Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Barb's Review... Bruja

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Claudia De Santos has always looked out for every witch but herself. She fought from the shadows as her coven turned dark, and with a little help from her half witch/half alpha werewolf cousin, Tessa, Claudia is doing everything she can to keep her friends and family in the light.

Now the coven has splintered into two factions: Luciana’s army of witches wielding dark magic, and Claudia’s few stragglers who fight with the wolves. War is coming, and it won’t be much of a battle if Claudia can’t find the spells to counteract Luciana’s demonic power.

The answers lie in ancient magic, and Claudia must journey to Peru to rediscover what the Inca mages knew. Fighting evil will require a pure spirit, but her quest is full of temptations, including a handsome Peruvian guide with secrets of his own.

As she struggles to gain the knowledge her friends will need in the coming battle, conflict rages in Claudia’s heart. Following through with her arranged marriage could bring hope and more allies to the side of good, but at the cost of her own happiness. Should Claudia stay on the same path of duty she’s always walked or risk it all—her life and the futures of all brujos—for a chance at something more?



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First off, thanks to Eileen Erin and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review.

Secondly... Holy Moly! I loved it. Claudia's trek to Peru is one helluva ride. Or hike as it seems. And the magic we come across... just dang. Talk about a wild run in the forest. Playing with fire can either burn ya out or set ya free! I think I have a new favorite witch!

So... on with it....

Claudia, her twin Raphael and a few other witches has left Luciana's coven and joined forces with their cousin and her pack in order to take Luciana and her demon raising butt down. But when the unthinkable happens and Raphael is bitten by a demon she finds herself in a trek to the forests of Peru to look for a "white magic" that can take on Luciana and her "black magic".

When she arrives she meets a few members of the local wolf pack and with the help of Lucas, the pack's Alpha she sets off on a journey to find the magic she seeks. As with any other thing that's happened to poor Claudia, nothing is as easy as you hope it to be. The hunt for the mages and their long lost magic takes her into a whole new world. Basically. Then her ex arsemuncher shows up and well you know that didn't end well.

With him causing problems, Claudia fighting her growing and unfamiliar attraction to Lucas, pissing off black mages (as in black magic wielders) Claudia finally catches a break. Then is slammed into a wall and has to be rescued by Lucas. Now with a clue as to where to go Claudia and Lucas set off to find the white mages. Along the way they come across a fae who calls himself Gobble. It's a frightening experience at first but once the magic is found a fight of the most epic proportions breaks out. It's up to Claudia to save her brother.... which means asking Gobble for help. Never good to owe a fae. But what has to be done has to be done.

Now with so many things in working order Claudia and her friends, along with Lucas head back to Texas. It's time to stop Luciana... one way or the other. This "war" she is in the process of starting.

Live or die it's time to fight and fight they will.

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About the Author:
Aileen Erin is half-Irish, half-Mexican and 100% nerd-from Star Wars (prequels don’t count) to Star Trek (TNG FTW), she reads Quenya and some Sindarin, and has a severe fascination with the supernatural. Aileen has a BS in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles, and spends her days doing her favorite things: reading books, creating worlds, and kicking ass.


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