maria dahvana headley.
Publication Date:April 28,2015
Genre:YA Fantasy| Romance.
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?
What a breathtaking, beautiful novel. Magonia was not what I had expected it to be and unlike any other books out there and I know I have said that before, but Magonia was the most rare book that I have read this summer. Now that’s an imagination, ships in sky, bird people. There were few confusing parts in the book that I had hard time understanding at first, I had to re-read it couple times but once I did, I had force myself to put the novel down. There were few times that I found myself reading late into night because I got so fascinated with the story, the characters and I wanted to see where the story would lead them next. Most of all I was fascinated by Aza’s story and wanted to see what would happen to her next, if she would find her place. A place where she would belong. I know that it was a fantasy but the way that it was written, it felt real to me and I saw it as I read the story.
My emotions were all over place in this novel, Headley knows a way to hook the reader and make him feel what the characters were feeling. I felt how Aza was feeling and to me I felt as I was suffocating along with Aza while she was on earth when she couldn’t breathe. When she died on earth, and how Headley described that it had caused the tears come to my eyes while I was reading it. I believe that I was feeling the emotions that her parents and Jason felt put together. It was beautifully written and filled with so a lot of pain, emotion that it was heartbreaking for me. I believe that this was the most beautiful written novel that I have read this year; I could not tear my eyes away from it. Also the love that Jason and Aza felt for one another, that was beautiful and if that is not true love then I don’t know what is.
Story, characters weren’t only what I loved about this book, I fell in love with the cover. That was the first what captured about the book was the cover, when I saw it, the cover captured my attention and I picked up the book because I was curious about it. When I saw the golden feather and the birds coming out I was curious about it, if it somehow had something to do with the title and of course the story. Now that I read the story, I realize that the cover pretty much covers the main theme of the story and even if you don’t know what story is about, it will hook you and it will have you picking up the book. I loved every part of the book, only part I didn’t fit too well with story is Jason’s story. I liked him and I loved how much he cared about Aza but I felt like it took away from the storyline of the book. I am happy that him and Aza got their happily after. I am curious if this book will end up a series because I feel like their adventures is not over.
If you love fantasy and looking for something different, Magonia is a book you should pick up today. A magical story that you won’t forget.