Thank you SOURCEBOOKS Fire for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review!
I liked the different feel of this book. It has some aspects that are the same as other young adult books (like a girl who is chosen for something and has some big thing she has to do) and them some that is different… like a creepy Wonderland-like world (gosh I love Wonderland though) or that it is a Latin American fantasy novel (which is AWESOME).
Special Note: Alex is bisexual but it isn’t the main part of the story. Yah, there is a cliché love-triangle in this book, but genders are interchangeable so it does give it a different feel.
A bruja is basically a witch, but they don’t like the comparison.
Alex is the chosen one. She has the strongest power in her family and she wants nothing with it. She doesn’t want it at all. She doesn’t want it so much that she screws up her Deathday (a celebration and ceremony where she gets her family’s blessing so she has more control over her magic) and basically banishes her family to what is called Los Lagos (that’s that Wonderland-x10-Creep land I told you about above).
Enter Brujo Nova: a guy that told her there would be consequences to messing up her Deathday and she bribes with her college tuition to be her guide in Los Lagos and help her return her family in one piece back to their world.
Her family is trapped in a “Tree of Souls,” which used to feed the land and all that inhabit it every month but then The Devourer took over and uses it to feed herself. I like the fact that they knew a little about The Devourer before because of stories that their families used to tell them so they would behave. Kind of like the Boogey-Man in real life.
I honestly probably won’t pick this book back up. I may stick with the series, but it would be a one-time read. I LOVE THE DIVERSITY AND THE WORLD DEVELOPMENT and the writing was expected for young adult, but it just doesn’t fit the style that I like I would say.