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Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova
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Loved it. Bruja Born gave me everything I was wanting after reading the promising first book, Labyrinth Lost.

Bruja Born is set in Brooklyn, so it doesn't have the Alice in Wonderland style of the first book. I think this is a good thing because the bits of the first book that were set in the real world were actually my favourite bits. I like to see magic brought into a real-world setting and it was done almost perfectly here.

This book also had more magic in. Lula is not as powerful a Bruja as her sister Alex is but she uses magic more as part of her everyday life. And I loved the character of Lula. She's gone from being the perfect older sister that Alex saw her as into a real person with strengths and flaws. She makes some big mistakes and her misuse of her magic has impressively destructive consequences, but it's her love for her family and friends (and her perfectionist streak) that drives most of her decisions. I was cheering her on inside the whole time I was reading.

The Brooklyn setting is just perfectly suited for the atmosphere of this series. This time around there is so much more world building - it doesn't feel like the sisters exist in a vacuum anymore. Bringing in the girl's friends and the other Bruja families makes their world feel real and alive like somewhere I can imagine actually existing.

I liked the style, the atmosphere, the characters and the magic. There are some big surprises that I just did not see coming! Romance is not the focus at all, it's the love of a family and the strength of sisters looking out for each other that is the main theme running through the story. It's good to read a young adult book that isn't all about finding the perfect boyfriend.

I have nothing bad to say about this at all. Bruja Born is fun, it has masses of personality, and I enjoyed it a lot more than that other series about teenagers using magic in Brooklyn! This deserves to become a very popular series and I can't wait for the next book.

I received a free copy in return for an honest review.
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Reading Progress

March 22, 2018 – Shelved
March 22, 2018 – Shelved as: own-and-need-to-read
March 22, 2018 – Shelved as: arc
April 2, 2018 – Started Reading
April 3, 2018 –
April 3, 2018 – Finished Reading
April 19, 2018 – Shelved as: diversity
April 23, 2018 – Shelved as: competent-female-characters
April 23, 2018 – Shelved as: fantasy
April 23, 2018 – Shelved as: magic
April 23, 2018 – Shelved as: reviewed
April 23, 2018 – Shelved as: urban-fantasy
April 23, 2018 – Shelved as: young-adult
April 24, 2018 – Shelved as: cover-love
April 24, 2018 – Shelved as: favourites

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