Release Date: June 5, 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Sourcebooks Fire
Summary: 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… (Goodreads)
“You really think I’m going to betray my sister for you? Boy, bye.”
“Actually, he really loves when people call him Count Sparkle Pony”
“I’m going to casi-kill you myself if you don’t shut up.”
“Pero he descubierto que el veneno más puro es la amargura en los corazones humanos.”
*I received an advance copy of this book from Sourcebooks in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion. *
YOU GUYSSSSSSS ZORAIDA DID IT AGAIN. If you remember back when Labyrinth Lost first came out, I wouldn’t shut the f*ck up about it. Excuse my French but that was basically the case. I love how we were given such a vivid, exciting story while also infusing it with so much Latin American cutlture. My heart was a bit crushed when Bruja Born but got pushed back but I appreciate Zoraida wanting to make the best book she can and let me tell you she delivered.
One of my favourite parts of the Brooklyn Bruja series is the amazing relationship between the Mortiz sisters. Yes, they fight and disagree and get at each other all the time but that’s the reality of siblings. They’re also infinitely supportive and fiercely protective of one another and that shines through again in Bruja Born. I feel like they are all extended parts of my family and have such an attachment to them. There’s also a moment at the end of this book that hits me right in the family feels.
As expected there is also a ton of magic. Alex using her powers like the bamf she is after the first book and making me feel like I’m infinitely powerful. Rose coming into her own (book 3 now, pls…I want to see her slaaaay too) and poor Lula learning more than she bargained for about brujería and the price of magic. I’m no bruja but I even know that bringing the dead is messy, Lula. I also loved how we got more of the lore behind the Deos and how much the rezos come into play for this story.
The new cast of characters really complement the story and as much as I was attached to the original crew, the newbies wormed their way into my heart as well. The leads are dynamic as ever but Zoraida is also great at writing secondary roles that make you care about their well-being as much as your most-beloved people of all time.
READ THIS BOOK. If you haven’t read Labyrinth Lost yet make sure you jump on this and get a preorder in for Bruja Born ASAP. Aside from an amazing fantasy story you also get themes of friendship, family, and love that are so beautifully worked into the story.