COLOR THE SHELVES: a Wayward Witch playlist by Zoraida Cordova

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Hello friends and welcome to Color the Shelves!

Today I’m bringing you a post that’s a combination of two of my favorite things. Music and books. And not just any book. I’m bringing you a playlist for WAYWARD WITCH, the third book in the Brooklyn Brujas trilogy, and it was curated by the author, so you know it’s gonna be good. If you’ve been following me for while you know that I enjoy this series a lot, the adventure aspect of it, the magic, the family but most of all the sisterhood. Each of these books is about a different sister so seeing that relationship through the eyes of each on of them as well the way they experience being Brujas is such a neat take on the series. WAYWARD WITCH is about Rose, the little sister, who is my favorite so I’m extra excited for this one. Without further ado, here’s the playlist to get us all in the mood.

the playlist

I’m one of those writers who has to listen to music while they write a first draft. Wayward Witch is special because I reuse a lot of the same songs from Labyrinth Lost and Bruja Born just to keep a similar mood. Once I have a song in mind for a scene, I listen to it over and over again. It falls to the background, part of the scene in a way. It’s like my own musical bubble. 

Playlists also function as positive procrastination for me. My favorite Simpson’s episode is “The Book Job” which parodies the YA publishing industry. In it, Lisa is trying to write a book and does everything humanly possible to procrastinate. One of those things is creating a playlist. It me! Just before I sit down to actually write, I need to fuss around. Thankfully, fussing around with a playlist is helpful. I do believe that for writers there is positive and negative procrastination, and what those are are entirely up to you! 

When it came to Wayward Witch, I needed a mix of music that was bright, dark, and hopeful. My musical taste tends to fall under Latin or Devil Whiskey Rock. Some pop falls in there because out of all the Mortiz sisters, Rose definitely keeps up with what’s new, even though there’s no Spotify in the mystical fairyland Kingdom of Adas where she’s headed. 

Here are some of my top favorites! 

TMW when Rose is hiding from her Death Day responsibilities: Caraluna by Bacilos 

TMW the Mortiz family secrets are unveiled: Daddy Lessons by Beyonce (feat. The Chicks) 

TMW Rose and her dad get kidnapped and taken to a fairy island hidden in the Caribbean: Dónde Están Los Ladrones by Shakira 

TMW Rose becomes one of the Guardians of Adas, tasked with healing the desiccating land before it spreads to her world, and oh, yeah, they also hold her dad ransom: Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen

TMW a beautiful fairy prince looks at you: My Wild Sweet Love by First Aid Kit 

TMW his equally beautiful fairy warrior princess twin looks at you: Blank Space by Taylor Swift 

TMW saving the world is hard: Raise Hell by Dorothy 

TMW sh*t hits the fan: Black Vultures by Halestorm 

TMW the dark night of the soul happens: Sea of Love by Cat Power 

TMW it’s the end of the road: Alas by Murder by Death

The after: Carnaval by Maluma 


About the author

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Zoraida Córdova is the author of many fantasy novels for kids and teens, most recently the award-winning Brooklyn Brujas series, Incendiary,  and Star Wars: A Crash of Fate. Her short fiction has appeared in the New York Times bestselling anthology Star Wars: From a Certain Point of ViewCome on In: 15 Stories About Immigration and Finding Home, and Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft. She is the co-editor of Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite. 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 Guayaquil, Ecuador and raised in Queens, New York. She studied English Literature at Hunter College and the University of Montana in Missoula.  When she’s not working on her next novel, she’s finding a new adventure. 


About the book

Zoraida Cordova - Wayward WitchPublication date : September 1st, 2020

Publisher : Sourcebooks Fire

Genre : Young Adult |Fantasy

Page Count: 384

Synopsis : Rose Mortiz has always been a fixer, but lately she’s been feeling lost. She has brand-new powers 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 Deathday 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, a fairy realm hidden in the Caribbean Sea. There, Rose is forced to work with a group of others 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 she can repair her broken family, she must figure out how to heal Adas first.

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