ARC Review: The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova

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ARC Review: The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova
The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina

3.5 Stars

Book Info

Released: September 7 2021
Genre: Fantasy
Published by Atria Books
Pages: 336
Format: eARC

“There’s an ease in the author’s writing style that sucks you in.”

~ Under the Covers

I’ll admit. I picked up this book because of the beautiful cover. But as soon as I started reading it I was hooked. There’s an ease in the author’s writing style that sucks you in. Full of imagination and vivid characters. 

This is a multi-generational drama set in Ecuador and USA. The Montoya family comes to the deathbed of Orquidea, the grandmother of the family, to collect their inheritance. From here the story goes back and forth in time as we see their current day situation surrounding that event, and alternating with Orquidea’s past.

I’m going to be honest here, my absolute favorite character was Orquidea. I was always looking forward to reading the chapters that would give us more glimpses into her amazing life. Her joining the circus, and facing some harsh situations but overcoming. I just liked her! The current day events felt a bit muddled and I didn’t connect as strongly with the characters.

The pace of the story was a bit slow and inconsistent for me. At times I was really invested in everything that was going on. And other times I would lose that. The magical realism element of this story was obviously my favorite part and I think that was also the missing part. It wasn’t as consistent a thread throughout the story as I would’ve liked. And overall in the end, the big bad was a bit of a disappointment.

This is the perfect story if you’re looking for something unique and compelling with a touch of Cinderella.

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About Zoraida Córdova

Zoraida Córdova is the author of many fantasy novels for kids and teens, including the award-winning Brooklyn Brujas series, Incendiary, and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: A Crash of Fate. Her short fiction has appeared in the New York Times bestselling anthology Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, Star Wars The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark, Come on In: 15 Stories About Immigration and Finding Home, and Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft. She is the co-editor of the bestselling anthology Vampires Never Get Old. Her debut middle grade novel is The Way to Rio Luna. She is the co-host of the podcast Deadline City with Dhonielle Clayton. Zoraida was born in Ecuador and raised in Queens, New York. When she isn’t working on her next novel, she’s planning a new adventure.

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Amy R

Thanks for your review.