Title: Bruja Born
Author: Zoraida Córdova
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Witches
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (Sourcebooks)
Published: June 5, 2018
A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
Three sisters. One spell. Countless dead.
Lula Mortiz feels like an outsider. Her sister’s newfound Encantrix powers have wounded her in ways that Lula’s bruja healing powers can’t fix, and she longs for the comfort her family once brought her. Thank the Deos for Maks, her sweet, steady boyfriend who sees the beauty within her and brings light to her life.
Then a bus crash turns Lula’s world upside down. Her classmates are all dead, including Maks. But Lula was born to heal, to fix. She can bring Maks back, even if it means seeking help from her sisters and defying Death herself. But magic that defies the laws of the deos is dangerous. Unpredictable. And when the dust settles, Maks isn’t the only one who’s been brought back…
– My Review –
Since the prequel to this book, Labyrinth Lost (you can read my review for it here), came out almost two years ago, I ended up falling behind on reading this book because I had to re-read the last third of the first one, haha. But that’s okay, because re-reading the ending of Labyrinth Lost reminded me how much I had wanted to find out more about the characters and the world! There something very pleasant about reading two or more books in a series simultaneously. With Bruja Born I was very happy to get the story from Lula’s perspective, since she really intrigued me in the first book. I really wanted to spend more time with Alex’s family (in particular, her sisters), and I got my wish! It was also nice to see the character development happening with characters that I knew from Labyrinth Lost, and also those who got more of the spotlight in Bruja Born.
Córdova also gives us a lot more details about where the brujas live (Brooklyn), as well as their gods and practices and beliefs. The plot for this book was a little less predictable for me than that of Labyrinth Lost (although, don’t get me wrong, that book kept me guessing too)! I wasn’t sure how things would go, and who would live or die, and I tried very hard not to get too attached to any characters. I, of course, failed at that though, which made this book quite the emotional roller coaster for me! I definitely recommend reading this book if you’ve read Labyrinth Lost want want to see where life takes everyone going forward, I also recommend this series as a whole to those who haven’t picked up, or heard of, either book yet! It was dark and magical goodness!
– About the Author –
Zoraida Córdova is the author of urban fantasies The Vicious Deep trilogy and the Brooklyn Brujas series. Her short fiction has appeared in the New York Times bestselling anthology, Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View. Zoraida’s most recent release, Labyrinth Lost, won an International Latino Book award, was named a Best Book of 2016 by Paste Magazine and has been optioned by Paramount Studios. Zoraida is also the author of the upcoming Hollow Crown, to be published by Disney Hyperion in 2019.
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