by Emma Michaels
ebook, 138 pages
Published October 13th 2012 by Tribute Books
My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ❥
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.
The melody was beautiful as he extended the last word of every line and created a breathtaking pattern to the song.
Iris stayed perfectly still, hoping the boy would sing again, frozen in place as she stared at him. Watching the young girl have the same reaction, Iris saw her freeze in mid- bite of a big juicy apple.
“You know you should sing her the real words,” she heard a voice say, soft and feminine but with a hint of attitude.
“But she likes this version so much more,” the boy complained even though this ‘mystery woman’ was nowhere to be seen.
Strawberries. Iris could smell strawberries. “It is still not the truthful version. You said you always wanted to tell her the truth.”
“Fairy tales aren’t meant to be the truth. Are they? Izzy, you do know that it is just a story, right?”Izzy? Can he see me? Iris started to walk forward but then she realized he was looking expectantly at the young girl beside him now eating the apple and nodding in response, Iris felt the surprise run through her. If that is me, then the voice must be...could it be us? The way we were in the drawing?
I found this story wondrous, poetic, and romantic. I often analyze possible influences when reading fantasy and mythology.I could not pinpoint much because this was highly original. "We are just normal people only our souls are a little bit different." (that's eerie and yet fascinating.) I especially loved the symbolism. Such as the apple's introduction was the foreshadowing of Iris' knowledge. I also loved the many fowls referenced. I found myself googling the names to see pictures. It was especially cute when the bird species were used as terms of edurement. I loved it when they talked birdie to me! *LOL*
This was written in third person.The pace of the story was abit stop and go. It was a quick read yet it lagged on the conversations, where the author took the liberty of explaining the hidden world of the Society of Feathers. I though the history lesson world building could have been distributed a little more even. There were also poems and songs that I adored. I wish I knew the tunes to them as well.
When the romance angle appeared, I found myself groaning, "not another psycho heart-throb". Surprisingly, it didn't play out like any other book I've read. Falcon, yep that's his name (cool isn't it), wasn't some bad boy or evil menace. I really liked Iris' character. It's rare that I've read a novel where the heroine wasn't perfect. It was refreshing that Iris had a normal medical condition. Iris' asthma made her appear delicate.
One thing I didn't understand was how Iris could be so forgiving when everyone was lying and keeping information from her.I felt bad for her. Everyone has lied to her her whole life and her ailment doesn't make it easy for her to show extreme emotion.
I would be interested in continuing this series out of curiosity. This novel was just the beginning and it ended with Iris' fate still unknown.
*Thanks so much to the author and publishers for entrusting me with an honest review.
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