Everything about Iris’ daily life weighed her down. She lived a sheltered lifestyle filled with nothing but homeschooling and books. Her asthma seemed to limit her every move, never letting her run or get overly emotional. To Iris, everything in life was a threat she had to face—everything but her father. Even her dreams seemed to have switched into nightmares, making themselves her enemy.
“Iris, calm down. It is just me. You are all right. I found you and brought you in here.” She heard him add softly, “You are in trouble for not taking your preventative meds, Izzy.”
Iris tried to sort out her thoughts and realized what must have happened. Finally awake enough to open her eyes, she looked around. She wanted to be in her room, because there she would find strength in her surroundings. But as she surveyed the scene nothing was familiar to her. It felt as if she were sitting in a foreign land.
Novel: Owlet: Society of Feathers #1
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Published: by Tribute Books, October 13, 2012
Stand Alone or Series: This is the first in a series.
How I Got it: I received a copy in e-book format from the publisher.
What’s it About?
From the publisher:
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.
What made me want to read it: I love a good “lied to her whole life” story, I am writing one after all.
What I thought…
Iris, though physically weak due to chronic asthma, is a strong female protagonist, who is smart and likes books. (I can totally relate!) I would have preferred to see this “strong” aspect of her character explored more in the story, instead of having other characters relate their experiences and perception of her strength.
I totally dug the premise. This is not a book about a shape-shifter girl who becomes an owl, which is what I was pretty sure was going to happen; but rather a coming of age story in a world where everything isn’t as it seems. I went cross-eyed from time to time when the author used an alternate “inner voice” that dwelled inside the protagonist. The main character actually had full blown conversations with this inner voice, which made me wonder in the beginning if she was schizophrenic and these conversations and dreams were hallucinations. As a reader I don’t like to work to figure out who’s voice I’m reading, and it took me a few chapters to get into it. If you experience the same problem press on, it takes a bit of getting used to, once you do all will be well. The author’s writing style is flowery which bodes well with the theme, but at times felt a bit awkward to this reader especially during scenes that contained songs or poetry.
What I enjoyed best was the rather witty dialogue between characters, the lovely descriptions of the MC’s dream-turned reality island retreat, and her love interest. I wasn’t crazy about the extensive use of flashback to relate the protagonist’s back story, however it was well done and it helped the reader understand Iris better. Overall the premise is fantastic, and not like anything I’ve read recently which was refreshing.
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