Bruja Born: An Interview with Zoraida Córdova

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you all have had a great week! I, for sure, did! I had the wonderful pleasure of joining a Google Hangouts Chat with Zoraida yesterday and it was so much fun to be able to hang with her and ask her questions about her writing. And I also had the great opportunity of interviewing Zoraida!

If any of you follow my social media (mainly Twitter), you probably know by now that I love Zoraida’s work. I cannot wait to read Bruja Born and gush about the book to all of you! I already know it’s going to be fantastic!

Below is some information about Bruja Born and the author, Zoraida Córdova, and then the interview!

About Bruja Born

33918887Three 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…

Meet the Author

ZoraidaZoraida Córdova is the author of urban fantasies 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. Zoraida’s most recent release, Labyrinth Lost, won an International Latino Book award, was named a Best Book of 2016 by Paste Magazine and has been optioned by Paramount Studios. Zoraida is also the author of the upcoming Hollow Crown, to be published by Disney Hyperion in 2019.

An Interview with Zoraida Córdova

1. What inspired you to write Lula’s story?

When I wrote Labyrinth Lost I knew that the Mortiz sisters weren’t done telling their stories. In book one, Lula went through an Ordeal™. What came next? I didn’t want to mess up Alex’s ending, so the point of view had to change. This was Lula’s story to tell.

2. How difficult was it to write Lula’s story compared to Alex’s story in Labyrinth Lost?

Lula’s story was definitely more difficult. Her thoughts are darker and she has a tough choice. The boy she loves or doing the right thing? If faced with the same choice as Lula, what would any of us decide?

3. If you could have one magical power, what would it be?

I would absolutely want to be able to teleport. It would make my travel so much easier!

4. What was your favorite part of writing Bruja Born?

It was the scenes when the brujas, the hunters of New York, and the supernatural alliance comes together. I got to give a guest spot to some characters from my first series, The Vicious Deep. 

5. What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Read widely. That’s the best way to work on your craft. You learn your voice with every draft you write.

Thank you so much, Zoraida, for the interview!

Don’t forget to check out Labyrinth Lost and to pre-order Bruja Born! And keep your receipt! 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend, fellow book lovers!



Waiting on Wednesday: Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova

33918887Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova

Published by: Sourcebooks Fire

Release date: June 5, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Page Count: 352

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About Bruja Born:

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…

I am super excited to dive back into this world, but this time, in Lula’s perspective. Labyrinth Lost was in Alex’s point of view, so I can’t wait to get a new perspective. I actually have an advanced reader copy of Bruja Born, but according to my reading schedule, I don’t get to read it until next month. Sigh. At least April is almost here!

Have you read any of Zoraida Córdova’s novels?


*Arc Review* Love & Other Words- Christina Lauren

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“I’d known heartbreak before, but this was a different sensation, like a lit match held to the bloody organ inside, holding steady, waiting patiently for it to dry out, harden into coal, catch fire.”

My heart is shattered. Fat tears are running down my face as I uncontrollably sob the tears of the ugliest cry. My words come out as nothing as I’m left completely speechless at this heartbreaking beauty.

This is second chance romance for two soulmates who found each other when they weren’t even looking when they didn’t even know what love was or how controlling it could be.

Love and other words is my absolute favorite Christina Lauren book to date. Nothing can compare to the complete perfection of this book. I laughed, I cried, I cried a lot more, I swooned, and I even wanted to throw it across the room. But in the end, this book was at it finest.

The relationship between Elliot and Macy was one of my favorites of all time. They grew closer while reading together. How can you not swoon at that!? The secrets they are holding in as you uncover them piece by piece is mesmerizingly beautiful but also heartbreaking. The biggest secret of all hit me hard and I’m still getting goosebumps thinking about it as I’m writing this.

I will add this, no one has ever made me cry while learning someone got their period for the first time. Christina Lauren changed that and I’m not ashamed to admit it. It was such an emotional and powerful addition to the story that nothing compares to this.

What’s your favorite word?


Along the Indigo by Elsie Chapman Book Review

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend, filled with many hours of reading. I wish mine was like that, but alas, I had to continue unpacking since I recently moved. I was, however, able to start reading Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian. I’m enjoying it so far!

To start off the week, I bring you my review of Along the Indigo by Elsie Chapman. Here is the synopsis of the story:

35888372Goodreads Summary:

The town of Glory is famous for two things: businesses that front for seedy, if not illegal, enterprises and the suicides that happen along the Indigo River. Marsden is desperate to escape the “bed-and-breakfast” where her mother works as a prostitute—and where her own fate has been decided—and she wants to give her little sister a better life. But escape means money, which leads Mars to skimming the bodies that show up along the Indigo River. It’s there that she runs into Jude, who has secrets of his own and whose brother’s suicide may be linked to Mars’s own sordid family history. As they grow closer, the two unearth secrets that could allow them to move forward . . . or chain them to the Indigo forever.


My review

I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I hate leaving bad reviews, and this review is not necessarily bad, it’s just not good either. I loved Elsie Chapman’s previous novels, Dualed and Divided, so I was a little upset that I did not enjoy Along the Indigo. I tried, I really did, but it was just not working. And the thing is, I feel like it was not because the story was bad or there was no character development (because there was). I feel like it’s due to me not being the right audience for the novel. That may sound like I’m trying to avoid writing a bad review, which I’m not, but that’s the truth. Along the Indigo is a contemporary and if anyone knows me, they know I rarely like contemporary. I want action, romance, adventure, magic, etc. My go-to genre is fantasy, so I was honestly not surprised that I could not finish Along the Indigo. I should have known better than to read a contemporary, but I wanted to give this story a shot.

The overall plot was interesting. Dead bodies showing up along the Indigo river and the main character skimming those bodies for cash. Then a dead boy’s brother comes to the covert looking for answers about his brother’s death, which starts to unravel the mystery behind his death and the death behind Marsden’s father. It was overall interesting…except I was not really hooked. There were times where I had to force myself to get through a chapter because I did not feel any type of connection with the characters or the plot or the scenery. But then again, I may not have been the right audience.

From what I read in Along the Indigo, there was some character development. Marsden was learning to open up more and to not be afraid to make friends in a place you plan on leaving. Jude was learning to let go and to not hold on to the past. Unfortunately, my issue was that I had a hard time finding any connection with the characters. And when I can’t find a connection, it’s difficult for me to remember those characters.

Overall, this was not the book for me, but it definitely has potential. For those who want to read Along the Indigo, please be aware that there are mature themes (such as suicide and prostitution). Contemporary readers will likely enjoy this story, so if you love contemporary, check out Along the Indigo by Elsie Chapman, which hits bookstores tomorrow!

2.5 out of 5 stars


*Arc Review* People Like us- Dana Mele

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“Resilient is the wrong word for someone who attracts tragedy like a magnet but survives to watch her loved ones die.”

I finished this book in less than a day and I’m not ashamed. I instantly immersed myself into the world of Bates Academy where girls are mean and everyone has skeletons hiding in their closets. And I loved every page of this.

My mind is working overtime with that ending. It was a continual shock, just one after another and they just kept coming. The shock that came with those last few chapters had me reminiscing about the end of Behind Her Eyes and we all know how that ending shook the world.

Every single part of this is exactly what I want in a book. It was different, mysterious, and even a little saucy. Everything was spaced perfectly, the character development was superb, the scenery was to die for, and this psychological thriller had me guessing right up until the end. My mind is still working a mile a minute even after all this time has passed.

I’m grateful for picking this up. I can’t wait to see what Dana pulls out of her magic hat next time. All I know is that I won’t be disappointed and neither will you.

Just be careful who you place your trust in!


Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey and Krystal Wade Blog Tour + Review

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Thank you to Audrey Grey and Krystal Wade for letting us take part in this fantastic book tour! And thank you for the e-galley of Our Dark Stars! 

Click here to view the Our Dark Stars tour schedule.

About the book:

Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey and Krystal Wade
Genre: Young Adult, Science
Fiction/Fairy Tale Retelling
Publication: March 6th, 2018

37459966.jpgWhile she sleeps, the whole universe changes.

Princess Talia Starchaser has it all. Wealth. Status. Adoring citizens. But on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, she’s forced to publicly betray her best friend, a companion mock she’s had since birth, setting events into motion that lead to the destruction of the humans, and the princess floating through space, a remnant of a time when humans ruled over droids.

One hundred years later, half-mock captain Will Perrault and his ragtag crew discover a device floating in space. When a very human Talia emerges from its depths, Will suspects she’s the key to buying his way back into the regiment he once commanded against the last remaining rebel humans—and the ruling mock queen’s good graces.

Both Talia and Will would rather get space-tossed than trust one another, but with the queen’s forces chasing them across the galaxy and the fate of both worlds hanging in the balance, they’ll forge the unlikeliest of alliances to survive.

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About the Authors

AudreyAudrey Grey is an award winning and USA Today bestselling author of several books, including the Moonbeam Children’s Award bronze finalist, SHADOW FALL. She lives in the charming state of Oklahoma with her crew: one husband, two little people, four mischievous dogs, and one poor cat. You can usually find Audrey hiding out in her office from said crew, surrounded by books and sipping kombucha while dreaming up wondrous worlds for her characters to live in.


KrystalKrystal Wade is the USA Today bestselling author of six Young Adult Fantasy and creeptastically imagined fairytale books. She can be found in the sluglines outside Washington D.C. every morning, Monday through Friday. With coffee in hand, iPod plugged in, and strangers who sometimes snore, smell, or have incredibly bad gas-sitting next to her, she zones out and thinks of fantastical worlds for you and me to read. How else can she cope with a fifty-mile commute? Good thing she has her husband and three kids to go home to. They keep her sane.

Nikole’s Review

Imagine waking up 100 years into the future, not knowing where you are and not knowing everything you know and love is gone. Imagine waking up to a world where mocks are the rulers and humans are slaves. It doesn’t sound too appealing, does it? But this is exactly what happens to Princess Talia. And, boy, do these two authors bring this book to life.

This was a whirlwind of a novel! I finished this beauty in one sitting because I absolutely could not put it down. I haven’t read a sci-fi this good since I picked up Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

The world building was phenomenal. I could picture the world inside my head and I truly felt like I was there with the characters, battling alongside them. During the many battle scenes, my heart was racing because I felt a connection with all these characters, and I did not want anything bad to happen to them. The authors did an amazing job of bringing this world, this story, to life. What I also really liked is that I could not tell which author was writing each chapter. It was one voice, so the flow was perfect.

The characters were relatable and as a reader, I felt the hardships Will went through and I felt the pain Talia felt. The book itself felt so real, and those are the best books, in my opinion. The books that get you to feel all sorts of emotions are the books you remember; they are the books that stay with you forever. This is one of those books.

Overall, I highly enjoyed Our Dark Stars!If you love sci-fi, romance, intense battle scenes, snarky comments and witty attitudes, then Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey and Krystal Wade is the book for you!

Stacy’s Review

“Perhaps, up here, the last vestiges of his humanity still lingered inside. A shadow of the flesh-and-blood boy he once was.”

I’m not much of a sci-fi fan when it comes to books. There’s always too much to remember and by the time it’s done, I have to reread some parts and then it’s really not worth it. This isn’t the case here. This was amazing from start to finish.

I know some of you are going to burn me at the stake but it really reminded me of The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer and Humans, Bow Down by James Patterson. With that being said, I do think this holds its own and people will remember this for being the gem that it is.

This is an amazing sci-fi adventure with twists, turns, and some deceiving members of the mock/human race. It captivated me and I craved more pages even after it was over.

As I was reading this, my husband asked me what I was reading. He said something that stuck with me throughout the entirety of this book. Why is there always a Princess? and Why does it always involve Humans versus Robots? It played over and over in my mind and if it wasn’t for him then this would have been a higher rating for me.

This is a book that will stick with me even after I finished it. The writing style was beautiful and I was absolutely mesmerized by the world building. This actually changed my view of YA sci-fi novels and I can’t wait to try more of them.

Our Dark Stars is a book that you need in your life!! And this is coming from someone who would rather be swooned than shot at by murderous robots! 


Echoes by Alice Reeds Cover Reveal

Hello, lovely book people! Today I bring you a cover reveal for Alice Reeds’ new book, Echoes! I truly love this cover and I hope you do, too. Thank you, Entangled Teen, for letting me be a part of this amazing cover reveal! So without further ado, I bring you the cover real of Echoes by Alice Reeds!

Let us know what you think of the cover for Echoes by Alice Reeds, which releases August 7, 2018!

This cover reveal is brought to you by Entangled Teen.

LOOK AT THAT COVER! Isn’t it just beautiful? I absolutely love the trees and the glass breaking and how it looks like the title is really echoing. Entangled Teen did a fantastic job with this cover! And check out the summary of Echoes below:

About Echoes:

“Fast-paced and thrilling. ECHOES is a heart-pounding and addictive love story.” —Mia Siegert, author of Jerkbait

They wake on a deserted island. Fiona and Miles, high school enemies now stranded together. No memory of how they got there. No plan to follow, no hope to hold on to.

Each step forward reveals the mystery behind the forces that brought them here. And soon, the most chilling discovery: something else is on the island with them.
Something that won’t let them leave alive.

Echoes is a thrilling adventure about confronting the impossible, discovering love in the most unexpected places, and, above all, finding hope in the face of the unknown.

Want to read more? Pre-order your copy of Echoes by Alice Reeds today!


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About Alice Reeds:

Alice Reeds was born in a small town in Germany but spent her first eight years in Florida, USA. Later on, she moved back to Europe, where her family moved around a lot. She was raised trilingual and has a basic understanding of Russian, read and spoken. After getting her International Baccalaureate Diploma, Alice is studying English Language and Literature at University. In her free time Alice mostly writes, reads, figure and/or roller skates, or watches countless let’s plays and figure skating videos.

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