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Owlet (Society of Feathers #1)

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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
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Published September 17th 2014 by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly (first published August 21st 2012)
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Phaedra Seabolt
Sep 24, 2012 Phaedra Seabolt rated it it was amazing
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
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
This was a quick read. I really love the cover art and requested it. It was a okay story line. It had its good moments and its bad moments. I would be interested in sticking with this series for another book to see where this goes. The MC has a lot going for her, she was really the only thing I really liked in this book.
Mary (BookHounds)
Oct 11, 2012 Mary (BookHounds) rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book, young-adult, 2012

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
Dec 21, 2012 Henrietta rated it really liked it
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
Amy_Read to My Heart's Content
Feb 06, 2013 Amy_Read to My Heart's Content rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, blog

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
Jan 04, 2013 Kelly rated it did not like it
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
Michelle Book Briefs
Nov 21, 2012 Michelle Book Briefs rated it really liked it
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
Kat (Kindred Dreamheart)
Dec 02, 2012 Kat (Kindred Dreamheart) rated it really liked it
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
Oct 20, 2012 Crystal rated it really liked it
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Mandy Sickle

I received Owlet in return for an honest review as part of the book tour. Iris has dreamed about the island it’s her never never but she never dreamed it really existed. When out of the blue her father tells her that he’s sending her with Diana to an island Iris wonders if it’s her island. Iris doesn’t remember her mom she assumed that she died during childbirth but after arriving at the island her mother’s home she learns that she spent many years with her mother but doesn’t remember them.

Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Oct 11, 2012 Tee loves Kyle Jacobson rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 24, 2012 Janina rated it it was ok
Shelves: shifters
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
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
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Oct 30, 2012 Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) rated it really liked it
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
Jul 14, 2014 Jillyn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Bird lovers, YA readers
Recommended to Jillyn by: Tribute Books
Shelves: blog, ebook, favorites
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
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.

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 mys
Sandra Stiles
Dec 27, 2012 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing
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
Terri Baldwin
Oct 21, 2012 Terri Baldwin rated it really liked it
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
Novels On The Run
Mar 23, 2013 Novels On The Run rated it really liked it
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
{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
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
Lynn Thompson
Nov 07, 2012 Lynn Thompson rated it really liked it
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
Oct 28, 2014 Amanda rated it it was amazing
I recently read Owlet after it was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

I was skeptical at first because although it seemed like my kind of book I wasn’t really sure because the description doesn’t really give you that much to go on.

I was pleasantly surprised. I was honestly hooked from when I started reading it. It’s a short book and a quick read. I read it over 2 nights and found myself pushing to stay up to read a little more. Some of the details of the story are a bit confusing (mai
Nay Denise
Dec 22, 2014 Nay Denise rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-books
I received a review copy from the author in exchange of an honest review.

Owlet is such an interesting book in so many ways. The premise alone is intriguing. I enjoyed the world, the characters and plot that Emma Michaels created. This was a fast paced novel that kept me hooked from page one to end.

We are thrown straight into Iris' prospective. Iris has a bad case of asthma and a deadly asthma attack her father decides to simply up and move to an island that has been in her dreams.

The shocking p
Dec 27, 2014 Ronnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free ebook copy of this book by the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Taking a look at the cover you might think the book is about shapeshifters, but it is not so. I was surprised when I found out how birds came into the picture, however it was a very pleasant realization.

Iris is living with her dad and battling asthma. She has a recurring dream of an island that she calls Never-Never. Shortly after she tells her father about her dream, she finds herself on t
Jan 12, 2015 Marisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This was a fun quick read about people who have souls that slightly different than the normal person. I’m going ahead and saying that now though it is a very slight spoiler because I originally thought the story was going to be about shape-shifters. Though I misunderstood, this book was quite unique and a very interesting well thought out society. “Owlet” is unlike any other book I have read and Iris is like the reader – being thrust into an unfamiliar situation and culture abruptly and having t ...more
Oct 20, 2014 Carole rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The cover of the book is quite haunting and beautiful. The concept of the story is quite unique in that you have a secret society
with people that share their souls with different types of birds.
Because this was so different from the usual paranormal books that I read, it was hard to keep focused on the story.
I also felt no real connection to the main characters, mainly because the author didn't really give a proper description of them.
I didn't even know how old Iris was or Falcon.
We were introdu
Mimi Zane
Nov 03, 2014 Mimi Zane rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
*I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

Iris lost her memories but since dreams of an island and hears voices in her head. She's been ignoring the voices to the best of her ability but cant deny the will to jump out her window and fly. When her dad one morning tells her she is being fled to an island she tells her father about the dreams. To her dismay, it's the same island and the voices in her head have never been so excited for her. Iris has always believed her mother died during
Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
Nov 05, 2012 Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota* rated it really liked it
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,
Sep 07, 2015 Sana rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
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
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Emma Michaels is the bestselling author of the Society of Feathers series. As an avid reader she started her book blog in 2009 ( and over the years has received numerous short story publications in addition to her full length novels. Working to help Indies and small presses from around the world she has received the nickname ‘The Mad Hatter’ for her versatility in graphic desi ...more
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