Review: Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

Aza Ray 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—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?

First Line: "I breath in."

Review: Talk about an imaginative world, Magonia had ships sailing in the skies, bird people...literally, Magonians who have blue skin, Sky sharks, Squallwhales and Heartbirds who live in a little door that is part of the Magonians bodies along with a whole bunch of other weird but really unique beings. I really enjoyed the weirdness and uniqueness although at times there were a few things I had a hard time picturing fully in my head.

Aza has been sick since she can remember, she has a hard time breathing air, come to find out she is not human but of an entirely different race of people who live in the sky called Magonians. I liked Aza for the most part even though all this craziness was going on around her I didn't find her to be much of a complex character which is what I look for when reading but I did find myself more into her character towards the end of the book.  Also there was Jason Aza's best friend and he has chapters in his point of view as well, nothing really stood out about him I've read many boys who were like Jason in several books. I did however like how dedicated he was with his friendship to Aza.

I felt some chapters were better than others. At some points I was bored and others I was turning the pages as fast as I could. Overall though I did like the concept of Magonia and I felt I cared enough about the characters towards the ending to where I do want to pick up the next book when it comes out especially with that open ended ending and I have so many questions that I need answers to.

Memorable Quotes

~"Maybe every planet in this solar system is discarded by giant hands. Each star a crumpled ball of paper, a love letter lit on fire, a smoldering bit of cigarette ash."


Review: Fallen Crest High by Tijan

Fallen Crest High by Tijan

Mason and Logan Kade are two brothers who did their own thing. They were rich and expected to attend her school, Fallen Crest Academy. They chose public school and now Samantha has to live with them. The problem is that she doesn't care at all: about them, about her friends, about her cheating boyfriend, or even about her parent's divorce. But maybe that's a good thing. Maybe change is a good thing.

First Line: "It was a Friday night, two in the morning, and my two best friends were shrieking in drunken laughter behind me."

Review: Holly Hell! Why did I not know about this book until this year...Fallen Crest High was just so damn good. There was so much unbelievably messed up and just downright screwed up shit happening which might normally make me dnf a book but call it a guilty pleasure read because I couldn't get enough of it. I loved Mason, Samantha and Logan.

From the way the blurb is set up I thought it was going to be some love triangle between the brothers and Samantha but that wasn't the case so don't let that stop you from reading it. Mason was so intense and a total alpha male for all you romance readers you know the type...in other words he was as swoon worthy as they get. Samantha....Sam  is pretty awesome too. She isn't the easiest person to get along with but with a bitch of a mother like hers I don't blame her and I actually loved her. She has a lot of crap going on in her life, even her friends are pieces of shit and Mason was just what she needed. Now moving on to Logan, he is such an ass but somehow I found myself really liking him....(like I said guilty pleasure read) but he had a couple of good qualities too when you dig deep way deep in there somewhere. I need to see if there is a book about him.

The funny thing is it's not just the main MC's who have serious issues, the parents and just the adults in general are all so very messed up.

I literally read Fallen Crest High in one sitting I lost a crap load of sleep over it and I don't regret it one bit. This was my first Tijan read and after this I went ahead and added everything else she ever wrote to my tbr pile.

Overall I loved it, very fast paced and I'll be grabbing the second book asap.

Memorable Quotes 
~"I was broken. I didn't need to break anyone else with me"

~"Ah, our little sister, trying to be all nice and saintly." Mason snorted and opened the door. "Saints don't set cars on fire."


Review: The Secrets of Attraction by Robin Constantine

The Secrets of Attraction by Robin Constantine

Set in the same world as The Promise of Amazing, this smart, surprising, and (of course) romantic follow-up to Robin Constantine’s debut novel follows two New Jersey teens as they become friends and fall in love.

Madison Parker is on fast-forward. Working toward a scholarship for a summer art program, she already has her future figured out. But when a visit from a family friend turns her life upside down, everything she thought she knew becomes blurred. All she wants is to stand still for a moment.

Jesse McMann is stuck on repeat. Reeling from a breakup that shattered his heart and his band, Jesse divides his time between working as a barista and trying to find the inspiration to write music again. All he wants to do is move forward.

The night Maddie strolls into Jesse’s coffee shop after yoga class, the last thing on his mind is hooking up, but her smile and witty comebacks are hard to ignore. The spark between them is undeniable, but once-a-week flirting is hardly the stuff of epic romance.

Kismet arrives in the unlikely form of Grayson Barrett. When Jesse discovers that Gray’s girlfriend is also Maddie’s best friend, he invites Gray to join his band as their new drummer, hoping this connection will give him more time around Maddie. Slowly but surely, Jesse and Maddie forge a friendship, but do they have what it takes to make their relationship truly sync? 
First Line:"Breathe," Leif commanded.

Review:  It's hard to really like or even fall in love with a book when you don't like one of the main characters. Which is what my problem was I liked Jesse but Madison was someone I just didn't like. I didn't care for some of her decisions, I didn't like how she led her boyfriend on and honestly I don't get what Jesse saw in her and I just couldn't connect with her in any way.

Jesse on the other hand was pretty likable, he is trying to get over the breakup with his girlfriend who dumped him for the drummer in his band. It took Madison walking into his life for him to really move on from his ex until then his character was a little depressing which was a expected in a way. After he met Madison I was actually still feeling kind of bad for him because seeing how I didn't care for Madison I wanted someone better for him.

Besides the romance aspect there were two other story lines going on. In Jesse's pov we followed him trying to get a new drummer and as for Madison it was about her finding out about her long lost father.

Overall I had a lot of mixed feelings about The Secrets of Attraction, it was just okay for me.
If the book was probably from Jesse's point of view only I might have enjoyed it more but Madison kind of ruined it for me since I spent most of her point of view annoyed at her.

Memorable Quotes 

~"I feel so small-like when I'm sitting here and looking up, I realize that nothing is ever still, those stars are constantly imploding and dying and new ones are born, and we're on some spinning hunk of rock in the middle of a galaxy and when you look at it that way, hell, you realize how insignificant we really are, and it's scary, but you wonder, how can we be alone? It's pure arrogance to think we're all alone in the universe, and it's a nice thought-the not being alone."


Waiting on Wednesday: First & Then by Emma Mills

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First & Then
By:Emma Mills

Publication Date: October 13, 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co
Genre: Contemporary

Blurb from Goodreads:

First impressions can be deceiving . . .

Devon has life pretty much figured out: she’s got her best friend Cas, her secret crush (also Cas), and her comfortable routine (mostly spent with Cas). New experiences: not welcome here. But as she enters her senior year, her parents take in her cousin Foster, an undersized weirdo who shows an unexpected talent for football, and star running back Ezra takes Foster under his wing. Devon can't figure out how she feels about Ezra. He's obviously stuck-up, but Foster adores him. Ezra has nothing to say to her, but he keeps seeking her out. And... Devon might actually like him. If only she can admit it to herself.

Funny, fresh, and layered, First and Then proves that change doesn't always tear things apart—sometimes, it brings them together.

What are you waiting for???


Review: The Girl At Midnight by Melissa Grey

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she's ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she's fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it's time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, though if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it's how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.

But some jobs aren't as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.
First Line:"The Ala had gone to the library in search of hope."

Review: The whole time I was reading The Girl at Midnight I couldn't help but think that it reminded me so much of The Daughter of Smoke and Bone except The Girl at Midnight was a little less developed if that makes sense. Not to mention the book was lacking in the description department, when I read I like to be able to picture everything in my mind detail for detail and it was all just a little...blurry.

So we have Echo who ran away from home at a young age and was living in the library when she is eventually discovered by "The ALA" who is part of an ancient race of  beings called the Avicen who have feathers for hair and reminds you of birds and they are at war with a race called the Drakharin who are part dragons or in this case they look human but have scales. Echo is a modern day pickpocket except she has the advantage of using this magical dust that creates portals to all over the world, eventually she steals something that leads her to go on a mission to find the mythical Firebird the one thing that can end this war between the Avicen and the Drakharin.

There were multiple point of  views but the only two point of views I really cared to read were Caius and Echo's, theirs contributed most to moving the plot along. And not to mention I found them both to be the most interesting, Echo is sarcastic and loyal and I found myself laughing a few times with her point of view and as for Caius I just really like complex characters and he has many layers to him, half the reason I'll be considering picking up the next book is mainly because I want to get to know him better. As for the romance I'm not really feeling it right now since it wasn't really that developed and I  can see a love triangle happening in the next book which I'm kind of dreading already.

Overall I found The Girl at Midnight to be an easy and at times a predictable read. The series has great potential with quite a few interesting characters if only they were just fleshed out a little bit more.

Memorable Quotes 

~"Sometimes," the Ala said, "when I'm feeling sad, I like to be around all these books. They're very good at making you forget your troubles. It's like having a million friends, wrapped in paper and scrawled in ink."

~"Well, maybe it's time the dreamers started calling the shots."

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