Author: Megan Crewe
Publisher: Another World Press
Publication Date: September 13, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology
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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.
A Mortal Song is a fast-paced stand alone novel. This book surprised me in so many ways!
I really loved the main character, Sora. As the main character, she was developed the most. I really felt connected to her, and felt as she did through the story. The rest of the characters were not overly developed to the point of memorization, but enough to enjoy reading about them. All except for Chiyo. Her character didn't really speak to me at all, which is understandable as the story is about Sora and her struggles.
I loved the fact that this story doesn't have a traditional heroine as most stories in young adult literature do. I was thrilled to kick the "chosen one" trope to the back burner for a change. Sora's power at the beginning of the story was never truly her own. She faces all of the obstacles, trials, and hardships in the story as a mortal with nothing "special" to aide her along the way. She survives and trudges on by her will and desire to help those that she cares about alone. It is quite inspiring.
The premise for this story is truly one of a kind, and it is what initially drew me in. I loved the plot and it played out beautifully.
I am a huge fan of diversity, and this book is full of it! I loved the Japanese culture bound in these pages. The Japanese mythology within the plot is explored beautifully. I love Crewe's take on it!
The action in the story is truly fantastic and quite exhilarating! I loved all of the action scenes. They were spaced out enough to allow for other facets of the book to be explored, such as romance and story building.
The romance was sweet and not overpowering. It had its fair share of trials, but progressed nicely. It may have been a little mild for my tastes, but it was not unpleasant to read at all.
I wasn't the biggest fan of then ending, but if I am honest with myself I am unsure how I would want it to end. There are so many endings that could work perfectly for this book, and perhaps that is why I am not settled on the one that came to be. I wasn't so much disappointed with it, I just thought that some of the details could have been played out differently. It just didn't wow me in the end. The boss fight at the end of the book lulled when I was expecting a bang.
Overall, this was a nice, breezy read with a great story. There was enough detail to make you feel for the characters, but not so many that the reader was engulfed. If you are a fan of original stories with strong female leads, I absolutely recommend reading this! If you are tired of the "chosen one" trope and want to read about a heroine that deserves the title, pick this up now!
Like many authors, Megan Crewe finds writing about herself much more difficult than making things up. A few definite facts: she lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and son (and does on occasion say "eh"), she tutors children and teens with special needs, and she's spent the last six years studying kung fu, so you should probably be nice to her. She has been making up stories about magic and spirits and other what ifs since before she knew how to write words on paper. These days the stories are just a lot longer.
Megan's first novel, GIVE UP THE GHOST, was shortlisted for the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her second, THE WAY WE FALL, was nominated for the White Pine Award and made the International Reading Association Young Adults' Choices List. Her Fallen World trilogy (THE WAY WE FALL, THE LIVES WE LOST, THE WORLDS WE MAKE) is now complete and she has a new trilogy forthcoming in October 2014, beginning with EARTH & SKY. Her books have been published in translation in several countries around the world. She has also published short stories in magazines such as On Spec and Brutarian Quarterly.
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A Huge Japan-Themed prize:
The prize includes all of the following Japanese media and treats (all books in English translation and all DVDs with English subtitles):
Books: Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit by Nahoko Uehashi and Death Note Vol. 1 by Tsugumi Ohba
Anime series (DVD, complete collections): Cowboy Bebop and Princess Tutu
Anime movies (DVD): Grave of the Fireflies and Princess Mononoke
Live action movies (DVD): Battle Royale and Hana and Alice
3-month Japanese snack box subscription: WOWBOX (your choice of type)