26 June 2015

Review: Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

Reviewer: Kayla
Author: Maria Dahvana Headley
Pages: 309
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 3/10

Summary (thanks, Goodreads):

Aza Ray is drowning in thin air. 

Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live. 

So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn't think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia. Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?

My Thoughts:

When I read the synopsis and saw the cover, I was so excited to start this adventure. But.. Oh dear. What a disaster. I really tried to like this book, I did. I am able to appreciate the story and the world that Maria Headley built as Magonia, but I had so many issues with this book, and I will also try my best not to spoil too much of it. (also it seems from Goodreads reviews that this is an unpopular opinion? oops) 

For starters, throughout the book I was completely and utterly confused. How the world, the magic, the songs and the powers worked went right over my head. I feel like the world was underdeveloped and it was just missing something. I also couldn't wrap my head around the Magonians and the Rostrae. How are they different? I just kept picturing the blue people from the Avatar movies with feathers that made them look like a cockatoo. I don't even know I was just so confused. The whole storyline blurred together and it was rather difficult for me to distinguish the ultimate goal that was trying to be accomplished. Everything sort of happened all at once and there was no transition between scenes and interactions. But at the same time, it was slow. I found the entire book to be so slow and difficult to grasp.

Now, for the real headache, the characters. I couldn't stand any of the characters (except Jason, I could stand him a little more than any of the others). Aza annoyed me from beginning to end. At first I thought her voice was unique and her narration was entertaining. But then it got repetitive and ridiculous at times.. I saw no real development from beginning to end, she was flat, weak and barely did anything for the story. I didn't understand why she was important to Magonia, why they needed her specifically and why her powers are more important than the others. (i'm so sorry i'm bashing this book so hard). It was just that all of a sudden she was fighting like it came naturally to her, like she's never been sick. We never got to see any of her training in how she learned to use song to control the weather and physical things. Also how the hell do birds live in their lungs through a trap door through their CHEST?! LIKE I WAS PICTURING A TRAP DOOR IN HER CHEST?! AND THEN SKINS? LIKE THAT WHOLE THING F*CKED WITH MY HEAD.

Also, this is a personal fetish, but I hate birds and I hate sharks, so this whole book stressed me out because I started picturing a bird flying into my lung and then I started hyperventilating.

Final Thoughts:

I was disappointed with this book. I tried to like it and I still appreciate it's premise, but I probably won't be picking up a sequel if there is one in the productions. #sorrynotsorry


  1. I'm sorry to see that this one was disappointing for you. I've been seeing it around quite a lot and it seems pretty interesting but I've also seen lots of mixed reviews. Not sure if it's for me just yet. Thanks for sharing your honest opinions.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    1. I definitely think you should read this one for yourself and form an opinion :) it's an interesting concept that just personally wasn't for me, but thank you!:)


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