{Leah Reviews} Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

Posted September 29, 2016 by Leah in Reviews, Uncategorized / 2 Comments

{Leah Reviews} Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida CordovaLabyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
Series: ,
Pages: 336
Published on September 6th 2016
by Sourcebooks Fire
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: Amazon Vine
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"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...
Praise for Labyrinth Lost:
"Zoraida Cordova's prose 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
"Labyrinth Lost is a magical story of love, family, and finding yourself. Enchanting from start to finish." -Amy Tintera, author of Ruined."

3.5 Stars

Labyrinth Lost shines with magic and surprises. Alex is a bruja born into a family of brujos and brujas, but she hates her powers. She blames them for her father’s desertion, and she just wants to be normal. This could have been one of those standard “I want to be like everyone else” storylines mashed with a quest, but thankfully, it is not.

This is a story about family. I liked the way all of the characters completed each other–Alex and her sisters, their mom, and their mom’s friends. The sisters squabble, but you know they care about each other. Be they related or not, their bonds were strong. I loved seeing the fierce love they shared. Give me more books with such strong family dynamics.

At the beginning, Alex is aggravating and whiny, but in the end, I can’t blame her since she sees her powers as a crux. But when she and Nova go to Los Lagos, she has major character growth. I liked seeing her and Nova snark at each other, and when her friend Rishi shows up in Los Lagos, too, there’s an allusion to a bisexual love triangle. Normally I groan at the prospect of a love triangle, but this one happens organically. And I was cheering for it. This is one of the few positive portrayals of bisexuality I have seen in YA fiction, so yes, I approve.

The world of Los Lagos was fun to imagine. was truly magical and a little bit creepy. Nothing it as it seems there. A river may burn. A bargain can carry unexpected consequences. It’s also populated by strange creatures. The adas (fairy folk) were my favorites. But as beautiful as the world is, there is danger. The Devourer is Alex’s nemesis, and her story was strange yet compelling.

For all of her talk of not wanting powers and not using them, Alex’s magic worked at very convenient times, too easily if I may say so. Also, the ending, while meant to be a cliffhanger, was predictable. But the overall reading experience was so good that I am looking forward to the second book. I must go back to visit with the Brooklyn Brujas!

About Zoraida Córdova

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

Leah

Contributor at Quite the Novel Idea
-I am a rare creature: a native Californian.
-I work in a library!
-My third grade teacher cultivated my love for reading when he would act out Alvin Schwartz’s “Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark” for my class.
-I adore anything and everything fantasy related.
-I will always root for good guys, but I have a special place in my heart for Loki from “Thor” and Kylo Ren from the new “Star Wars” films.
-I love The Beatles, “The X Files,” animals, hockey (Go Kings!), traveling, and little free libraries.
-When I’m not reading, I’m watching movies, dabbling in photography on my phone, embracing nerd culture, and searching for the perfect striped t-shirt.
-My biggest dream is to be a published author of standalone fantasties, because standalones need love, too.

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2 responses to “{Leah Reviews} Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

    • Leah

      Hi, Liza! Thanks, it was very engaging.

      I have issues with people on the cover too, so I had to get over my dislike to pick this one up. 🙂

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