Book Review ~ ‘Magonia’ by Maria Dahvana Headley.


Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
(Magonia #1)
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Date: 28th April 2015




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?



Book Review ~ ‘Magonia’ by Maria Dahvana Headley ~ 5 Stars!


*lip wobbles*

*bawls eyes out*

*waxes lyrical about Magonia whilst sobbing*

HOLY MAGONIA was this book amazing!!! ❤

I just…can’t even…


So yes, the above is a copy of my original review for ‘Magonia’ the minute I finished reading it. Words could not describe the sheer awesome power and emotion that this book contained, and for weeks I could write nothing that would coherently explain why this book made such an impact on me. But finally, I feel I can, and I’ll start by saying ‘Holy Magonia!”

‘Magonia’ is a book that although marketed as Young Adult should be read by readers of all ages. The fantasy world and all its elements rivals some of the greatest fantasy worlds in existence, and is both exciting and believable in its own way. The writing style is electric, realistically portraying the thought processes of a boy and girl at aged sixteen, and the struggles they face in life and in the face of death.

There is an added emotion to this book that makes it a rollercoaster to read. Paced to perfection we follow Aza’s journey through illness, the reality she faces knowing that her lungs will not allow her to live out a long life. Death confronts her everyday, everywhere she looks, but she is strong, and she loves a boy, and she loves her family. It is this love that guides her through life and death.

She drowns on earth, but flies in the sky. If you could would you choose drowning but surrounded by those you love, or flying in a world without them? Devoted best friend Jason is there throughout, never willing to give up on Aza, even in death, knowing that if there was any way in which he could see the girl he loves again, then he can’t give up.

To remain spoiler free, I’ll leave it there, but please, please read this book! My copy had a couple of grammatical errors in the beginning two pages which were missed in the line edit, but I got past them, and Magonia soared through me.

5 Stars!

*Review copy kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*


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One thought on “Book Review ~ ‘Magonia’ by Maria Dahvana Headley.

  1. christina10916 says:

    Hmm… adding this to my Goodreads to-read list 😉

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