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...(Goodreads)
*I received this ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
4/5 stars, a refreshing take on a tired storyline
I finally finished Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova! I started it what felt like eons ago, and took the longest break right as the story got good. I have no clue why that happened, but the most important thing is that I finished it and liked it!
I like that Alex is flawed. She doesn't want her magic, tries to get rid of it, and has to embrace it when her family vanishes. She's just the perfect amount of sassy, confident, and horribly unprepared. I was rooting for her during the story.
The world of Los Lagos is pretty cool, too. I couldn't picture it as a world, more like an island, but it was interesting and satisfying nonetheless.
My favorite part of the book was the "tea party" scene, reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland and something else that I can't put my finger on. I would have been pretty thrilled if the entire story kept up that vibe.
The characters are likable, problematic, and fun. Her sisters are adorable, lovable, and real. Nova has the whole dark, broody thing going on, but he's super helpful and I think he needs protected at all costs. Rishi is the opposite of him, a light, bubbly presence that brings hope to Alex's otherwise dreary journey.
I loved the entire bruja, Brooklyn world and look forward to exploring it more in the next book.
I also liked that the tired story of MC makes a mistake, must fix it/save people she loves by traveling to a different world and fighting a bad guy trope was totally revamped.
The cover. So beautiful.
The story felt more tell than show at times, not delving too deeply into the characters. At points, I would have liked a little more detail.
The pacing was really good, but I still found myself setting the book down at 25% and barely acknowledging it for months. I'm not sure why, but I think that's worth noting.
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova will be published September 4, 2016.