YA Book Review

Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova (Brooklyn Bruja’s #2)

The Book:

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Book Title: Bruja Born

Book Author: Zoraida Cordova

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publishing Date: June 5th, 2018

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Date Read: June 28th, 2018

Synopsis: 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…

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The Review:

Bruja Born was beautiful and tragic. It was full of emotion, magic, and the undead. I think I loved it even more than Labyrinth Lost! There was never a dull moment, and I definitely could not get enough of it!

I adored getting a story from Lula’s point of view! Being known as the beautiful one of the family, she had a few issues to work through after being scarred from Alex’s mistake, and losing her sense of self confidence. She really went through an emotional change and grew, in power, and within herself.

This one was definitely emotional. From the first few chapters my heart was hurting. I was feeling for Lula and hoping she could see the beauty inside herself, even if she couldn’t see it outside herself. Her journey of self discovery really touched me and highlighted the strength and courage of all the Mortiz sisters. Once again, Zoraida portrayed the importance of love, family, and inner strength through the Mortiz’s!

I had seen many people saying that they thought this was a companion novel. I would have to disagree. I truly believe reading Labyrinth Lost first helps understand the story in so many ways. It also helps feel closer to the Mortiz sisters and really get a sense of the power they hold. Reading book 1 is definitely worth it to be able to read this one. It allows you to see how Zoraida continues to build and shape the world she created along with developing all the characters and their powers!

Bruja Born continued to build and develop the world of the Brooklyn Brujas. It continued to show how the Mortiz sisters, and their families, grew and changed from everything that happened in Labyrinth Lost. In book 1, Alex grew in power, learned things about herself, and learned some very important life lessons. Book 2 was the same for Lula. And, with these changes and lessons, the whole family has been affected. The whole world has changed and shifted, and I’m excited to see what this all has meant for book 3!

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16 thoughts on “Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova (Brooklyn Bruja’s #2)

    1. The author herself stated that this is more of a companion novel, but honestly, I feel like you would miss so much if you didn’t read book 1. It is up to you though, but maybe by time you get to read both books, book 3 will be out!


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