Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Review: Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova

"This is a love story. At least, it was, before my sister sent me to hell."

(Brooklyn Brujas #2) 
by Zoraida Cordova
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: June 5th, 2018
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
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...

I love Zoraida Cordova to pieces. She's a wonderful person and a beautiful writer. The Brooklyn Brujas series has grown on me. It's one of the few titles that come to mind when I'm asked to recommend YA titles to younger readers. The reason why is because I know Zoraida will not disappoint them. Whether it's this series, or her Vicious Deep series, I'm confident readers of all ages will find a high likability in her characters and their adventures.

If you haven't read Labyrinth Lost, the first installment in the series, I highly suggest doing so before reading my review or diving into Bruja Born. If you're curious on my thoughts on the first installment, you can access my review here. In this second installment in the series, Bruja Born focuses on Lula, who is faced with making a difficult decision - whether or not to bring back the dead. After a deadly incident that includes Maks, her supportive boyfriend, Lula attempts to defy Death by defying the laws of nature, and in doing so unleashes a chain of events that are both unpredictable but exceptionally dangerous.

"I scream as his nails rake across my chest. The metallic scent of blood sends him into a frenzy. I realize he's going to rip out my heart."

Bruja Born was just as magical and enchanting as Labyrinth Lost. I absolutely adored seeing the connection between the Mortiz sisters grow and flourish, albeit the average argument between sisters, as one would expect. It was also wonderful to see that more of the lore was further developed and explored, and it gave me plenty of answers to questions I was left with at the end of Labyrinth Lost. Additionally, the further development of Lula's identity and with the addition of a whole new cast of intriguing characters proved to be highly entertaining. Overall, I absolutely adored Bruja Born! It didn't suffer the dreaded second book slump, in fact I found Bruja Born far more exciting than it's predecessor. Readers with a hankering for a supernaturally delicious read are highly recommended the Brooklyn Brujas series! I can't wait to see what Zoraida has in store for her readers in installment #3!

5 / 5 Cupcakes

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  1. It looks interesting. Already added it to my TBR!

  2. I haven’t read this one yet. It’s not really my style either, but you made it sound really interesting. I might have to try it if I come across it at the library. Nice review!