Lula Mortiz always thought her story would be a love story. What she gets instead is a zombie story. Except the zombies are actually casimuertos—they eat hearts instead of brains and are usually raised by a grieving lover. Bruja Born is the second installment of Zoraida Córdova’s Brooklyn Brujas series, focusing on Lula Mortiz, older sister to Alex, who championed the first book in the series, Labyrinth Lost.
Many witches practice in secret, especially if they are young and living with a family whose religious views make them hostile towards witchcraft. I have the fortune of a very supportive household but still struggle with the worry that being associated with a new age woo-woo religion/practice will somehow damage my credibility. Nevertheless, I am making a steady effort to become more public with my beliefs, which has been intimidating but freeing. It is one of the reasons I started this blog. Here’s how I got to this point:
When you’re as successful an author as Maggie Stiefvater is, you can finally start writing the weird stories, the ones that are hard to explain, hard to pitch, hard to label, but are very you. That’s what All the Crooked Saints is. A Stiefvater novel about darkness and love and pain but stripped of conventionality and playing with new genres. Continue reading “Book Review: All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater”
The Belles was the talk of book twitter preceding its debut in February, and I must say, it lived up to the hype! Exquisite imagery dances off every page, immersing us in the world of Orléans, where a gifted few have the ability to magically alter the dull, gray appearances of their countrymen into something vivid and beautiful. The Belles control beauty. But who controls the Belles?
Today I thought I would combine the two main topics of my blog to talk about the written works that have informed my practice of witchcraft. In addition to this small sampling, I also read every book on the subject at the local library when I was starting out. The more you read, the more ideas, perspectives, and practices you will have to choose from and the easier it will be to start intuiting your own version of the practice.
When I heard that George R.R. Martin had co-edited an anthology centered on the theme of dangerous women, I thought, the man who gave us Arya Stark, Daenerys Targaryen, Lady Mormont, and Cersei Lannister must certainly have good taste in rounding up stories of complex, powerful, kick-butt women, right? Wrong. Let me save you some time and share which stories are worth reading, and which you should definitely skip. Continue reading “Book Review: Dangerous Women Edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois”