Author: Zoraida Cordova
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
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…
Oooo what a sequal this was. As the second book in The Brooklyn Brujas series I could not wait to start reading this. Labyrinth Lost was such a hit that this one was sure to follow in the steps of its predecessor, right?
It picks up not long after the Mortiz family comes back from Los Lagos. Everyone is still adjusting after their traumatic adventure. You see it most in Mr. Mortiz (their newly returned father) and in Lula herself. Whom the POV in this book comes from. Lula struggles tremendously with her physical and emotional scars which left deep impressions on her. She simply isn’t the same anymore and everyone has taken notice. Not long into the book her schools bus crashes. Leaving many dead or severely injured in the hospital. Including Lula herself. When she hears that there’s even an inkling of a chance for Maks to live she doesn’t hesitate to do everything in her power, and the power of her sisters, to save him. When the magical canto they perform goes horribly wrong Lula, Alex and Rose are left running around fervently to clean up the mess they made.
It’s actually kind of ironic as at the beginning of the book Lula herself isn’t too different from a casimuerto (meaning almost dead). In the sense that she’s only half there most of the time, moping around day to day as though the life inside her is just gone.
What I really loved most was how the whole family came together. I’m a sucker for close family relationships. Alex, Lula and Rose share one of the strongest sibling bonds I’ve ever read in a book. They put each other first and are literally always there for one another. To get each other into trouble and to bale each other out again. What I didn’t like, was Lula. Actually I shouldn’t say that. It’s more like she was a bit annoying? That sounds better. As the eldest sister she just seemed incredibly immature and selfish. Granted if I was in her shoes and the love of my life could be saved, I’d have done the exact same thing…….mmmm maybe. The results of what happened were really shocking. All I kept thinking was that this is all her fault! She is so so selfish!
Her character growth, while present, took so long that the book seemed to drag on for me. Where Labyrinth Lost had a consecutive timeline of events that made everything just flow right into place, this book seemed to take it’s sweet time getting to the point. Leaving the ending something to be desired. It’s like watching a really long, detailed movie and the end is only 2 minutes long out of the 2 hours you sat watching it. This for me, was kind of a big let down. No one really wants to have to sit there and push themselves to finish a book. But I did, because the first book was really good! So I didn’t hate this book, but I really didn’t love it either. Despite my conflicting feelings about this book I’m still very excited for the third. You can kind of guess where it’s going to head due to the cliff hanger in the Epilogue, but the real excitement will be reading it from Rose’s POV. Especially after some of the changes that she goes through in Bruja Born.
Yes. It’s a decent book. Decent enough that it deserves to be read. Just don’t go in thinking it’s going to be just like the first book. Besides these bruja’s are pretty bad ass. Also there are many more fantasy species that are introduced in this book. Which was a very nice and unexpected touch. It takes the series to a whole other level.
I give this one 3 stars!
*I received a copy of this book via the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for this honest review.*