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Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley - No-Spoiler Review | Damn... that was so weird

June 07, 2015

Title: Magonia
Author: Maria Dahvana Headley
Standalone Novel
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: April 28th 2015
Format Read: Ebook
Publisher: HarperCollins
Rating: ★★★★☆

Synopsis:
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?

This book has one of the most interesting and unique plots I have ever seen. The thought that there're ships in the sky is very weird and it's a never-seen-before concept. The fact that it is also based on an old myth about Magonia is interesting and makes it more special.

As soon as I read the synopsis, I knew Ava was going to be one of those character I feel incredibly sorry for. And I was right. Every time I was reminded of her lung disease, I felt so sorry for her and felt like crying! I cringed and winced as if I was feeling the pain. But I found it weird that she just lost the disease when she entered Magonia.

Jason is an amazing character! Even though I knew it was going to be a best-friends-fall-in-love-all-of-a-sudden love stories and I was not completely okay with it, I really liked Jason as a character separately. I liked what a great friend he was to Aza. I liked his character and perseverance, He was very admirable.

Other than Aza and Jason, I felt all the other characters and the world of Magonia itself was underdeveloped and kind of bland. After that amazing plot, I was expecting to be mind-blown but it was just an average read with a bit of a tweak.
-Rekha

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