Hello again everyone, Paul here today with my review of the YA Urban Fantasy Owlet by Emma Michaels.
***I have to interject here and state that this post is supposed to be a stop on Emma Michaels Blog Tour hosted by Reading Away the Days, but at the time of this writing I have not heard a word from the host. I have sent emails, commented on her blog, and nada, nothing. So, with that being said, I will press forward with my review of Emma Michaels Owlet.***
Things have been really busy in my world, Lionel and the Golden Rule is nearly completed, Chas Andrews and Angelique Bodine are editing my revisions before it goes to Sher for the final edit, but I have still found time to read some really good books beginning with Owlet.
What I Liked Most: I always keep index cards in the cover of my Kindle to take notes on books I read for review. Why am I telling you this? The first thing I wrote when reading Owlet was that I was really enjoying the suspense of Iris remembering her past. I couldn’t wait to learn the truth. I noted that I anticipated a bombshell such as her being the leader of a clan or a “chosen one”, something of that nature. Now, I’m not going to spoil anything, but I was pretty close to spot on. The truth is pretty awesome. So, what I liked most is the spinning of the tale. I loved how the author revealed bits and pieces of the Iris’s past and history, keeping me in suspense until the very end where-I can’t tell you about the end, that would be a spoiler.
What Missed A Bit: I found myself confused a couple of times throughout the book. The whole concept of the souls and their splitting, I found a bit confusing. I was also slightly confused during the airplane/cockpit scene. I would have liked a bit more explanation or detail to have helped me understand a bit better. There were also times were the dialogue felt a bit false. There were a lot of “I am”‘s in the dialogue which felt a bit unnatural. It seems like most conversations would say “I’m”. The dialogue wasn’t a big deal at all, just something I noticed since, as an author, I struggle with writing dialogue naturally, so I tend to notice these things.
Overall: Excellent! The prologue was very nice. I find that often times prologues aren’t necessary or don’t really add anything to the story, this was not the case here. It really set the story up nicely. I loved the character of Iris, she is very real. She is vulnerable both mentally and physically for a variety of reasons, yet one senses that there is so much more to her. I also really liked, as I mentioned above, the author’s way of telling this tale. It would have been easy to have just told us things in a straight info dump, but Ms.Michaels expertly weaved a compelling, exciting, and suspenseful tale that I devoured and left me excited for the next book in the series.
So, I apologize for the missing blog tour (especially to you Ms. Michaels). And while I don’t have a giveaway for you, I would like to offer a look at the book trailer for Owlet. Thanks for stopping by everyone and don’t forget to leave me a comment letting me know what you are up to this summer.