Fantasy (Teen), Fiction, YA Fiction

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

So those of you who follow my blog and have read some of my posts will know that I really love fantasy and that I read a lot of Neil Gaiman’s work. In fact, I’m going to have to say that he is one of my favourite authors and I plan on reading as much of his work as possible (except for anthologies – I just don’t like reading those). So why am I talking about him when this novel is definitely not written by him? Well, it’s because I was recommended this book based on my interest on Neil Gaiman and because he actively praised this novel. Of course I had to give this a try – I needed to know what all the hype was about!

Aza Ray is dying and oxygen is what is killing her. Since she was a baby, she has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it almost impossible to breathe – and to live. So when she spots a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to hallucinations from her medications. The only person who believes her is Jason, her best friend. But before they can do any further investigating, Aza suffers an attack, one that takes her away from our world – and into the land of Magonia. Magonia is the land above the sky and Aza is on the very ship that she had spotted previously. For the first time in her life, Aza Ray is able to breathe and be healthy – and she even has immense power. But as she struggles to navigate through this new world, she discovers that there is a war being waged between the sky and the Earth – and she is caught right in the middle of it.

This novel was amazing. Many people have described it as a mix of John Green and Neil Gaiman and I honestly couldn’t have put it better. It has this amazing story line with magic and science fiction and all sorts of craziness that is usually associated with Gaiman but it also has lots of emotion and tears, like a John Green novel. It was fantastic. I loved all of the characters. I loved the magical powers. I loved how Aza Ray was transformed and the implications behind it all. I have just found out that there is going to be a sequel to this novel and this is the best news I’ve heard so far. I NEED TO READ THIS SEQUEL AS SOON AS IT COMES OUT BECAUSE THIS BOOK WAS JUST TOO AMAZING!!!!

If you love fantasy, if you love Neil Gaiman, PLEASE GIVE THIS BOOK A CHANCE BECAUSE IT IS RIDICULOUSLY GOOD AND YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!!

Happy reading ~

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