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Wayward Witch

(Brooklyn Brujas #3)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  724 ratings  ·  193 reviews
Rose Mortiz has always been a fixer, but lately she’s been feeling lost. She has brand-new powers she doesn’t understand, and her family is still trying to figure out how to function in the wake of her amnesiac father’s return home. Then, on the night of her Deathday party, Rose discovers her father’s memory loss has been a lie.
As she rushes to his side, the two are ambus
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 1st 2020 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Eli C In addition to Alex and her GF Rishi from book 1 being important to the plot and another gay couple from book 2 making appearances in book 3, WW inclu…moreIn addition to Alex and her GF Rishi from book 1 being important to the plot and another gay couple from book 2 making appearances in book 3, WW includes a nonbinary character as part of the main questing team. They're v well developed, super integral, and Rose cares for them a lot. (less)

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Aug 05, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-fat-rep
Zoraida Cordova consistently delivers solid adventures for teens with plenty of action, a clear arc of character development for the MC, and well-executed diversity. Wayward Witch is no different, and I probably would have loved this series as a teenager. This installment follows Rose, the youngest of the bruja Mortiz sisters, as she finally reachers her 15th year and embarks on her own magical coming of age. This series is steeped in Latinx culture and places a strong emphasis on family with re ...more
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm so excited I got to read the final book in this series!
I have loved these books, there are so many great elements; the Latinx culture, the bruja religion and abilities, family, and queer characters. The plot for this follows youngest sister Rosie as she gets her own adventure when she and her father are transported to a magical land and forced to help stop a rot that is consuming everything.

Rosie is sassy and smart and a fun character to read about. She's confident in her body and doesn't l
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Two and half years ago, I read book 1 in this series featuring three bruja sisters. The first one had Alex journeying through a hostile fairy land to free her vanquished family. Book 2 told the story of how the oldest sister, Lula, dealt with her unfortunate decision to bring back her boyfriend from the dead.

Book 3 is about the youngest sister, Rose, and is definitely the best written of the three. The author briefly touches on the past books but then dives headfirst into Wayward Witch. At first
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
Rose Moritz has been trying to fix her family for the past six months. Everyone says they're fine and to leave it be, but Rose and see the barely sealed fractures threatening to send her family into pieces. When adas abduct Rose and her father and drag them into the fairy realm, Rose finds out that her father has lied to them all this time. He didn't forget. And the secrets he hid were bigger than she ever could have imagined.

I think I built my expectations too high, and it did not live up to my
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ownvoices
Vid review on July 28, 2021 here

The third book in the "Brooklyn Bruja" series seriously surprised me, because I wasn't expecting to travel to this new world populated by fae people, Adas, as Zoraida Cordova has dubbed the Spanish word for them, "Hadas". I loved to see this new realm, its inhabitants, and all that happens there. I felt a bit unfaithful as I ended caring more for this new bunch of people than - almost! - for the previous Brujas we knew and loved!!!

I li
The Nerd Daily
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice

If you haven’t read the Brooklyn Brujas series, you seriously need to. I loved Alex and Lula…but I feel like Zoraida outdid herself with Rose’s character in Wayward Witch. Maybe it’s because I really felt connected to her as a character, despite being a young sibling. There’s something about characters that are the observers/fixers in their family. The ones who see what’s going on in their family and doing their best to keep eve
Jun 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
The digital arc of this book was kindly provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ website in exchange for an honest review.

My relationship with this whole book series has been rocky at best but I still hoped that this installment would be better than the previous one. And it was an improvement, I liked Rose a lot more as a protagonist than Lula. I liked the writing, the cultural references, and the magical setting. But overall, the plot was drawn out and just wasn't that exciting. It also seemed
Nicholas Perez
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
And thus one of my favorite YA trilogies comes to an end.

Wayward Witch is the third and final(?) book of the Brooklyn Brujas series. In the first book, Alejandra "Alex" Mortiz accidentally banishes her family on her Deathday, afraid of her ecantrix powers. She journeyed to Los Lagos with a brujo Nova and her friend (later girlfriend) Rishii to find them. In the second book, Alex's older sister Lula survives a bus crash that kills her boyfriend and the rest of her classmates. She tries a ritual t
Samantha (WLABB)
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, paranormal, arcs, diverse
Having finally learned the truth about her powers, the youngest Mortiz sister was struggling not only with controlling her gift, but also with finding her place in the family. On her Deathday, Rose and her father were taken back to Adas. There, she was charged with fighting the rot that was destroying the land. As she fought for this world, she learned how to harness her power while also discovering a lot about herself.

I am always so sad to say goodbye to a series, and this is one I have loved
Celia McMahon
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for a chance to review this title ahead of its release date!

Wayward Witch is the third installment to the Brooklyn Bruja series that I have ardently followed since Labyrinth Lost was published. Where LL followed Alex and Bruja Born followed Lula, WAYWARD WITCH follows the youngest sister, Rose.

WAYWARD WITCH takes us back to another world and as we saw in LABYRINTH LOST, young Rose must find a way to work with what she's given and save those she loves. We
Sofia (Bookish Wanderess)

This series is SO GOOD! I have liked all three books in the series and I really hope we get another one in the future because I want to read Nova’s story.

I really liked Rose at the beginning and I mostly liked her throughout the book, but I felt like her character was reduced to her fear of using her magic and to her comparing herself to her sisters for a big portion of the story and I wish there was a bit more to her character. Also, most side characters saw Rose as competent and brave and I’m
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
Adored this, this is the third book in Zoraida’s Brooklyn Brujas series and I was so eager to jump straight back in, this focuses on the third of the sisters Rose. As usual you can expect absolutely fantastic writing from Zoraida, amazing world building, realistic and well developed characters along with a ton of Fantasy interwoven with Latin mythology and cultural references. Immerse yourself in a fantastic world full of adventure, witches, strong female characters, humour, fantasy and mystery, ...more
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

I have loved the first two Brooklyn Brujas books, Labyrinth Lost and Bruja Born, so I was so excited for this final book! What I love about this series is not only the fact that it's urban fantasy, which I don't read enough of, but also that their stories are so firmly rooted in family and world building. Sure each story is focused on one of the sisters, but in Wayward Witch we still
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
How am I supposed to survive now that this series is over??
Adriana Martinez Figueroa
You’re not ready for Rose’s Journey. I’m so proud of her and of Zoraida!
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Rose’s life has been turned upside down. First, she was accidentally trapped in a tree by Alex. Then she had to deal with zombies and everything that came with it thanks to her other sister, Lula. On top of that, she found out that her magic is much different than what she thought it was. Now that her death day has creeped up, she’s convinced her family’s happiness is a band-aid that’s about to be ripped off. Her father’s return is not what her family imagined it would be, and she’s convinced ev ...more
Alicia (A Kernel of Nonsense)
**I received an ARC of this book from the author, which does not influence my review**

Wayward Witch, the conclusion to Zoraida Córdova’s Brooklyn Brujas series, transports readers to a world that is equal parts beautiful and deadly as the youngest of the Mortiz sisters, Rose, must find a way to master her newly discovered power or find herself lost to her family forever. Rose’s Deathday party should be one of celebration, but she can’t shake the feeling that something isn’t quite right. Her fami
Dec 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
It might be a case of It's me, not you/the book. I didn't very much like this book. BUT, I haven't read the previous two books.

What I liked: the cultural references, the magic system, getting to know Rose.

What I didn't like: The story felt drawn out. I wish there had been more about the relationship between Rose and her father.
Lulu (the library leopard)
zoraida córdova writing the nonwhite fae that ya fantasy so desperately needs, hell yeah
Sandy Lewis
Feb 07, 2021 rated it liked it
This is the third book in the series but hopefully not the last. It feels incomplete as it stands;so hopefully there will be a book four. This book was not as enjoyable but I enjoyed the series as a whole
Rep: Latina and fat main character; non-binary secondary character

I don't know if I'm supposed to pick favorites between the Mortiz sisters, but I will admit Rose may be my favorite among them, thanks to this book. Wayward Witch is both expansive and conclusive in its scope - by taking Rose's story out into a faerie realm, but also speaking to the experiences of the three sisters and bringing together things from the whole series. It starts at about 6 months since the end of Bruja Born, and the
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
I received a copy of Wayward Witch in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Wayward Witch is the third novel in Zoraida Cordova's Brooklyn Brujas series, and it is a whirlwind of a read. This novel is the epitome of change.

Things have been changing in Rose's family, and while everyone seems to want to act like it's for the better, Rose can't seem to let it go. Everything seems perfect, until you stare too long at it. Take the reappearance of her father.

She just knows there's more going on the
"There's always a new chosen one around the corner." I don't want it to be me. I want to read in my room, and fight with my sisters, and light candles at my alter and do my extra-credit homework. I wanted to fix my family, not the world. My family is my world.

This is such a sad case of it's not you, it's me. There is so much I want to celebrate about Wayward Witch. As a women with two sisters I love the dynamic between Lula, Alex & Rose. The first couple of chapters made me smile so much, I love
Hayden (bookish.hayden)
Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
In this book we focus on Rose, the youngest Moritz sister. She starts off the book feeling lost. Lost with her powers. Lost with her father. Lost in general. At her Deathday party she uses a truth spell and discovers that her father's memory loss has been a lie. She confronts him, but is suddely whisked away alongside him through a portal to the land of Adas, a fairy realm hidden in the Caribbean Sea. To get back home, Rose must work with a team to save the realm from the rot that has poisoned i ...more
Berni Phillips
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a terrific end to a great series. This one centers on Rose, the youngest daughter. In the first book and for most of the second, we are told that Rose's power is to talk to spirit. It turns out that her power is very different. She can borrow and use the power of other brujas.

This results in her and her father being snatched from their new home in Queens and transported to the fairy kingdom of Adas. Which, it happens, was where her father was for all those years he was missing.

As much a
Kristin Sledge
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Wayward Witch is the third installment of the Brooklyn Bruja series. It follows the youngest of three sisters, Rose, as she has her Deathday to help control her newfound powers. When she finds out her father's amnesia has been a ruse and is sucked into the fairy realm of Adas with him, will she be able to put her anger and hurt aside to be the hero foretold in Adas' prophecies?

I freaking love these books! Of t
Becca Mee
Sep 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Wayward Witch is the final installmet in the Brooklyn Brujas series that follows the third Mortiz sister--Rose. Rose is just waiting for the moment of peace her family has earned after Alex and Lula's misadventures. When she discovers a secret her Father has been keeping, Rose is hurt and storms out into the night, her father chasing after her. But when a force from her father's past comes and spirits them away to Adas, Rose finds herself in the position of potential savior of a world being cons ...more
Lisa Mandina
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved the first two books in this series and have been waiting eagerly for this third and most likely final story. It had been a while since I’d read them though it seems, so there was a bit about Rose that I didn’t necessarily remember from before. As with other books like this during this crazy pandemic time, my mind had a bit of a struggle keeping on track with the story, so that is part of why I gave it 4 stars probably.

The world the author wrote for us in this book was beautiful and vivid
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Zoraida Córdova is the author of many fantasy novels for kids and teens, including the award-winning Brooklyn Brujas series, Incendiary, and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: A Crash of Fate. Her short fiction has appeared in the New York Times bestselling anthology Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, Star Wars The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark, Come on In: 15 Stories About Immigration and Fi ...more

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