Review: Magonia (Magonia #1) by Maria Dahvana Headley

ec61b-magoniaBook Title: Magonia
Author: Maria Dahvana Headley
Published Date:  April 28th, 2015
Publisher: Harper
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Series: Book one of Magonia duology
Book Link: Goodreads
Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleThe Book Depository

Synopsis from Goodreads
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?

Disclaimer: I received this book from Harper via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.

Review
This book was supposed to be weird, awesome and captivating. I love weird books, so I was excited to read this one. I’m a sucker for “sick lit” and throw in some sci-fi elements in there and I’m usually THRILLED with the result.

Unfortunately, my enjoyment of this book was short lived. It was super interesting initially and I looooved Aza Ray’s voice. As someone who spent a LOT of time in hospitals as a little girl, I could relate to what she was saying about hospital life. Aza Ray was wonderfully sarcastic and I loved that about her.

Things went downhill quickly when we meet the half-bird creatures. I love weird, but this was just too weird even for me. I became less invested as I kept reading. My enjoyment of Aza Ray even disappeared once she got on this weird cloud ship thing.

I enjoyed the writing all the way through. It was probably the only thing that kept me reading until the end. The characters were supposed to be interesting (I mean hello, bird people!) but the characters ranged from mildly annoying to insanely aggravating. But I kept reading the book.

It showed so much promise at the beginning, that I couldn’t help but finish it. I was holding out hope that things would improve, but they didn’t. Unfortunately, I have to give this book 2 stars. I will not be reading the sequel. I am so disappointed with this book, but that’s okay. I don’t have to like this book. I wanted to, but I don’t and that’s okay.

Stacking the Shelves #53

This feature is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.
This was a great week for books. I got 4 NetGalley books and I added three more library books to my temporary shelf. I am very excited for all seven of these books. I’m hoping I can get to these books very soon, especially the library books. 
Let’s see what I added to my shelves this week.
Bought
Received for Review

-NetGalley-
Wildlife (Wildlife #2) by Fiona Wood
Stronger Than You Know by Jolene Perry
Suspicion by Alexandra Monir
Watched by C.J. Lyons
Won
Gifted
Library
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children #1) by Ransom Riggs
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Please let me know if you’ve read any of these or if you are planning to. Don’t forget to leave me the links to your Stacking the Shelves posts and vlogs. Have a fabulous week!

Stacking the Shelves #47

This feature is from Tynga’s Reviews.

Have I mentioned how much I love my library? Oh man, they have some amazing YA books, which is awesome since I don’t have enough money to buy books at the moment. I picked up 5 books at the library, including two books I was VERY excited about. I think I am going to stop putting holds on books so I can catch up on my reading.

Do you guys REALLY think I can keep that vow? Yeah, probably not.

Let’s see what I added to my shelves this week.

Bought
Received for Review

-Edelweiss-
The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

Won
Gifted

Signed bookmarks from author Christa Desir.

Borrowed From Library
Graduation Day (The Testing #3) by Joelle Charbonneau
Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1) by Danielle Paige
That Summer by Sarah Dessen
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #1) by Jenny Han
Vitro by Jessica Khoury

So definitely let me know if you are excited about any of these books or if you have already read them. You can even let me know which library book to start with if you want.