Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley


Published Date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins
Author: Maria Dahvana Headley
Pages: 320
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Romance

You can read the summary of Magonia here. here

*siiiiiigh* I don’t really know where to start with this review so I’m going to start here: I liked the beginning and I liked the very end. Magonia started off contemporary, super witty, and gripping. I choked up at one point, so I can’t say that I didn’t feel some connection to the characters. What kept me from giving this book 5 stars (which I ended up giving 3 on Goodreads) was the middle portion.

The contemporary feel to this novel blends into fantasy during the meat and potatoes of this novel. Much like the main character, we are thrust into the world of Magonia. It was so sudden that my pea brain had zero time to adjust and that turned me off big time. I felt a total disconnect to this new world and the new people. The bird-people, singing elements into being, and the whole bird in a cage that’s in your chest…I didn’t feel it like A TON of people did. I loved Headley’s description of Magonia and said bird-people. It was like Cirque du Soliel meets the ending of Rio. I also kept getting visions of Robert De Niro in Stardust, maneuvering his skyship. Headley’s imagination is GORGEOUS.

Anyway, I finished this book a week or so ago and I STILL don’t know where I stand with it. I wanted to love it. I wanted to be swept away and awed…but I wasn’t. I know a lot of people loved this so PLEASE read it for yourself. I believe this is a series and I do want to see what happens. So I’m not abandoning ship. Yeah…Magonia…read it and we shall chit chat about it.


3 thoughts on “Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

  1. Lovely book cover…seen it all over instagram (including your account!). Of the YA books that just came out, I think I’d choose one of the others, though the cover does still draw me….

  2. I didn’t enjoy Magonia as much as I expected to. I felt the plot was all over the place and I couldn’t connect to the main character. The concept and the writing was lovely though. Just like you I felt like I was suddenly thrust into the world of Magonia, and I couldn’t fully get a grip of its fundamentals.

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