Author: Maria Dahvana Headley
Upcoming Release Date: April 28, 2015
Synopsis: 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?
Why?: I haven't read a lot of contemporary YA fantasy, but this book sounds so good. A teenager with a life-threatening illness discovers a world filled with flying ships in the clouds? Sounds excellent.
Expectations: I'm expecting the story to address death in an interesting way, considering the protagonist seems to have been dealing with the idea of it from a young age. I'm also expecting some awesome world building.
Judging a book by its cover: This cover is breathtaking. The gold and blue feather turning into birds is beautiful. The starry night and setting sun set a cool mood. Just from this cover alone, I would definitely pick this book up off the shelves.