Aza Ray Boyle 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—but as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war between Magonia and Earth is coming. In Aza’s hands lies fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie? (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)
I’m starting to get why people are raving over this book. This book is fantasy in the best possible way, and it is so, so amazing. This book is not something that can be compared. This is not the “The New Harry Potter” the “New Narnia”, this book is completely and utterly it’s own.
Magonia is about a girl, Aza Ray, who was born with a rare breathing condition. And by rare, I mean that she is the only one on earth who has it. Her lungs and organs are in the wrong place, her ribs are too soft, and she should have been dead before she was six years old. She’s about a week from turning sixteen, and none of the doctors know what to do with her. Especially, when an MRI finds something so strange, even Aza can’t believe it.
She has a feather in her lungs; the doctors say she breathed it in and it got stuck, but Aza knows you don’t just forgot breathing in a feather the size of your pinkie finger. She’s going in for surgery to get it out the next days.
But, instead, she dies. And yet she doesn’t.
She wakes up on an skyship, watched over by a creature that’s part human, but mostly owl. Her mother, her birth mother, is the captain. And she has a bird, a full on bird, living in her lungs, urging her to sing. She’s now part of the crew of a Magonian ship, and she can breathe, truly breathe, for the first time in her life.
This book was incredible. It brought me to tears several times, and I don’t normally cry during books. Not only is Aza a fantastic main character, but so is her best friend, Jason. Aza and Jason met when Jason crashed her sixth birthday party wearing an alligator costume and the cops showed up because his moms were convinced that he had been kidnapped. The writing style was amazing, as well. It was beautiful and flowing, which is insanely hard to do when you have the snarky, sarcastic Aza as a main character. I never wanted this book to end, and I cannot wait for the next in the series. Meanwhile, I’m trying to figure out my new Tumblr, write an entry for a short story contest, keep up with Camp NaNoWriMo, all the while trying to quell my urge to start ANOTHER novel right now. And then there’s the blog and all my normal summer stuff, so I’m a bit busy for a while.
Also, for some weird reason, every single time I try to post a new post it comes out as a new page. I’m doing what I’ve always done. I don’t know if there’s something wrong with my settings or I changed something, but it’s getting annoying.