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Eyrie Blog Tour - Book Review + $10 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway: Eyrie (Society of Feathers #2) by Emma Michaels


Author: Emma Michaels
Series: Society of Feathers
Number in Series: 2
Format: ePub
Release Date: October 13, 2013
Pages: 120
Publisher: Tribute Books
Genre: Fantasy/Mystery/Paranormal Romance/Young Adult











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Synopsis from Goodreads

Somewhere between falling and flying… you will find the truth.

The truth is being unveiled and Iris’ past is unlike anything she ever could have guessed. For Stryx, finding your missing half doesn’t always mean finding your mate. Iris has been missing a part of herself for so long that no one is sure she will be able to put the pieces back together and her ever reliable dreams may be forcing her astray. Coping with the death of someone she loved, she is forced to face the truth and break free from the lies that have caged her.

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     Eyrie is book two in the Society of Feather series. This is a series that is far from your average YA read. Michaels has created such a unique series. Our main character, Iris, has made some huge discoveries that her father has kept from her. She has found out that she is a Stryx. This means she has two souls (half human/half bird). All Stryx have a special power or ability and it all depends on the bird. No shapeshifting is involved, however. You are more given the power more associated with the bird. Iris is part Owlet. Her power is finding the truth. She has the power to assist others in a dream state (or hurt them). I really loved Iris in this book. In the first book, she is obviously figuring out who she is since there was so much being kept from her. In this book, she is really taking on the role of a leader. She doesn't want to be one since she feels out of her league, but she knows things need to change. Iris discovers the Eyrie, the government of the Stryx people, are corrupt. It is time to stand up to them and make things right.
    
    One of the best things about this book was the connection Iris has to her entourage. She is surrounded by people who care about her and help guide. I love that they respect her and her decisions even though she is just getting into the swing of things, they know to trust her. They are trying to come up with a way to infiltrate the Eyrie. They need to be careful because the one who is responsible for a loved one's death is still out there and is in the Eyrie. 

     Now I do have a couple of issues. I really loved where the story went. Iris is figuring out how strong she is and the government that is supposed to protect them may be doing more bad than good. But this book is definitely more character-driven. Eyrie really gives us a lot of backstory. I wish the book was longer so we can have both the backstory and the action. We don't get a lot of that and it could put certain parts at a standstill for some. I still enjoyed the book, but I would have liked a bit more confrontation between Iris and the villain.

     I did love learning about a lot of the characters around Iris and what they mean to Iris' past. But here is the other issue. I wish some of the characters had a bit more personality. It could be hard to tell one from the other at times. They are still quite interesting, like I said, we learn so much about them which I liked. I do enjoy Falcon, Iris' soulmate. He is always there for her. Their romance is very light and sweet. I also loved Diana and Autumn. I am really interested in what the new kid, Nestor, could bring to the table. I do love the characters though. Again, the connection they have with Iris even when it may not be right (according to the Eyrie) is great. 

    Overall, this was a great sequel. We learn a lot about the characters and their roles in things. Iris thought her world was upside down before, but that ending says otherwise. I can't wait to see what will come of that, We get a huge cliffhanger that you won't believe and probably explains why there wasn't as much action as I would have liked. Michaels is gearing us up for book 3 and I am dying for it. This is a great read. Eyrie is a super unique and complex. You will not come across another YA read quite like this. I guarantee it. Definitely check this series out, but start from Owlet (book 1) though.

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*This book belongs to the following challenges*  
The Book Vixen's 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge  
Under The Covers Book Blog 2014 Immortal Reading Challenge

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 Check out the 5 star review for book 1:

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About Emma Michaels

Emma Michaels is the author of the ‘A Sense of Truth’ and ‘Society of Feathers’ series. Her goal with her latest YA series the 'Society of Feathers' 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.


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2 comments:

  1. Diana, thanks for championing Emma's series as something different in the YA world. We appreciate your comprehensive and thoughtful review :)

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    1. You are so welcome. Thank you for introducing me to an amazing series.

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