Title: LABYRINTH LOST
Series: Brooklyn Brujas #1
Author: Zoraida Córdova
Pub. Date: September 6, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
"Enchanting and complex. Every page is filled with magic."-Danielle Paige, New York Times best-selling author of Dorothy Must Die
Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.
Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation...and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can't trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin.
The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland...
Welcome my fellow brujas and brujos, I’m here to tell you about a story full of magic, family and love. A journey of self-discovery and acceptance. Bruja Zoraida Córdova wrote this tale and it’s called Labyrinth Lost. Her heroine Alex just wants to be normal, as I’m sure every bruja can relate to every once in a while. But at what cost does it take to achieve this normalcy? Our bruja is preparing for her Deathday Celebration, so as any person who wants to be normal, she goes through any cost to stop the process. Even though it meant trusting a brujo boy she had only just met.
Our dear bruja, Alex comes from a magical family and they’re close to the dead, literally. But she’d rather hang with her friend. But in her defense she has a good reason. When your dead aunt comes and talks to you as a child, knowing you come from a magical family can make you want to shit yourself. I loved Alex, she was real, relatable and most of all loveable.
Loving a character is crucial for the most optimal reading experience. I felt her struggle and her anxiety about what she’s getting into. I guess what I’m trying to say is that she felt real.
I want to discuss the world building in this book. Now I haven’t read Zoraida’s other books, but damn girl, you good! When we were down in Los Lagos, I felt like I was in a world that was a mix of Jim Henson and Tim Burton. The eeriness, spectacular scenery both dark and light, the creatures and most importantly The Devourer was creepy as f.
What I enjoyed about this story besides the world building is the drive that Alex had throughout the book, even in the beginning she was determined to not accept her gifts during the celebration. Then she carried on after she realised what she had done. Says something about a person if they can do that. What makes the journey different than some other stories is that not only did Alex have Nova, the brujo boy who is helping her, but her best friend Rishi also follows her to save her family. Which shows that family is more than blood.
I always feel giddy whenever there’s an lgbt theme to a story, no matter how it big of an impact it has on the storyline. For this story I was glad to know it was there but it didn’t overpower the rest of the story and the importance of what was happening in the plot.
I’m finishing off my review with one of my favourite lines from the book. I think it’s something we all need to remember.
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About the Author
Zoraida Córdova is the author of The Vicious Deep trilogy, the On the Verge series, and Labyrinth Lost. She loves black coffee, snark, and still believes in magic. She is a New Yorker at heart and is currently working on her next novel. Send her a tweet @Zlikeinzorro
3 winners will receive a finished copy of LABYRINTH LOST, US Only.