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Owlet (Society of Feathers #1)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  102 ratings  ·  65 reviews
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 f...more
ebook, 200 pages
Published September 17th 2014 by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly (first published August 21st 2012)
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Phaedra Seabolt
When I originally was asked to review this book, I thought it was about shapeshifters. That is not completely accurate though. It's a story about a seventeen year old girl who has been home schooled, living in a remote place away from other people. She has a very serious case of asthma that flairs whenever she gets too emotional or tries to do anything remotely strenuous. Due to her illness, she has a caretaker. Iris believes that the only reason that Diana is around her is because she is paid t...more
Mary (BookHounds)

Iris has had asthma ever since she can remember. She doesn't remember much about her early childhood except snippets of a poetic fairy tale and her magical island of Never Never. She doesn't remember her mother, only her father and Diana, her caretaker and somewhat aunt are her only friends and even then her father is always gone. A boy named Falcon always seems to drift somewhere in the back of her mind and she dreams of a snow covered island, which she isn't sure is her magi...more
Secrets, lies, betrayal – Owlet sounds like a fascinating and suspenseful read. Unfortunately most of the secrets stay as secrets and the lies/betrayals don’t cut deep since the characters remain undeveloped. By the end, I was just thankful Owlet was a short read.

The biggest problem I had with Owlet was the constant bombardment of questions my mind was left hemorrhaging over. How did she lose her memory? What happened that she doesn’t remember her mother or being a young child? How does no one k...more
What if a dream is not just a dream but a lost memory, and what if this lost memory is not just any memory but an omen to the bearer when it resurfaces …

Iris has always felt there is more to life than just being home-schooled. She constantly dreams of flying to her own Neverland without the need of a Peter Pan. But when her father arranges her to visit the island where her mother grew up on, she discovers that the island is actually the Neverland that she has been dreaming about. As she stays on...more
Amy_Read to My Heart's Content

What a terrific, amazing, and creative concept for a young adult story!! I literally fell in love with Owlet and had the hardest time to put it down. I stayed up one night reading it and had to force myself to go to bed at three in the morning! But it only took me two days to read it and I had that sudden onslaught of sadness come on me because I wasn't ready to be done! Yes, its that good!
And do you see that cover? Oh my goodness! I love covers and this o...more
Owlet was a refreshing read. It wasn't about the same ole, same ole. No vampires, no werewolves or even shifters. The birds in Owlet are more parts of the soul, which I thought was a cool take on the idea. Plus no love triangle! I couldn't help but feel bad for Iris though. She was kept in the dark for so long and because of that Owlet has many more questions than answers for a while. Iris was in the dark about her own memories as well as her heritage. And she has to deal with so much, poor Iris...more
Katrina (Kindred Dreamheart)
This is a story of discovery. Iris is an ashmatic with amnesia living in a bubble world. Her father and caretaker are all she knows and they protect her from EVERYTHING, including her past. When her father takes a risk and decides a remote island is better protection for her condition, her sheltered life is shattered, the truth is revealed, and Iris discovers not only a new world but also herself.

I found this story wondrous, poetic, and romantic. I often analyze possible influences when reading...more
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Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
I would like to give a HUGE Thank You to Tribute books for allowing to read and review Owlet and be a part of the tour. I have to say that this book had me gripped from the very first page. Lord can you imagine losing your memory. You can't remember your friends your family nothing your brain is just a blank canvas. That has got to be the most frightening thing ever for someone to experience. Well welcome to Iris's world. She has lost her memories and when she asks her father about things he is...more
Ratings: 2.5 stars
I have been struggling with the decision of what to rate this book. I've been going back and forth and the decision is hard. I was really excited to win a copy of this book since I was a part of the blog tour. The premise of the book sounded awesome. It caught my attention and latched on. The book itself was a interesting. I thought the way Emma introduced the details of the society was very different.

The first interesting thing about this book that caught my attention was that...more
Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
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Owlet is a great story about a young girl named Iris. Iris suffers from a terrible case of asthma. But when she sleeps, she dreams of an island where the snow is as soft as feathers. There is a house that is always calling to her. She wakes up one day with the news that her father wants her to go on a trip with their family friend Diana. On the trip, she finds out that her island may not be just...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I have to start off by saying that this book has a fantastic cover. It is just gorgeous and definitely draws you in and begs to be looked at.

I liked this story. It was more than I thought it was going to be, more than a story about a girl who is a shape shifter of some sort. It was part mystery and part romance too. In fact, it had a very sweet romance to it. I just loved Falcon! The storyline was a fun one, very different from what I have been reading lately and that was a nice change and a ni...more
Jul 14, 2014 Jillyn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Bird lovers, YA readers
Recommended to Jillyn by: Tribute Books
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Iris never really gets to see the outside world. An asthmatic plagued with memory loss, she dreams of being free. Specifically, she dreams of flying to an island with white feathers that fall like snow. This dream world is so familiar, and yet so far away. When she is sent to this island, and she learns that it's real, the world around her rapidly changes as the lies that her family told her come to light. She must learn for herself what her soul truly is, and make the ultimate decision: continu...more
Sandra Stiles
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 th...more
Cecilia (rather barefoot than bookless)
I loved this book. It was so different from other books I´ve read in this genre. And even though the concept isn´t new. Michaels makes her novel new and unique (as far as my knowledge goes). I loved that even though you could guess it, Michaels did not let the secret of this book slip to easy. And the guessing makes you want to read more so it was a smart move to keep readers going. I usually prefer reading books in first person but somehow it worked out really well for this story to be written...more
Terri Kinckner
At first glance, this books seems to fit the same mold as most YA Paranormal out there. Girl grows up isolated, girl turns 17 and finds out she's different, girl meets boy, girl falls in love. This book is that...sort of. All though it has all of these elements, it's quite different!

Iris (Izzy) grew up isolated and home-schooled by her father and caregiver because of, she thought, her severe asthma. Her mother passed away but she had no memory of her. In her dreams, she would visit an island cov...more
Novels On The Run
BOOK REVIEW by Michelle 13th November 2013:

What an interesting idea Emma has come up with. I really enjoyed Owlet. The title, is perfect and the cover is stunning and the story within was captivating. I do feel like this party has only got started.

Roger, Iris’s father and Diana, the live in carer, are keeping a whole pile of secrets from Iris, all for her own protection, of course.

Iris is seventeen and is asthmatic. Those asthma scenes I identified with as I was asthmatic when I was a child. I...more
{my thoughts} – This book is about a young girl named Iris that has chronic asthma. She is a special girl who has had her entire past hidden from her in order to ensure her safety.

This book is slightly different then what I normally read and it has an interesting take on birds and humans and how they can intertwine with one another.

Iris is this sweet girl that is opinionated, lost, confused and unsure about who she is suppose to be. She hears this voice and it appears to guide her, but she isn’t...more
RO Mejia
Owlet was a beautifully written love story, filled with mystery and intrigue. This was the story of Iris, (the Owlet), and her long lost soulmate, Falcon. I loved the prose, and the spiritual message in this novel. This was a mystical ride through, "never never land," as Iris, the main character, referred to the Island her father owned.

For many years, Iris had been in the dark about her mother's death, and her past. She could not remember anything, except in her dreams. When she'd awaken, she w...more
Lynn Thompson
Wonderful YA Book!

There is a tribe that would love to see Iris dead...
Iris has asthma, has forgotten her past and lives a fairly secluded life with her father and Diana. But she dreams every night of flying to an island covered with white feathers. She longs for the island during the day and feels like she belongs there.
When her father is threatened by someone from his past he packs up Iris and Diana and sends them to the island she's been dreaming about, promising Iris that he will soon meet he...more
Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
3.5 stars

When i started reading i had some doubts, mostly because the story was going a little too fast. But it definitely has something that keeps you in and not only i finished the whole thing but i quite liked it too.

The idea with the birds and their society, intrigued me way more than i expected. It's so well formed and detailed and so interesting. It's easily the strongest aspect of the book. Totally original and clever concept.

Now as i said at start the story was going a little too fast,...more
Owlet begins and ends with a dream and in between, the words have a singsong and dreamlike quality to them as if they are floating inside the mind of the reader.

I didn't know what to expect from Iris and her story. It is so unique to read a fantasy book where the main character is asthmatic, dreams of flying and has more than a subtle conscience speaking to her about the life she no longer remembers.

While the reason behind Iris's memory loss is not made clear, it is clear that Iris is being pro...more
Giselle at BO-OK NERD Canada
The beginning starts off with the perspective of Iris, a young teenage girl who has a bad case of asthma. After a deadly asthma attack her father decides to move her somewhere safer. To an island that Iris has been dreaming about her entire young existence. She knows she’s been there before, she has dreamed it. Every single detail is the same, even the mysterious young boy named Falcon. Yet, every time she asks her father Roger, about her past, he quickly brushes her off. Iris seeks out the trut...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
To me this book has a dream like quality. It may be because Iris has vivid dreams. Her dreams are her link to the past and to her inner self.

I was intrigued by the idea of humans who half of their soul is made up from a bird. The bird part of the soul has the characteristics of different species of birds. It is unique and very interesting.

Iris is also an asthmatic. Her asthma limits her physically but she has a spirit who soars, just like the bird in her. She doesn't let her disability control h...more
Helena Ison
Owlet is a quick and easy read, one that you won’t want to put down. It reminded me of a fairytale of sorts. I felt that the plot lacked in some respects but not enough to make me shy away from the book. It actually made me interested in reading the next book because so much was left unexplained. I have many questions about the back-story of Iris and the Society of Feathers that I hope will be answered in the next book. Character development and world building in this book was pretty amazing. I...more
Michael Loring
Owlet by Emma Michaels is a beautifully written piece of work that draws you in from the first page on. It was smart, emotionally driven with well-developed characters, and a completely original storyline matched by none.
Owlet begins as Iris, a young girl who has mysteriously lost her memories years prior to the story and has told no one, dreams of an island that she flies to. She calls it her Never-Never (derived from Peter Pan’s Neverland) and wishes to be there all the time. After an asthma a...more
First the cover of this book is absolutely stunning and is a perfect match for this book. I adored this story from the very beginning with Iris' sense of imagination and wonder: "She was Wendy - with no need for a Peter Pan." (pg. 6-7 Owlet) Iris has severe asthma and has been home schooled her whole life (or so she thinks). There is a lot in Iris' life that is not as it seems. It's almost like she has amnesia for the first portion of her life and has been led to believe a completely different...more
Kelly Hashway
I loved how this story shows a dream Iris has and then that dream becomes a reality. Iris is brought to the place in her dreams and discovers who she really is. She has a voice that speaks to her and tries to remind her of the life she forgot years ago. The interaction between Iris and this inner voice is done really well, and when it's revealed what the inner voice is it really enhances the story.

I loved the character of Falcon. He's so sweet and loves Iris, even though she doesn't remember him...more
Anna Silver
This one has been on my To-Read list for some time. I added it for two main reasons. First, I have serious cover love for this book. Second, I was instantly intrigued by the premise.

Michaels spins a tale that feels a little like classical mythology and a little like...well, nothing else. It's really quite unique and I love that. Additionally, she gives us a strong protagonist who feels so real in spite of her fantastical nature because of one major flaw- her asthma. In fact, I'm going to guess t...more
Traci (Mad Hatter Reads)
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Iris has been living a secluded life with her father, Roger, and caretaker, Diana, due to her severe asthma which flares due to excessive activity or emotion. With no memory of her mother, she takes comfort in her dreams of a fantasy island she calls Never-Never. After a severe asthma attack, Iris tells her father of her dreams and is shocked to learn that Never-Never actually exists. Roger, in an attempt to keep Iris safe, sends her to the island with Diana. Once on the i...more
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Emma Michaels is a cover artist, blogger, author, and director at Hallowed Ink Press. Growing up her library card was her best friend and books were her home. Her love of blogging started when she created a book blog in 2009 which gave her the courage to submit her own novels to publishers and the rest, as they say, is history.

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