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Review: Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova

I adored Bruja Born more than Labyrinth Lost which is fantastic because I really loved Labyrinth Lost. I’m so glad we’ve come back to this world and the amazing Brujas that inhabit it.

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…

Review

book review bruja born by Zoraida Córdova(Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

I adored Bruja Born. Everything I loved from the first came back, even better and bigger than before. And at the same time Córdova raises the bar even higher, surpassing my high expectations and delivering a fantastic sequel. I can’t believe I waited so long to read these, but now that I have, I am fully on board.

So I’m going to list the five reasons I loved Bruja Born better than Labyrinth Lost.

  1. Sisters. I will read anything with sisters. Seriously. I am trash for sisters. I’m not sure if it’s because I have a sister, or because I am transfixed by the idea of family – being adopted. But whatever it is, I’m there. And we get to know more about Lula and Rose.
  2. Córdova has some really succinct and poignant writing. There are just sentences that stop me in my tracks. Writing like this deserves to be read. It deserves to be read aloud and put in frames and on cards. Make them all for me, okay? Thanks! Re-reading all my notes, my book is littered with highlights.
  3. There is fantastic tension on the pages. It’s like a rippling of consequences, a tsunami brewing and all the ways we dive into trouble for love head first without an escape plan. What we will do and sacrifice for love is a huge theme in this book. It’s one of my favorite themes!
  4. Each of the characters are so lifelike. They have quirks and mannerisms and I just want to go to tea with them. I couldn’t even pick a favorite really. That’s so rare, but it’s so true!
  5. The theme of self-love versus romantic love versus familial love is amazing. It’s a balancing game we have to play for ourselves. We have to figure out what we will sacrifice for those we love. How do we know what love is the most important? Often the love we have for ourselves, the sacrifices we need to make for ourselves, is the hardest to figure out. You go Lula! You can do it!

Check out Bruja Born on Goodreads.

Discussion

What sequel do you like even more so than the first?


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2 thoughts on “Review: Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova

    1. Ah I can see that. I think you might like it then because it’s a lot more about Lula and the pressures and challenges she undergoes. It’s also about the tension in her family after LABYRINTH

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