A Mortal Song

A Mortal Song

by Megan Crewe

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BN ID: 2940153567556
Publisher: Another World Press
Publication date: 09/13/2016
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 549,216
File size: 864 KB

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A Mortal Song 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Faerie-bookworm More than 1 year ago
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.
onemused More than 1 year ago
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.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kristen Van Kampen (Teen Reviewer) for Readers' Favorite A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe is a stunning young adult fantasy novel about a girl named Sora. Sora has lived her whole life on Mount Fuji, believing she is a kami and heir to the kingdom. However, when Mount Fuji is attacked, she realizes that her life is a lie, and she's a human. The real kami heir, named Chiyo, is in Tokyo, and knows nothing of her roots or her abilities. Together with her guard, Takeo, Sora must find Chiyo, train her, and then find the three sacred treasures, so that they can bring down the ghost army, and take back their mountain. But as new human weaknesses emerge in Sora, will she be able to take down the ghosts? I really enjoyed reading A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe. The book is extremely well written, and I loved how vivid the descriptions were. I really like how this book introduces a culture that the reader may not be aware of, but may want to find out more about. The story is filled with plot twists that will shock the reader, and make them wonder what will happen next. The book is very fast paced, and extremely intriguing. I was hooked by the first page, and I didn't want to put it down. The characters are all very likeable, because they are brave, selfless, and smart. I absolutely loved this book, and would read it again. I really like the inclusion of the romantic subplot. The story also has some funny parts as well as some cute romantic scenes. I would definitely recommend A Mortal Song to all readers.
AngelLeya More than 1 year ago
Love, love, love this book! Sora is a Kami, one of the spiritual beings (able to turn solid or invisible and able to manipulate ki energy) living on Mt. Fuji, or so she thought. On her 17th birthday, there's an attack on the mountain, which sends Sora and her bodyguard, Takeo, fleeing to find a way to save the Kami. Their quest takes them to Tokyo, and reveals a long-kept secret: Sora is not Kami. She was traded at birth to keep the true Kami princess safe, meaning she has an emotional struggle as she meets the girl who will take her place and save the world, and the parents who gave her up for this to happen. The danger looms ever stronger as the days approach Obon, and the ghosts and demons who took over the mountain come closer to their insidious goal. There is almost non-stop adventure, an adorable and heart-wrenching romance, and heart-stopping danger around every corner. The fantasy elements in this are gorgeous. The only complaint I have about the book is that it had an end, but the story still lives on in my mind. This one is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to anyone looking for an engaging, thrilling, beautiful, un-put-downable book!
Topsues More than 1 year ago
I don’t often give a book 5 star, but in this instance my heart is now singing with hope, when minutes ago My eyes were filled with tears. That is how much this excellent storyline affected me. Anyone can make up a story, but to have the skill, to translate that into a book, that can make you feel every emotion known, to keep your attention from slipping away, to make you really want to keep those pages turning must be a gifted author. The places the story travelled to felt so real, the descriptions made me feel safe, scared, worried but never once distracted from the storyline. To me there was a main character who even though was heartbroken, she was able to look deep into herself and have her perception and realisation change slowly but profoundly. Alongside her the other characters that stuck with her through the whole book was just as important to the main star, without them the storyline wouldn’t of worked. You will also find ghosts, demon, ogres, phrophecys, magic, which I will admit can be a common thing in fantasy / paranormal books. But the way they was used the book yourself. I think I feel so strongly about this review because I have just finished the book and started this review in my next breath, so all my emotions are still invested in the story. I think when you leave it a few days you lose that feeling and just no it was a good book. It felt like Megan Crewe put her heart and soul In this book, so thank you for taking me away from reality and remembering what us humans have how belief in ourselves can change so much. If you like books that have battles, enduranceGreat Sto, love, betrayal, belief, loyalty, grief, nearly every magical creature, sages and heartbreak then I recommend this book. Give it ago, it has a great storyline, but the writing makes it exceptional
Naty More than 1 year ago
A very exciting story about Kami, ghost and demons and the Japanese mythology. And Sora's journey to save Mount Fuji from the threat of the dark world with the help of some important friends but also Sora's journey to figure it out who she really is and what is she able to do as a human being. An adventure full of action , friendship, love and sacrifices. I received an ARC copy of this book and I voluntarily reviewed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this story . Being a manga otaku I knew the creatures that were mentioned in this story and the author made them come alive without pictures. The story itself was detailed and exciting. I hope I can read another of her work soin.
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
Sora is part of Mt. Fuji's kami population, they are all guardians of the natural world. She's trained her whole life to be like her parents, sacred royal kami with plenty of ki, the life energy that kami need to use their talents. When an army of ghosts tries to take over Mt. Fuji, Sora is being sent to Tokyo. She discovers she isn't a kami princess like she thought, instead her powers have always been borrowed and aren't her own. She's a changeling and needs to find her human parents, because they are raising the incredibly powerful girl who's supposed to save Mt. Fuji. Sora has a very short time to train her. Her own powers are dwindling, but that doesn't mean she's helpless. Sora still plays a big part in the mission to rescue the kami she's always loved and felt at home with, will she be able to do it? A Mortal Song is a gripping story about a regular girl who was raised among kami. Her powers aren't constant and Sora has always been struggling with them without knowing the reason. I felt sad for her that she lives on borrowed ki and knows she isn't kami, while she used to love being part of them. Finding out that she isn't actually a member of the kami population is heartbreaking for Sora. The people she loves and sees as family haven't told her the truth and her home isn't her real home. Instead of breaking down because of this devastating news she tries to rescue everyone she holds dear. She goes as far as her human body will allow and she's strong, capable and smart. She's a skilled fighter and I loved reading about her adventures. A Mortal Song is an adrenaline rush filled with fabulous characters. Sora is amazing and she has interesting friends who are there to help her with her mission. I absolutely loved Megan Crewe's world building. Her story kept me on the edge of my seat and I loved reading the combat scenes of A Mortal Song. She writes about movement in a skilled and compelling way. I'm a big fan of stories set in Japan and this is definitely a fascinating one. Sora's time is limited and she's in a dangerous situation. I really enjoyed reading about her usually risky experiences. A Mortal Song is a fabulous story filled with great magic, creepy ghosts, enchanting creatures and a thrilling mission.
lenorewastaken More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars -- I'm a day late, but I started reading this book to fulfill the January theme for one of my Diversity challenges, which was "Stories based on/ inspired by diverse folktales/culture/mythology." This book fit that theme PERFECTLY and I'm so glad I picked it up with this challenge in mind, b/c I was thoroughly entertained by Sora's story! This is not a book that typically piques my interest, as I tend to go for either contemporary or more modern paranormal/sci-fi. But after reading a review from Lillian @Mom With a Reading Problem, it sort of just stuck with me. So when I saw it go on sale, and noticed it matched the diversity theme, I snatched it up. So after that long-winded explanation...ahem. I really loved that this one introduced me to some mythology from Japan. It was all so enchanting, and I loved the blending of the world of the Kami with the modern world in Japan. I'm not really a huge fantasy reader b/c I enjoy the linking back to the real world, so I loved that this was both...I guess kind of urban fantasy then, eh? If you couldn't tell, I'm really not that familiar with the genre. I loved the uniqueness of Sora's journey. So often we read about a seemingly ordinary girl who actually has extraordinary powers and saves everyone. In some ways Sora's story was kind of opposite. She grew up thinking she was a being of extraordinary powers, but in the end she was a normal human. But it was her normal humanness that helped save everyone (sort of). I really LOVED that. I loved seeing her struggle with the lies she had been told, and how she would deal with her new reality, eventually coming to embrace what it meant. I enjoyed Sora as a narrator, I thought her struggles were relatable and she grew in a reasonable way. And the plot kept me hooked!! I enjoyed the journey the whole group went on to fulfill the prophecy and defeat the bad guys. There was exciting fight scenes and intriguing plot twists. I was up til 3am reading this bad boy, before I had to finally put it down. I'm not a fan of love triangles, but this one only bugged me a little since it was pretty shallow, though I will admit that I fell for the first boy and didn't give the second boy nearly enough of a chance, so I didn't really get totally on board with the romance. It's funny, b/c I tend to require romance in the books I read, but I wasn't super invested in this one. It had some great butterfly moments, but I wasn't always convinced of the feelings involved. Perhaps I didn't get what was drawing them together outside of attraction. As for the side characters, I really enjoyed them and loved that they all had some depth, with both admirable qualities and flaws. I thought Chiyo would annoy me, but I actually came to enjoy her and root for her (and I loved her romance with Haru). I felt similarly about Haru, but he really surprised me, and I kind of loved that. I almost wished I knew more about Takeo, b/c I really enjoyed him, and I felt like there could be more there. And then there's Keiji. I had a harder time forgiving his flaws, but I also enjoyed his redeeming moments (and they made me bawl). I also really liked that he was a bit of a nerd and beta boy. I even kind of enjoyed the bad guy and the story surrounding him. One of the things that has me rounding down instead of up is that I found I guessed a few major plot twists, and how to defeat the bad guy, quite early on, and so it was frustrating to wait around while
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ElsaVivi More than 1 year ago
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.
JoonS More than 1 year ago
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.
Raq-uel More than 1 year ago
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.
Shaun-Green More than 1 year ago
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.