Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova is the companion novel to Labyrinth Lost, a YA diverse Fantasy story set within a Latina background full of paranormal creatures and epic adventures.
“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…“
This companion novel lived up to the first book!
For one, I had no idea this was the companion to Labyrinth as I originally thought it was going to be a sequel. Which makes way more sense as in my Labyrinth Lost review, that ending left a pretty satisfactory feeling.
This book instead follows Alex’s sister, Lula, a few months following the ending of the previous book. I found this book to be just as captivating while also holding onto the Latin, powerful storyline.
The big bombshell in the first part of the story definitely took me by surprise (because I never read the full synopsis)! There is a lot of tragic moments full of grief which may be a trigger warning for some readers. It is a journey to finding one’s self and the family bonds that was also emphasized in Labyrinth. There is also emphasis on self image and the internal battles that constantly nudges on Lula. With this being said, this companion novel may be a harder read, but the heartbreaking moments and mental health components can be inspiring.
I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. The paranormal elements brought life, and death, into a diverse world and quickly captivated me within the first few chapters. This is a great series that I highly recommend to all YA readers.
Published: 5 June 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Young Adult Mystery / Paranormal
How I Read It: eArc from NetGalley
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All of my book reviews contain my honest opinion only and are not influenced in any way.*
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