Obligatory Disclaimer: This review contains mild spoilers.
Let me start off by saying this: Magonia was one of my favourite reads of 2015. It was eccentric and full of magical elements infused with scientific facts. The writing made me feel like the whole time I was soaring with Aza on a personal cloud of mine leaving behind reality for quite a bit.
I know everyone has dreams of flying, but this isn’t a dream of flying. It’s a dream of floating, and the ocean is not water but wind. I call it a dream, but it feels-Magonia
realerthan my life.
So when I heard there is a sequel along the way I felt over the cloud! I added Aerie when it didn’t even have a title to my wishlist and started counting down days to read it. There came a cover of Aerie equally as pretty as that of Magonia’s which by the way was just perfect from cover to cover.
But then the reviews from other Goodreads members started to pour in. I got a little nervous because I didn’t want to base my opinion regarding whether my friends enjoyed Aerie or not. So I avoided Aerie’s book reviews like plague because of spoilers.
Dai’s character had so much potential but he was only reduced to this angst-filled, mopey young man. We didn’t even get to see much of him in the book. I also didn’t like how the author ended the story of Heyward. She was by far my most favourite character in the book and I was rooting for her to at least meet her real family instead all she got was to die a terrible death. I just couldn’t stand it at that point. Heyward’s death caused me to let my feelings die for this book. Thus, Just like the case with The Mediator series by Meg Cabot in which the last book felt like a terribly written fan fiction. Magonia will remain a standalone for me.
*Flying off to listen to Crystals by Of Monster and Men because I’m absolutely sure it was written just for Aza*