Monday, April 1, 2013

Review of Owlet by Emma Michaels

Title: Owlet
Author: Emma Michaels        
Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy
Tour Host: Lady Amber's Tours

Book Description:
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.

I thought this book was beautiful.  

Iris has a dream of a place she calls her Never-Never.  It's a house, set on an island and is covered in white feathers.  She doesn't know if any of it is real, she just know that it's her place.  She knows that she isn't normal and never will be. She's got extremely bad asthema, and needs constant care from her friend and nurse Diana. 

Also, she has no memory of her childhood or what happened. When she tells her father about her dream, and how real it seems to her, her life takes a different turn.  He tells her she has to go away and that he's not going with her.  She doesn't know why, and he doesn't offer any information to her.  She just knows that this is for her safety, and she will be safe on this island.  She leaves with Diana, and soon realizes this island is her Never-Never.  In her dreams, she's never able to get through the door, but her father gives her something that allows to unlock the door she so desperately wanted to get through in her dreams.

While staying on this island, she meets Falcon.  She doesn't remember him, but knows that he is important to her life somehow.  Memories are coming back to her quicker and quicker, and a voice in her head is telling her she will be alright.  That she can trust being with him.  She has memories of her mother, who she can not remember at all, but knows that she was loved by her mother.  At first she feels betrayed by Diana, who was keeping secrets from her, but she soon learns it's one of the many being kept from her.

There is a part of Iris's soul that is part bird, and it is called a White Owlet.  It only seeks the truth, which is why she knows when people are lying to her.  She knows the people around her care for her, and want her safe, but she wants to know the truth about who or what she is.  She lived a life on this island with her mother, and it's frustrating to her that she can't remember it.

While they are trying to escape the island she has come to love, she suffers a devastating loss.  Also, it proves there are people who are out to hurt her no matter what the cost.  After meeting her grandfather for the first time, she finds a book that her father wrote to her explaining everything he should have told her.  The reasons behind the lies and the facade he fought so hard to protect.  

I enjoyed this book, and really wanted to live on that little island.  I loved Falcon and his fierce protection of Iris.  He loves her, and there is no way he is letting anything happen to her.  He has his own heartbreaking story, but in the end, his fate is laid with Iris's.  
Emma Michaels is a cover artist and author of The Thirteenth Chime, Anasazi, Firstling and Owlet. As the founder of The Writers Voice blog ( she loves to connect authors and readers. Her love of blogging started when she created a review blog in 2009 ( that gave her that final push towards submitting her novel to her first publisher, Bokheim Publishing. With her novel Owlet and her full ‘Society of Feathers’ series being published through Tribute Books she feels blessed to be working with two of her favorite publishers to bring her books to life.



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