Title: Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas, #1)
Author: Zoraida Córdova
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Published: September 6th 2016
Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.
I fall to my knees. Shattered glass, melted candles and the outline of scorched feathers are all that surround me. Every single person who was in my house – my entire family — is gone.
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 markings 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…
Beautiful Creatures meets Daughter of Smoke and Bone with an infusion of Latin American tradition in this highly original fantasy adventure.
This is the book I didn’t know I needed in my life. I was starting to fall into a reading slump, mainly because Six of Crows was so amazing nothing else was comparing to it, but this book got me out of the oncoming slump! I think this is best described as a mix of The Raven Cycle, The Mortal Instruments, and I got some actual Labyrinth vibes.
Things I Loved:
- Most importantly, the amazing DIVERSITY in this book
- The paranormal/fantasy crossover feel
- The fact that Alex was bisexual wasn’t the main focus of the book, which I loved because it was treated like it was just another normal thing, like her hair or eye color. It didn’t feel forced at all, and I loved it.
- W O R L D B U I L D I N G
- The hella close family, aw
Things I wasn’t a fan of:
- The relationship between Rishi and Alex (I’ll get to this in a second)
- The Devourer, I honestly just didn’t see her as scary in the least. She was just kind of like, *poof* Hello, here to kill you and you’re entire family *poof*
Alright so, lets tackle the relationship between Rishi and Alex first. I was so excited when Nova was introduced, because I realized that meant that there was going to be a love triangle between two girls and one guy. And no, it wasn’t the type of love triangle with two girls pining after a guy, it was a guy and a girl liking the other girl. To say I was excited would have been the understatement of the century. But, it didn’t really go as I had thought it would’ve.
I’m not in anyway saying I wanted her with Nova over Rishi, I’m just saying the writing for Nova and Alex seemed so much more natural than her and Rishi. When they got to the other dimension, I was honestly a little upset because there was genuinely no reason for Rishi to be there. I think the author could’ve written her in better, like maybe she had some magic in her family as well, I don’t really know, but she just didn’t seem to fit being with them.
You know when people get upset because the guy character, and this happens quite a lot in the YA genre, is simply there for angst and being a love interest? Yeah, that was literally what Rishi felt like to me. I just honestly didn’t see the chemistry, and let me tell you, I was trying to see chemistry in literally anything I could.
Now, I’m hoping that in the next book it’ll seem a little more chemistry-y, but I’m really not sure how it’ll work out. But I can tell you, my butt is definitely going to be requesting this ARC as soon as humanly possible, because I need to know what else happens.
I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!