I received this book for free from BEA16 in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on September 6, 2016
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Myths & Legends, Young Adult
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...
Be still my heart – a YA fantasy book featuring multiple diversities (PoC and LGBT). Come to momma my precious. Oh, and it’s really good, well that is just an added bonus.
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova is the story of sixteen year-old Alex, a bruja from a long line of powerful people. She dreads her powers and tries everything she can think of to lock them down. As her Deathday party draws near, the day she comes fully into her powers, she believes she has a way to rid herself of her powers forever. However, she instead banishes her entire family to a land in-between ruled by a twisted bruja. Teaming up with the deeply tattooed and scarred brujo named Nova and her best friend Rishi, they must travel through Las Lagos in search of her loved ones.
This is one of those stories that sucks you right in with the vivid descriptions and carries you through with the vibrant writing and emotionally charged characters. I read this in one sitting and was very disappointed when it ended, as I needed more. Cordova has a way of writing that immerses the reader in the tale and places one firmly in the world described. I am particularly intrigued by Nova as so many of his secrets still remain. I hope that book two really dives into his past as I need to know how he evolved.
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova was a surprising read in the best of ways. A unique twist on a teen witch tale, diversity galore and writing that elevated it above a typical read. I cannot wait until the next book in the series, as this is a world I wholeheartedly want to return to.
Praise for Labyrinth Lost:
“Enchanting and complex. Every page is filled with magic.”-Danielle Paige, New York Times best-selling author of Dorothy Must Die
“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.
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.
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