I bought this book 🙂
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
Brooklyn Brujas Book #1
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
I was chosen by the Deos. Even gods make mistakes.
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, but who may be Alex’s only chance at saving her family.
Note: I read this for #TheReadingChallenge, which you can find out more about here!
Hi all, bringing you a review on this wonderful book! I honestly wonder why it took me so long to read this novel, it was really good!! Yay for bisexual rep! Yay for brujas! Yay for this whole book!
Okay so, we follow the journey of Alex who must rush to save her family. She’s a broody fifteen-year-old who is struggling with some childhood traumas, and I really liked her! She doesn’t want to be a bruja, and tries to hide her magic for as long possible. I will say that she reminds of most YA heroines. Feisty, not like other girls, etc. However, I really loved her friend Rishi, who is Hindu (yay, mosre diversity) and really cute! Literally, I think her character got me through the rough parts of the book.
On her Deathday, which is kind of like a coming-of-age magic party, she accidentally sends her family to Los Lagos in an attempt to banish her magic. So, she enlists the aid of the brujo Nova to help her get them back. Her friend Rishi tags along, and Alex struggles with her feelings for both of them.
I will admit, the ending/climax was a little hard for me to keep up with. However, I really loved the world building, magic, and romance! Los Lagos was a really cool world, I had heard it had some Wonderland vibes, but honestly I thought it was better than Wonderland, and I enjoyed getting lost in it for a few hours!
I do think what made the first third of the book so memorable is the relationship between Alex and her two sisters, Rose and Lula! Lula is the oldest followed by Alex, and Rose, but I think Alex acts more like the oldest sister. She even makes breakfast for them when her mom is gone, even if it’s not her calling (lol). I look forward to the next book and reading more of their cute relationship.
So, I really enjoyed this novel, and I think that it’s a great diverse read about love, family, and magic!
- Bisexual love triangle
- Diversity Rep: all the important characters were PoC!
- Own Voices
- Latinx American folklore
- The last half was kind of confusing & slow
- Some ableist language (ex. use of the word crazy to describe an event explainable)
Overall rating: 4 hearts out of 5!
Have you read Labyrinth Lost? What did you think? Let me know your favorite parts down below! Thanks for reading, bye!