Magonia

Magonia

eBook - 2015
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Aza Ray Boyle's life has been defined by a unique lung disease and her evolving friendship with Jason, but just before her sixteenth birthday, she is swept up into the sky-bound world of Magonia and discovers her true identity
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperTeen, 2015
ISBN: 9780062320544
0062320548
0062320521
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Branch Call Number: eBook--Adult
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dnk
Oct 18, 2017

While the characterizations of Aza and Jason were clear and they (and their relationship) had a rooting value, the story line jumped in too many places. We understand in a fantasy that we have to suspend our disbelief in key places, but some kind of explanation for what seemed unbelievable previously to the characters would have made me more invested in this world.

Library_Jill Nov 09, 2016

A very unique sci-fi adventure, chock full of heart-wrenching moments, that still manages to feel satisfying, despite not answering all of the questions it raises. I loved Jason's character!

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SashaE
Jul 31, 2016

<Possible Spoilers>
I found this book rather interesting,
In the begining It had strong character design and a good plot. But nearing Aza's death, I got confused and charaters got weird.
I did enjoy the read, I just got confused during it.
It had beautiful writing and good ideas, Just a tad confusing.

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livieb17
Jul 07, 2016

This was a really interesting and unique book. Aza is a mostly likeable character but sometimes she does things that I don't like.
I think I liked the first 100 pages of the book best. At about 100 pages, there is a plot twist of a sort which changes everything and makes it all so much more confusing. I can't say much without spoiling things but this book is magical realism and Aza is magically transported to a land called Magonia and it is based on histories legends/stories of ships in the sky. The book didn't describe things properly and it used a ton of terms that weren't explained soon enough. For example: the people in the book are constantly saying 'by the breath' but you don't know what the breath is until past 200 pages. I really liked it but it should have been described more.
If you have read the book, you know about the whole singing business. I think it was a cool thing but I also hated it a bit. It was kind of like "You're a wizard Aza. In this world we sing with birds to make magic happen instead of wands." LOL!
And then there is the thing with Caru and Milekt (they are birds). Milekt is the equivalent to Aza's wand because she can't do magic without him. They talk about how birds choose you and people and birds become partners. You can't not see the Harry Potter in this. These things could have been good things but they were so similar to Harry Potter that it made me laugh. LOLOL
Another thing that needed more explaining is Zal and Caru. They are supposed to be singing partners but aren't anymore and I don't think the author told why in a good way.
Also, it felt like Aza developed a whole new personality that was never explained. Aza does not have the kind of personality that I can imagine her singing.
Some of the people that Aza meets throughout this book are portrayed in a certain way because you are supposed to like them, but you can kinda tell that they are going to end up being bad in the end. So umm... that was kind of stupid.
<<ONLY KEEP READING IF YOU WANT SPOILERS>>
Other people in the book have no emotion.
Dai: Aza would reach for his hand, feelings would cross between them but there was no real emotion. The book described Aza feeling connected, which I think you were supposed to interpret as love but nah.
Zal: you could kinda tell from the beginning that she was the evil mother. "No one is more loved than you Aza." Honestly, she said that so many times that it naturally made me suspicious. The stupid lady needs to shut up.
Jik: this isn't really emotionless, but still didn't make sense. Jik told Aza tons of secret insider information even though they aren't even friends.
I don't get it and I don't like it.
Now lets talk about the love triangle. I really liked Jason in the beginning and I was really sad for him when Aza died, but then Dai came along. I fell a bit in like with him, but as I stated before, there was absolutely no emotion between him and Aza. And he betrayed her in the end-ugggh. But I did think it was cute how they had to sing together.
I'll finish with the ending. Umm... I hated it. I know there will be a second book, however that does not excuse the ending. I wanted Aza to end up with Dai and he betrayed her. And one more thing that should have been explained better is how when Dai and Aza were singing at the end, Aza tried to stop singing, but she couldn't because Dai was singing through her. Like... what the heck. That cannot happen. If the author wanted it to happen then she should have EXPLAINED IT!!!!!!
And since I wanted Aza to end up with Dai, I didn't like how she went home with Jason. Also, I hated how she went to see her parents and they were just like 'yeah come on in. lets have tea or something'
So i realize that this has been a really negative review, but I did really like this book. I loved the world that Maria Dahvana Headley created though and that is what has redeemed this book for me.

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Christian_Bookworm
Mar 13, 2016

I absolutely loved this story!! It was written beautifully!

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dove123_
Dec 23, 2015

The idea was fascinating and would have made for a good story, but after a few good chapters, the story lost my attention. I loved the writing style though, and how the author used different word placement to really create an effect. Overall, it was just okay.

kirstd31 Oct 13, 2015

I did not care for this book. The story needed more development. Aza uses her powers once and she is stronger than any other Magonioan. I need more details to make the story believable.

MedinaReads Jul 10, 2015

In her new fantasy book, Magonia, Maria Dahvana Headley delivers a beautiful and fast paced story. Aza Ray has been dying for as long as she can remember. Her lungs don’t work properly and every day is could be her last. Until the night that she is taken to Magonia, the city in the clouds. Up in the sky she can breathe properly for the first time and discovers an identity she could never have imagined. Back on the ground, Aza’s best friend Jason searches tirelessly for the girl he’s always been in love with. This lyrical and sassy story will be loved by fans of John Green, adventure, and figuring out where you belong. Recommended by S.A., Brunswick Library, MCDL

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brianna_c
Jul 01, 2015

Originally posted on my blog: https://abookishescape.wordpress.com/2015/07/01/magonia-book-review/

This book was super weird. Know that before going into it, and you may like it more than I did.

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Martke62
Jun 27, 2015

Great book. Full of twists and turns that you won't ever expect. Highly recommend it. Especially those who want to break free from contemporary and add a little fantasy to their lives.

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