Review: Aerie

AerieTitle: Aerie (Magonia #2)
Author: Maria Dahvana Headley
Pages: 320
Published by: HarperCollins
Release date: 4th October 2016
Synopsis:
Where is home when you were born in the stars?

Aza Ray is back on earth. Her boyfriend Jason is overjoyed. Her family is healed. She’s living a normal life, or as normal as it can be if you’ve spent the past year dying, waking up on a sky ship, and discovering that your song can change the world.

As in, not normal. Part of Aza still yearns for the clouds, no matter how much she loves the people on the ground.

When Jason’s paranoia over Aza’s safety causes him to make a terrible mistake, Aza finds herself a fugitive in Magonia, tasked with opposing her radical, bloodthirsty, recently-escaped mother, Zal Quel, and her singing partner, Dai. She must travel to the edge of the world in search of a legendary weapon, the Flock, in a journey through fire and identity that will transform her forever.

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Firstly, thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of Aerie to review!

Review:

I absolutely adored Magonia, the first book in this duology – it was one of my favourite books of 2015 (and all time!) and I talk about it any chance I can get. So I was extremely excited when I heard about Aerie. But going into it, I had very high expectations. And looking back, I think I probably set my expectations a tad too high, because – I didn’t enjoy Aerie as much.

I think the largest problem I had with this book is that I completely lost track of what was going on. There was so much time when nothing was really happening and it just seemed like the characters were spending more time talking about things than actually doing them and it just made the plot drag.

The characters didn’t seem the same, either. Or, really, just Aza and Jason. I loved them in book one. Their personalities were so fun and original and they were a joy to read about. And this shone through at the beginning of Aerie primarily, but less, I felt, in the rest of the book. I still love them, of course, but they frustrated me a lot at times.

I loved Eli in this book, though. We didnt see very much of her in the last book, so I was so glad that she had a bigger part in Aerie. She was so kick ass and sarcastic and I think she might even be my new favourite character in the series. I also loved seeing some of my faves from Magonia return, like Wedda and Jik.

I mentioned in my Magonia review how I loved the writing, its uniqueness, but I felt like there was something missing about it in this book. I still adore the writing style, but to me, it just didnt feel the same as in Magonia. The world building, though, was as brilliant as in book 1, and I really liked seeing more of the world of Magonia.

Rating: Overall, I don’t think that Aerie completely lived up to what it could have been, but I also don’t think that it was too bad.  ★★★☆☆

My Top Books of 2015

Hey guys! 🙂

So, as 2015 comes to an end, I thought it would be a lot of fun to look back at all of my favourite books of this year. If I’m completely honest, I didn’t really read as much in 2015 as I did in 2014, thanks to a huge reading slump that lasted around 3 months (it’s over now though so YAY for lots of reading!). BUT, the books that I did read were great, and a lot have them have fast become favourites. SO, no particular order, here are my top books read in 2015!:

The entire Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas up to the most recent installment, Queen of Shadows.

Throne of GlassCrown of MidnightHeir of FireQueen of Shadows

This stands as my absolute favourite fantasy series to date, and I don’t think it’s going to be beaten any time soon! Sarah J. Maas creates a world so enticing and wonderful, and her characters so real and strong (and GORGEOUS *cough* ChaolDorianRowan *cough*). If you haven’t picked this series up yet, then I highly recommend you do it.

 

A Court of Thorns and Roses, also by Sarah J. Maas.

A Court of Thorns and Roses

You may have noticed that there is a slight pattern here. Another book by Sarah J. Maas in my favourite books of 2015 (and probably every year after in which she releases a new book). This is because her writing is absolutely amazing. A Court of Thorns and Roses is a spectacular opening to what is sure to be another whirlwind of a series and I seriously CANNOT WAIT for the sequel, A Court of Mist and Fury!

 

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley.

Magonia

Magonia was undoubtedly one of the most unique and imaginative books I have ever read. The world and characters were perfectly built and developed. The characters were all so lovable and funny and unique in their own rights.

*You can see my review for Magonia here!

 

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.

An Ember in the Ashes

I absolutely adored this book. It broke my heart, mended it, then repeated. Several times. This is definitely a book that will stay in your mind long, long after you’ve finished reading it, and will leave you wanting more. I seriously can’t wait for the sequel, A Torch Against the Night!

*You can see my review of An Ember in the Ashes here!

 

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.

The Wrath and the dawn

The Wrath and the Dawn still stands as my absolute favourite book of 2015. It was amazing. Renee Ahdieh created a sensational world, with fantastic characters, and plot and culture, and the descriptions of everything are just exquisite. I loved Shahrzad, she is one of my favourite fictional characters – so strong, smart and witty. And Khalid, but don’t get me started on him, or we’ll be here all day! :D.

After writing this, I found that I REALLY wanted to re-read so I’ve just bought the audiobook to listen to. This is why I have no money 😉

*You can see my review of The Wrath and the Dawn here!

 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

Fangirl

Fangirl was one of the most relatable, funny, cute books I have ever read. Rainbow Rowell has created a masterpiece with Fangirl – I absolutely LOVED it! I can honestly say that I have never related to a fictional character more than I did with Cath, and I am so thankful for her and her story.

 

 

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything

Everything, Everything was a book quite like nothing i’d ever read before. It was romantic, funny, and sad at times, but perfection all over. And it had these little illustrations on some pages that just made it shine! I’m currently writing a review for Everything, Everything and finding it very difficult to gather my thoughts, and to form a full review beyond just the words, “I loved, loved, loved it! READ IT!”

 

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae

Ok. I have a slight confession to make here. I haven’t quite finished Illuminae yet – I have about 50 or so pages – but since I read the majority of it in 2015 (and it will probably be finished before 2016 starts, because, quite frankly, I CAN’T PUT IT DOWN), I decided to go ahead and add it to my top books of 2015. I can honestly say that I. Have. Never. Ever. Read a book like this before. It is so unique and gripping and engaging and I can feel my inner fangirl coming out so I’ll stop there. But seriously. It’s SO GOOD. (UPDATE: I’ve now finished Illuminae and it. Is. Spectacular)

*All of the books that don’t have reviews yet will do soon!

So that’s it! Those are my top books of 2015. All of these books were truly, truly spectacular, and if you haven’t checked them out yet, then I highly, highly recommend you do! 🙂

Happy New Year and happy reading! ❤

Review: Magonia

Magonia

Title: Magonia
Author: Maria Dahvana Headley
Links:Goodreads, Amazon, Book Depository.
Synopsis:

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?

Review:

Magonia was one of the most unique and beautifully written books I have ever had the pleasure of reading.  It was also one of the strangest, and imaginative books I have ever read. The characterisation in this novel was spectacular- all of them had their different facets, a great factor in what made them all so real.  Aza was  strong and witty, despite her struggles with the rare disease that affects her lungs; she doesn’t let that get her down – in fact, she often talks about her disease in her sarcastic and somewhat dark sense of humorous way. That’s not all there is to Aza, though, she is brave, and develops greatly throughout the book.

The premise was amazing. I loved that the fantasy was blended with the perfect amount of science and realism to make it believable, and it was all woven in such a way as to make it completely compelling.  The story was based off of mythology that was not overused in anyway, and was quite unknown amongst most people. It was completely unfamiliar to me, and I loved that. It was unique – I can honestly say that I had never heard of Magonia before this book. Combine this with beautiful descriptions and absolute creativity and you have the perfect setting.

There was a little bit of a love triangle in this book – sort of. I’ll have to be vague, so I don’t spoil 😀 – though it was done in a way that was understandable and believable, given Aza’s situation. It becomes apparent quite soon in the book that Aza is very close to her best friend, Jason, and I loved how natural and strong their relationship was.

The writing just added to the magic that was Magonia. It was amazing; elegant, gripping, and again, unique in a way that I cannot describe. You’ll just have to read it yourself to find out ;).

I absolutely loved Magonia. I can honestly say that it is not only one of the best books of this year, but one of the best books I have ever read.

Rating: ★★★★★