Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova
Brooklyn Brujas #2
June 5, 2018 – Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, series,
336 pgs. – Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Publisher, Netgalley
I was given a digital copy of this, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.
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I chose to listen to this on audio, as that was the way that I consumed the first book, Labyrinth Lost. I enjoyed this audio as well, though I liked the narrator of the Labyrinth Lost, only because of the accent. While it’s not absolutely necessary to have read the first book, I recommend it simply because it will help you understand Lula’s feelings a lot better. In Labyrinth Lost, the focus is on the middle sister Alex and her discovering her powers. This focuses on Lula, the older sister. She is still healing from the events of the first book and getting used to having her dad around. Though she is not back to herself, she is still able to find a bit of happiness with Maks, her boyfriend. Until he breaks up with her. Then they are in a bus accident where she is the only survivor. After she learns that Maks is in a coma, though no one believes that he will survive it, she asks the high council to heal him. They refuse. Heartbroken and unable to let him, Lula takes matter and magic into her own hands. Roping her sisters into helping her, Lula attempts to heal Maks herself. But magic, always comes with a price.
I wasn’t sure what I would think of this book, or what to expect from it. I knew that I would enjoy Cordova’s writing, but sometimes the second book in a series suffers. This was not the case with Bruja Born. It was just as engaging, more was revealed about the characters and what was happening with the family. It was nice to be back with these sisters, who were healing even if it wasn’t as fast as they would have liked. And believe it or not the stakes were even higher this time. Which means that the cost was even higher.
Lula and her sisters learn more about the Deos, their magic and each other. Though it may seem like a lot to ask of their family, their family is there for them in all of the important ways. And the ending…. oh man that ending.
You have zombies, a city under attack, the goddess of death trapped. But the sisters learn more about their magic, their family and the supernatural world around them. Lula learns the cost of her mistake (As Alex did and tried to prevent her from following her footsteps.)
It didn’t take me long to finish this story, as I found even more reasons and ways to listen to the audiobook. Unfortunately, now I am left waiting for the third book. If you have read Labyrinth Lost, you will enjoy this one. If you are new to Cordova’s writing, I would say that this series is a great place to start!
About the Author: (Image and Bio from author’s website.)
Zoraida Córdova is the award-winning author of the Brooklyn Brujas series and The Vicious Deep trilogy. Her short fiction has appeared in the New York Times bestselling anthology, Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, and Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft. She is a New Yorker at heart and is currently working on her next novel.