Book: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
Series: Brooklyn Brujas #1
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Date Published: September 6th, 2016
Date Started: October 13th, 2016
Date Finished: October 17th, 2016
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.
Lately, I’ve been wanting to read lots of books about witches. Well, in this case, Brujas. When I heard about Labyrinth Lost, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Brujas that live in Brooklyn with diverse characters? Yes, Please! I had really high hopes for this one, and I thought that the book was good. However, there were a few things missing from the overall story that made me just not fall entirely in love with this book.
And We’re Off to a Great Start!
This book started off great. I really loved the Brooklyn backdrop and the introduction of Alex’s culture. I liked learning about the different Cantos, the way her family celebrated big events, and everything involving her life. What I loved the most was the family dynamic. I loved her sisters and the way they interacted with each other with sass. There were times that I was laughing because of some comment one of Alex’s sisters would make. I thought this would continue throughout the book, and I was all but ready to fall in love. But alas, it wasn’t meant to be. I just wish that her sisters were in the story more.
My Journey through Los Lagos.
Once the story took off and we started venturing into Los Lagos, I think this is where my feelings towards the book start to taper off. I have never read a fantasy world like Los Lagos before, and I wanted to just live in this world. I wish that there were a lot more details in the world building. I wanted more descriptions and maybe more time exploring. I felt like this was a really short book for what the story was attempting to do. Even the big battle at the end of the book felt really short. There was all this build up to this moment, and it seemed to end in a matter of seconds.
Love in Los Lagos.
I loved all the characters in this book, especially the sisters. Alex herself was someone that I could see her transformation and her development. She grew into a powerful character. I wanted to know more about Nova, where he came from and how he ended up where he did. I wanted to know more history about the Devourer, about the Gods, and all the fantasy elements in this book. I just wanted more of everything. The only character I wasn’t too fond of was Rishi. I felt like I knew nothing about her besides random facts here and there. As a character, she started to fall flat and I just couldn’t bring myself to care that much about her. Which brings me to my next point. I don’t think I cared much for the romance aspect. I didn’t find much basis for the romance and it almost felt like the book could have done without it. I would have believed the romance if maybe there were hints about it in the beginning of the book, but otherwise it seemed to just come out of nowhere.
This was a book that I had really high hopes for. The premise of the book was really promising, but I just wanted more. More action. More world building. More details. Im hoping that the next book will finally give me everything that I’m looking for in the story.