Author: Maria Dahvana Headley
Series: Untitled #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: April 28, 2015
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?
First Sentence: My history is hospitals.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
Magonia first caught my attention because of its cover. I mean, just look at it! Even though Magonia sounded like Josephine Angelini’s Trial by Fire, a book I sadly didn’t enjoy, I decided to give Magonia a chance anyways because who knows, maybe I’ll enjoy it even though it has the exact same premise as Trial by Fire. However, right from the very start, my friends who have already read Magonia before me warned me that I might not enjoy Magonia, that it might not be the book for me. Turns out, they were right. I gave up on Magonia on page fifty-five for two main reasons: I couldn’t connect with the main character and I saw the plot twist coming from a mile away.
Even the plants look nervous…It isn’t allowed to share a room with me, but sometimes I visit it and touch its leaves and it cringes. It’s curled up now into a tight little ball of Leaves Me the Hell Alone.
Leaves. (Oh, haha. Oh very haha.) (ARC 9)
I was really struggling to like the main character Aza. She was just too snarky with a too strong know-it-all vibe for my taste. I understand what the author was trying to do, making Aza look experienced and wise after all she had to go through, but instead, Aza came off as completely stuck-up and condescending. I constantly struggled to connect with her or even understand her, but she was just too much for me. After reading fifty-five pages and still not caring for her in any way, it was about time to give up on the book.
There will also be this plot twist coming up – I checked with one of my friends who have already read Magonia – and I saw it coming from around page thirty. My friends were also impressed with the author’s writing while the author’s writing was doing nothing for me. Those two facts just confirmed for me that it was about time I give up on Magonia and DNF it for good.
Yes, I’m a reader. Kill me…I’m neither a genius nor a kid destined to become a wizard. I’m just me. I read stuff. Books are not my only friends, but we’re friendly. So there. (ARC 12)
If I had to rate the portion I just read, which is about one-fifth of the book, I would be giving Magonia a rating of two to a extremely low three stars. As for if I would ever recommend Magonia, I don’t know if I ever would. Frankly, I don’t see anything quite amazing about it from the pages I’ve read.