Review: Owlet by Emma Michaels
I’m a bad blogger on this one as I forgot where I won Owlet by Emma Michaels from though I believe it was on the blog tour.
Summary From Goodreads:
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 definitely gave me mixed feelings. This was a rather short book at only 138 pages and in this case that seemed to be a detriment. I found Owlet to be quite rushed, the plot always moving a bit too fast for both the reader and honestly the characters as well. There were certain parts toward the end of the book where there simply lacked a coherence that could keep everything running smoothly.
Due to how rushed Owlet was the characters were a bit underdeveloped. Now, the main character of Iris was fleshed out a good deal but many of the supporting characters that were brought in and done so in a way that expressed their significance did not get nearly enough detail for the reader to know or care about them at any meaningful level. I did find Iris’s character to be well done, if a bit more fragile than I expected, and I don’t mean because of her asthma though that certainly didn’t help. When you don’t delve into the characters enough and you rush through them to get to the exciting parts of the book it leaves them feeling hollow and not worth the reader’s emotional investment which detracts from the whole experience.
Then there are some scenes in Owlet where not only did it seem to be rushed but it was painfully hard to follow. I won’t go into details to spoil the book but suffice it to say an action-packed scene in the middle to late parts of the book was poorly written and even after I re-read it to ensure I didn’t miss anything I was still unsatisfied. In contrast to those sped up parts of the book there were certain scenes where stories were told and they were so tedious and uninteresting that I felt myself skimming and had to force myself not to.
One of the few somewhat bright spots was the scenery depicted of the island, that in particular was well done. I certainly would have enjoyed taking a nice vacation there and seeing it myself (were it real of course). A garden that was depicted was particularly lovely sounding.
As I was writing this review I realized how many problems I had with Owlet and though initially I was going to give it a more positive one it clearly was not a good read for me. The scenery was great and the story had potential, but it was far too rushed.
I believe the tour for Owlet is still going on so if you find it and enter (and win) a giveaway associated with it that would be the only way I can really recommend getting this book. I know this is the first in the series and I may read the second though I hope it is longer. As always thank you for reading and comment on the review, or if you have read it tell me what your thoughts on it are! ^.^