Magonia – Audiobook Review

August 18, 2016
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

Series: Magonia
Pages: 336
Summary: Since she was a baby, Aza Ray Boyle 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—but as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war between Magonia and Earth is coming. In Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?

Thoughts: Honestly I don’t know if I liked the writing or if I just liked the girl reading it. This book started off perfect. It was so personable and I loved everything that had to be said about death. Aza is really sick and has been dying since she was born. She has a guy best friend that has always been there for her and distracts her from the fact that she’s dying (he is rather sweet and some chapters are narrated by him). All this I understand, all this I’m interested in. I was so into the book when she was a human and when she was on earth.

Once she ends up in Magonia is where my interest fades… A ship in the sky? Bird people and blue people? Birds flying into your chest? Wearable human skin? Magic controlled by singing? This all seems rather childish to me. The only parts I was interested in were the human parts.

The author writes beautifully (or it just sounds beautiful coming from Therese Plummer) and part of me wants to read the second book just for the that but the whole Magonia world is just not my thing. Some of it bothered me though – I hated the fact that Aza just got over the fact that she’d never see her family again. That’s not something someone would get over, especially a 15 year old. She sometimes thought of her family but barely. If she did think about her old life, she thought only about Jason. Not really realistic… but I mean, the book is about flying ships with blue people and bird people slaves. Not much is realistic.

This book might be geared to a younger audience than me though. She’s 15 and I’m turning 22 this Sunday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME). This book had the best voice actors I have ever heard though. So much emotion, it was beautiful.

Judging a Book by its Cover: The cover of this book is what made me want to read it. It is so breathtaking. When I read what it was about I was less interested – which is why I listened to the audiobook instead.

Favourite Quote: “Death is the Santa Claus of the adult world. Except Santa Claus in reverse. The guy who takes all the presents away.”

Let me know how you felt about this book in the comments below!

And for those who haven’t read it, READ IT so we can discuss it!

You can buy it here!

If you want to listen to the audiobook like I did (I recommend it) you can get it here!

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