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review 2017-09-08 00:00
A Mortal Song
A Mortal Song - Megan Crewe Excellent production quality, but a slightly awkward premise that maybe could have benefited from stronger world building. There's some challenging and well developed ideas the author's working through, and I appreciated how she consistently subverted expectations. There were multiple points where I was sure she was headed towards a stereotype or trope and then she pivoted. However, the setting and premise to me read more like a fan homage to anime/manga/light novels than an immersive fantasy experience and it kept pulling me up out of the story. I could see how fleshing out an unfamiliar set of legends as well as the Japanese contemporary culture and environment could be a tall order while still keeping the plot moving, and not sure if the author had actually been to the locations she wrote about or just knew them from media, but it felt a bit too distant. Generally a solid read otherwise.
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review 2017-08-01 00:00
The Worlds We Make
The Worlds We Make - Megan Crewe Megan Crewe is a genius at weaving authentic emotional journeys into tightly paced thriller plots. Her characters are instantly recognizable but not tired or rehashed; love her exposure of character inner lives, struggles and uniquenesses including empathetic portrayals of diverse personality types. She seems to portray teens incredibly well (but I'm in my 30s, so my ability to assess this may be limited, lol). Generally on the 'clean' side of YA; light, natural-seeming romance without any explicit action, some offensive language but always used in-character and in appropriate scenes. I'd recommend for ages 14 or 15 up. This story as a whole holds up well as a plague-disaster thriller, the sort of thing that would make a good summer blockbuster. It's near-future/real-world setting, so no magic or aliens, and the challenges and darkness are real but not overwhelming or contrived. I've enjoyed this series the most out of her work so far and will continue to hunt down the rest of her books!
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review 2017-07-20 00:00
Earth & Sky
Earth & Sky - Megan Crewe Entertaining time travel SF read with an appealingly slow-burn romance and challenging characters.

The more action-oriented outer story, a quest for parts of a weapon that will stop aliens from slowly destroying Earth via time-related experiments, ties in nicely to the MC emotional and literal journey to come to terms with her brother's childhood disappearance/death. The alien boy/love interest is the opposite of YA romance genre tropes, not dependable and interested, but essentially using the MC as a tool for most of the plot, while the MC resists developing feelings for Mr. Alien for as long as possible. They both make for more complex, troubled characters than the usual YA heroic fare.

The premise brings back childhood memories of time travel TV minus the on-the-nose educational agenda. Trips to ancient Rome, colonial America and revolutionary France, with a thriller-esque pacing as alien agents chase the leads through time - but the plot does drag a bit, or possibly just not dig deep enough, I never quite worked it out, in the middle.
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review 2017-07-09 00:00
Give Up the Ghost
Give Up the Ghost - Megan Crewe This was a really solid paranormal YA entry.

Ghosts, in the non-scary sense, not shifters etc., and the romance is very believable teen stuff; light, awkward attraction that doesn't really go too far too fast and involves believable interactions. I found the MC's voice a little rough at the start, but came to appreciate how prickly and challenging she was.

It covers some tough territory, with family deaths, bullying, adults not coping well, secrets and backstabbing, substance abuse and suicidal depression, but feels clever, sarcastic and ultimately has some real heart to it, instead of just being bleak, grim, or miserable. The slow, tentative change arcs were unusually authentic; this plot felt like it reflects life better than most, but since it doesn't follow genre conventions and rigid plot structure so completely, it takes a little more work from the reader to appreciate.

Not just throwaway entertainment, but an enjoyable read nonetheless. Great quality; no issues with the editing or proofreading at all, which is refreshing. Bonus points for Canadian author! Will certainly look up her other books.
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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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