Sunday, May 19, 2019

#WyrdAndWonder #REVIEW: Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova (Brooklyn Brujas #2)

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Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: June 5th, 2018
Format: ebook
My Rating: ★ 1/2
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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.

Bruja Born is book two in Zoraida Cordova's Brooklyn Brujas series. I read the first book Labyrinth Lost last year and really enjoyed it. I would argue that you can read this book on its own, but you just wouldn't understand why Lula is so broken or why Alex hates Nova so much. In terms of the actual story in this one, you just miss some backstory, but otherwise I think you can follow along.

Book two is about the oldest Mortiz sister, Lula. Lula is the sister that can heal everyone, but when her heart is broken and her ex-boyfriend is in a coma, she tries to use her healing power a little too much and it causes mass destruction. This one was cool because although it's about witchcraft it also gets into zombie-like territory and it really makes you think would you burn down the whole world to keep your loved one? Lula makes a really huge mistake in this one, and it costs a lot of people, but once she realizes what she has to do, she sets out to right it.

This story is a lot about sisterhood and sticking with family no matter what. I loved the relationships between the three Mortiz sisters. They would die for each other, and I don't mean that metaphorically. They are a tight-knit unit, and it was really great to read about sisters that will support each other no matter what.

This book was cool because it goes even deeper than just the Brujas and their organizational structure. There is the high council, but it gets more into the fact that there is a whole structure to keep the peace. Like the Thorne Hill Alliance, and all the different types of supernatural beings that are a part of it. Also, the knights! Rhett was such a sympathetic character, and I was really rooting for him in Lula to get together. The book is left a little open-ended with that, so I wonder if we get a third book if it will be addressed. 

If you liked the first book in this series, I definitely recommend it. If you are looking for a cool young adult book about teens and witchcraft, I also recommend. 

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