Review : Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley 

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: Goodreads)

Title: Magonia 
Author: Maria Dahvana Headley 

Genres: YA, fantasy 

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (US), 2016

Edition: paperback 

Pages: 309

⭐⭐ Magonia stars…

All of the birds have shifted into people.

Before we get into the review and my ramblings, take a good look at that gorgeous cover!  I guess there are more than 90% people picked up this book due to this stunning cover.

Funny thing here.  I thought this book was a sci-fi novel after I read the synopsis.  The ship made me thought of spaceship.  And I don’t like spaceships and alien craps.

This novel is actually in fantasy genre.  Good. So Aza died.  Or umm…she actually didn’t.  (It’s okay you don’t know what was going on.  I have no fucking idea, either.)  After her earth body gave out, Aza was kidnapped onto a ship called Magonia.  (The writer didn’t describe much about the ship, so everyone please just picture Cpt. Jack Sparrow’s Black Pearl in your mind.  That was how I read this book.  P.S. Dead Men Tell No Tales will be out on 26th of May.  Pirates will be back very soon!)  She is the daughter of Magonia’s captain.  Inside every Magonian’s chest lives a bird.  The birds sing.  And their hosts sing as well.  By the way, their chests can be opened like doors.  (Yes.  WTF, right?  Is it just me or…flying ship in the sky + singing + singing + singing = Disney original anime.  Anyone?)  Moreover, Magonians are blue and they wear skins.  (Na’vi or skin-walker?)  Anyhow, Aza was trying to live a life on Magonia, fighting pirates and finding the truth.

The Good 

– the idea of this book 

The idea of this book is new to me, though it could be clearer.

The Bad 

– the ship is vague 

I don’t know what this ship looks like.

– the singing part is annoying 

Sing.  Sing.  Sing.  Birds sing.  Magonian sing.  Uh…birds sing through Magonians’ mouth?

– the plot is confusing 

Could anyone please tell me what I should fill in the blanks?

👉 I {   } you more than [[[{{{((     ))}}}]]].

 And what do so many brackets even mean???


Apparently, I don’t recommend this book.  I’m not used to this kind of fantasy.  If you like fantasy, maybe you could give it a try.  Don’t buy it, just borrow it from library.  Don’t be cheated by this pretty cover.

That’s my review of Magonia.  Have you read this book?  How did you like it?  Let me know what you think!

Have a nice day and I’ll see you next time.  Bye bye 👋 


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