A M O R T A L S O N G
A u t h o r : Megan Crewe
P u b l i c a t i o n : September 13th 2016 by Another World Press
G e n r e : Fantasy, YA, Fiction, Mythology
S y n o p s i s : 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.
(***Special thanks to Netgalley and Another World Press for providing me an ARC of this book.)
M Y R E V I E W
A Mortal Song was one of my greatest anticipated reads, especially after seeing it for the first time on NetGalley. I was just drawn in by the Mulan-like cover and the discovery of a brand new author. The synopsis promised a heroine with a supernatural upbringing, but the truth is she is just an ordinary human, swapped at birth with the real kami princess in an attempt to delay a prophecy.
It’s really refreshing to see how Crewe took the special snowflake syndrome and twisted it so that instead of getting the usual character who discovers he/she is special, we get instead a protagonist who finds out she’s not really special at all.
As the heroine of the story, I really admire Sora. She’s smart and level-headed and she’s not the type to get vindictive or hold a grudge against others. Even after learning about her true heritage, she remained good all throughout the book though I wish I’d seen a little bit more reaction out of her.
Only, my main issue was the author’s writing. It doesn’t possess the FLAIR I was looking for, nor did it portray the depth and emotion I needed. The characters fell flat and most of their dialogues and interactions fall completely on a basic level. I’ve only seen one side of the coin, so I wasn’t able to sympathize much or connect with the characters.
I should also probably mention the combined insta-love and love triangle in this novel, which I have to say is a horrible combination. It just didn’t work, and I couldn’t find anything redeeming about Sora’s love interests. Fortunately though, she sorted out her feelings earlier than I expected and made a quick choice between the two guys. But still, I would’ve preferred if the story just focused on Sora’s acceptance of her true identity.
The connections and relationships in this book just felt abrupt – it simply didn’t feel like this aspect of the book was given much time to work on.
Another is the history of the kami. I didn’t get a real feel of their culture, their lifestyle and other things you’d expect from a different kind of world. I also can’t fail to notice that the estrangement of the kami from other supernatural beings were left unexplained. And when crisis came, these other supernatural creatures came to help without any hesitation, which is weird, considering the kami never interacted with anyone except among themselves.
Not to mention the battle scenes. I dreaded these scenes every time – not because of fear for the characters’ lives or something like that, but because I couldn’t feel ANYTHING towards them. There’s no thrill or action – what I got was just a bunch of kids throwing paper talismans at their enemies. And the enemies – the ghosts – they just suddenly appear out of the blue and flood into one place, attacking Sora and her group.
All in all, I still feel like there’s so much missing in the story. To me, A Mortal Song is just like a raw diamond still waiting to be polished. There’s so much room for improvement, and I can only hope that the published edition was much more better than the ARC. However, one thing I can assure you is that this novel’s heroine goes beyond the stereotype. And that was enough reason for me to stick with it.
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