Owlet (Society of Feathers #1)
Published October 13th 2012 by Tribute Books (first published August 21st 2012)
Read from June 10-11 2013
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.
You think after all this time reading, that I wouldn’t head into a book with assumptions. I do. And I did with this one. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Although I am not a huge fan of mysteries I am a huge fan of mysterious past and discovering the lies and betrayal hidden in them.
Iris lives a sheltered life with her father and care taker, Diana. Due to her medical problems, she doesn’t interact much with others since she hardly leaves her house. She also has this recurring dream of flying. Ending at an Island where she feels at “home.” After sharing with her Father, he sends her off to an Island, which ironically is identical to the island in her dreams.
This book is very unique and complex. For starters, the Society. It’s honestly nothing like anything that I have read before, which was refreshing. However, it was so confusing. Several terms are given–with an attempt at explanation– I couldn’t keep them straight. We learn about it through stories and poems, so I can’t help but wonder if that’s all it is; stories. Although I do understand –vaguely– how the were formed, I don’t understand their ways and why they were so hell-bent on Iris’ fate.
The writing started off strong, but once all the other POV were introduced, the flow and pacing took a screeching halt. As some parts of the book, I felt like reading a second or third in a series. The characters were discussed like we should know who they are, what their role is and what not. And as soon as everything started to be explained, Iris’ POV was non-existent.
Trying to unravel Iris’ past was tedious. I caught onto a few things, others I didn’t and others weren’t explained at all. What we do learn about her past, is mostly through dreams while the rest is over discussions of other characters in the story, not to Emma. I can honestly say; I don’t understand why she is so important. I don’t know what she really is. Once one question was “answered” about 10 more sprouted.
Falcon, the love interest, is also a mystery. Although I understand his role when it comes to Iris, I don’t understand his role in the Society. (Actually, I don’t understand anyone’s role but that’s beside the point.) It’s obvious he loves Iris and would do anything to protect her. It had an insta love feel to it, but that’s probably because their “relationship” wasn’t elaborated on and like everything else, took a back seat.
Overall- Pretty different and interesting, albeit confusing. This book has so much potential to be awesome. Sadly, poor execution ruined it. I’m still undecided if I will pick up the second book.