Book Review:
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

Title: Magonia
Author: Maria Dahvana Headley
Published: 2015
Language: English
Pages: 320
Rating: 3/5

Ever since Aza was a baby, she's suffered from a mysterious lung disease, making it almost impossible to breathe. So when one day she sees a ship in the sky, everyone around her thinks it's a side-effect to her medication. But Aza doesn't think so - she can even hear the ship calling her name...

Magonia, Magonia, how to rate you... I'm torn about this one. There were parts of this book that I didn't care for, yet the parts I loved, I loved a lot. It's quite original in some aspects, which is rare.

I really enjoyed the writing in this, as I found it to be quite beautiful. I enjoyed the main character and seeing her journey. I enjoyed most of the side-characters. What I loved most was the magical aspects of this; the world of Magonia, the flying ships, the birds and the creatures. I had a very vivid image in my head of everyone and everything.

I felt like there was a little bit missing though. It's quite ambitious, and I think what put me off is that I can feel there's this massive, magnificent backstory, but too much is being held back. Perhaps this is to save it for more books a series, but I wish there was a bit more to go on. In that way, I wish this was longer, that we'd spent a little more time getting to know everyone and everything. So, I feel quite miffed about that.

I do hope there are more books to come from this universe, as I would very much like to read more. There's the very beginning of a love triangle though, which I'm not super excited about, so hopefully it won't be something prevalent in a possible sequel.

I would definitely recommend this if you like young adult fantasy, and want to read something new and fresh to the genre.

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  1. It sounds interesting - 'airships' and stuff! Reminds me of a children's book I used to read when I was younger (can't remember the title though ... bummer!). Too bad that you felt there was something missing, but if there are going to be more books about this magical land, then I'd love to hear what you think!

    1. I will definitely read the next book if there is one! It is quite a cool concept :D


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