Title: Owlet (amazon link)
Author: Emma Michaels
Series: Society of Feathers #1
Source: Netgalley (eBook)
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Published: September 17, 2014
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 facade 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 received this book for an honest review from Netgalley. I picked this up because the cover just looked amazing and the blurb above was interesting. Though after reading it, it could have been so much better.
The story follows Iris, a 17 year old girl who has asthma and lives with her father and caretaker in an old house away from the world. She dreams about an island with white feathers which she is taken too. She learns more about her past and why she has lost her memory of her mother 8 years ago. She meets a boy from her past named Falcon but she can’t remember him. Only until he starts telling her things does she remember bits and pieces. Iris comes to the realization that her father and caretaker, Diana have been keeping secrets from her. She feels betrayed but as they tell her more about their “kind” called Stryx she learns why they have kept it a secret.
This book started off good and then took a turn for the worse. Iris is a great character but I felt like it was such a short book I didn’t get the chance to really connect with her. The plot seemed really good and the history behind the Stryx and Eyrie was really interesting. Though so many questions were unanswered. I assume they will be answered in the next book, but I don’t know. There also needed to be some editing. A lot of the time I couldn’t tell who was thinking what and some sentences were confusing. “I love you”, he whispered under his breath, making sure his proclamation was too quiet for her to hear before sitting down on the bed he had been given and lying down to rest. He knew he would wake up every few moments when she turned the pages, but he didn’t mind. Her father was finally telling her the truth…all of it” That transition is just not done right and it happens a couple times throughout the book. I had to re-read paragraphs a couple of times to understand what happened. I still don’t know what really happened on the plane?! It was all over the place and it felt as chaotic as if I was actually there. I also felt like the book was moving so slow in the beginning and then all of a sudden picked up the pace and went too fast!
I don’t know if I will read the second book. This could have been such an epic fantasy book but it just fell flat to me.