Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

21393526Edition: E-Book, 320 pages
Published by: Harper Collins, 28th April 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Magical Realism, Romance, Young Adult
Rating: 1 feather

Summary courtesy of Goodreads:

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?


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Book Review: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Lesyle Walton

18166936Edition: Paperback, 320 pages
Published: Walker Books (2 Oct. 2014)
Genre: Magical Realism, contemporary, young adult
Rating: 3.5 feathers (how fitting!)

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender is exactly as the title suggests – a very strange and quite a magical book. The title is misleading. Its not exactly about Ava at all, it mostly revolves on her family tree, more than herself. This is because, very strangely, Ava is born with wings and therefore she traces her family history to find out why she was born this way.

There are very little authors I’ve read that have written an EPIC opening paragraphs in their books. What does this say about me? That I really need to start reading better books this year! Walton’s opening sentence was fantastic and it drew me in. This is how it starts:

“To many, I was myth incarnate, the embodiment of a most superb legend, a fairy tale. Some considered me a monster, a mutation. To my great misfortune, I was once mistaken for an angel. To my mother, I was everything. To my father, nothing at all. To my grandmother, I was a daily reminder of loves long lost. But I knew the truth—deep down, I always did.
I was just a girl.”
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