My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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.
Despite some of the things I brought up in last week’s First Impression Friday post, I enjoyed this book. There was a lot of diversity happening here, between learning about the brujas and their culture and beliefs in magic, to the LGBT love triangle. (I’m not normally one for love triangles, but I’ll give this one a pass because it didn’t really feel like one until the end.)
The world that Cordova invented was rich and creative. Los Lagos was like falling into a Wonderland of souls. I loved the contrast between the beauty of their surroundings and all the horrors that resided there. Alex’s companions, including the ghosts of her ancestors, and the strange creatures lurking in Los Lagos made for a very strange story. Strange in a good way, mostly.
I liked Alex and her original antithesis of her powers. After all the sorrow her family had seen, it was easy to sympathize and understand why she didn’t want any part of being a bruja. I also appreciated her desire to make things right and the fact that she went to such extreme lengths to save her family. The powerful bond between all of them was touching.
Truthfully, I thought this story was going to be predictable. The early chapters made it seem like it was heading in a particular direction. I was pleasantly surprised at the unexpected twists that popped up. The only thing I found a little confusing was her interactions with her trapped and/or deceased family members. I don’t feel like this was explained well enough and at times it didn’t make sense to me.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read. I probably won’t read the sequel immediately, but it’s on my TBR list for sometime in the future.