Book Talk: Labyrinth Lost

Posted April 4, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: Labyrinth LostLabyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
Series: Brooklyn Brujas #1
Pages: 324

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...

Labyrinth Lost is just absolutely gorgeous. It’s fast-paced, lush, gripping… I read it through in about a single sitting. I loved Los Lagos and that one twist. That one twist, OMG! (You’ll know it when you get to it. I loved the way that upended my emotions.)

I loved Alex and Rishi. Nova… a little less. I did appreciate that the narrative didn’t read like much of a love triangle to me and yet still managed to very clearly convey that Alex is bisexual. (Just maybe not biromantic.) Watching Alex grow into her own and come to accept her powers (with the help of her family) was great. Watching Rishi just dash after her friend and attempt to help was wonderful too. I loved the background story of Los Lagos and the way Córdova plays with myths and legends whilst keeping the narrative firmly rooted in its Latinx inspirations and its setting.

Alex and Rishi are just precious together. They’re adorable and I loved that we got to see so much of them together. I wasn’t expecting Rishi to play as big a part as she did and I loved that. I also loved how important family was to Alex and the narrative as a whole.

It was just a really great read and I’m looking forward to the next book!

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