Spotted: Mexican Brujas in Brooklyn

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On the Back Cover:

Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives…

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin. The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

Inside the Book:

Characters and relationships: Alex suffers from crippling self-doubt at the start of the novel and at times, comes across as a little self-centred. But when faced with the realities of Los Lagos, she turns into a smart, practical, loyal and courageous main character. In fact, she’s kind of kick-ass! Alex’s family seemed interesting (lots of mystery there!) and I think getting to know them better, is one reason why I’d read a sequel. I also really liked Alex’s punchy best friend – which is good, because she becomes a love interest (*necessary spoiler*).

Action: Fun, inventive villains, cool twists and magical high jinx – but nothing too gory or anxiety inducing. The author did a great job at building suspense and creating tension; I never quite knew what was coming next for Alex!

Romance: I felt like the chemistry could have been ramped up a little more, but then again, I love a steamy romance…

Settings: I loved the way each scene began with a quote from a different magical ‘canto’ (song). I liked the gothic, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ feel of Los Lagos. And Alex’s home… with the chicken feet and vials of earth, stored next to the flour and the sugar, was great fun.

Keywords: 

Family, culturally diverse, LGBT relationship, high school, Brooklyn, magic and fantasy.

Expected publication: September 6th 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire Books.

20 thoughts on “Spotted: Mexican Brujas in Brooklyn

  1. I am really, really looking forward to this one! So many LGBTQIA+ books are contemporary, so it’s always exciting to see one magical elements to it. That cover is also super gorgeous, and the general premise of the novel sounds awesome. I’m super glad you liked this one, Annette! I hope the sequel lives up to it 😀

    • I know and yet I love reading about Hispanic characters! In fact, any culture that’s different from my own is very cool to read about. #lovediversityinYA

  2. This sure sounds like a GREAT story! There are a couple of things I don’t like about it, but it still sounds fascinating! I LOVE the diversity, too. And a GOTHIC “Alice In Wonderland” kind of place? COOOOOL!!

    Thanks for your detailed review!! (Sorry for the late comment back, and thanks for commenting on my blog.) Have a FUN weekend!! 🙂

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