Title: Bruja Born
Author: Zoraida Còrdova
Page Count: 352 pgs.
Release Date: June 5, 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Trigger Warnings: Blood, Car accident, Death.
After reading Bruja Born, it was SO refreshing to read a book with Latinx Rep because I haven’t read one in awhile. Hope you enjoy my 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…
“That’s why our our kind doesn’t go to hospitals kind doesn’t go to hospitals. We don’t seek the police. We get justice ourselves, save our own, protect our magic” (36, Cordova).
Since the very beginning, this book has been fast paced, action packed, and incredibly addicting. This book will keep you on your toes from start to finish. It’s dark, thrilling, and fast paced. When reading, it felt movie material as if I’m reading about a movie. I’d like to mention, you can read this as a standalone even though it’s the second book to Labyrinth Lost, but it doesn’t seem like a sequel at all.
I can tell that the Author’s writing style has developed massively from Labyrinth Lost to Bruja Born, it’s more descriptive, short and sweet. I clearly remember I struggled to continue reading Labyrinth Lost, but with Bruja Born I read it quite quickly.
This novel has such a beautiful relationship between the three sisters with the bond like no other, it truly warmed my heart. I personally have no siblings, so to somewhat experience having a strong bond through this book filled a void in my heart.
“Because you’re my sister. You might be a pain in the ass , but you and Rose are all I’ve got. I’d do anything for you”
As a spiritual Latina it’s refreshing to see our spiritual beliefs reflected within this book. I truly resonated with the Latinx Representation and the Spanish terms used in the novel felt like home. The words weren’t italicized which is a big deal for me because when certain characters spoke in Spanish it wasn’t foreign to me.
The world itself also expanded beyond spiritual measure, and included small cameos of magical beasts like Goblins, Vampires, Fae’s. It made me really giddy because all the magical creatures mentioned made my Fantasy loving heart fangirl to death.
At times I like protagonists who are snarky, but Lula was just incredibly rude at times, especially when to a guardian, which is the most disrespectful things you can EVER do to a goddess. Lula is quite selfish, disrespectful and rude half of the time which really irritated me.
I also couldn’t personally resonate with Lula either, but the side characters were more interesting to me than Lula, sadly. She also follows her feelings rather than thinking before doing something. Which causes her to become reckless and perseverant in many situations.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book with it’s well written plot, world building and characters so much.
My rating….. ★★★★ 4.4/5 Stars
About The Author
Zoraida Córdova is the award-winning author of 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, and Toil & Trouble: 16 Tales of Women and Witchcraft. She is a New Yorker at heart and is currently working on her next novel.
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