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March 14, 2015

2 Star #Review #Giveaway of Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

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?
From the Back Cover

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.
All the doctors can do is give her drugs and hope they keep her alive. So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of the 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. The sickness catches up with her.
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 she can use it to change the world.
As she navigates her new life, Aza discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. In Aza's hands lies the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?




Ok well to start off whoever thought it was a good idea to compare this to The Fault in Our Stars must not have read the book.  Because that is one of the worst comparisons I've ever seen.  I mean even Stardust is a stretch.  This is more like a combo of spirit animal meets the body snatchers. 

So this one so didnt do it for me.  The story itself was like amazing!  But the way it was written really made me want to just throw it away.  (have I ever said that before? the horror)  But it was really annoying.  The first 90 or so pages is all about Aza's illness that is a mystery to everyone.  And she is so well down on herself.  Sad Sad Sad, then all of a sudden you get some great humor around chapter 8 or 9.  

This book was very weird from the writing style to things like the following. 

There is this bird that is in her lung and then it can come out and in and it doesn't hurt. This is after she is ripped out of her earthly body and taken to the air ships that float around in the sky and we can't see them because they are hidden in the clouds by these giant whale things. Ya that was a little far fetched in our world today.  Then toss in a city (ENTIRE CITY!!!) just sitting up there in the clouds and well they kinda lost me completely.  

So in the end this one I didnt like the writing style at all and the world was a little to far fetched.  If the world of us humans would have been set in like pre internet time etc.  It would have made more sense that we didnt know that this excited.  Other than that the story line I really liked.  I think it just needed polished a little bit more.  

And ya ill leave you with this. 


 Go Into This One Knowing 
There is a A SIX FOOT OWL WHO SPEAKS ENGLISH in this one! FYI 

IT makes me so sad. I want a poster of that feather!! 









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6 comments:

Zemira said...

Hmmm... I think Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater is my favorite book featuring a shapeshifter. I love Cole and Maggie said it herself, it's her most personal book.

I never heard of Shifter by Bethany Wiggins. I'm going to check it out.

Thais Pampado said...

Vesper by Jeff Sampson! It was a really great read.

Patricia Lopez said...

Definitely Maggie Stiefvater's books ;)

Anatea Oroz said...

It's funny how I have only read one book/series in this genre, and it's Maggie Stiefvater's The Wolves of Mercy Falls. Thanks for the giveaway though.

I'm sorry you didn't like the book, but I know that if you don;t click with the writing style, it just ruins your book no matter how good the story itself is. I hope your next read will be better. :)

Karina Hernandez said...

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Lisa ten Brummelhuis said...

I don't think I have read a book about shapeshifting yet.. Or wait, I have read Harry Potter. Does that count? Sirius Black and those are shapeshifters right? :) that's my favorite ;)

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