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Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley | Book Review

Title:

Magonia


Author:

Maria Dahvana Headley


Publishing Details:

April 28th, 2015 by Harper Collins


Pages:

320 pages


Format:

Kobo


Genre:

Fantasy/ YA


Summary:

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?


Review:

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.


Rating:

3 HALF

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Can you keep a secret? by Sophie Kinsella

Title:

Can You Keep A Secret?

Author:

Sophie Kinsella

Published:

2004

Stand Alone/Series:

Stand Alone

Pages:

364

Format:

Paperback

Genre:

YA/Chick Lit

Why I read it:

I really liked The Confessions Of A Shopoholic by the author and this book is supposedly better than most of her work.

Summary:

Emma is like every girl in the world. She has a few little secrets.

Secrets from her mother:
1. I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom to Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching Ben Hur.

…From her boyfriend:
2. I’m a size twelve. Not a size eight, like Connor thinks.
3. I’ve always thought Connor looks a bit like Ken. As in Barbie and Ken.

…From her colleagues:
4. When Artemis really annoys me, I feed her plant orange juice. (Which is pretty much every day)
5. It was me who jammed the copier that time. In fact, all the times.

…Secrets she wouldn’t share with anyone in the world:
6. My G string is hurting me.
7. I faked my Maths GCSE grade on my CV.
8. I have no idea what NATO stands for. Or even what it is…

…until she spills them all to a stranger on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger…

Review:

This book was a perfect example of what one can expect from Sophie Kinsella. I liked the Confessions movie/book and decided to give this book a go. Funny and fast paced, this book did not have a single boring page. Some parts of it were without a doubt a bit dumb and somewhat far fetched but it didn’t really bother me at all, like it normally would. Her sense of humor is what kept me going throughout the book. I really enjoyed both the characters and totally related to the fact that we all keep secrets we think will hurt people if revealed and thus face difficulties managing those lies.
I recommend this book to Sophie Kinsella fans, Legally Blonde fans, and to some extent David Levithan fans.
Some people really hated it and some really enjoyed it, so it depends on person to person I guess.

Quotes:

“The truth is, some relationships are supposed to last forever, and some are only supposed to last a few days. That’s the way life is.”

“Relationships are a battle. They are a chess game. And what did I do? I just threw all my chess pieces down on the board at once, and said, “Here! Have them all!”

“Carried away.
He got a little carried away.
This is like saying Hitler was a tad aggressive.”

“Relationships are all about trust and equality. If one person shares, then the other person should share, too.”

“I hurl the glass teapot to the ground.
We both stare at it, stunned.
“it was supposed to break,” I explain after a pause, ” and that was going to signify that yes, I would throw something away . If I knew it wasn’t right for me.”  

Rating:

4

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Dash and Lily’s Book Of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn

Title:

Dash and Lily’s Book Of Dares

Author:

David Levithan and Rachel Cohn

Published:

 October 2010

Stand Alone/Series:

Stand Alone

Pages:

274 pages 

Format:

Kobo 

Genre:

Young Adult 

Why I read it:

Booktube! 

Summary:

“I’ve left some clues for you. If you want them, turn the page. If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.” So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the New York Times bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions? Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

Review:

I read this book in December, perfect time for a holiday fun read. This book is just too cute and adorable. I guess we all want this to happen to us. Meet a great guy in a bookstore, ha! Perfect fantasy. Maybe that’s why this book held such appeal to us book-nerds. The characters were not really A LOT connectable, but I did feel for them, so that says something I guess. But it was the plot that really worked for me. I loved it! Also, the writing as you shall see in the quotes below, was captivating. But alas, I could not give it 5 stars because the characters did do stupid things at times which didn’t make any sense.

A quick fun Christmas-y read, perfect for Contemporary and YA lovers, but also for any person with a liking to books!

Quotes:

 “The important people in our lives leave imprints. They may stay or go in the physical realm, but they are always there in your heart, because they helped form your heart. There’s no getting over that.”

“I’ve always resented Hermione, because I wanted to be her so badly and she never seemed to appreciate as much as I thought she should that she got be her. She got to live at Hogwarts and be friends with Harry and kiss Ron, which was supposed to happen to me.”

“We believe in the wrong things, that’s what frustrates me the most. Not the lack of belief, but the belief in the wrong things. You want meaning? Well, the meanings are out there. We’re just so damn good at reading them wrong.”

“It’s hard to answer a question you haven’t been asked. It’s hard to show you tried unless you end up succeeding.”

“In a field, I am the absence of field. In a crowd, I am the absence of crowd. In a dream, I am the absence of dream. But I don’t want to live as an absence. I move to keep things whole. Because sometimes I feel drunk on positivity. Sometimes I feel amazement at the tangle of words and lives, and I want to be a part of that tangle. “Game over,” you say, and I don’t know which I take more exception to- the fact that you say that it’s over, or the fact that you say it’s a game. It’s only over when one of us keeps the notebook for good. It’s only a game if there is an absence of meaning. And we’ve already gone too far for that.”

“You think fairy tales are only for girls? Here’s a hint—ask yourself who wrote them. I assure you, it wasn’t just the women. It’s the great male fantasy—all it takes is one dance to know that she’s the one. All it takes is the sound of her song from the tower, or a look at her sleeping face. And right away you know—this is the girl in your head, sleeping or dancing or singing in front of you. Yes, girls want their princes, but boys want their princesses just as much. And they don’t want a very long courtship. They want to know immediately.”

Rating:

4