Wayward Witch (Brooklyn Brujas, #3)

by Zoraida Córdova

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Wayward Witch (Brooklyn Brujas, #3)

by Zoraida Córdova

4 of 5 stars 2 ratings • 2 reviews • 12 shelved

The witches of New York are back! In the epic conclusion to the award-winning series, the final Mortiz sister's story is told. Infused with Latin American tradition―the Brooklyn Brujas series follows three sisters―and brujas―as they develop their powers and battle magic in their hometown and worlds beyond.

Rose Mortiz has always been a fixer, but lately she's been feeling lost. She has brand new powers that she doesn't understand, and her family is still trying to figure out how to function in the wake of her amnesiac father's return home. Then, on the night of her Deathday party, Rose discovers her father's memory loss has been a lie.

As she rushes to his side, the two are ambushed and pulled through a portal to the land of Adas, a fairy realm hidden in the Caribbean Sea. There Rose is forced to work with a group of others to save Adas. Soon, she begins to discover the scope of her powers, the troubling truth about her father's past, and the sacrifices he made to save her sisters. But if Rose wants to return home so that she can repair her broken family, she must figure out how to heal Adas first.

  • ISBN10 172821551X
  • ISBN13 9781728215518
  • Publish Date 1 August 2020
  • Publish Status Active
  • Publish Country US
  • Imprint Sourcebooks Fire
  • Format Paperback (US Trade)
  • Pages 384
  • Language English


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Quirky Cat 4 of 5 stars
I received a copy of Wayward Witch in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Wayward Witch is the third novel in Zoraida Cordova's Brooklyn Brujas series, and it is a whirlwind of a read. This novel is the epitome of change.

Things have been changing in Rose's family, and while everyone seems to want to act like it's for the better, Rose can't seem to let it go. Everything seems perfect, until you stare too long at it. Take the reappearance of her father.

She just knows there's more going on there. That he truly does remember what happened during the time he was gone. Then there's that whole mess with her new powers, which she has yet to fully get control of.

“I take a deep breath, trying to figure out how to explain what I'm feeling. My sisters are pretending everything is square, just like our parents. It's like we got to the end of the storybook and everyone has their happily-ever-afters.”

Before I dive into my review, I need to make a confession. I didn't realize that this was the third book in a series. Bad me! So I actually have not read the first two books (Labyrinth Lost and Bruja Born). Both of these are now on my TBR list (and I plan on rereading Wayward Witch at that point as well).

Despite that goof, I really did enjoy Wayward Witch. It was a fun and thrilling read, and it actually did a great job of allowing new readers to dive on in. It felt like Zoraida Cordova took the time to drop details and backstory here and there, all of which helped me follow along. More than that, it helped me enjoy the story and the characters within.

“Listen to me. I love you, Rosie. You need to know that I love you and I'm going to do everything I can to keep you safe. But I need your help, or they're going to find us. You have to get up.”

Wayward Witches is the third novel in this series, and as such it has a lot to get done in a limited amount of time. Not only is there a ton of stuff going on within this novel (all revolving around Rosie, as well as her family), but it has threads from the previous novels to wrap up as well.

It's a book full of amazing characters, with great elements and worldbuilding. There's a lot of culture portrayed within it, all of which made the story come to life. I only got a glimpse at some of the other characters (again, I failed to read the first two books first), but it was enough to get my curiosity going. Meanwhile, I really did enjoy Rosie's perspective. She was a charismatic and sassy character, and it was basically impossible not to enjoy her journey because of it.

All things considered, there was a lot going on in this book. Sometimes I had just a tiny bit of trouble following along, but honestly not as much as I would have expected (diving into the third book like I did).

In particular, I found myself enchanted by the magic within this novel. More importantly, the amount of variety in magical abilities. It was impressive and showed how much thought Zoraida Cordova put into the world.

If there's one thing I know, it's that I'm clearly going to have to go back and read the rest of this series. I regret not having read them in order, but at least I was still able to enjoy Wayward Witch.

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Having finally learned the truth about her powers, the youngest Mortiz sister was struggling not only with controlling her gift, but also with finding her place in the family. On her Deathday, Rose and her father were taken back to Adas. There, she was charged with fighting the rot that was destroying the land. As she fought for this world, she learned how to harness her power while also discovering a lot about herself.

I am always so sad to say goodbye to a series, and this is one I have loved since the very beginning. Córdova did an incredible job with all of these books, and I adored getting to know each and every one of the Mortiz sisters.

Like the previous books, this one was packed with action and magic that had my heart pumping. Rose had a difficult task to tackle, but thank goodness she had help. I was quite a fan of the band of Guardians put together to save Adas. They challenged Rose, and though they were not gentle with her, they helped her grow. As the little sister, it was easy for Rose to fade into the background and play the supporting character role, but here, she was forced into a high stakes do-or-die situation, and she rose to the occasion. She had these brilliant moments, which really touched me and also made me quite proud of her.

I really enjoyed this book. Though, because this was the finale, I was left a little wanting. The standout elements of this series for me was the familial bond. The second book was one of my favorites, because the entire family banded together for their battle. They spent a lot of time on-page together, and I loved every second of it. I missed that in this book. I was also left with some questions. A VERY big one as a matter of fact. I am still holding out for more Brooklyn Brujas books. I mean, there was a B I G and awesome reveal in this book, and I think that could definitely be explored more. I'm just saying.....

Even if I don't get any more books, this series will still rank high for me. Córdova created a fantastic world, and I am grateful I had the opportunity to explore it. I am also happy to have had the pleasure of spending three books with the magnificent Mortiz family. I relished this magical journey, and will fondly remember my time with the Brooklyn Brujas.

*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.