I can’t believe Bruja Born comes out Tuesday! Time moves so fast. But I am so excited for this book to be released in the world! Bruja Born is the second book in the Brooklyn Brujas trilogy. Labyrinth Lost is the first book, and you can check out my review here.
Title: Bruja Born (Brooklyn Brujas)
Author: Zoraida Córdova
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Synopsis of Bruja Born
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…
Bruja Born takes place after the events in Labyrinth Lost, and in Lula’s point of view. Lula struggles with having visible scars and dealing with the aftermath she faced in Los Lagos that caused her to change as a person. She starts to pull away from those she cares about, while also abusing her sister’s powers, blaming her sister fully for what happened.
Lula is a completely different person compared to Alex. She struggles with her new insecurities and the fact that she lost her spark, and she’s having difficulties accepting what happened. And it only gets worse when her boyfriend, Maks, dies and she brings him back. But when he’s resurrected, he’s not exactly the guy she fell in love with, and because of that, Lula starts to understand the cycle of life and death, and what it truly means to cross Lady de la Muerte, the Goddess of Death.
Lady de la Muerte is a frightening, yet intriguing character in Bruja Born. Just like the Devourer, she is not someone you want to see in your path or betray. Which Lula soon learns after the accident. Lady de la Muerte is no doubt one of my favorite characters. I would honestly love to see a full novel on Lady de la Muerte’s life.
I really enjoyed the character building of Lula. Lula starts off as a troubled soul, someone who has lost her way. And throughout Bruja Born, she starts to figure out her path and what it truly means to be a Mortiz and a Bruja. Her character growth is steady and apparent throughout the novel. The reader sees her struggle with her mistakes and the realization of what she did when she brought Maks back to life. Lula is such a relatable character because she illustrates that everyone makes mistakes, but that everyone has the chance to learn and grow from their mistakes. And like many people, Lula is also terrified of death; not for herself, but losing the people she loves. And she soon realizes that no matter what, death cannot be cheated. One way or another, Death always collects.
All in all, I felt that Bruja Born was a wonderful sequel to Labyrinth Lost. Bruja Born brought together intriguing characters, a fantastical world, and compelling magic. I can’t wait for the third book! Bruja Born hits shelves this upcoming Tuesday!