollar. Hear the legend.

“Can you tell me the story?”

“I can do better than that. If we go back to the house I can find you the book,” he said, smiling. Getting ready to return, Iris reached out and grabbed his hand, thinking of what Diana had said about only her father getting to reveal the information she so wanted to learn.

“I don’t want to read it in a book. I want to hear it from you,” she said quickly. 

Emma Michaels Bio:

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. Thanks Diana, luv ya, girl! :)

    I'm with you, the connection between Iris and Falcon draws you even deeper into Emma's story, doesn't it?

    I'm glad you enjoyed it and as always thanks for sharing your thoughts and your enthusiasm!

  2. This book looks great! I love the cover and excerpt. Thank for the chance to win!
    -Brooke Banks


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