It’s time for another First Impression Friday post! (Omg, I’m so glad it’s finally Friday. This week has been exhausting.) For those who are unfamiliar, FIF is a weekly meme created by J.W. Martin. The goal is to talk about a book you recently started reading. Share you impressions, predict what you think will happen, say whether you think you’ll enjoy it, etc.
I was chosen by the Deos. Even gods make mistakes.
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 she can’t trust, but who may be Alex’s only chance at saving her family.
I learned about this book (and the recently released sequel, Bruja Born) at BookCon this year. The author talked about how she wanted to create a story that incorporated elements of magic and fantasy, while still remaining true to the history and folklore that inspired the story. Honestly, I don’t know that much about the history she’s referring to, but from the little I do know I’d say she did a good job. The culture surrounding the brujas (i.e. witches) is rich and steeped in ancestry. I can’t wait to see what happens once Alex reaches Los Lagos (the land where she believes her family has disappeared to) because I’m expecting it to be filled with magic and darkness.
The only thing I’m not loving is the “relationship” between Alex and Nova. They’re barely even acquaintances at this point, yet they both have shitty attitudes towards each other. I don’t know if this is supposed to be signs of flirtation or if they really just don’t like each other, but it’s a bit confusing.
I predict that this one is going to get 3 – 3.5 stars.
What book(s) have you started this week?