What I’m Reading: Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

Young Adult Book Review: Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

I believe I came across this book while browsing in the bookstore. it might have been the feather on the cover which initially captured by attention. What held my attention when i began to read was the author’s unique and varied writing. Aza, the main character in Magonia (associate link), is on Earth and dying, by the narration is anything but dead. Aza has such a smart, lively and unique voice, that I couldn’t help but fall in love with her. What interested me the most was that the story is based on a little known piece of folklore (at least to me). I love myths and folk tales, and generally love books that elaborate upon them.

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It felt like there was a fair bit of setup before the story really took off, but the set-up was all worthwhile. Once the two main characters, Aza and Jason, are separated, the real adventure begins. While the characterization could have been stronger for some of the secondary characters, this was obviously the first book in a series, and I’m hoping the deepening of the world and the people populating it is to come. The second book, Aerie, was just released in October, and I’ve already added it to my list of Want to Reads. A good solid fantasy novel.

4/5 Stars.

JEH

My Latest Book Haul

I got my Kobo Aura One earlier this week and loaded it up with books. Today was a gorgeous fall afternoon, so I thought what’s better than letting my books jump into great big piles of yellow leaves. Nothing! So here are the pics of my upcoming late summer/autumn reads. These are the books I already have. I’ll be posting soon about the upcoming Fall 2016 new releases that I’m looking forward to. But for now, pretty pictures of my featured YA pics.

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Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
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Air Awakens by Elise Kova
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Hexed by Michelle Kays
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Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
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Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
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Magonia by Maria Darvana Headley