Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1)
Author: Zoraida Cordova
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranoral
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Alex is a young bruja (witch) living with her mother and two sisters in Brooklyn. She soon discovers that she is the most powerful bruja within her family for generations. The only trouble with this is that she does not want this magical talent she has been given. Turning 16, she will be celebrating her coming of age with her Deathday ceremony where she will ask for the spirits of her deceased kin’s blessing.
One day after meeting 17 year old Nova, Alex makes the decision to perform a spell during her ceremony to give up her unwanted powers. However, things go terribly wrong, and Alex’s family vanishes into a dark portal leaving behind only herself and the mysterious Nova. Together they will now travel to the bizarre and dangerous land of Los Lagos to save her family and set things right.
I received an advanced copy of Labyrinth Lost from NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. Thank you for allowing me this wonderful opportunity!
Labyrinth Lost is a charming story that is sure to satisfy a wide variety of readers. It draws you in instantaneously and commands your attention throughout the entire book. After reading the first several chapters I had to ask myself how it is that I have never encountered the works of Zoraida Córdova. You better believe she is on my radar now!
This is a beautiful collision of fantasy and paranormal that is unique in every right of its own. There are so many wonderful elements to this story that is is hard sum it up in a brief description and feel as though you are doing it the justice it deserves. Labyrinth Lost literally has a touch of everything. If this book were a spice rack, it would be the mother of spice racks! Catch my drift?
The author has managed to create a work akin to a fairy tale while including components of mythology and Latin American tradition that weave a tale of adventure unlike anything I have ever experienced. Everything about this just works!
The heroine Alex embodies everything you could expect from an average teenager struggling to accept the fact that she is anything but. Full of angst and guilt, she is loyal and strong, but confused. She has all of the makings for the perfect female protagonist. Nova’s surreptitious past and questionable intentions add the perfect hint of obscurity. Throw in a fantastically constructed world full of mythical creatures for good measure, and you have an amazing adventure that is a serious page turner.! The author has even included inserts from the family Book of Cantos. Is there anything that Zoraida Córdova cannot do?
So what did I dislike about this book? Nothing honestly. The characters felt complete and legit. The plot was rich, gripping and original. There was a slight hint of a love triangle, as Alex was clearly bisexual, but the author managed to wrap this up well and not let things linger for too long. I am awarding extra brownie points for this. Sorry, but sometimes the triangles get old. I think we have all been there. You are either a fan or you are not. I personally, am not. I was on team Peeta from the get go and had no clue what the hell Gale was even doing there. Boy needs to get to stepping. Just saying. Sorry, but I cannot even remotely think about love triangles without breaking into my Hunger Games rant. Worst love triangle ever!!
Bonus points are also being awarded for an ending that felt complete. I do not like hangers. Does this poor kitten look like he is having fun? No! Why? Because it is no fun to be left hanging.
I am recommending this title to all fans of fantasy or anyone who is just seeking something unique. You will definitely find it here with Lost Labyrinth.
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