Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley | Book Review

(Magonia #1)

Published: April 28th 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?

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My Rating: 3.5 stars 3.5/5 (Liked it)

Book Information

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre(s): Fantasy, Young-adult

Page Count: 320

Format I Own: Hardcover & ebook

Hello! Today I have a review on Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley. I finally read this book, as part of a Goodreads read-along (hosted by The Book Club of Opinionated Hufflepuffs). I finished this book pretty quickly, considering it was 320 pages, which I translate to: addictive! After reading it, I will admit that I was quite conflicted, but I’ve finally sorted out my thoughts to say that I liked it. In the end I would say this book deserves a solid 3.5 stars. And I’m so happy about that! This book seemed like such a book, and although it wasn’t quite what I expected, it was still enjoyable and I’m interested in seeing what the second book will be like.

Quick Summary

Aza was always going to die. She’s literally choking on thin air, and the doctors all predicted she would die. When Aza sees a ship in the sky, calling out to her, everyone thinks it’s simply a hallucination, except her best friend Jason. But then one day Aza wakes up, stronger than ever to find that she’s crucial to the survival of a whole new world—Magonia. Will Aza be able to let go of the people she loves on Earth to do what she need to do?Read More »

Intro | Book Snacks Babbles

Hello my fellow bookworms! I have for you an exciting announcement and intro (well, exciting for me, anyway) of a new blog series/feature I will be doing here on my blog: Book Snacks Babbles!

Where did this come from?

After reading Summer’s post about blogging for yourself and her intro to her new blog series, Summer Says, I really felt inspired to do something on my blog that will bring out the more creative side of me (even though I hardly consider myself creative). And so I decided to do a discussion feature, which I shall be naming, Book Snacks Babbles. Because that’s basically how all my opinions start out as; senseless babbles that I later on think more about. I think it really suits the blog and the whole point of the feature; to ‘babble’ or, discuss bookish topics. I had been thinking of doing a discussion feature for a while now, especially after Poulami’s Daydreaming Discussions monthly feature, & Josie’s Discussions Thursday mostly-weekly feature.


Now, I’m still not sure when I’ll do these posts. I’m thinking I might follow Poulami and make this a monthly thing, or I might make this more of a random, sporadic, anytime-post kind of thing. Or would you rather this be a bi-weekly feature? I’d love to know your thoughts on this, because I honestly don’t know when I should do this feature. I guess I might judge after seeing if people enjoy it. 🙂

What will I be discussing?

Moving on to what exactly these discussions will be about. Generally speaking, these discussions will be about everything and anything bookish. Specifically, well, not much I can say, because that’s really all it is; anything bookish! Whether that may be genre talk, favorite books, book boyfriends, or even a discussion of a specific book. I may also do discussions about book blogging; what makes a good review, blogging habits, etc.

Your Thoughts?

So what do you think of this new feature? I’d love to know your thoughts. And please, let me know your ideas for some discussion posts you’d like to see! I’m always open to suggestions!

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