Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:
Synopsis for Magonia (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?
Author: Maria Dahvana Headley
# of Books: 2 (Magonia, Aerie)
There may be a novella that is released.
Book Order: Chronological
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Heat Rating: cool
Point of View: First Person, Alternating
Publication Dates: April 2015 – October 2016
Source & Format: Public Library–Hardcover
Disclaimer: I stopped reading Magonia at 19% (Page 60 of 309; Start of Chapter 6). Find out why below…
Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:
I think it’s obvious the cover is what had me picking up this book. I mean, it’s gorgeous and in person you can easily see all the details on the feather and it’s beautiful.
The synopsis immediately brought the Worldwalker Trilogy to mind: a girl who is (physically) just scraping by in this world due to some immunological reaction to the air around her. But that seems to be the only similarity. Regardless, it’s an intriguing concept and I was curious to see what was really happening.
What I Liked:
–Aza is Pretty Jaded/Cynical–
You have to be in the right mood for a cynical/jaded character and I happened to be when I started this story. I enjoyed Aza’s attitude about life. Her humour is slightly on the darker side which I find funny but I know that is off-putting for other readers.
But I understood her stoic mood. She’s been having a rough go of things and it’s easy to see that her attitude is her coping mechanism. Not everyone would be happy if they have a medical condition that no one can seem to pin-point, so it works for this story.
What I Didn’t Like:
–Very Slow Plot Development–
This is the main reason why I DNF’d it: I just felt like the story wasn’t going anywhere.
While I liked Aza’s narration style, it did wear on me a bit. I swear, the first 3 chapters were her just moaning on about her circumstances. And while that is necessary to establish her character and to see what sets her apart from the rest of earth, it just got monotonous to me. I felt like we were repeating the same notion over and over and not getting any further in the plot.
I could see the inklings of the plot emerging through when I stopped reading. We were starting to get some context for what the ship might be, but by that point I was over it.
In a book that is 300 pages, I want the plot to start before the 20% mark to make it worth my while.
Will I Finish It?
No. No matter how beautiful that cover is, I have no plans to finish this series. I even read the synopsis for Aerie (because I had taken it out from the library as well to binge the series) and it sounded even duller to me.
Series Rating: DNF
Magonia DNF | Aerie N/A
If you like slower moving stories with unique worlds and characters, this is probably the series for you. Otherwise, there are better Sci Fi and Fantasy combo novels out there.
Read if You Like: slow stories
Avoid if You: dislike jaded heroines
- Worldwalker by Josephine Angelini (Worldwalker Trilogy #1)
- Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson (Gold Seeker Trilogy #1)
I’m sorry this series didn’t worked out for you! I’ve seen a lot of negative reviews for this series so I never gave it a shot. I hope you enjoy your next read! 🙂
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It wasn’t until I was deciding whether or not to DNF it that I noticed the very mixed reviews. They definitely helped to cement my decision not to keep going 🙂
I had no idea that there was a second book after Magonia! I haven’t read either of these books, and like you I love those covers. I have a hard time reading books that are super slow paced. Sometimes if I put them aside and come back, I can keep plugging along. There are just too many books out there for that, though! I hope that you enjoy the next series that you decide to read. 🙂
If I’m still intrigued by a slower plot, I usually read a chapter or two a day and start another book at the same time. But lately, I find a lot of books just don’t hold my attention after I put it down so I don’t enact that plan.
I was very excited to read this one when it came out. I remember the hype surrounding it but somehow I never picked it up. Now, I don’t think I ever will.
Great review Lauren!
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I remember the hype too–and it always caught my eye when I was at the library.
I honestly don’t think you’d be missing much by passing on it…
This is such a great review, Lauren! I’m sorry you had to DNF it, though. I remember being so, so excited about this book as well. I bought it and read it, and if I might have enjoyed it a bit more than you did, still, it was nothing too memorable, unfortunately :/
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Thanks! That makes me feel better that it wasn’t entirely memorable. That worry I’m missing out on something awesome always crosses my mind when I DNF a book. I always think “what if I just held in a little longer?” and sometimes I struggle with letting go!