This is actually my very first ARC! I never even thought anyone would accept, but it turns out that requesting ARCs is actually pretty easy. I head about this book before I saw it on NetGalley because I always get the newsletters of the author Megan Crewe. So I was super exited to read this because I loved the blurb.
A Mortal Song on Goodreads
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.
Things that I loved about A Mortal Song
- Kami and Ki. Kami are some kind of Japanese creatures, they look just like humans but they can make themselves invisible and have Ki. I like to explain Ki as life energy, they have a lot of Ki and can use that to do magical things. If, for example, they want to run harder, they send some extra Ki to their feet, if they want to heal someone they send some ki to the other person. They can do so many cool things!
- You know the stories about a girl that figures out that she is the long lost princess, or “the one that has to save the world”, or even possesses some kind of magic. Well this isn’t about that girl. This is about the girl that thought she was the daughter of two powerful Kami, but found out that she wasn’t who she thought she was. She has to help the “chosen one” and not be the chosen one, as in so many other stories.
- Japan. I never read a book that was set in Japan or anywhere even close. It was such a different setting than that I’m used to. Most of the books I read are set in the US or UK or some other western society.
- Love triangle in which the protagonist actually chooses between the two love interests. I saw the love triangle coming and thought “oh no here we go again”. Girl make up your mind! And she actually did! That made me very happy, because I can’t stand it when a protagonist doesn’t choose and keeps going back and forth between the two love interests.
I made a mood board for this book. All photo’s are from http://www.weheartit.com.
I gave this book a well-deserved ★★★★ because it is really unique, interesting, engaging, adventurous, and because I simply loved it. I would definitely recommend this book to people who love fantasy, Japan, or magic (and anyone else who is interested)!
Is this book going to be on your tbr?