Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas Series #1)

Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas Series #1)

by Zoraida Cordova

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The only way to get her family back is to travel to a land in between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland...

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's not sure she can trust, but who may be Alex's only chance at saving her family.

Brooklyn Brujas Series:
Labyrinth Lost (Book 1)
Bruja Born (Book 2)

Praise for Labyrinth Lost:

An NPR Best Young Adult Book of 2016's Best YA SFF of 2016
A Bustle Best Book of 2016 Selection
A Paste Magazine's Best Books of 2016

"Enchanting and complex. Every page is filled with magic."—Danielle Paige, New York Times best-selling author of Dorothy Must Die

"... enchants from start to finish. Labyrinth Lost is pure magic." —Melissa Grey, author of The Girl at Midnight

"Magical and empowering, Labyrinth Lost is an incredible heroine's journey filled with mythos come to life; but at its heart, honors the importance of love and family."—Cindy Pon, author of Serpentine and Silver Phoenix

"A brilliant brown-girl-in-Brooklyn update on Alice in Wonderland and Dante's Inferno. Very creepy, very magical, very necessary."—Daniel Jose Older, author of Shadowshaper

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492620952
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Series: Brooklyn Brujas Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 122,431
Lexile: HL630L (what's this?)
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Zoraida Córdova is the award-winning author of The Vicious Deep trilogy and the Brooklyn Brujas series. Her short fiction has appeared in the New York Times bestselling anthology, Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, and Toil & Trouble: 16 Tales of Women and Witchcraft. She is a New Yorker at heart and is currently working on her next novel. Send her a tweet @Zlikeinzorro.

Customer Reviews

Labyrinth Lost 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Cute_Book_Nerd More than 1 year ago
I hadn't heard of this book until I bought Bruja Born which is the second book of the series. Needing to start from the beginning, I read Labyrinth Lost and was pleasantly surprised. I had no expectations coming into this book but it was refreshing to read about something I haven't read before. There are many plot twists throughout the book that add to the enjoyment and I always love reading about a strong female lead. Alex and Rishi's relationship throughout this novel is super strong and I believe it adds so much power to Alex's character and what she is trying to accomplish. I did struggle to get through this book at times, the plot felt really slow in certain parts of the book but overall, this book was really good and I am looking forward to reading the next one.
apeape More than 1 year ago
A kick-ass Latinx bruja girl? Yes please! I loved the trip through a different witch heritage than what we're used to, and learning about the culture and history of brujeria. Awesome world building and character development; watching Alex (the MC) grow over the course of the book was enjoyable, and the supporting characters were fleshed out well. The action kept a steady pace, and the ending was satisfying- things worked out mostly well, but not perfect, and the cliffhanger wasn't annoyingly abrupt; you know there's more to come, but you don't want to throw the book across the room in frustration. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LABYRINTH LOST follows Alex, who is Latina and bisexual, a bruja, or witch, who does not want to be a bruja. When a spell to make her not be a bruja goes terribly wrong, she journeys to Los Lagos with Nova, a brujo and Rishi, who is Indian, to fix her mistakes. I really enjoyed this book, but the middle I found myself bemoaning the plot structure and the expectedness of it. Think of a book or show or movie that follows people going down into some weird plane of existence to retrieve something. You probably guessed 75% of this books core plot. That being said, the characters and the backdrop of brujas and brujos made it all worth it. The magic aspect was very interesting, not like other more structured systems to r seen in the past. For whatever reason, this magic system felt more flowing, but that may have been the writing. The characters were very well done. Plus, the ending was very well done and had me hooked. I would recommend this book, despite the expectedness. It really is good, and I never wanted to put it down for good.
DarqueDreamer More than 1 year ago
Labyrinth Lost is full of darkness, magic, and enchantment. Rich in culture and diversity, this one is spellbinding! Be prepared to fall down the rabbit hole and lose yourself to the intense story of the Brooklyn Brujas! Oh my stars, I loved this one! It was magical and full of surprises! I loved the darkness and intensity of it all. I loved the vibrancy of the writing, and the world, and I loved how the story felt like a dark retelling of Alice in Wonderland! Zoraida created this amazing culture and history revolving around the brujas. It felt real and was so imaginative. I loved how lush and vivid everything was, with mixes of Greek mythology and Hispanic and Latin American legends and cultural nods. And, there were fairies! I loved the dynamic characters and how they changed and grew with the story. Alex started off as naive and selfish, but matured and learned respect. Rishi was my favorite, though she didn't change much, she was full of confidence and loyalty and represented kindness and beauty. Alex's sisters, Lula and Rose, were adorable and added humor and snark to the story as they learned to embrace their culture, and their sister, with respect and maturity.  What really spoke to me the most, though, was the message Zoraida included on the importance of family and friendship. Alex took her family and culture for granted in the beginning. Through her journey, she learned that the most important part of being herself was her family, and her friendship with Rishi. She spent so much time trying to change who she was, instead of embracing it and appreciating her relatives and their history. Labyrinth Lost was dark and beautiful. The respect the brujas had for their dead reminded me of my Mexican culture and the Day of the Dead celebration, and I loved the idea behind the Deathday mask and what it represented. The story shined with brilliance and was full of magic and powerful women! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. I like books on witches or brujas. It was great reading about witches that isn't the same old stuff involving Salem and the like. I loved that the author took a bit of fact and a bit of fantasy to give a spin on the Latin American culture. Most books I come across are usually based in America or Europe and don't give much in the way of family and culture. This book has both. I started reading it on a friend's tablet and was halfway through when she had to leave. I had to drive to Barns and Nobles to buy the book so I could finish! I was going to purchase the second in the series but I couldn't. I thought it was out already and was disappointed to find it wasn't. Oh, and by the way, I am in my forties, so this is not strictly for teens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though this book is Young Adult, I really enjoyed it. Fast paced, adventure and a little twist. Looking forward to reading the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book through and through. I couldn't put it down and finished it within a day. I'm hoping there is another book coming out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book but it was a bit slower to start and rushed to end for my tastes.
blamethebooks More than 1 year ago
Alex is a bruja, and a very powerful one at that. The only problem is that she doesn't want anything to do with magic. She doesn't want to accept her fate as an encantrix, and is dreading her Deathday celebration, where she will celebrate and embrace her power with her family. Alex tries to perform a complex spell to rid herself of her magic, but it backfires horribly, sending her entire family to the mythical land of Los Lagos. Now Alex must put her trust in a mysterious boy named Nova, who claims that he can help her navigate through Los Lagos and save her family. I was so excited to read Labyrinth Lost. The world of Los Lagos sounded so interesting and I couldn't wait to go on an adventure with Alex and Nova. Unfortunately, though, it took me a really long time to get into this book. It took me over a month to finish it because it wasn't holding my attention. I did eventually get invested in the story, but it took much longer than I would have liked. Once I passed the halfway point, I finished it pretty quickly. But it took me about half of the book until I cared about the characters or was interested in their troubles. Ultimately, I think a large part of why I became more interested in Labyrinth Lost was the world. I didn't care as much about the characters when they were in our world. The story seemed to drag and not much was really going on. Alex was constantly complaining about not wanting her powers, and nothing was really happening. I honestly didn't feel very connected to the characters at all. Then, when we got to see Los Lagos, everything changed. Los Lagos is like nothing I have ever read before. I really love the religion and world that Zoraida Cordova created. It was so unique and I was so enthralled by the intricacies of it. You could almost feel how passionate she was about this world she created as you were reading it. For me, there was such a difference in the parts of the book that took place in the real world and those that took place in Los Lagos. I did end up enjoying Labyrinth Lost, but it didn't blow me away. There were definite aspects of the book that I really loved, and others that didn't really do much for me. I did predict some of the plot twists that occurred towards the end of the book, so the plot didn't really blow me away. But, there was still something magical and wonderful about this book. Even though it took me a while to become committed to it, I ended up enjoying the ride. I am definitely interested to see where this series will go. It is supposedly composed of companion novels with stories revolving around Alex's sisters. I have no idea where the story will go or what it will be like to have that change in point of view. After the way Labyrinth Lost ended, I really can't guess where the next two companion novel will take us. I guess I will have to wait until next year to find out.
KittyTheVicariousBookworm More than 1 year ago
The world building in this book is incredible! There's so much detail given of each location Alex finds herself in without interrupting the flow of the story at all. The characters are developed just enough that I felt like I had known Alex and her sisters all my life. I loved getting to know the characters through Alex's experiences with them. It was such an immersive read. This is definitely one of those books I finished and had trouble coming to the realization that I am, in fact, not Alex the bruja and I do not actually live anywhere near New York City. I loved this book from beginning to end (which explains why it only took me an afternoon to devour it). I can't wait to read more from Zoraida Córdova! For this review and more, please visit my blog at
MorrisMorgan More than 1 year ago
“Labyrinth Lost” is a fun adventure revolving around a bruja and her friends. I loved the rich world that the author built-in the alternate dimension Alex and her friends found themselves in. It was imaginative and seemed to pop right off of the page. The plot moved quickly, making it a very quick read. My only problem is that there is one plot point well-developed throughout the book with a sudden twist that made zero sense thrown in at the end. I get wanting the element of surprise, but the author should have given at least a bit of development to the twist if that is where she wanted to go. As written, it seemed like an afterthought. I wish I could further explain but don’t want to give away any spoilers. “Labyrinth Lost” is a good start to a series about magic and adventure. I recommend it to anyone upper middle school and up looking for a fun, fast read. This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.
mdemanatee More than 1 year ago
Alex is the most powerful bruja in her family in generations. But that doesn't mean she likes it. In fact, she's been actively suppressing her power, and her family doesn't even know her power has been manifesting itself. So when her Deathday comes, Alex works a spell to wish her magic away. She just didn't expect said spell to transport her entire family to Los Lagos, a magical in-between land. Soon Alex is on a mission to save her family, and inadvertently come into her own. I am slightly conflicted over this one friends. I picked this up at BEA with no prior knowledge of the title and was instantly PUMPED for this premise. I was excited for this one for many reasons 1) Witches 2) Diverse witches, brujas. And I loved the idea of a Deathday. It makes me think of Dia de los Muertos, which has always seemed a little magical to me. 3) I got wind of LGBTQ representation on the internets. 4) I really like the author on social media, and she was also a delight in person. Plus she has awesome glasses. 5) Look at that cover. Basically, I love all the things in this recipe. What I had a harder time with was how the recipe came out. Everything felt so easy and surface level here. I adored the beginning with Alex and her family. The minute we transferred over to Los Lagos it just all felt convenient, and I didn't feel connected to Alex or the other characters. It became more tell than show, although there were the beginnings there, and so much promise. And while I was ALL FOR the lesbian romance hinted at, it never felt developed. I wasn't allowed to feel their chemistry. I was supposed to just assume it based on their shared history, a history I didn't get much of a glimpse at. It just felt rushed in many places. Based on the writing, I would probably recommend this for younger YA readers. I am a little bummed I did not absolutely love this as I was hoping to. Honestly, this would have been a 2, but I was really behind all Córdova was attempting to do here. And while it wasn't a complete home run for me, just having such positive representation be a matter of course will mean a lot to a lot of girls, and boys. This is an important story and I want to see more of stories like this. I want more multicultural magic. I also want more from this universe, because I am intrigued by Alex's sisters and did not get to spend enough time with them.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
2.5 stars I was pretty excited about this because of the synopsis. I was sold with the promise of magic and Wonderland. I eventually liked Alex. She's a bit rough in the beginning and I struggled with trying to root for her. She comes across as a spoiled brat. Her family and sisters care so much about her and Alex seems to just throw it all in their faces. There are a lot of family members and secondary characters and magical characters that I sometimes felt lost. It was also hard for me to connect to anyone. The idea of the story is amazing. Sadly, I felt like the story was missing a spark I was expecting to find. For me, I needed a bit more clarity. From the reviews I'm seeing, I'm in the minority. Overall, there was something that compelled me to keep reading. I am intrigued at the ending and will probably read the next book of the series. **Huge thanks to Sourcebooks and NetGalley for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
A family that celebrates Deathdays instead of sixteenth birthdays, Bat Mitzvahs or Quinceaneras lives in Brooklyn, New York and everyone is excited to celebrate Alejandra's (Alex's) Deathday. Alejandra isn't happy about the magic in her family and she is definitely not looking forward to her Deathday celebration. She has been told that she is an enchantrix, which means she is powerful. Alex wants it all to go away and she eventually gets what she wishes for. A shadow demon attacks their home, so the family decides to have Alex's Deathday party the very next day. At the party, the ceremony backfires and a demon takes Alex's family and she has only Nova, a mysterious young man, to help get them back. To save her family, Alex has to conquer the mythology of Los Lagos, another realm ruled by The Devourer. I enjoy Nova's personality and the banter between him and Alex makes me laugh. This story is beautifully written and reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland and Greek mythology. Inspired by Latin American religions and cultures all brought into the present time - 4 stars!
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MissElizabethQ More than 1 year ago
What an incredible adventure! I feel as though I've been depraved of a really reeeally good book for a long time and didn't even realize it until now. I loved everything about this book. Being Mexican myself I of course grew up knowing all about Dia de los Muertos and I just LOVED that aspect of this book. The was Alex and her family paint their faces like the dead to welcome them to this world
Kspina More than 1 year ago
This book is magnificent. The world sucks you in from word one. Each new phrase that she weaves into the story is explained quickly and clearly. There's no guessing, and you're never pulled out of the story with exposition. I love that this story is at its heart about two things: the power of family and trying to understand your first love. Alex is struggling to accept who she is as a bruja. She doesn't want her magic. She's afraid of what she'll become. So, she tries to send it back to the Deos who gifted it to her. Her journey from there is fraught with peril both physical and emotional. It's a beautiful story, and I cannot recommend it enough.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Alex is the most powerful bruja her family has seen in generations. Her mother and sisters are thrilled when Alex's powers manifest so powerfully. But Alex knows that magic always has a cost and she's unwilling to risk her family after already losing her father to wayward magic years ago. Determined to rid herself of her magic before anyone else gets hurt, Alex turns to the family Book of Cantos for a spell to use on her Death Day--before she accepts the blessings of her family's dead spirits and truly comes into her powers. When Alex's spell to get rid of her magic backfires and her family disappears from their Brooklyn home, she'll have to travel to the world of Los Lagos to get them back with help from her best friend Rishi and a strange brujo boy with his own agenda in Labyrinth Lost (2016) by Zoraida Córdova. Labyrinth Lost is the start to Córdova new Brooklyn Brujas series. Córdova borrows from elements of santeria and latinx culture to create her own well-realized magic system in this highly enjoyable urban fantasy. Alex is a kickass heroine whose love for her family leads to near-catastrophe as her magic backfires and sends her relatives (living and dead) to Los Lagos. Alex remains proactive and wastes no time wallowing as she bargains with a more knowledgeable (though less powerful) brujo named Nova to bring her across to the magical world of Los Lagos where she has to navigate treacherous lands and travel to the Labyrinth to rescue her family from the Devourer. Rishi, Alex's best friend, comes along offering moral support, strength, and strategy even though she is uninitiated in bruja ways thanks to Alex's reluctance to talk about her family to outsiders. In a world where many things are uncertain, the love and support of Alex's friends and family remain unconditional and rock solid throughout this novel where family plays a huge role. Alex is a fantastic protagonist who is empowered both as a bruja and a girl as she learns to embrace all aspects of her identity. Córdova's evocative writing brings Los Lagos and its otherworldly inhabitants vividly to life. Moments or peril contrast well with Alex's witty first person narration and a sometimes tense romance as Alex tries to make sense of her growing feelings for Rishi while fighting for her life. Labyrinth Lost is a fast-paced and atmospheric story filled with action and adventure. A must-read for urban fantasy fans and readers looking for a new coven of witches to join. (Just be ready with your best Resting Witch Face.) Possible Pairings: Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black, Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst, Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older, Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter, The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff, Charmed (TV series)
ArleneArredondo More than 1 year ago
The life of a teenager is difficult enough (not being popular, difficult associating with groups), but what if you mixed it with being a bruja. Alejandra is coming of age, and that is the time to accept her powers and receive blessings from her ancestor, that in this tale is called Deathday. Alejandra has suffer some traumatic situations that have left her marked with a fear of her powers. In her Deathday, she is going to try something that will definitely end in disaster. A very intense narrative, full of suspense and magical beings that gives a sense of wonder and interest to the reader. Note: I received an ARC from Netgalley and the publisher for review and an honest and unbiased opinion.
onemused More than 1 year ago
"Labyrinth Lost" is an incredible fantasy adventure. Alejandra (Alex) is an encantrix, a bruja of all trades, but she insists on denying her magic, trying to suppress it. One day, it escapes from her anyway, and her family plan her deathday celebration- the coming of age for a bruja where they begin in their training. Just before the ceremony, she plans a spell to get rid of her powers for good- with the unwilling aid from a hot brujo boy named Nova. The spell backfires and her family is taken into Los Lagos. Alex immediately goes after them with the (paid) help from Nova. What follows is a Wizard of Oz type quest through Los Lagos and a number of obstacles which Alex must face to get to and free her family. A fascinating set of characters has been created, and I don't want to give it away, but it's an incredible world! It combines mythologies into an all new creation. It's fascinating and amazing. There are some scary parts- it's a riveting adventure! The book is fast paced. Alex learns about herself and comes into her own with each step along the journey. Her personal growth during the book is quite large. Overall, I really loved the unique story and cast of characters! Beautifully done. Please note that I received this book from the publisher through netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Erani_Kole More than 1 year ago
*received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* This is the first I've read of brujas/os and I am so glad I got the chance to. A lot of Latin American myths and supernatural beliefs set the foundation for this urban fantasy read, and it enriched the experience for me. Alex has a lot of growing up to do when she gives into a selfish wish and accidentally sends her family to Los Lagos (a sort of hell). Most kids learn their lesson with a stern hand. For Alex, she has to battle myth beings and cross over lands that could kill her, all to learn the lesson that family is everything... including the magic you're born with. I loved how complex the characters Alex and Nova were. Rishi was a funny, upbeat addition who added a lot of heart and admiration to the group. I actually didn't see that twist coming, but it was done so well. The journey through Los Lagos was unique and kept me intrigued the whole way. Overall, it was a great story about the importance of family with that extra spice of young love. Definite recommend for those who love urban fantasy or enjoy educating oneself the fun way.
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Labyrinth Lost is book one in the Brooklyn Brujas series. I immediately requested this book when I found out it has a diverse character as the leading lady. I'm a firm believer that we need more diverse books since there are readers in every race. This book revolves around a teenage girl coming into her powers as a bruja and her journey thereafter. Alejandra aka Alex is a bruja (witch) that is pretty much an everyday high school student but her family has magical powers. She's trying her hardest to ignore her magic but with her Deathday celebration coming closer, she's going to have to face the music soon. Deathday is when the family and friends come and celebrate the young bruja in their powers. Even though Alex doesn't want her magic, we find out that once she learns to wield it she'll be a super powerful bruja, they call her an Encantrix. Deciding to rely on a last ditch effort she casts a canto (spell) during her Deathday ceremony to strip her powers, but it goes horribly awry and her family is transported to Los Lagos, a place that is like limbo and Wonderland mixed together. Alex and a cute boy, Nova wind up going to Los Lagos to save her family but things aren't quite what they seem. Some evil and super powerful bruja has taken control of Los Lagos and is not willing to let Alex's family go without a fight. Alex and Nova have to make their way through the twisted environment without getting caught in a trap. With twists and turns, their journey will keep you on your toes and not sure what to expect next. Labyrinth Lost was an excellent read that transports you from an urban environment to a cross between Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz. I enjoyed that though Alex didn't want her powers if she wants to save her family she has to use it to get them back safely. Her journey was interesting and she had a good support system along her adventure. If you enjoy diverse reads or YA paranormal books I strongly suggest you pick up this book.
BiblioStacks More than 1 year ago
I loved Labyrinth Lost! I received an advanced reader’s copy from NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review. This book just blew me away. With wonderful imagery and frightening creatures, I was hooked from the first page. I fell in love with the characters and the world and Zoraida’s compelling storytelling. Zoraida does a fantastic job of bringing the fantasy to life and entwining it with a fascinating culture. What I liked most about Labyrinth Lost was the world. It was absolutely breathtaking and beautifully crafted and magical. This world, although terrifyingly daunting, was exquisite and captivating. I loved the faun and the Devourer. The Devourer is definitely someone I do not want to find myself up against but she was interesting, nonetheless. I loved Los Lagos and everything the world had to offer, whether it was good or bad. Los Lagos was similar to the Underworld, but much more fascinating, and I truly enjoyed the time the characters spent in the dark and mysterious Los Lagos. The characters are well described and entirely different. Each character has their own personality and beliefs and those are clearly stated in the way each character talks and portrays themselves. Relationships are built and relationships are destroyed. The main character has such a tight relationship with her family that she wants out of it; she does not want the powers that come with being a witch. And she doesn’t realize she needs her family until her family disappears. Overall, I fell in love with this wonderful story and absolutely cannot wait for the next installment. This is definitely a novel I will be purchasing, and luckily for me, I found Labyrinth Lost three days early and I was so excited. I look forward to reading the next novel and picking up Zoraida Córdova’s other works. I highly recommend Labyrinth Lost for all fantasy readers who love world building mixed with wonderfully crafted characters!
Ambur More than 1 year ago
I immediately started fangirling over LABYRINTH LOST about a year ago! Magic, brujas, a journey to another world, & written by Zoraida Córdova⎯sign me up! I've been a fan of Zoraida's since THE VICIOUS DEEP, & I've eagerly devoured & loved everything she's written since ⎯LABYRINTH LOST was no exception! In fact, it's my fave out of everything she's written so far! Why did I love it so much? Well, there are plenty of reasons. The first is the characters. Zoraida always writes amazing characters! They're dynamic, & usually flawed in a way that makes them extremely easy to connect with. Her characters have so much depth & I always find myself loving each & every one of them⎯Alex was the same! She was vulnerable, & self-conscious, which I think anyone who's been (or currently is) a teenager can relate to. Even with her doubts, she’s so strong & determined, but what I loved most about her was her capacity to love & her willingness to grow & forgive. I really admired her, & think she's a wonderful character to see in a young adult novel because she's definitely worth admiring. Alex isn't the only amazing character though! Her family is also fantastic! From her sisters, Lula & Rose, to her mother & extended family, LABYRINTH LOST is packed full of wonderful family dynamics, & diversity! While Zoraida admits in her author's note at the end of the book that she's invented much of the belief system for the brujas & brujos in her story when it comes to the deos & their actual magic, the cultural elements surrounding them are definitely rooted in reality & inspired by research & her own background, which I really loved! It was fantastic to get to see a diverse cast of characters, & I loved seeing the importance that their ancestors & family histories played in their lives! The other two big characters in LABYRINTH LOST are Rishi & Nova, & I loved them both, too!!! I'm not going to go into too much detail about these two because I think you need to get to know them for yourself when you read the book & I don't want to spoil anything, but I really loved what they each added to the story. I loved their dynamics with Alex, & they were certainly never boring. Now that I've blabbered on about my love for Zoraida's fantastic characters, I've got to tell you about the story & the world-building! They were both absolutely superb!!! LABYRINTH LOST was the perfect coming-of-age story. It reminded me of epic journeys where the hero has to discover themselves in order to return home & become the hero that they're meant to be. The magical elements & intricate world of Los Lagos really added to whole journey element, & I LOVED getting to see the world that Zoraida created! It reminded me of her previous trilogy, The Vicious Deep, which I loved! The world was extremely well thought out⎯it was intense, magical, & completely enthralling! I was reading it far too quickly, so I actually forced myself to slow down, & that made me love it even more! Once you start, you definitely won't want to put it down! I loved LABYRINTH LOST, & am completely smitten with the world of the BROOKLYN BRUJAS! I can't wait for more of their world, & I was ecstatic when I heard that Zoraida would be writing more Bruja books! If you're a fan of magical stories & you love complex characters, intricate world-building & an abundance of diversity in your books, then you'll absolutely love the LABYRINTH LOST! I seriously can't recommend this book it, read it, read it!
Myndia More than 1 year ago
Alejandra comes from a long line of powerful brujas (and brujos). Her Deathday, the day that her ancestors bless her, bringing her into her full magic, is just around the corner. But she has seen some bad things growing up and she is afraid of owning her magic. This fear drives her to make a decision that (unwittingly) will endanger the life of her entire family, including the souls of those who have already passed, and takes her on the most dangerous adventure of her very young life. But this journey is about so much more than saving her family, it’s about finding herself, finding her truth, and owning it. What’s not to love about this book? It has so many of the elements I love: magic, the Fae, other realms, witches, mythology…a river of souls? Oh, yeah. And, I love that we’re getting some cultural diversity AND some exposure to bisexuality to boot. Chock full of good stuff, this one is. Ok, so in all fairness, the thing I struggled with upfront was the main character’s selfishness and recklessness. I mean, this is YA. I get it. She’s a kid. And she’s not me (or even the me I was at her age), so she isn’t necessarily going to make the same choices I would. But, for some reason, I had a hard time with her decision. Additionally, one of the characters was a bit predictable. I wasn’t at all surprised by who turned on her or by that person’s reasons for doing so. Those are the two reasons for the four-star rating instead of a five. What I think the author did beautifully was her handling of the main character’s sexuality. It’s interesting because I was so confused about her feelings for her two friends. Did she have feelings for X or for Y? For both? Wait, what kind of feelings? It wasn’t until the end that I realized she had feelings for both, and I was confused because she was confused. So, I very much felt like I was feeling what she was feeling, and that isn’t always an easy thing to accomplish. While I was reading, I kept thinking it felt familiar, like it had some elements from other books I’d read, and I’m trying to wrap my brain around the best possible comparison. A little bit of Alice in Wonderland, a tiny bit of Narnia, maybe a bit of an urban fantasy bent (I keep flashing to the early Anita Blake series, but I think that’s just because of the Santeria influence), I can’t put my finger on it exactly, but it’s all good. It’s a smattering of all these books I’ve loved, books with mythological and magical bents, but definitely with its own unique flavor. Definitely worth a read. P.S. This cover though. Amazing, right? I just love it! I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.