Friday, December 28, 2012

Owlet - Emma Michaels

When the song came to an end the younger Iris and Falcon were awestruck. Iris could feel the goose bumps on her arms even in her dream but she also could see why her mother had sung the song. It wasn’t about the lesson at all, it was about Falcon. She was trying to show him how beautiful things would make him feel.

“What is their story?” the younger Iris whispered.

“Their story is about love. A Vermilion is born blind and can only see by taking a short span of the life of their soul mate or a parent. The legend behind the constellation says that as they fell from the cliff together they transformed into birds and flew until that night when the stars came out and they joined them in the night sky, so that they could always watch over the world and the beautiful peace that sleep can bring. It is a beautiful story and the book is on the shelf. I still don’t know why they thought you were one, Izzy, but I know they were mistaken.”

Iris again noticed what her mother was doing. She saw the way that Falcon eagerly looked at the book and already was struggling to stop himself from reaching for it. Then she heard him ask a question, “Can love really conquer time?”

“I think love can conquer anything, it is the most powerful thing in the world,” young Iris exclaimed and Falcon stared at her. He just kept watching her even when her mother spoke again.

“I agree completely. Love conquers all. Like my very favorite story, The Sparrow and the Fairy Wren. That is on the shelf, too. Actually, it is probably on the shelf in every room of this house, considering how many copies I have collected. You should read it sometime, Falcon. It also became a constellation.”

“I will,” Falcon said softly, already scanning the leather spines of the novels on the shelves. His eyes filled with hunger as he saw the many titles.

Publisher: Tribute Books
Pages:  138
Source:  Review Copy from Publisher 
Genre: YA Paranormal

Owlet Summary

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.

My Thoughts
WOW!  That is how I must start this book review.  This book was more than I expected.  It took me no time to get into it.  Once I started I couldn’t put it down.  It was a very quick read.  The book is beautifully written.  From the very first dream in the book, the reader is hooked.  You are carried along with Iris into a world that promises so much.  I loved that Iris had medical issues to deal with as well as the lost memories.  It added a element that made her seem all the more vulnerable.  There is the promise of a romance, but it is not one of those fall into the boys arms and swoon types of romance.  This is a love that comes from someplace deep. In Falcon, Iris finds so much more than an attraction. She finds a loyal protector who will do 
anything for Iris.  Finding out she has been lied to is only part of the puzzle for Iris.  Finding out the reason for the lies is the most important part of the journey into this book. The songs and poetry are beautifully written.  I was not sure in the beginning what to expect from this society that Iris belongs to. There was so much mystery left to be learned in future installments about not only Iris, but also the antagonists in the story.   I am thrilled there is a second book coming out.  I am sad that it won’t be out until October of 2013.  This is definitely a must read book.

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. Sandra, it's always good to see a review start off with the word: WOW! I'm so glad you enjoyed Emma's novel, and thanks for being a part of the blog tour. Stay tuned, there's definitely more to come with Iris and Falcon :)

  2. I am looking forward to reading the continuing story. I am hoping it comes out in print form so I can put it on my shelves at school.