The World Distinguished Enthralling, Magonia

Series: Magonia, #1
Publication: April 28th 2015 by HarperCollins
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Format: Paperback, 320 pages
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Aza Ray Boyle 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—but as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war between Magonia and Earth is coming. In Aza's hands lies fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?


Before Magonia was released, it is quite hype on both Twitter and Instagram. I heard it’s a good read. Also, you can’t blame a person to fall in love in an instant just seeing its beautiful cover. I did fall in love with it. I was lucky that I saw a copy of it in our local bookstore. I think we were meant to be, we were really meant to be. I was meant to be introduced to Aza Ray’s world.

I have mix tender, romantic, or nostalgic feeling on Magonia.

Let’s first say something about the negatives. The first three chapters were displeasing to read. It’s exceptionally bad to read all the rants of Aza, the protagonist. She’s all that and all this. It made me stop to read it for a while but tried to push further for the reason that I want to know the world Magonia, not what Aza thinks on those chapters. It was part of the book and Aza’s character, yeah, but I think that was not necessary. Aza portrays that she is a hard-headed person and she has many benefits because her health is not normal. There are characters that I have known that are “hard-headed” but they are cool to be with. Aza’s different. How she was written wasn’t magical, she’s almost on the brink of your annoyance meter. But all of these that are characterized by habitual scepticism and a disagreeable tendency tardily went away when Aza was in her real world… Magonia.

Magonia is characterized by romantic imagery. Both idealistic and unrealistic. The world is distinguished delighting and/or enthralling. Aza was troublesome at first by this world but then have accepted it and who she is. The transition of her character was overwhelming. You would notice the change a bit late but it was fine. It means that those parts were good enough that you don’t notice small details. The other characters were delicately written and suitable enough for their characteristic. The rest of Magonia was genuinely admirable to read.

Surely I’ll read the sequel, Aerie, for I am eager to read what happened to Aza and the rest. I am hoping that it would be much better to Magonia.

Be magical and read Magonia. It’s worth the push.



Have you read Magonia? What have you thought about it? Do we think of it the same or the opposite?


YANI

Let's leave it up to this quote from Emily Brontë: "And from the midst of cheerless gloom I passed to bright unclouded day."

  1. Sounds like you really loved this one, it sounds amazing! Wonderful review!

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  2. What a beautiful photo! I don't remember the negatives in the beginning chapters, what was so displeasing about it?

    I just remember being indifferent to Aza but REALLY loving Jason. I need a better story for Jason!

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    1. Thank you, Amber. Well, Aza's rants about herself is negative to me. It's really displeasing to read. Oh, yes, Jason. We need that.

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  3. I was just looking at this book, and wondering. It sounds like it's worth a read. I need to borrow it from the library though, just in case. Nice review!

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    1. Thank you, Jaz! It's totally worth the read.

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  4. I really loved Magonia, So I'm looking forward to the sequel!! Great Review!
    Tori @ In Tori Lex

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  5. Ooh that cover is definitely beautiful, it was also the thing that draws me to this book XD I'm kind of on the fence about this book, because I heard it use flowery prose? I can barely stand them XD And Ava sounds really unlikeable in the beginning.... Glad you enjoyed it though!

    Tasya // The Literary Huntress

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    1. Yes, it uses flowery prose. If I was half of the book and if it still was like that, I would have DNF this but I was really thinking differently, that I wanted to know what's in Magonia, its world like, so I pushed myself for more and ended liking it.

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  6. I would probably want to read this too because of that beautiful cover. Insta-cover-love! But I hate whiny characters :/ So I might give this a try, hopefully I'll get past three chapters!

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  7. I saw all the hype for this, and love the cover of course, but haven't picked it up yet! I love how you described the story though - romantic is something I really enjoy as an aesthetic in stories. I'll have to push through the first chapters then and pick this one up soon!

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    1. Please do, Charlene. It's totally worth it to push through the first chapters.

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  8. Oh, I'm so glad that someone else enjoys Magonia! I've read this book and I thought it was utterly dazzling - and I thought the message and undertones were so beautiful too. It makes me sad when people don't like this book, but I can definitely understand why. I can't wait to read Aerie. :D

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    1. Me, too. I don't doubt why they dislike or DNF Magonia. *High five!* We both love Magonia. <3

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