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Daughter of the Boricua by @OliviaCAuthor

Digital Reads Reviews is a blog-haven for book posts and tech tips. This is a review of a historical contemporary, Daughter of the Boricua.
Daughter of the Boricua


The clouds above were dark and ominous.

Moctezuma lay there bleeding, tears rolling down his swollen, bloodstained face.

He thought of his firstborn, Isabella, at the mercy of the murderer of his people, Hernán Cortés, and it made him tremble with anger and loss.

In a last act of defiance, Moctezuma murmured his revenge:

”Oh powerful god, I ask you to avenge my people. I ask that the next daughter of Hernán Cortés and her seed be cursed.”

With that he closed his eyes and destiny was set in the stars above him.

Daughter of the Boricua continues the saga of the award winning book, Song of the Boricua, and follows the story of Puerto Rico, told through the lives of three generations of women.

Liani; a Taino torn between her loyalty to her people, and her love for a Spanish officer.

Isabella; direct descendent of Aztec princess Isabella Moctezuma, cursed as her grandmother was.

Josephine; daughter of Isabella, afraid to love, but finding herself caught between love or career.

Are they cursed?

Will they succeed or will their lives converge and end with the storm of the century?

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My Review

What was it all about

A powerful curse and its effect on the generations of daughters was the core of this book. Daughter of the Boricua by author Olivia Castillo was a poignant read in some ways.

History and contemporary genre intertwined with each other within the pages of the story.

How it made me feel

Laini, Isabella, Josephine found themselves at the mercy of this curse when storms both literally and emotionally caused their lives to be torn apart. 

Love was an elusive emotion, that even if they could manage to capture, it still evaded them.

Finding the women in a oarless boat of life touched my heart, and I could feel for them. And these women found themselves in a double hex.

Daughter of the Boricua

The Good

This was book 2 of the story, and the pages told me the chapters of their lives in a straightforward manner. 

Good world building, character development, and infusion of emotions made the story distinct. 

The Bad

The lines written and words chosen could have been more powerful, telling me the rich history of the land. 

The constant to and fro of timelines made it slightly difficult for me to enjoy this story.  

This felt to be more like an interim book marking the passage of curse through time. 

The Conclusion

A good read. Reading all the books at one-go would give a richer experience. 

A good read

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Book Details

Publication Date: April 2022

I downloaded the digital version of the book from an online retail, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.

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