Labyrinth Lost (Brooklynn Brujas #1)
Author: Zoraida Cordova
Publication: September 6th, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Format: Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, LGBTQ+
Read: September 2016
Zoraida Cordova — Goodreads
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.
Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
The plot of this book is totally action packed and exciting, though it could get a bit confusing. The world we travel to, Los Lagos, is such an expansive and well described world though I had issues picturing it sometimes. This story is full of magic, family, self-acceptance and just a little splash of romance. It was really fun and entertaining and I’m looking forward to the next book.
Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
Cordova’s writing style is simple and easy to read. It’s descriptive and detailed but like I mentioned above, sometimes I had a hard time picturing things, though that could be just me. The narration and point of view is a bit dry because of the main character and I felt like I couldn’t feel from her enough. But I loved that it was fast paced and that it had so much Latinx influence and Spanish dialect in it.
Characters – 3.5 out of 5 stars
There’s a huge cast of characters in this series but I feel like I didn’t get to know them as much as I wanted to. Alex is the narrator and our main character. She’s actually a bit selfish but it comes from a place of fear and worry. She’s reluctant (to say the least) to receive her powers and her family blessing and she does anything to stop it which causes a huge back fire that affects her entire family. However on her journey she becomes determined and powerful. Towards the end she’s remorseful and much more willing to embrace her destiny. Yet, even with all this emotional turmoil and trauma, I just felt like I didn’t get much emotion from her. I didn’t feel her pain or struggle as intimately as I wanted to. There are two side characters that get more attention in this book than the rest and I found both of them to be really different from each other. One is smart, sweet and funny. They have a very gentle personality but also tends to be really encouraging and positive. They also have great sassy comebacks that pretty much made my day. The other is a lot more mysterious and quiet. They put up a front to protect themselves but also come off as rude and uncaring at times which was annoying. Alex’s family is also a huge part of this book and while I loved their dynamic and how each member was a complex individual, I felt like I didn’t get to see Alex’s relationship with them as much because they were absent from her presence throughout most of the book. I hope that’s rectified in the next one.
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