Friday, September 9, 2016

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

Review by Lauren

source: copy from BEA '16; all opinions are my own

Official Summary:

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...


I loved Labyrinth Lost, which is a bit surprising as I don't normally seek out fantasy novels. Regardless, this one was fantastic and I highly recommend it. I'm actually glad this one is a sequel because I need more. However, I will say now that Labyrinth Lost is a full novel, so despite a few questions at the end that make you want to read the next book, this is a satisfying read all on its own.

Now, as for the actual story, I liked the world that Cordova created called Los Lagos, where the main character, Alex has to travel to save her family. She is a bruja, which is a witch of sorts, except the power is something that travels through her family. Everyone in her family loves their magic, but Alex has always tried to run away from hers, hiding something awful about it. Her trip to Los Lagos is actually because she tries to banish her power and something backfires, putting her whole family in danger. Los Lagos is a full imagined world, and I loved the various locations and details that Cordova used to help readers visualize.

One of the things that I really loved about the series are the varying characters. Everyone is so interesting and diverse. I LOVED the diversity, whether it was age, ethnicity/race, sexuality. It was all there and done so well! Alex is the main character and she is definitely a layered character that one can easily relate too. She fears and hates her power, but she fiercely loves her family and would do anything for them. Then there is Nova, who Alex doesn't know that well, but he agrees to help her through Los Lagos. Finally, we have Alex's best and only friend, Rishi, who has a much larger part in the book than I first realized. It's easy to see that Alex has a crush on Rishi, though it's not named right away. I loved that it just was though. Nobody, not even Alex, made it into a big deal.

Again, this was great and I eagerly wait for the sequel!


Lola said...

I am glad to hear this one was good. That's nice it had a good end and was a satisfying read on it's own, but you're still excited for the sequel as well.
I love it when I can visualize thinns well when reading a book. Great review!

Karen said...

I loved the diversity in this book as well. I am looking forward to the sequel so we can see more of Nova, lol.

Verushka said...

This sounds like it has some aWESOME worldbuilding -- and yay for equally awesome diversity too!

Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity said...

I am so incredibly excited for this book, and I am so glad you liked it, Lauren!

I absolutely LOVE LGBTQIA+ books that aren't just contemporary, as even though I like contemporary it's not my favourite genre. Which is quite sad because so many LGBTQIA+ novels do stick to that genre (which means I end yp reading more and more of it, haha). So it's just so awesome that this book is a fantasy! I've also head that it is an #ownvoices book, too, which is amazing.

It's awesome that even though this book can read nicely alone, it also has you excited for the sequel! I hope you like it as much as this one :D