Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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?

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Magonia(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

There were parts of this book that I liked, parts that were confusing, and parts that were really sad, but there were also parts that really bored me.

Aza was an okay character, and I liked her at points. I felt a bit sorry for her and the way she’d always been ill, and felt like she was a ‘professional patient’, and I could see where she was coming from with the whole ‘am I hallucinating now?’ thing. At points though, she just bored me.

The storyline in this was very hit and miss for me. Chapters 7 and 8 were absolutely brilliant – 5 star worthy – I absolutely cried my eyes out, but the rest of the book just didn’t compare. I felt like I had stumbled upon another ‘red rising’, where there was a brilliantly sad and beautiful part of the book, followed by something totally different! All the stuff about sky ships and Magonia just didn’t do it for me, and I got really bored.

There was some romance, and parts of it I really liked, by the end I was fed up of it though.

The ending made it clear that this wasn’t the end of Aza’s story, and I’m guessing there will be at least 1 sequel in the works. I’m not sure I’d want to read it though.
5 out of 10

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