Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordóva is a wonderful young-adult from the fantasy involving family, diversity, and magical adventure but Bruja Born is so much more. I requested this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, because the first book, Labyrinth Lost not only made me fall in love with Cordova’s writing, but it made me fall madly in love with the characters. In the first love, Labyrinth Lost, we fallow the main character, Alex, however, in this love we actually have Lula as a narrator.
What makes Brooklyn Born has a great bond between familial bonds, along with how unconditional love that will always be the most powerful type of magic and how it will possess us. The sisters Lula, Alex, and Rose are such amazing sisters that I hope my future children will be as close as these fictional characters love each other. These their sisters represent how family bonds are so close that they are willing to sacrifice something that is so beautiful that there are really no words to express the overwhelming amount of love that these sisters have for their family.
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 book is absolutely heavily with love, heartbreaking storyline and I feel that the story plot in Brooklyn Brujas is a wonderful book and I love it so much. It’s a great installment and I love how Cordova is using each installment to allow each sister to be the voice of the novel itself. It really gives the readers a chance to get to know the characters individually without feeling overburden with being given too much information in a short amount of time.
I love this book so much and I am so happy that Cordóva is continuing to make amazing young-adult books. She has a great way of making the conversation between characters feel so natural that even though you are reading the book it almost feels like your physically overhearing the conversation.
There are so many books with the topic of witches and wizards, but I have never read a book that was as diverse as this when it comes to including the Latino and Hispanic community within a fantasy novel. There are many surreal magical books written by famous authors such as Isabel Allende, whose amazing authors for adults but Zoraida Cordóva writes with the maturity of an adult book with the freedom of expression that makes young-adult novel can deliver.
This book is an amazing read and worth every penny! Make sure to buy it and read it as soon as you can, I promise you won’t regret it!