REVIEW: Magonia by Maria Dahivana Headley

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Author: Maria Dahvana Headley
Genre: YA
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 320 Pages
Rating: 3.7/5 Stars

Goodreads Summary: 

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: 

Well, this was an interesting read. Going into this I wasn’t sure what to expect. Upon reading the summary I was very intrigued about this book. The concept sounded interesting so I had to pick it up. Though when I started reading this it was a lot slower than I had anticipated. With the book looking as short as it did I thought it was going to be a really quick read, but I kept finding myself having to stop and take breaks while I was reading. I also had to reread a lot of sections in the book as well.

I’m not saying it was bad. I actually found the story rather interesting. The writing style at times I found really weird and confusing. Especially since it was written from dual point of views which really threw me off since I was not expecting that. but I actually ended up liking that because I found that it made the story a lot easier to understand for me.

The ending of this book really made up for the slow beginning. I found myself on the edge of my seat wanting to know more as the story was coming to a close, though I did find that the ending was a bit rushed.

All in all I thought this was a really unique book and I’d recommended it if your looking for something totally it’s own type of book.

The Author: 

Maria Dahvana Headley

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