Book Review: Magonia

Title: Magonia
Author: Maria Dahvana Headley
Genre:Urban/Contemporary Fantasy
Publisher: Harper 
Rating: 4 Stars
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Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.

Since she ways a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it even harder for her to breathe, to speak--to live. 
All the doctors can do is give her drugs and hope they keep her alive. So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of the 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 bee there. Jason, for whom she might have more-then-firendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. The sickness catches up with her. 
Aza is lost to our world.
And found by another.
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 she can it to change the world.
As she navigates her new life, Aza discovers that was is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. In Aza's hands lies the whole of humanity--including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?
Maria Dahvana Headly's soaring YA debut is a fiercely intelligent, multi-layered fantasy rich with symbolism and steeped in allegory. Aza's journey pulls her deep into the questions of home, of love, of self, and of just what it means for all of them. 


I really enjoyed this one. With a complex story line and appealing characters, Maria has given a new meaning to fantasy. I loved the myths and folklore Maria intertwined throughout Magonia. I also liked Aza and Jason as characters and their relationship with each other. Lord, I ship them so hard! I also felt so many feels when reading this one. I not going to lie, I did cry. But this book had it's humorous moments too, you mostly saw this in Jason's character. He had me cracking up, I wish I had him as a boyfriend. All in all, I loved the complexity of the story line in Magonia, and the unique folklore in it as well. I also loved Jason as a character, and Aza's incredible bravery and perseverance throughout the book. I really enjoyed reading from Maria, and I can't wait for the next installment in this duology.  

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