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.  ★★★☆☆

Review: Magonia

Magonia

Title: Magonia
Author: Maria Dahvana Headley
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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: ★★★★★