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Bruja Born

(Brooklyn Brujas #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  2,104 ratings  ·  510 reviews
Lula Mortiz may be a bruja with healing powers, but after her family's battle in Los Lagos, she feels broken in a way she can't seem to fix. Then tragedy strikes when a bus crash leaves her friends and her boyfriend, Maks, dead. Desperate to reclaim normalcy, Lula invokes a dark spell to bring Maks back. It isn't until she hears that all of the bodies from the crash have g ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Zoraida 'Bruja Born' is a companion novel and follows Lula Mortiz about 8 months after the incidents in 'Labyrinth Lost'.

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'Bruja Born' is a companion novel and follows Lula Mortiz about 8 months after the incidents in 'Labyrinth Lost'.

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Zoraida Sure! It'll give you some spoilers from book 1 but it's supposed to function as a standalone.

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ARC provided by Sourcebooks in exchange for an honest review.

1.) Labyrinth Lost ★★★★

🔮 My favorite review for Bruja Born: Lilly's!

“This is a love story. At least, it was, before my sister sent me to hell.”

Friends, Bruja Born was such a treat. It’s the ownvoices, Latinx, magical story you’ve been looking for. And I liked it even more than Labyrinth Lost, which I loved! When I first requested an ARC of this, I was completely surprised when I found out it wouldn’t be following Alex, the
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bruja Born is the second book in the urban fantasy series Brooklyn Brujas, and one of the best YA fantasy novels I've read in 2018.
I almost didn't read this. The first book, Labyrinth Lost, followed middle sister Alex. I read it when I was Alex's age, and I still found both the narration and the writing to be very juvenile, the plot predictable.
I didn't have any of these problems with Bruja Born, and I think this book is worth reading even if you were disappointed by Labyrinth Lost. This novel

This is the second book of the Brooklyn Brujas series, and as such it has two problems:

- it was completely unnecessary as a sequel. The events are in no way connected to what happened in book 1. Seriously, there is absolutely no reason this book exists, except that perhaps the author signed a 3-book contract.
- it's not a very good book.


What I liked:

“I have a plan.” She squints in my direction.
“I don’t like that face.”
“I don’t like your face e
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
First, I much mention right out the gate that I much preferred this novel in comparison to "Labyrinth Lost". One of my biggest issues with the original novel was that I became confused in how the different language was used with the assumption that the reader would simply understand. That issue was resolved in this sequel and it was done amazingly well, allowing a different language to be integrated in the story with small explanations subtly coinciding with their use.

As well, I really enjoyed
I'm just a girl, forcing myself through a diverse fantasy series, wanting to love it.. and failing.

Despite a really strong start that had me super duper excited, BRUJA BORN, the second in the Brooklyn Brujas series, once again failed to win me over. Everything about this series, the diversity of the cast, the coolness factor of the bruja mythology (not to mention the expanded universe and paranormal types we got in this installment), all of it, should be a guaranteed win for me. But I'm just not
Lilly (Lair Of Books)
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Lauren Stoolfire
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Lula feels like an outsider. After Alex gains newfound Encantrix powers have scarred her more than her healing abilities can fix, Lula just wants to be comforted by her family. Thank the Deos for Maks, her boyfriend who sees the best in her and brings a spark of light to her life. Then a bus crash changes everything. All of her classmates are dead, including Maks. With her powers Lula can resurrect Maks, even if she needs the help
Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek

**** Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for providing me with an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review ****

Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

****Trigger Warnings: Violence, Death, Gore, & Self Harm (for magical purposes)****

I enjoyed the first book “Labyrinth Lost” (review here) which was told from Alex Mortiz’s POV and full of Latinx magic and mythology, it’s a fantastic book overall. I was a bit skeptical when I found out the sequel would be told
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve never been a fan of zombies. But casimuertos, I like! This book was full of action, from the start. I loved it like the first one and probably like the third one that I can’t wait to read. 2019 is too far away!!! I also loved how the story is told from a different character: in the first book, you live through Alex, and now, through Lula. Can’t wait to see who it will be for book 3! Rose, Nova or Patricio?

I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher, through NetGalley, in exchange
The Captain
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
Jessi ♡
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
i wish i could give it more stars but sadly... meh
Anna lost in stories *A*
I liked this one a little bit less than the first book in the series… mostly, because I expected some smarter decision making from Lula… I mean, come on… especially since the whole Alex situation happened just a few months ago… BUT I do (sort of) understand why she wasn't exactly rational… she is still very young and went through some very traumatic stuff in a very short time… I absolutely loved the additional informations we learned about the world, including some very interesting new character ...more
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
very good, I liked it even more than the first one!
Anthony ➳ KeepReadingForward ➳
Date Reviewed:
21 July 2018
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“This is a love story. At least, it was, before my sister sent me to hell.”

Bruja Born has been one of my most anticipated books of 2018. I am a big fan of Zoraida Cordóva ever since I began my YA obsession with Cordóva’s The Vicious Deep series. When I first learned that a new series was on its way involving magic, I was excited. The first
laurel [suspected bibliophile]
I didn't like this nearly as much as I liked Labryinth Lost, and I think that 90% of the reason is because I really didn't like Lula.

Basically this book (no spoilers, I promise):

Maks: So uh, I'm breaking up with you.
Lula: OMG no! I'm hot. You love me.
*ten minutes later, Veronica Mars Season 2 happens*
Lula: Maks, I'm not going to let you die! We'll be together forever!
*literally hundreds more people die because of Lula's canto*
Lula: Oh Maks, my heart is breaking for you!

Lula: Um, yeah, so like, n
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
I’m pretty happy to report that I enjoyed this one more than I expected to! I liked the way that this opened up the world and lore of the brujas and their magic, and I enjoyed the visuals and action of this story too. Looking forward to Rose’s story! And maybe Nova’s? I’m down for more brujas and brujos.
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it

Vid review available here: on March, 20th, 2019
*Source* NetGalley
*Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy\
*Rating* 3.5-4


Bruja Born is the second installment in author Zoraida Córdova's Brooklyn Brujas series. Labyrinth Lost introduced readers to the Mortiz family, especially sisters Alejandra (Alex), Lula (oldest), and Rose (youngest), who are witches gifted by the Deos (Gods) with a variety of different magics. It has been 7 months since the events of Labyrinth Lost in which Alex tried to rid herself of magic, and learned that she's a powerf
Alicia (A Kernel of Nonsense)
**I received a copy of this book through NetGalley, which does not influence my review.**

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
The Library Ladies
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
(originally reviewed at )

I first want to say a special thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC to this book!

Awhile back I read the book “Labyrinth Lost” by Zoraida Córdova, a fantasy novel that took some influence from “Alice In Wonderland”. I remember liking the characters in it for the most part (well, mostly Alex, our teen witch protagonist), but having a harder time with the fantasy world setting that she found herself in. Look, I have lots of opinions about
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, physical-2018
4.5 stars

I *love* the premise, world, characters, and just everything about this series. It is all deeply developed and masterfully executed.

AND THAT ENDING. I need the next book stat.


**Huge thanks to the publisher for sending me an arc to review. All thoughts and comments are my own**


Full review can be found here:

I absolute loved Labyrinth Lost and was impatiently waiting for the second book in the Brooklyn Brujas series. I’m thrilled to tel
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
I received a free ARC from Sourcebooks FIREreads. I enjoyed Labyrinth Lost a lot, and I wish this series was getting more attention from the YA crowd. It’s ownvoices with Latinx characters and a f/f relationship in the first book, plus a beautifully drawn magical world. I can’t really oversell it. There may be mild spoilers ahead for Labyrinth Lost. Trigger warnings: death, gore.

Months after Alex’s spell banished her family to Los Lagos, the Mortiz sisters haven’t quite recovered. Lula hides her
Alexis  (TheSlothReader)
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-books
This was so much fun
Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
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 ...more
Feb 12, 2018 added it
Shelves: diverse-2018
Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it
2,75 stars

I wish I liked this book better but it was mostly a disappointment. I liked the beginning and I enjoyed the originality of the novel. But Lula as a protagonist annoyed me to no end. She was in no way an older sister to her siblings and was continuously selfish, rash and ungrateful. She also made Alex feel so much guilt while Lula herself messed up much harder and refused to actually resolve the problem and ask for help which obviously made the situation so much worse. I think the endin
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved coming back to this incredible series. BRUJA BORN escalates and elevates the stakes for Lula Mortiz and her family, in a story that challenges how we think about love and loss. Lula is a girl on a precipice, but she is never abandoned, and it’s a powerful thing to see.
Taylor Ramirez
Feb 10, 2018 marked it as maybe
So I wasn’t crazy about the first book but I wanted to give this book a chance…but oooo that premise sounds kind of shit. I dunno….
Samantha (WLABB)
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, arcs, ya, paranormal
Rating: 4.5 Stars

I became a fan of these brujas via Labyrinth Lost. The story was so rich and captivating, and I couldn't wait to get to know the other Mortiz sisters better. I must admit, I was even more impressed by Lula's story.

Lula was struggling with the new family dynamic following their return from Los Lagos. She had to adjust to her sister, Alex, being this powerful witch, her own disfigurement, and the return of her father. Let's just say, that Lula was NOT embracing all the changes in
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Before I give my thoughts, let's talk diversity. Most of the people in this story are POCs with Latin American descent, and you see a lot of latin american culture weaved with some fantastical elements and excellent storytelling.

This is the second book in the Brooklyn Brujas series, but instead of following Alex from the first book, we are in the head of her older sister Lula. Lula's also a bruja with healing abilities who went through something very traumatic in the first book and isn't handlin
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