Monday, July 24, 2017

Review: Aerie by Maria Dahvana Headley

Aerie (Magonia #2) by Maria Dahvana Headley
Publisher: HarperCollins
Goodreads Summary: 
The stunning sequel to Maria Dahvana Headley’s critically acclaimed Magonia tells the story of one girl who must make an impossible choice between two families, two homes—and two versions of herself.

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.

Told in Maria Headley’s trademark John Green–meets–Neil Gaiman voice, Aerie is sure to satisfy the many readers who can’t wait to return to the spellbinding world of Magonia.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Review: 
Aza Ray is back on Earth in another human body. But part of her still longs for Magonia and the sky, her chance to truly sing agian. When her boyfriend Jason takes drastic measures to protect her, they backfire and send Aza spiralling right back up to Magonia and danger.

Zal has returned, evil coating her plans once more. She is ever he villain and so is Dai, (or is he?) I suppose you'll have to decide for yourself on how evil they both are. Once again told from the alternating perspectives of Jason and Aza, more about Magonia and its history is revealed, including some of Zal's past.

Aerie shows a different view from Magonia. While Magonia details quite a bit about Magonians and their country, Aerie shows us the human side; not all are oblivious to the fact that Magonia exists. I think it's important to have both these perspectives as they complement each other with their information, showing insight into why each species acts a certain way.

So maybe I like to go with the flow a bit while reading, but while I swayed toward liking him at the start of this novel I don't really like Jason at all. He's okay I suppose, but I've never truly liked him anywhere near as much as I like Dai. Jason just isn't the type of guy I'd fancy, his actions only confuse me about who he is loyal to.

Aerie is the brilliant sequel to Magonia. There are moments for you to laugh, scream and cry perfectly placed and balanced throughout the book. Magonia readers, you are sure to enjoy part two of Aza's tale on Earth and in Magonia.
Purchase Location: Borrowed From Library
Edition:
Paperback
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Recommended for: Fans of epic love tales, adventure and evil mothers.

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