I received this book for free from Harpercollins in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Magonia #1
on April 28, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal, Young Adult
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?
Magonia is an extremely never before read kind of book, and that made all the difference. Yes, it’s enchanting and captivating and all nice things!
Though Magonia is all good stuff for me, I fully understand not everyone is happy dancey with it. (I don’t understand why not but everyone has different tastes so…)
I will just tell you why I liked Magonia, and with it I hope I’ll convince you it’s really good and maybe (hopefully?) you’ll not only add it on your TBR but really really read it too! 😉
First off, Magonia has all the right ingredients I like about a book: YA high fantasy, potential love triangle (I know I’m delusional ha!), magic, crazy impossible backstory/plot. Oh! And stupid crazy characters you just wanna whack with your fan at times but you also love to bits you can’t not finish the book.
The book starts with Aza Ray, who is super sick with a mysterious illness where she just has a hard time breathing, like her lungs are not compatible on this world (because of course she’s not from below here but up there, in the sky). She has not much friends, she only has her family and bff, who is of course a guy, and is of course secretly in love with her. So apart from her troublesome lungs, all is well. Until birds started to get weird around her…and then it just went cray2x from then on. It involves dying and birds planting itself to her chest and ships and skies and blue skins (Avatar?!) etc etc. Turns out, there’s a whole new world in the sky, and that she’s from that place, and apocalypse (not really but kinda) or war-of-the-worlds is coming and she’s prophesied as the savior and and and and now she left Earth and went off and lived on board a ship where her real mother is the captain.
I told you it’s crazy! BUT interesting!
The ending though, it’s very “family-oriented” and sweet BUT abrupt and boy lotsa tragic lost and irritating plot twists and betrayals and so and and so forth. It was bittersweet and somehow nostalgic.
Are you convinced yet? No? oh well. But I assure you it’s a worth-it read! And it’s a series. If you love series, then this is for you!