Aerie (Magonia Series #2)

Aerie (Magonia Series #2)

by Maria Dahvana Headley


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062320551
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Series: Magonia Series , #2
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 368,077
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: HL680L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Maria Dahvana Headley is a New York Times bestselling novelist, memoirist, and editor, most recently of Magonia, Queen of Kings, and the anthology Unnatural Creatures (coeditor with Neil Gaiman). Her short fiction has been nominated for the Nebula and Shirley Jackson Awards. She lives in Brooklyn in an apartment with a seven-foot stuffed crocodile and constellations on the ceiling. You can find her at

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Aerie 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Aerie by Maria Dahvana Headley Book Two of the Magonia series Publisher: HarperCollins Publication Date: October 4, 2016 Rating: 3 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss Summary (from Goodreads): Where is home when you were born in the stars? 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. In this stunning sequel to the critically acclaimed Magonia, one girl must make an impossible choice between two families, two homes—and two versions of herself. What I Liked: I actually think this book was okay, but I didn't love it. It was worth reading because I had read Magonia (and didn't hate it), but the duology in general wasn't really worth reading. For some reason, I really thought this was a trilogy series! A duology series worked so much better for this series. It's been a year since Aza's last birthday, when she was dying and died and was in Magonia. Her family and her boyfriend are so happy, but Aza isn't. Deep down, she longs to be in Magonia, soaring above the clouds with her heartbird. And Jason, her boyfriend, knows it. There are things that Jason isn't telling her, things that have been set in motion. But there are things that Aza hasn't told Jason. When the time comes, will Aza choose life on earth, or life on Magonia? Like I said, I didn't know this was a duology! I really like that the series consists of only two books. The ending of Magonia was huge, too intense for a "book one of three". The author set the series up so that this book would contain the big showdown, the big choice. This was well-done. Things I liked - I remembered next to nothing from Magonia, but the author made it easy to get back into the story and the world. I kid you not, I remember just about nothing. I forgot Jason's name, I had no idea who Eli was (Aza's human sister), I forgot what the Magonians were. But the author provides a lot of information from book one, interspersed throughout the story. I also liked that this book was fairly short, and it was interesting enough to almost be a page-turner. I wouldn't say I understood everything that was going on, but I was never close to not finishing, at any point. There was a lot going on, though not at first. About the romance - I guess I liked it. I'll talk more about Aza and Jason individually below, but in terms of them being together, I guess I liked them. It was clear that they loved each other and were very devoted to each other. There is no love triangle. The ending is pretty satisfying, and wraps things up somewhat well. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
This was one of my most anticipated sequels and it breaks my heart that I'm only giving this 3 stars. In fact, I'm wondering if it's too high. I will preface this by saying that like usual, I didn't do a reread... ...and I was lost pretty much the entire book. Everything I loved from book one {mainly the imagery and the banter} seems to have disappeared. I felt like this was an entirely different story with new characters. But instead of a getting-to-know-them period, I was just thrown into the middle of it all. Perhaps if I would have done a reread things would have changed. There are some new characters and one I particularly liked. For everyone else, Aza is mostly angry and Jason is mostly depressed and I don't remember Eli from book one, but she's awesome in this one. Overall, it lacked the spark I was hoping for. I set it down several times and honestly thought about DNFing. The ending is pretty interesting, but even if there's more, I'm not entirely sure I'll read it. **Huge thanks to Harper Teen and Edelweiss for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**