Review: Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley


3 stars: I liked it.

Magonia cover (link to Goodreads)

A new member of my writing group read the first chapter of my second book and said it reminded her of Magonia, so of course I had to read it. And yeah, in terms of voice and style and all that, it was eerily like reading my own writing. At the same time, it needed help in terms of plot. Hm. Actually, so does my second book. So. 

The story is about a teenage girl who has severe difficulties breathing. Her lungs don’t work right or even look right, and no one knows why. She’ll probably die of it someday. Then she starts seeing a ship, like a sailing ship, in the sky. Meanwhile, she’s got a best friend who is becoming more than that. He’s delightful. Anyway, she turns out to be a Magonian (magical sky people) who’s been lost on Earth for years, and she has a Magical Destiny, and all that. And if she lives where she can breathe and be her best self, it means leaving New Adorable Boyfriend behind. At times the book dragged or felt directionless, but I did like the ending.



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