Promo/Review/Giveaway - Bruxa by A.F. Costa

Welcome to my stop on the Bruxa book tour which has been brought to you by Bewitching Book Tours. Here you can read a summary of the book, my review and learn a little more about the author A.F. Costa. There is also a tour wide giveaway running, enter to win a custom made blacelet! Don't forget to visit the other blogs on this tour for more information about this book and the author.

Title: Bruxa – The Secret Within
Author: A.F. Costa
Publisher: Createspace
Published: April 25th 2012

Book Description

Gabriella is no ordinary seventeen-year-old girl. She is the last to carry her mother’s rare bloodline of Bruxa, an ancient secret order of witches.

Settling into her late father’s estate, she is welcomed by a phantom presence that resurrects within her, a secret curse her father took to his grave ten years ago. Gabriella finally finds a sense of belonging and gains the affections of high school’s most desired boy, Joey Davale. Her newly found life becomes derailed when she learns her whole existence has been a lie, and the boy she’s falling for, is designed to destroy the very thing growing inside of her.

Forced to conceal this truth, Gabriella embarks on a secret life that will drive her into the arms of Alvero, the embodiment of her darkest fear. Her newly found heritage traps her in a dangerous web of lies between two worlds and two loves. Her life will become more dangerous than she ever imagined. As the age-old battle between witches and vampires collide, will she fall prey to her heart or welcome the predator inside?

The Intense and stylized, A.F.Costa’s debut is an alluring live wire full of intrigue and forbidden love. Bruxa: the secret within, powerful vision of witches and vampires will challenge your understanding and leave you craving more.

I really enjoy YA Paranormal novels and this is one that is going straight into my fav series list! It has most of the paranormal characters that I love but witches are thrown into the mix as well. It is an intriguing read as we learn a lot of the ancestry of the Bruxa witches and how things change for them when they come into their powers on their 18th birthdays.

Gabby is unique. She has been sheltered from her bloodlines as her mother has kept her away from the rest of her extended family. I enjoyed watching Gabby come to terms with her new life. She has always had her powers but now she needs to learn about her heritage as her mother has never taught her much about it or other Bruxa lines. So when her mother decides to finally settle down in one place Gabby is excited to actually have a stable place to live, but to also attend a mixed school.

Before moving to Boston, Gabby attended an all girls Catholic Boarding school, she has had little interaction with boys and therefore she has never had a boyfriend, so boys are very difficult for her to read. I find her so naïve in that respect, but it is cute to watch her try and figure them out.

Joey is one boy in particular that Gabby struggles to understand. He is usually very confident, but something about Gabby keeps him quiet and reserved. So much so that Gabby thinks that he doesn't like her. She is very confused by him. But they have more in common than she realises. I really like Joey, but there is a little something nagging at me about him and I’m not sure if I trust him 100%.

There is another person who plays an important role in Gabby's new life, but if I tell you who, it would be a big spoiler!! But I luuv him. He has a more dangerous side to him and enables Gabby to open up more. At the moment I am on the fence about both of the guys and I really like love triangle stories, and it looks like it is heading that way....

When we learn more about the Bruxa we find out that their beliefs all relate back to God. Religion runs in conjunction with some of their beliefs and that they were created to protect the world from evil supernatural creatures. As Gabby is learning, so are we and it helps understand the storyline better.

I enjoy reading about American High Schools as they are a lot different to what we have in Australia. This is another great example as Gabby gets to attend a Halloween dance, for two reasons, One- we don't celebrate Halloween Two- we don't really do dances, but I wish we did!

A.F. Costa has shown me a new side to the paranormal world and I absolutely loved it! I was left with a lot of questions, but Gabby has been too. I can't wait to see what will happen to her next, and to see if her life changes dramatically when she turns 18. There are so many factors that affect her and even her own beliefs will be questioned!

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About the Author

A.F. Costa has been creating vivid, imaginary worlds before she could even pick up a book, so it was only natural for her to put a pen to paper the moment she learned to write. Growing up with rich Latin superstitions and strong spiritual beliefs sparked her interests for the paranormal world.

Captivating small audiences with her campfire stories resurrected her passion for writing, but seeing her same passions for reading and writing developing in her son has inspired her the most.

Toronto, Ontario-based stylist A.F.Costa has been showcasing her creative abilities for over sixteen years, working with some of the best in the industry. As it is with her visual creativity, A.F. Costa brings the same passion to her writing. In Bruxa: the Secret Within, you‘ll discover an innovative world of witches and vampires like no other, blending Latin, Portuguese and Hebrew folklore into a modern day love story with an unforgettable twist.

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  1. Thank-you for having me here today Naomi, I'am glad you enjoyed Bruxa.
    Happy readings

  2. Liz @ Fictional CandyOctober 16, 2012 at 2:55 AM

    I haven't read this yet, but I want to. And I'm putting my vote in early for the bad boy! :)

  3. really liked this one. I like a bad boy, i cannot help it. Great review!

  4. Any time!! I loved the book, can't wait to see how things will go now....

  5. Thanx! Bad boys all the way, they do something extra to my stomach, pretty sure there are things bigger than butterflies in there!!

  6. Love your review. Sounds good. I am curious who this other guy is. I guess I will have to read it and find out.

  7. Yes you will!! If I tell you it is a definite spoiler... But I'd have him anyday!!


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