Bruja Born (Brooklyn Brujas Series #2)

Bruja Born (Brooklyn Brujas Series #2)

by Zoraida Cordova

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Overview

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...

Brooklyn Brujas Series:
Labryinth Lost (Book 1)
Bruja Born (Book 2)

Praise for Labyrinth Lost:
A Bustle Best Book
A NPR Top YA Book
A Paste Magazine Best Book

"A richly Latin American, giddily exciting novel." —The New York Times
"The best new series of the year." —Paste Magazine
"This work is a magical journey from start to finish..." —School Library Journal, starred review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492650652
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Series: Brooklyn Brujas Series , #2
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 134,624
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Zoraida Córdova is the award-winning author of The Vicious Deep trilogy and the Brooklyn Brujas series. Her short fiction has appeared in the New York Times bestselling anthology, Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, and Toil & Trouble: 16 Tales of Women and Witchcraft. She is a New Yorker at heart and is currently working on her next novel. Send her a tweet @Zlikeinzorro.

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Bruja Born (Brooklyn Brujas Series #2) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
I almost didn't post this review. I had finished the first one via audio just recently and I hadn't had a chance to review it yet and I wasn't sure how you all would react to having a review of the second and not the first. HOWEVER, this one was too good NOT to have reviewed. I NEEDED this to be on my site in some way! After the events that happened with her sister, Lula Mortiz is not back to herself. She's been quiet and stand-offish and doesn't like a lot of attention. Including from her boyfriends Maks. Soon he realizes this and thinks she's just being that way to him. He tries breaking up with her, but Lula has to convince him she'll get better. The bus their on crashes and he doesn't make it. Lula can't bear seeing him hurt (or dead for that matter) and uses her healing powers to bring him back. But then, chaos ensues... The best thing about this series to me is the characters. Each one is so strong and so independent. I'm so glad that Cordova is telling this in a way that we'll get everyone's stories. In both stories I can see how they all had their own story to tell and I'm glad we will get them all. (And after the events in this book, I need a couple novellas from some of the other people in this series too, but I'll leave out WHO for spoilers.) However, ever since book 1, Lula was my least favorite sister. (I hate saying that because I read in the author's note that she most relates to Lula... Sorry Cordova!) It just seemed that she was super stubborn and didn't learn anything the entire book. YOU HAVE DEAD PEOPLE RUNNING AFTER YOU AND YOU SAY YOU DON'T REGRET WHAT YOU DID?! I just don't understand how she didn't learn anything. I also love Cordova's writing style. I could literally get sucked into her words and found myself getting frustrated when I had to put it down. There was a few times that it got a tad bit gory, but it didn't bother me. It wasn't anything I hadn't heard (well, read) before. And call me weird if you must, but I love dark stuff, and this was just the right amount of dark and twisty and weird. As for the plot, I felt it moved pretty quickly. There was so much happening in the end that I didn't even mind that the first part of the story is told in the synopsis. And the subtle hunts of what's the come in the next book in the series was amazing as well. For instance, the very ending caused me to flip some more pages thinking I had lost something. I really can't wait to get my hands on that one! (Rose is my favorite if you can't tell...) In short, (ha!) this is my favorite of the series so far. Judging from what I've read in this one, the series will only get better. Zoraida Cordova is definitely an author I will be keeping my eye on. I would advise lovers of fantasy and mythology, to do the same!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the culture and mythology mixed into this book. It was an amazing story.
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
While Labyrinth Lost had focused more on Alex and her family, and built up the foundations of the mythology this series rests on and took place mostly in the fantasy land of Los Lagos, Bruja Born expands the world of the Brooklyn Brujas in the real world, and has zombies, and other sorts of supernatural creatures. When Lula tried to save Maks' life after he slips into a coma, she accidentally brings back all the dead ones from the crash. Mostly dealing with the goddess of death and necromancy, this plot pushes them on a quest to find a way to release the trapped Lady de la Muerte, and bring back her source of power. It also is about Lula finding a new path forward and moving on from the horrors of Los Lagos, which scarred her literally and metaphorically. As with before, this book also has a strong emphasis on familial dynamics. Lula, who had considered her father dead all these years, now has had her father back in her life for months but doesn't know how to contend with this. Her relationship with Alex is also fractured, as she resents the latter for the scars on her face and the torment she endured. Lula experiences heartbreak, faces down tough odds as the goddess of Death hounds her while she has to make shady deals with a scary bruja, all while escaping the revenants she brought back, and deciding how far she will go for love. The other interesting subplot in this book - the introduction of the hunters and the Thorne Hill Alliance, was a good addition to the series, and also bridges somewhat with Cordova's other series, Vicious Deep (only mentioned in the author's notes). Also, we get to see shifters, vampires, mentions of mermaids, etc, which weren't there in the first book (I thought it was only brujas! THA wasn't even mentioned even though they know about it) so it does feel like it was added suddenly, as was the other romantic development later on in the book. Overall, though, it is a good sequel and expands the world of Brooklyn Brujas well enough while also giving us hints of exciting things for the next book.
CaptainsQuarters More than 1 year ago
Ahoy there me mateys! I received this fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here are me honest musings. While I try to post no spoilers, if ye haven’t read the first book and ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . . It was an absolute delight to be back in the world created by this author. If ye haven't read these novels, they mix Latin American religions and cultures, Mexican holidays, Afro-Caribbean religion, and other things. It is beautifully done. The first book dealt with Alex. This one focuses on her sister, Lula. Lula has been struggling since the events in the previous book. She seems to have lost sight of herself and is clinging hard to the pieces of identity that she no longer seems to inhabit. So when events threaten to take the one thing that seems to be holding her together, she aims to fight back no matter what the cost. This book continues to highlight the importance of family and community. One of the more interesting aspects is that ye get to see the results from Alex's adventure and how it has impacted the entire family. The whole family is struggling with grief, guilt, and post-traumatic stress. There are scars from the past, some literal, and everyone is coming to terms with this new reality. I think that this is an extremely positive outlook despite the inherent pain involved. Magic didn't solve everything and there is a price to be paid for mistakes. And yet, this family sticks together and are determined to love and support one another as they heal. I found Lula's story to be heart-wrenching. She really doesn't make the best choices and doesn't know what she wants out of life anyone. She is clinging to a version of the past and the idea of a future that has disintegrated. Lula uses the familial bonds of love and guilt to chose a selfish path of action that brings no relief and only more pain to all involved. It is a harrowing journey. While this was an extremely quick and compelling read, I did have a quibble with the story. Alex's actions in the first book seemed to only impact her direct family and friends. Lula's actions have a much broader scale and effected people outside of the community. It seemed out of line with the rules set up in book one. I am not sure how ye hide magical trouble with those kinds of fatal results. I am hoping the next book will explain this in more detail. It seems very likely that the next book will focus on the third sister, Rose. I sure hope so! I will definitely be reading it.
DarqueDreamer More than 1 year ago
Bruja Born was beautiful and tragic. It was full of emotion, magic, and the undead. I think I loved it even more than Labyrinth Lost! There was never a dull moment, and I definitely could not get enough of it! I adored getting a story from Lula’s point of view! Being known as the beautiful one of the family, she had a few issues to work through after being scarred from Alex’s mistake, and losing her sense of self confidence. She really went through an emotional change and grew, in power, and within herself. This one was definitely emotional. From the first few chapters my heart was hurting. I was feeling for Lula and hoping she could see the beauty inside herself, even if she couldn’t see it outside herself. Her journey of self discovery really touched me and highlighted the strength and courage of all the Mortiz sisters. Once again, Zoraida portrayed the importance of love, family, and inner strength through the Mortiz’s! I had seen many people saying that they thought this was a companion novel. I would have to disagree. I truly believe reading Labyrinth Lost first helps understand the story in so many ways. It also helps feel closer to the Mortiz sisters and really get a sense of the power they hold. Reading book 1 is definitely worth it to be able to read this one. It allows you to see how Zoraida continues to build and shape the world she created along with developing all the characters and their powers! Bruja Born continued to build and develop the world of the Brooklyn Brujas. It continued to show how the Mortiz sisters, and their families, grew and changed from everything that happened in Labyrinth Lost. In book 1, Alex grew in power, learned things about herself, and learned some very important life lessons. Book 2 was the same for Lula. And, with these changes and lessons, the whole family has been affected. The whole world has changed and shifted, and I’m excited to see what this all has meant for book 3!
sacrebluesargent More than 1 year ago
"Lula Mortiz. The Deos blessed you. The Deos will always bless you. Do not betray us." *Banging pots and pans together* It's time to review my most anticipated 2018 release!!! Lula Mortiz is having difficulty adjusting after ((Labyrinth Lost spoilers)) her time imprisoned in Los Lagos' Tree of Souls. To make matters worse, a bus crash kills all her friends and her boyfriend, Maks. Unable to let him go, Lula gently bullies her sisters into saving him, except there are unintended consequences. La Muerte, goddess of death, is trapped between realms, and the resurrected students are casimuertos. Now Lula must fix her mistakes, but what if doing so dooms the boy she fought so hard to save? Everything about this book enchanted me. The worldbuilding, from the minutia of brujeria to the political makings of the supernatural world to the fragments about the Deos that begin each chapter, made the universe feel real and exciting. Córdova's writing is dramatic and enthralling, and it shares the wonder and the pain that Lula feels throughout her journey. I absolutely loved the banter between the characters and the little details woven through. The plot was tight and direct, fast-paced enough to keep me reading for hours on end. And Córdova is in her element with the creepy and the supernatural. But my favorite thing about Bruja Born was the characters. From Carmen Mortiz's quiet strength to Nova Santiago's snarky bravado, I adored them all. I especially loved the cameo of Angela the Great, Nova's thorny grandmother and "the queen of sugar and venom." Her stubborn anger was a perfect match for Alex's, who shone throughout the book with her sarcasm and her magic and her love. Rhett was a bit weak because we did not get a lot of him (I'm ambivalent towards his and Lula's relationship, to be honest), but I certainly didn't hate him. Most of all I loved Lula, who lost bits of herself in Los Lagos and couldn't find them again, who nearly destroyed the world trying to save Maks, who was willing to die to keep the world safe. Lula messed up and struggled and grew, and that's what makes Córdova's protagonists so strong-- they're not perfect. They banish their families and raise the dead and are better people for it. I await the next book with eager anticipation; Rose Mortiz is such an interesting character, and I can't wait to get inside her head.
akernelofnonsense More than 1 year ago
In Bruja Born, Zoraida Córdova reintroduces readers to the Mortiz sisters and her world of witches. When Alex Mortiz cast a spell to take away her power, she inadvertently sent her entire family to Los Lagos, a dangerous in-between realm. While Alex was able to save her family, she could never foresee just how much her world would change. In Bruja Born, Alex’s older sister Lula takes center stage. While Alex is learning to accept who she is as an encantrix, an all-powerful bruja, Lula is trying to find her way back to who she was before Los Lagos. When Maks, Lula’s boyfriend and the only person who makes her feel normal, is taken from her, Lula does everything she can to bring him back. Unfortunately for Lula, in her quest to save Maks, her actions will disrupt the very balance of life and death, and in the end, Lula will have to decide what she is willing to sacrifice to right her wrongs. As much as I enjoyed Alex in Labyrinth Lost, I actually think I relate more to Lula. Before I had finished the first chapter, I was fully invested in Lula’s story. There is something incredibly fragile about her, but the strength and determination underneath is never sacrificed for this fragility. Lula was a character flawed from the very beginning. She makes rash decisions because she is a character driven by emotion. Though her journey has her meeting the Lady de la Muerta, the goddess of death, and facing off against zombie-like creatures, ultimately Lula’s story is internal. I don’t want to give too much away but there is one moment at the end where it felt that Lula had finally taken back control of her life and she was able to see how strong and valuable she was. It made me want to cheer out loud. Watching Lula struggle between being the girl she used to be and the one who emerged from Los Lagos is heartbreaking, but in the end, her story manages to be incredibly hopeful. I want to touch on how much I enjoy the relationship between the Mortiz sisters. At the beginning of the novel, Lula harbors a lot of resentment toward Alex and Alex, who recognizes that Lula has changed, blames herself. Though tension and anger are always present, underneath it all is love. Alex and their younger sister Rose have done their best to take care of their older sister. While the Mortiz household has be disrupted by the return of their missing father, these three have always had each other. In the end, these sisters would do anything for each other and it’s this relationship that is at the heart of this series. I feel like we get to see this even more in this sequel and after getting to know Rose better, I am really looking forward to her novel. In Bruja Born, the dead live and the living get their hearts carved out, both metaphorically and literally. If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting the Mortiz sisters and following them on their witchy journey, you’re missing out.
hwheaties More than 1 year ago
I’m going to make this as spoiler-free for both Bruja Born AND labyrinth lost as possible…but if you haven’t read labyrinth lost yet, do it!! In Labyrinth Lost, we met Alexandra Mortiz, a reluctant bruja who comes to understand herself, her family, and her power. We also met her sisters, Lula and Rose. The three girls together, the Mortiz sisters, are “[m]agical BAMFs with powers gifted by the Deos,” theirgods. In Bruja Born, Lula narrates, showing us another side of Alex and Rose, providing a more complete picture of the Mortiz family, their extended family, and coven. Lula, a healer, is scarred—emotionally and physically—by what she endured in Labyrinth Lost, and Alex, burdened by guilt, is doing everything she can to restore herself, her sisters, and her family to what they were before she discovered she is an Encantrix. Lula’s biggest reprieve and comfort is her boyfriend Maks, but a bush crash rips him—and all of her classmates—away from her. But as a bruja healer, she has the ability to circumvent fate, so Lula tries to cheat Death. But Death does not like to be cheated, and trying to bend the wills of the Deos is more problematic than Lula and her sisters could have ever imagined. Bruja Born follows the Mortiz family—and the enigmatic outcast Nova—as they try to both restore comfort to Lula, but also restore balance to their world. But, as Lula discovers, “no matter how hard we pray or how much we believe, the gods abandon us to ourselves, to the whims of others…Because life is a series of inexplicable accidents and we don’t get to choose the good or the bad.” Zoraida Cordova reveals the world of the Mortiz sisters—and their magic—to us in a story we all know so well: the story of love, and loss, and what we all wish we could sacrifice to have those we love with us again. But, as they battle the wills of the Deos and their own wishes, the Mortiz girls learn one of the hardest lessons of all when it comes to grief.
hwheaties More than 1 year ago
I’m going to make this as spoiler-free for both Bruja Born AND labyrinth lost as possible…but if you haven’t read labyrinth lost yet, do it!! In Labyrinth Lost, we met Alexandra Mortiz, a reluctant bruja who comes to understand herself, her family, and her power. We also met her sisters, Lula and Rose. The three girls together, the Mortiz sisters, are “[m]agical BAMFs with powers gifted by the Deos,” theirgods. In Bruja Born, Lula narrates, showing us another side of Alex and Rose, providing a more complete picture of the Mortiz family, their extended family, and coven. Lula, a healer, is scarred—emotionally and physically—by what she endured in Labyrinth Lost, and Alex, burdened by guilt, is doing everything she can to restore herself, her sisters, and her family to what they were before she discovered she is an Encantrix. Lula’s biggest reprieve and comfort is her boyfriend Maks, but a bush crash rips him—and all of her classmates—away from her. But as a bruja healer, she has the ability to circumvent fate, so Lula tries to cheat Death. But Death does not like to be cheated, and trying to bend the wills of the Deos is more problematic than Lula and her sisters could have ever imagined. Bruja Born follows the Mortiz family—and the enigmatic outcast Nova—as they try to both restore comfort to Lula, but also restore balance to their world. But, as Lula discovers, “no matter how hard we pray or how much we believe, the gods abandon us to ourselves, to the whims of others…Because life is a series of inexplicable accidents and we don’t get to choose the good or the bad.” Zoraida Cordova reveals the world of the Mortiz sisters—and their magic—to us in a story we all know so well: the story of love, and loss, and what we all wish we could sacrifice to have those we love with us again. But, as they battle the wills of the Deos and their own wishes, the Mortiz girls learn one of the hardest lessons of all when it comes to grief.
TreestandBookReviews More than 1 year ago
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. 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 - Treestand Book Reviews 6/11/2018
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
Bruja Born was a deeply insightful and touching exploration of grief, guilt, and the lengths people go to for love. I loved that this book was focused on Lula instead of Alex. While I liked Alex as a main character, I thought that Lula had so much more depth. She faced so many difficult challenges and her character growth was just amazing. Plus I was able to connect with her more, which made this story even more engrossing. I also like how focused on family this series is, it’s a nice change of pace to have a positive and supportive family dynamic.  Although Bruja Born has a different main character than Labrynth Lost, definitely read the first one before starting this one. Bruja Born builds significantly upon that storyline, showing the aftermath of the events in Labrynth Lost. It was interesting to see how the both the family and sister dynamics had changed and were changing. The plot of this book was a wonderful mix of high stakes action and delving deeper into the world-building. Plus the mythology and magic were amazing. I’d suggest going in as blind as possible, although I will note that some scenes are a bit gory. Bruja Born had relatable and nuanced characters, an engaging storyline, and some excellent action. I’m so excited for the next book in this series, which will follow Rose, the youngest of the sisters. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*ARC provides through Netgalley for honest review* I was a huuuuuuge fan of Brooklyn Brujas and was so excited for the sequel. It did not disappoint! Lula Mortiz and her sisters, Alex and Rose, are still recovering from their trip to Los Lagos. She finds comfort in her boyfriend, Maks, until he breaks with her. Shortly after, a horrific bus accident drives Lula to bring him back from the dead, not realizing the disastrous consequences that will come. It was amazing. The story pulls you in so fast and shows how each sister is trying to adjust to their new normal after the trip to Los Lagos. Lula feels like a real teenage girl through the entire book, which is rare, at least in my eyes. It’s what really kept me going though. Lula’s determination to do things the way she wanted. Sometimes it worked out, and sometimes it didn’t. She was stubborn and had the teenage “Im right” mentality. The expansion of the world of the Brujas happens in this book as well, bringing in The Thornhill Alliance and the Knights of Lavant. The introduction of new characters kept the story interesting and gave people for the sisters to play off of. The epilogue hints at another book and I can’t wait for that!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
**Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review** I devoured Labyrinth Lost the day before I started Bruja Born. So, I started Bruja Born with incredibly high expectations--and I was not let down. I loved everything from the characters to the plot to the dialogue. This book follows Lula, the eldest Mortiz sister. It's been 8 months since the events in Labyrinth Lost and Lula is deeply scarred--mentally and physically. She tries to act as if she's okay, but everyone knows she's not. On the way to a soccer game Lula, and her boyfriend, Maks, along with the rest of the team get in a huge car wreck. Heartbroken, Lula beseeches her sisters to help her heal Maks against the Circle's wishes. Similar to the last book, Lula realizes she has made a grave mistake. You cannot interfere with Death and not expect consequences or payment. Soon, the Mortiz sisters are running all over town in hopes of eradicating the havoc they caused. Throw in some paranormal beings such as: casimuertos (basically zombies; they are half alive and half dead), vampires, and shape-shifters and you have the recipe for an amazing story. "Everyone wants me to be better, feel better, without giving me the time to do so." I adore Lula. Her voice is incredibly distinct and unique from Alex's in the last book. The author did an amazing job in fleshing out and developing Lula's character in this book. It was such a heartwarming and fulfilling experience to watch Lula find herself again. I smiled at every sarcastic remark. I cheered for her at every obstacle. It's impossible to not love Lula--which was my biggest complaint about Alex in the last book. In my opinion, Lula is a much more likeable protagonist--however, I did enjoy Alex as a side character in this book! Overall, this book is about the power of love and family. You get to see all 3 of the Mortiz girls fight together, protect each other, and sacrifice for each other. It's beautiful. Zoraida Cordova does a phenomenal job of painting a picture of what unconditional love looks like. I cannot wait until the next book!! Rose's story is going to be epic.
BookaPlenty More than 1 year ago
Bruja Born is magic filled, diverse, and impossible to put down. Any lover of magic and zombies will fall in love with this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the things author Zoraida Córdova does best is to describe relationships: between sisters, between mothers and daughters, between daughters and their father, between teenaged friends. In her latest book, Bruja Born, all of those interactions are vividly three-dimensional. Add magic, mystery, heart-racing action, and more magic, and you have a wonderful sequel to Labyrinth Lost.
RebelliousBookDragon More than 1 year ago
---I received a digital copy from SOURCEBOOKS Fire through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.--- So, I requested this book completely convinced I wasn’t going to get it because my percentage on Netgalley is atrocious, but lo and behold, here I am. In this installment of the Brooklyn Brujas series, we’re with Lula. Alex’s older healer sister. When I first learned that this book wasn’t going to be in Alex’s POV, I was a little disappointed because I wanted more of her and Rishi together, I wanted to see Alex do some sicc magicks. But after starting it, I was pleasantly surprised and, honestly, much more into this one than Labyrinth Lost. I’m not sure if it was the character shift or how much darker this is, but this one just sucked me right in. Lula, her boyfriend Maks, and the whole soccer and cheer squad get into a huge pileup on the way to a game. Lula is the sole survivor but she can’t bear to be without Maks, so she convinces her sisters to help her try to heal Maks before it’s too late and lots of apocalypse-inducing things happen. This book had so many awesome new characters. Well, one isn’t technically new, but we get to see her aesthetic and I am living for it. I aspire to be as extra as Angela. We also get to meet the goddess of death, La Muerte, who is sassy and impatient and a lot nicer than you’d expect, really. She is definitely one of my favorites. I have to say, I was disappointed in the lack of Rishi in this book, though I know it isn’t about Alex and Rishi, I just wanted more of her, you know? We get to see Rosie do some cool stuff and Lula work through a whole lot of personal problems, too. Oh, and our good buddy, Nova, returns as well. Overall, I really really loved this books and I’m so grateful to have gotten an ARC because waiting was nearly unbearable! Now to wait until release day to get a hardback and the reprint of Labyrinth Lost so they match all nicey-nicey.