A Mortal Songby Megan Crewe
Sora's life was full of magic—until she discovered it was all a lie.
Heir to Mt. Fuji's spirit kingdom, Sora yearns to finally take on the sacred kami duties. But just as she confronts her parents to make a plea, a ghostly army invades the mountain. Barely escaping with her life, Sora follows her mother's last instructions to/strong>
Sora's life was full of magic—until she discovered it was all a lie.
Heir to Mt. Fuji's spirit kingdom, Sora yearns to finally take on the sacred kami duties. But just as she confronts her parents to make a plea, a ghostly army invades the mountain. Barely escaping with her life, Sora follows her mother's last instructions to a heart-wrenching discovery: she is a human changeling, raised as a decoy while her parents' true daughter remained safe but unaware in modern-day Tokyo. Her powers were only borrowed, never her own. Now, with the world's natural cycles falling into chaos and the ghosts plotting an even more deadly assault, it falls on her to train the unprepared kami princess.
As Sora struggles with her emerging human weaknesses and the draw of an unanticipated ally with secrets of his own, she vows to keep fighting for her loved ones and the world they once protected. But for one mortal girl to make a difference in this desperate war between the spirits, she may have to give up the only home she's ever known.
"Sora is multi-faceted, endearing, intelligent and a pleasure to read... We've all read the classic rags to riches story, but in A Mortal Song, Megan Crewe delivers the opposite, and the result is gripping. Nothing about this book is typical; not the characters, nor the world. Young adult readers are in for a treat." -Kelly St. Clare, YABooksCentral
"Wholly unique... The setting will appeal to teen fans of anime and manga and the diverse nature of the entirely Japanese cast will attract others." -VOYA
"Crewe toys with the boundaries and tropes of science fiction and fantasy, making A Mortal Song a truly enjoyable read... Readers will not be disappointed as they follow this relatable and compassionate heroine on her way home, wherever that home may be." -Quill & Quire
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- 13 - 18 Years
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Title: A Mortal Song Author: Megan Crewe Genre: YA Fantasy Format: Ebook Shelf: ARC Pages: 382 Rating: 5 Heat: 1 Thoughts: I absolutely LOVED this book!! It's one of the few stories where the main character, Sora, is NOT the hero but one of the "sidekicks". Granted she still played a huge roll in saving the world but it was such a refreshing change from most stories. The characters were awesome, I'm actually bummed that I finished the book, I feel like I've lost touch with some friends. I also really enjoyed all the new to me magic of Japan. I read at the end of the book how Ms. Crewe actually went over to Japan and traveled the same beautiful path as Sora. The detail was awesome, makes me want to explore the same path. I don't think I've read anything that takes place in Japan and it was such a nice change for me. This is also the first book I've read by Ms. Crewe and I am looking forward to reading more by her. The writing just drew me in and the descriptions made it seem so real. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
Sora has been raised by the kami in Mt. Fuji and enjoys her life with her parents and her best friend, Takeo. On her 17th birthday, a demon attacks Mt. Fuji with an army of ghosts and only Sora and Takeo are able to get away. The visit the odd Rin, who can see the future vaguely but not interpret it. Rin reveals that she is not kami but rather a mortal human who was switched at birth (and then with odd specificity tells them where the kami actually is). Takeo and Sora seek out the kami with whom she was swapped at birth. They find Chiyo, who is glowing with kami energy, and who does not have any interest in being a kami. As the lives of all the kami at Mt. Fuji and possibly the whole world are at stake, they convince Chiyo, and are joined by her boyfriend Haru and random fan, Kaiji on their quest. The story is told from the first person POV of Sora, who is your typical teenager. She feels betrayed by her parents, disappointed in her true self, and lied to. Instead of letting it all fester, she decides to prove them all wrong and she certainly does. I found it a little slow in parts in the first half of the book, but then it became rather action packed towards the last half of the book. There is a lot of set up for the world and Sora's feelings/thoughts. They are all justified but it made the book a little younger than what I typically like in a YA book (read as an adult). Perfect for younger readers. There is some romance, but it is very clean/sweet. I did not predict it, but I like how it evolved. I feel like more background on the kami would have been helpful for the complete novice (me). I ended up doing research as I read and then things started making a lot more sense. Crewe has done her research well- too well perhaps to assume most of us would understand to basics! ;) It was easy to research and interesting to learn about, so maybe it was for the best! I also agree with another reader- why not water guns? I was thinking there has got to be an easier way, but I liked the ingenuity and Sora's ultimate role in it all. You can see Sora mature into herself in the book, definitely a coming of age type of novel. I'd highly recommend it for younger teenagers, as I think it's got some good lessons about potential, maturity, and making your own destiny. Sora is a strong female role model (albeit still young), but is nice to see for younger girls. Please note that I received this book from the publisher through netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Recieved a free ARC in exchange for a honest review This book is definitely different from other books out there. It takes the whole "averge girl finds out she's not so average after all" story line and flips it. In this story, Sora, who is a Kami princess finds out she is only human. All her incredible powers were only borrowed. The true Kami princess is currently living with Sora's real parents in Tokyo. I loved the character Keiji! He's funny and brave and just an awkward teenager ;) What I didn't like was how part of the ending felt a bit rushed and too good to be true...still it was a great read! If you're looking for new mythology to dive into this will introduce you to the magical world of Kami!! The characters are fun and easy to like! Happy reading! Elsa M.
Sorta is a Kami getting ready for her 17th birthday celebration. Sorta believes her parents have been delaying her training and learning process. She plans on discussing it with them. However before she gets the opportunity, her celebration is invaded by a demon and a large group of ghosts. Takeo helps Sorta escape and their journey begins to find Sage Rin and learn of the prophecy. This is a fantastic ya fantasy book. It is entertaining from start to finish. I love being introduced to a new world without any preamble. You just get thrown into the story with Sora. The story is very descriptive without slowing down the pace. The protagonist is very intriguing and likable. I love the relationship between Takeo and Sorta. He is a mentor but also a friend. The strength of this bond is well represented in the book. The book is a great ya adventure. I will be recommending it to my friends who enjoy this genre. It is an amazing adventure in an extraordinary world. I highly recommend it.
I absolutely loved A Mortal Song. Having a story about not a chosen one, but the person who thought was the chosen one? GIVE ME TEN! Sora has turned into one of my favorite characters. Going with her through the journey of discovering her "humanity" was incredibly real, and the rest of the characters don't fall far behind her. The writing style makes the story even more enjoyable. The only thing that gave me a little bit of an internal-conflict was the ending. I wish I had 20 or 50 more pages, I wish I could see more about how everything turned out. Overall, A Mortal Song was a book I enjoyed and will probably reread someday soon.
One of the best YA novels I've read this year. Loved the combination of Japanese mythology set in a modern day world. It has an exciting plot, likable characters, with fast moving action. Didn't see the twist coming at the end. And what great art work. Highly recommended.