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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 cha
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Kindle Edition, 382 pages
Published September 13th 2016 by Another World Press
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Megan Crewe August 11th, after the reveal. I'll email the people who got early copies when it's time! :)
mith since the book hasn't been released, you probably have the ARC. ARC's aren't finished copies so they usually have typos or other mistakes.

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Megan Crewe
Aug 11, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-books
I'm so excited to finally be sharing this book with you! It's been more than seven years in the making. :)

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Emma Giordano
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was sent an Advanced Reader Copy of this book by the author to review! Full video review coming to my YouTube Channel soon.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Not that I was expecting to not enjoy it, but I was pleasantly surprised with how much I gravitated towards this story. When Meagan originally proposed her newest novel to me, the part that REALLY got me interested in A Mortal Song was that it was meant to be a play on the stereotypical "protagonist finds out they're a part of some elite, my
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Ben Alderson
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5!

I really enjoyed this novel. I keep saying...

Dripping in Diversity, Mouthwatering mythology and a stunning setting. I loved the insight into the world of Kami, Ghosts and demons. Also, how Megan took the 'chosen one' trope and flipped it on its head. Its about the understand of not being special and how thats ok.

My only issue was some of the characters we so long that i felt they could of been halved and separated.
I will recommend this novel to anyone looking for a UNIQUE and MAGICAL advent
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I'm giving this three stars, but it's basically an honorary four-star review, and I'm going to explain why in just a moment.



According to the author's note at the back, A MORTAL SONG took several years to complete. It shows. I'm no expert in Japanese religion and mythology, but based on the little
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Angelina
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I really liked this book!

Firstly let me say that I loved Sora she was such a likable character and I was so sad about what happened to her.

Her whole live she lived thinking she was something she was not and after a dreadful day she learns that everything she knew was just a lie...

The pace of this book was fast and amazing, I really liked the magic system it was very unique and I really liked that the ending it was bitter-sweat for me and I couldn't imagine any other...

All the characters were we
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mith
(when you say "thoughts to come tomorrow" but it's been like 11 days. oops)

so hi guys, i'd like to start off with a huge thank you to the author for giving me an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. i'd like to add a sorry for it coming so late!

for the most part, a mortal song was not bad at all. in fact, when i first found out about it via crewe's newsletter, i was pleasantly surprised because this was an instance where you'd expect a chosen one--only it's not the main character! i h
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Alexis  (TheSlothReader)
3.5

This book started out very strong for me. I really loved Sora, the main character, and I liked that this story was not, in fact, about the chosen one. Instead it was about the girl who always believed she was the chosen one, until one day she finds out that her whole life has been a lie. I really loved that. I also really loved the Japanese setting. It's not something that is seen often in YA, but as someone who knows a little bit about the Japanese culture, I devoured it. I loved the Japanes
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Kaitlin
Sep 22, 2017 added it
Shelves: spfbo
So this is one of my #SPFBO books and unfortunately I didn't finish this one. I read to 25%, but I could tell by that point that this book just wasn't going to be my cup of tea. The story has Asian origins, and is set largely around Mt Fuji in Japan, but it's a blend of the fantastical and the modern day, and I have a hard time with more urban-based fantasies.

This story follows Sora, a young Kami who has been in training since she was born to grow up and take over. Her parents are very powerful
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Ellie
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, august-2016
The Mortal Song was a wonderfully written, creative and interesting story. The plot was very well done and was very unique. Crewe wrote a beautiful and captivating story that is a must read novel for all fantasy lovers.

As a reviewer, I rarely comment on the author. When reading and reviewing a book, I usually disconnect the author with the writing to create a unbiased review. However, during this book, I was in awe at the amount of effort the author put into this book when it came to depicting d
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Nina-Tala (JustAddAWord) Shannak
*I received an advanced copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This has not influenced my opinion in any way. *

A MORTAL SONG is about Sora, who has been raised as a member of the magical elite, kami. When their home, Mt. Fuji, is under attack, Sora believes that she will be its savior.

Only to find out that that is not her destiny at all.

Can I just say AMAZING? Yes, yes I can. This book deserves 5 stars, alright. It deserves all the stars. Because yes, it is am
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Kells Next Read
Wow!!

What a splendid read. I laughed and cried for my heroine. This was such a refreshing change from the usual troupes. I definitely recommend this one to all.
Johanna
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm a passionate YA reader, especially in the fantasy genre, but I'm not blind to the flaws the genre has. There is an incredible saturation of the special snowflake trope. The hero/heroine is destined or prophesied to safe the world/their people or any such important thing and if they aren't the sons or daughters of gods or other supernatural creatures, they at least have some other kind of special power that sets them apart from the rest of the world … So, naturally, I was excited when I first ...more
Claire Luana
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's pretty common in fantasy book for the main character to discover their special power or destiny and then come to terms with it throughout the book. Are you a little tired of that old story-line? If you are, A Mortal Song is for you! This fantastical YA novel is set in Japan and throws that old trope out the window.

Sora is a kami, a mythical Japanese spirit that protects and maintains the earth. Or at least she thinks she is! On the eve of her 17th birthday, her home of Mount Fuji is ruthles
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Glory
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Итак, в анамнезе: волшебный народ, пророчество, предрекающее его гибель, и наследница правящей семьи, наделенная особой силой...
Именно ей предначертано всех спасти и стать героиней столетия. Но чтобы прослышавшие о пророчестве враги раньше времени не прикопали спасительницу за ближайшим углом, добрые мама с папой ребенка спрятали. Подменили. В итоге девочка, обладающая властью над стихиями, живет себе среди людей, учится в школе и знать не знает ни о каких ками, призраках, демонах и прочем, а д
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Stephanie (Bookfever)
A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe was original, there's no denying that. I also loved that it was set in Japan because I haven't read a lot of books that are set there. But in the end I just didn't like the story enough for me to give a higher rating. The beginning was good, I thought but I started getting a little bit bored after that. Maybe this story wasn't just for me. I don't know.

Like I said, the book was original. it does get some bonus points for that. I thought it was original because of th
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TL
Oct 13, 2017 marked it as dnf
Nice idea but couldn't capture my attention :(
Amy McK
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sora is a kami princess just turned 17 and ready to take on her responsibility with the mountain and the rest of the kami. There's only one problem. She's human. After a surprise attack and a narrow escape, Sora and her companions, Takeo and Midori, race to Tokyo to find the real kami princess to save the mountain, her parents, and gain her place among the kami.

This story was beautiful! My heart hurt for Sora when her life was turned upside down and it lifted with hers too. It was a nice breath
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Kel (Faerie-bookworm)
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 rea
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T.
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received A Mortal Song as a free copy from the author. I finished this book Jul 8th and held my review, per author request. The gifting did not determine the review/rating, which reflects my honest opinion.

Although a different genre than the Lotus Wars series (steampunk by Jay Kristoff), there were many similar elements that lead me to believe many of Kristoff's fans would enjoy the fight sequences and plots involved within A Mortal Song. The novel had a definite anime feel to it with larger
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Tequila
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book I have read by Megan Crewe, and I have to say it will not be the last. I also have to say I'm a bit heart broken that this is a stand alone novel.

I love these characters, the plot, just everything. When I started reading this book, I was instantly sucked into the story and I fell in love with the characters. This is a great story of self discovery, friends, family, and love. This book is really an amazi
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Elizabeth Mathis
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 onl
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Lola
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

It was the cover that caught my attention and the blurb that convinced me I had to read this one. I was so happy I managed to got a review copy from netgalley. I really enjoyed A Mortal Song, it was an unique read with how the story is told from someone who would normally be a side character. It took place in Japan and there was some Japanese mythology in there as well. There was action, magic and a saving the world plot line, but it's also more
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Chocolategoddess
Aug 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
I decided not to finish this book 23% of the way through. There was nothing specifically that made me stop, but when I realised my goal of "read one chapter a day" was in danger of not happening because I really just didn't want to pick up another (short) chapter of this book ... enough was enough.

The best word I can use to described A Mortal Song is "shallow". It felt superficial right from the start, where we see the main character, Sora, spying on some humans before heading home for a bit of
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Marguerite
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
4 Stars.

A Mortal Song was an adorable, fast-paced novel with a well-developed romance (which was amazing!!!) and strong characters. The plot is unique, and whilst I really liked the angle, I'm not completely sold on the ending (which I'll talk about later in the review), overall, I loved reading the character development and action. I'm going to break my review down into each section - characters, setting, plot and finish with overall thoughts.

Characters: Sora, the heroine, was the best! She was
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Maud
Aug 31, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stand-alone
*The author kindly sent me an e-arc in exchange for my honest review. My opinion has not been influenced by this*

Cool idea but the book felt mediocre.

The thing that absolutely drew me in was the cover and the synopsis. The cover is gorgeous and a story about a princess who turns out not to be the special princess? Give me! But in the end this book ended up being pretty mediocre. There was so much potential but I couldn't find it in the book.

First of all: the writing style. The writing style is p
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Jenny
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Anna | mybookishdream
Full review on my blog, My Bookish Dream .

I really enjoyed this book! It was such a fun read with very heartwarming characters. Plus it's set in Japan and has quiet a few elements of Japanese mythology, which I really enjoyed as well. The biggest problem that I had with this book was the romance, it just felt unnecessary and this story would have worked out without it.
Cassidy
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-ebooks
I loved it. Sora is very real, very relatable, very sympathetic. The idea of going from normal to special permeates YA novels, and with good reason. We all want to think we’re special, or that someone out there is. That there’s more than the every day normalcy of our lives. But going from special to normal? That’s much harder to come across, and Crewe pulls it off by creating a character that we can all relate to. The side characters are wonderful and three-dimensional as well, including upbeat ...more
Hannah
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this eARC from Megan Crewe in exchange for an honest review of A MORTAL SONG.

I absolutely loved this story. It was a magical story about betrayal, finding who you are, and accepting your destiny. The story is so great that I have no words of dislike or I am speechless of how amazing it is. I think this would definitely be something great and new if it were to become a movie. I also learned more about magical creatures and it just opened up my mind to what could be out there (or what c
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trishajennreads
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not impact my review in any way.

My rating: 4 stars out of 5

Megan Crewe's A Mortal Song heaps the stakes toweringly high–identity crises, kidnapping, tortured parents, the potential end of the world, first love...and second love, betrayal, and supernatural battles. Whew! This novel is action-packed, full of twists, and super cool magical battles.

The blend of contemporary YA with the fantastical Kami of Japa
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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 ...more

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