Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Blog Tour: Owlet by Emma Michaels *Review, Excerpt, and G!vaway!

I am so excited to be hosting today's stop on the Owlet Blog Tour!! For those of you following the Read Along, I am posting the next excerpt! For those just joining the tour make sure you enter the giveaway and then click on the tour banner to check out the previous stops along the tour so you can catch up on the read along
Owlet (Society of Feathers, #1)
by Emma Michaels
Published: October 13, 2012
Publsiher: Tribute Books
Available: Amazon, B&N, iBookstore, Smashwords


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 was an extremely fast read. I felt like I had barely begun reading before it was over. There is no lag time and the quick pace made it an engaging read. It also meant that a lot of information is given in a very short number of pages. With a paranormal book such as this, there needs to be a lot of world building and background for the characters. At times I felt like this was a bit too cramped in Owlet and I wish that there had been a slower pace so that we could get a smoother introduction to the world Iris is inhabiting.

Iris was an interesting character. She suffers from asthma, which often debilitates her, yet she still manages to hold her own. She doesn't use it as an excuse for not living her life, or for not making choices. I enjoyed Iris's interactions with her love interest Falcon. There was a dark side of Falcon that I wish we could have seen more of, and this again I felt was a result of the fast pace. His past played a really big part in the decisions he made and I thought he was really under used.

I found Owlet to be a very interesting start to a series, and I would definitely be willing to read more. 


“Why?” Iris responded, not understanding what was going on or why Falcon was suddenly on his feet and crouching lightly, looking like a bird about to burst into flight.

“Iris! Do as I say and get away from him! Come over to me. Now!” Diana said,
moving into the clearing and to the first steps of the gazebo, opposite from where Iris and Falcon were now standing. Diana was crouching just like Falcon only her hands were up and ready to fight.

“What are you doing?” Iris yelled. “Have you lost your mind?”

“No, Iris. He is one of the things that you don’t know about, or at least not enough to understand.”

Iris tried to keep calm but she started to get defensive. She realized she might not understand the full situation, but seeing Diana ready to attack Falcon who she knew had been a part of her past, was making her feel protective—even though her loyalties were still to Diana, which made her emotions turn and twist inside her mind.

“Diana, put your hands down,” she said. Looking to the right she could see Falcon trying to stop himself from going into a defensive stance.

“What is going on?” Iris screamed. Getting confused, Iris suddenly realized that she was backing up from both of them leaving her standing exactly in between them— two people who looked as if they were enemies in some invisible war.

“Iris, run.”

“No, Iris. Don’t go with her. You need to understand. I won’t lose you again,” Falcon said in a desperate voice.

Diana’s expression softened for a moment at his words, but the hard mask of defense reappeared in seconds.

“Iris, he is the one who—”

“No!” Falcon shouted.

“—was sent to kill you.”

About the Author

Emma Michaels is the author of the ‘A Sense of Truth’ and ‘Society of Feathers’ series. Her goal with her latest YA novel 'Owlet' is to give others what she did not have growing up; a strong female protagonist with asthma. While her previous aspiration was to be a lady knight she realized that not being able to run more than a few feet might become a hindrance so turned to writing instead. Her day jobs include being a cover artist, marketing consultant and silk screen designer.

As the founder of The Writers Voice blog (http://OurBooksOurVoice.Blogspot.com) she loves to connect authors and readers. As a book blogger turned author, she was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, until she moved at eighteen to Washington State. Suddenly, the world was a new place filled with tall green trees that reached further for the sky with every moment, making her want to do the same. Ever since, she has tried to make her life something new and different from what it was before, pursuing her future career, setting high goals and reaching for them. With the support of her fiancé, Chihuahua, and her amazing blog followers and fellow bloggers, she wants to prove to the world that anything is possible and help inspire fellow literary lovers to reach for their dreams.

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  1. Angela, thanks again for inviting Iris, Falcon and Diana to stop by. I have to say this excerpt is one of my top 3 favorites from the book. I'm glad you enjoyed meeting the characters that Emma created (especially Falcon *smile*), and please stay tuned for more from the 'Society of Feathers' trilogy.

  2. This book looks great! I love the cover and excerpt. Thank for the chance to win!
    -Brooke Banks