Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova
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 enjoyed Bruja Born just as much as Labyrinth Lost. I loved how it was the story of Lula this time.
The story starts shortly after Labyrinth Lost ends. The sisters are all trying to recover from what happened. Lula is having a hard time feeling like herself. Alex is covering her scars for her, but she doesn’t even want to look in the mirror anymore.
Lula is heading to a game with her boyfriend Maks when he tells her that he wants to break up. She is just different than she was before. When Lula gets on the bus, she has to sit by Maks. She tries to get him to change his mind and they kiss. Suddenly the bus is turning and glass is breaking. There is a big accident and Maks and Lula are connected together by a pole through their bodies.
Maks is on life support, but is expected to die. Lula saw Lady de la Muerte there to collect his body. She talks her sisters into trying a spell to bring him back. The spell connects him to Lula, but he dies anyway. A couple days later, Maks and all the other bus victims are missing from the morgue.
Lula has these threads that end up leading her to Maks. But he’s not really alive. He is a casimuertos, half dead. Lady de la Muerte is also trapped in another place and gives Lula the task of freeing her and getting rid of the casimuertos. They only survive by eating human hearts.
The book was full of magic and the sisters working together to make things right. Lula believes she must die to kill the casimuertos and they are determined to keep her with them. I love their family and how much they love each other. We also meet some new characters in the book that I ended up liking a lot. Lula has more help than she realizes, but she isn’t ready to let Maks go either.
I gave Bruja Born 4 1/2 stars (rounded up to 5). Thank you to Edelweiss for my copy for review. I’m already signed up for Zoraida’s book event in June and I’m really excited to hear her talk about her books.
Have you read Labyrinth Lost and Bruja Born yet? What did you think?