Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Release Date: October 13, 2012
*I recieved a copy from CBB Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.
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.
You know when you work yourself up for something and you’re super excited about it and then you finally do it and the outcome is sort of lack luster with a side of uncertainty? Well, that’s how I feel about Owlet by Emma Michaels. The plot of the book is incredibly intriguing and I give it major points for being so unique. I guarantee you won’t find another book out there with this plot (and I of course love avians because of Amelia Atwater-Rhodes so you know I was all over this).
But it was also very confusing. While it’s true I tend to like stories that just dive right in because when stories are slow I get bored (I have the attention span of a 3-year-old) this took a head long dive into the deep end without much explanation. I would have liked a little bit more of a buildup or background, which we did get eventually, but even so I’m still a little confused.
I liked the characters, but I think once they Iris and Diana got to the island so much happened at such a fast pace that too many characters joined the fray. There wasn’t a good development for all these people who were tossed in together in a short amount of time. Also, I know Iris has pretty much been living with her Father and Diana. She doesn’t really get out of the house so she might be a little more naïve than most. But she’s way too proper for a seventeen year old girl and she’s written like she doesn’t have basic knowledge of the world. She seems a little too child-ish to me.
Owlet was short and it threw a lot of information at us in less than 200 pages, but it never actually answered any of the main questions. By the end of book one I only had a dozen more questions. How did her Mother die? Why doesn’t she remember her childhood? How does no one know she doesn’t remember? Why does Caleb want her dead? And a dozen more like this. I’m aware the book is a series, and the ending letter or note from Iris’s Father was touching, but I was missing that connection I typically get with characters while I read.
I do plan on continuing to read, because my curiosity is piqued, but it’s definitely not a book I would read twice. I’m hoping book two isn’t as confusing and some of the questions I have get answered.
Emma Michaels is a multi-talented bookish girl. Not only is she the designer of beautiful covers, but she has many other accomplishments under her belt. She started book blogging in 2009 and was first published in 2010. She started The Writer's Voice blog in 2011 as a way to help readers get to know authors on another level.
She moved to Washington at seventeen to be with the man that she loves, who asked her what she secretly wanted to be when she grew up. Naturally, she told him that she wanted to be an author, but at the time she thought "it was a pipe dream." He encouraged her to pursue her dreams and taught her that "sometimes reaching for the impossible can make a world of difference in your life." Now she is published and reaching well beyond what most people can imagine.