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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?
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
If you’re going to ask me to describe Magonia in one word, that word would be charming. It was elegant, magical and absolutely captivating.
Reading this book was like floating on a magical, puffy, pink cloud. While eating fairy dust and watching shooting stars. That’s how alluring this book was. The only other time I’ve felt this way was while watching the Stardust movie!
While Aza wasn’t physically strong, personality-wise, she was feisty and sassy, which is why it was no wonder I was immediately entertained by her narrative. I felt like I casually slipped into Aza’s mind while reading, and her perspective’s such an interesting one, considering her unique condition and odd personality.
She also had such an amazing relationship with her best friend and the love of my life, Jason. It’s amazing how they’re both quirky, and they just have this natural closeness that makes you want to push their faces together while screaming, “Just kiss already!” Jason was such a sweetheart, and it was absolutely heartwarming to see that he was willing to go through such lengths to get his best friend back.
There is a sort-of-but-not-really love triangle, but I can’t really go into detail without spoiling. Let’s just say that romance lovers need not worry–the other half of the triangle made sense, and the everything went down smoothly.
While the characters and their relationships were fabulous, I can honestly say that the best part about this novel was the world-building. This book is based off a more unknown mythology, and let me just say that Magonia has one of the most gorgeous settings I have ever had the honor of reading about. Everything was so imaginative and vivid, with talking birds, singing birds, and a flying ship in the sky. Sounds crazy? Maybe. But it’s the good kind of crazy. It’s… wondrously strange.
And OH GOD, the writing, you guys. You know how much I’m not a fan of the more lyrical prose, but Headley’s writing just made the story much more real. Like floating on a magical pink cloud, indeed. It was just so elegant yet simple and easy to get into. Feeling what Aza and Jason felt was just natural with this glorious writing. (Not kidding–I may have cried a few times.) I fell in love with it from page one!
The gist of it is that THIS BOOK IS AMAZING AND YOU SHOULD ALL BUY IT AND READ IT AND PET IT. Yep. That sounds about right.