This is the third book in a series. There will be no spoilers though as each book is sort of its own story. You can find my reviews for the other books by clicking on their titles below.
Wayward Witch by Zoraida Cordova
Publication Date: September 1, 2020
Summary from NetGalley:
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 Death Day 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, the fairy realm. There, Rose is forced to work with a group of other powerful teens 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.
ARC provided by Sourcebooks Fire via NetGalley for an honest review.
This is the third book in the series, but if you are not familiar with the other books, you need to know that each one focuses on a different sister and they each have their own adventures. So you don’t have to have read the first two books to enjoy this one, but it would help. Rose thinks a lot about her sisters and other family members and things that went on in the other books, which might leave you scratching your head a bit if you are not familiar with them.
Rose is the youngest of the sisters, but perhaps the most powerful in her magic. She is not entirely sure how to use it or control it for that matter. She has the ability to take other people’s magic for short periods and use it just as they would. This gets her into trouble quite often. She comes from a very strong and loving family though, that always have her back. So when she finds herself alone in the Fairy world she doesn’t quite know what to do. Thinking about her sisters and what they would say and do in the same situation helps to get her through the tough times though.
There are a lot of secondary characters, almost too many to keep track of and I often got them confused. The two that stood out the most were Arcos and Iris, the prince and princess. They are twins but are very different from each other. Arcos is very studious and is the court scribe, Iris is a warrior in every sense of the world. They both play important roles in the story. Lin is also a good character that befriends Rose on their journey. I liked Lin a lot and enjoyed watching their friendship grow.
The story itself was very typical of quests. A group of heroes goes on a long journey to save the kingdom. The heroine has lots of hardships and self doubts along the way, but saves the day in the end. There were times when the story got bogged down and quite muddled. This might have more to do with it being an ARC as there were lots of mistakes in grammar, spelling and time lines which seemed to get worse as the book went on. I am very much hoping that these things were caught before final printing, because it really did hurt the story. The ending also felt a bit rushed which left me a bit confused like I missed something.
I really did enjoy all three of these books and am a bit sorry that it has come to an end. I do hope that the author comes back to this world and this family at some point as I find the world that she created quite fascinating. (Am I the only one hoping for a story featuring Nova?)