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ARC Review: Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova

Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordove
Series: Brooklyn Brujas #2

YA ∴ Urban Fantasy > Paranormal ∴ Witchy
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Sourcebooks Fire
eGalley ∴ 352 pages

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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…

  • I received a digital copy from SOURCEBOOKS Fire through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

So, I requested this book completely convinced I wasn’t going to get it because my percentage on Netgalley is atrocious, but lo and behold, here I am.

In this installment of the Brooklyn Brujas series, we’re with Lula. Alex’s older healer sister. When I first learned that this book wasn’t going to be in Alex’s POV, I was a little disappointed because I wanted more of her and Rishi together, I wanted to see Alex do some sicc magicks. But after starting it, I was pleasantly surprised and, honestly, much more into this one than Labyrinth Lost. I’m not sure if it was the character shift or how much darker this is, but this one just sucked me right in. 

Lula, her boyfriend Maks, and the whole soccer and cheer squad get into a huge pileup on the way to a game. Lula is the sole survivor but she can’t bear to be without Maks, so she convinces her sisters to help her try to heal Maks before it’s too late and lots of apocalypse-inducing things happen.

This book had so many awesome new characters. Well, one isn’t technically new, but we get to see her aesthetic and I am living for it. I aspire to be as extra as Angela. We also get to meet the goddess of death, La Muerte, who is sassy and impatient and a lot nicer than you’d expect, really. She is definitely one of my favorites.

I have to say, I was disappointed in the lack of Rishi in this book, though I know it isn’t about Alex and Rishi, I just wanted more of her, you know? We get to see Rosie do some cool stuff and Lula work through a whole lot of personal problems, too. Oh, and our good buddy, Nova, returns as well.

Overall, I really really loved this books and I’m so grateful to have gotten an ARC because waiting was nearly unbearable! Now to wait until release day to get a hardback and the reprint of Labyrinth Lost so they match all nicey-nicey.

∴ 5 stars ∴

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