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review 2016-11-12 00:00
Give Up the Ghost
Give Up the Ghost - Megan Crewe I found this story surprising.

Cass has pretty much given up on the living, preferring to spend her days getting all the latest gossip from her circle of ghosts rather than trying to make friends in high school. Not that the living would give her much of a chance if she tried. So when one member of the popular clique, Tim -- student council VP and all around fangirl favorite -- decides he needs her help, she's skeptical. But the possibility of digging up enough dirt for the ultimate revenge pulls her in. Except he's not quite who she thought he was, and she has to decide if she should keep helping the living or bury herself deeper in her ghosts.

I kind of expected more of a love connection, but it's actually not that much of a romance, which is kind of perfect, given all the ghosts in the story (figuratively speaking). This story really pulled me in, and despite the initial questioning about the ending, I found myself satisfied, hopeful, and happy.

It's a little Pride & Prejudice, but not in formula. The high school setting is a great backdrop for the drama, and the sometimes questionable goals of the protagonist, but the story is relevant no matter your age.

After reading (and loving) [b:A Mortal Song|30376044|A Mortal Song|Megan Crewe|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1470922362s/30376044.jpg|50890450], Megan Crewe is quickly becoming a favorite author for me.
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review 2016-09-27 00:00
A Mortal Song
A Mortal Song - Megan Crewe 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!
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review 2016-09-16 18:38
A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe
A Mortal Song - Megan Crewe

So, let's start with the good about this book. First off, it's set in Japan and has a rich tie to Japanese lore, which I loved. I've always found Shinto to be fascinating, with its deep reverence of the Kami, who keep our world whole and healthy. It's hard not to fall in love with the concept of nature based spirits, and their ability to interact with our human world. I was really impressed that Megan Crewe decided to base A Mortal Song in this faith, and thrilled that ki flowed through these pages.

 
Sora and Midori are also a very strong aspect of this story. Although Sora has other relationships that make their way onto the page, Midori is her link to the world of the Kami. Their bond is one that goes beyond physical contact, or even the deepest emotions. I loved how linked they were and, most of all, how appreciative Sora was of everything she had been granted. It's wonderful to see a character who actually understands everything they have to lose.
 
Which brings me to the things I had a tougher time with, mainly Chiyo. I have to give credit where credit is due. It was pleasantly surprising to find out that, although Sora begins this story, she wasn't actually the "chosen one". Seeing what it's like to be the one on the outside, the one who wasn't considered to be "special" was a nice change. The downside to this, is that the book didn't give much attention to Chiyo's overall character development. She felt flat to me, and a little bit flippant regarding her newfound destiny. It drove me a little batty, to be honest. I felt sorry for poor Sora, more than anything.
 
In fact, had this story simply focused more on Sora and the Kami I would have been smitten. The fact that Sora had to deal with her basic humaness was a great story line. I wanted more of that. More introspection, more newly found inner strength, and more of her growth. As it stands, a vast majority of this book is nothing but battle scenes. It makes the second half of the book very stagnant, since it feels like nothing but battles are happening, over and over. If this were an anime, it would be perfect! In this case I wanted more flowery writing and character growth. Oh, and less instalove please.
 
As you can see, this book falls right on the fence for me. Thus, the three star rating. There's a lot to love in A Mortal Song. Its premise is rich, and actually pretty well explored here. I just wanted more, so I'm hoping that I'll get what I was missing in the next book.
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text 2016-08-31 22:32
September 2016 TBR
Mammoth: A Novel - Douglas Perry
The Apostates - Lars Teeney
Song of Princes (Homeric Chronicles Book 1) - Nadège Richards,Regina Wamba,Janell Rhiannon
It - Stephen King
Esio Trot - Quentin Blake,Roald Dahl
A Mortal Song - Megan Crewe
The Memory Thief - Bryce Moore
The Midnight Sea - Kat Ross
Blood of the Prophet (The Fourth Element) (Volume 2) - Kat Ross
Kubrick's Game - Derek Taylor Kent,Lane Diamond,Lina Rivera

I need someone to follow me around while I'm checking my email and smack me on the hand every time I agree to do a new blog tour. *sigh* Pretty much all of these books are review books for tours, or that I agreed to read for the authors themselves. It's not that I'm not excited about most of them! I am! I'm just bummed because somewhere in here I also have to fit some bingo books. September is going to be a challenging month.

 

Cool things about next month though:

 

* The IT re-read is with the Horror Aficionados group on Goodreads, which I'm super stoked for.

 

* Esio Trot is part of a HUGE blog tour in honor of Roald Dahl's birthday next month, which is going to be really really awesome! A ton of prizes will be given away.

 

* Kubrick's Game is a new book by an author that I helped out a ton before he worked his way into YA (he wrote MG books), and I get to provide one of his first 10 reviews. I feel special <3.

 

Wish me luck! This is going to be an intense reading month.

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review 2016-02-11 14:55
The Lives We Lost Book Review
The Lives We Lost - Megan Crewe

This was really frustrating to listen to. I enjoyed the first one and found it fairly fast paced and interesting enough. But The Lives We Lost definitely has the second book slumber feel mainly because not a lot happens. 

 

They have the antidote but now they need to leave the island and figure out to make enough to save everyone. Kaelyn and her friends go out in the world for the first time sense the virus happened. Little do they know, word has spread that they have the antidote and its a run for their life. 

 

This was a big chase with no real plan and idea. The ending felt rushed but still nothing really happened. It easily could have been cut and made into two books if not one. 

 

We spent most of book one eagerly awaiting the arrival of Leo. I found him really dull and disappointing in book two and not that great of an addition. 

 

I'm debating if I'm going to finish this series. I might if only to see if everyone in this little gang survives. 

 

 

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