Author: Emma Michaels
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Mystery
Series: Society of Feathers Book One
Published On: September 17th 2014
Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly
Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: 1 Star
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.
Owlet started off with a very mysterious tone that made you curious to learn more about Iris’ world, which kept me flipping the pages, anxious to figure out what was happening which is usually a good thing… except for the most part, I stayed very confused and curious.
Iris is apart of a secret society, The Society of Feathers or the Eyrie/Stryx (I still haven’t really managed to figure out the difference there, more on that later) but she is just starting to learn about that part of her past since she for some reason has lost all of her memories as a child. As mentioned in the blurb, things start to unravel after Iris has a bad asthma attack when her father decides to send her and her caregiver, Diana, to an island.
I had several issues with the plot, but first I’ll start off with what I liked. I loved the concepts of the people like Iris having a human soul and a ‘bird’ soul. Although I didn’t fully understand it, it was very intriguing and I would love to get to know more about the society.
One issue I had with the plot was that things seemed to not make any sense. It felt like there were so many instances where I felt like I was being kept in the dark, like I, as the reader, was just expected to know things or assume them. The plot seemed to drag out while conversation and thought processes came out of nowhere with little to no explanation and then the topic changed, leaving me baffled.
There were also parts where things were explained, but I still didn’t get it. Like the Eyrie/Stryx. They Eyrie are supposed to be some sort of government for the Eyrie which is the whole society? I think. However, whenever each term was used I didn’t really understand what was being referred to… Still iffy about this.
In other parts, I was just plain confused as to what was happening. For example, there’s a scene where Iris, Falcon (her mate), Diana, and her father (plus some other characters I won’t mention) are on a plane because for some reason they needed to go see someone (they twice got on a plane to go see someone for some not very clear reason?) who was supposed to help them, but a fight erupts and it was really unclear of what happened during the scene… I was just aware of the outcome… I don’t even know how to explain it because it was just really confusing.
Point is, the plot seemed a bit wishy-washy to me and like it looped because they were always fleeing, plus the constant questions Iris posed because she was kept in the dark didn’t help.
I really didn’t connect at all with the characters. They didn’t seem to be well rounded and because of the point of view, I felt like I didn’t get to know any of them, especially Iris.
It only becomes worse when more characters are thrown into the mix. Very little physical description was given, and if it was, it wasn’t very memorable. Because of that, I felt like I was always struggling to wrap my head around the cast. That, in addition to the confusing plot, made this a somewhat perplexing read.
The romance that was included started off sweet and cute because it was so innocent and simple, but it never evolved. Falcon was always saying how he cared for her and would risk his life, but they barely had any scenes together alone once the plot unfolded, yet they still appeared to grow closer, but it didn’t feel authentic.
The book has a very interesting concept that had a lot of potential, but it didn’t really work for me. I felt like the plot was difficult to understand and the characters were underdeveloped. Plus, the writing style, although very beautiful and descriptive, was a bit choppy and formal, which may have been a cause for my disconnect with the main characters and their ‘real-ness’.
Should you read it? If you are a fan of birds or secret societies wrapped up in a suspenseful and mysterious plot, then yes. However, if you are easily confused and/or struggle with distant characters, maybe this isn’t the book for you.