Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley | Book Review




Maria Dahvana Headley

Publishing Details:

April 28th, 2015 by Harper Collins


320 pages




Fantasy/ YA


Neil Gaiman’s Stardust meets John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars in this fantasy about a girl caught between two worlds… two races…and two destinies.

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 off, I am in love with this cover!

So I’m still confused about my feelings for this book.
Although the plot was great and everything, I didn’t connect much to the characters nor did I like the world-building. The whole new world she entered was so different and yet wasn’t described much like I had hoped for. I had a hard time imagining things in my head.
Talking about the time when Aza was still on Earth, I guess I liked her sarcastic and ready attitude better. Her relation with Jason was something I could feel like happening in real. So when things turned around, I was rooting more for Jason’s POV and to find out more about what he researched in order to get Aza. His dedication and love her her saw no boundaries and that’s when I decided I shipped them.
Zal, as a character didn’t speak to me much. It was like she didn’t exist other than to give idiotic orders and shit.
I could say, I almost detested her.
Aza may have become more powerful and confident, but she could see the right from the wrong and I guess that’s what matters when you’re in such a position.
Can’t say I hated the book, but I don’t love it either.
I’m also very intrigued about what the capital will be like even if I don’t care about what the characters are gonna be facing.
One of the very few books without a cliffhanger in the end, its sad. I wanted a cliffhanger. Would have made me alter my review.
I read the book in around 6 hours. So its not a huge book, and thus I yearned for more. There were parts which could have been so much more amazing and badass, and yet there they were, dull and lifeless.
All in all, an okay book.



2 thoughts on “Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley | Book Review

  1. literatemama says:

    That is a gorgeous cover! The summary sounds so intriguing; I’m bummed you didn’t like it.

    I think I’ll add this one to my to-read list, but make sure to get it from the library. Thanks for reviewing!

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