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Labyrinth Lost

(Brooklyn Brujas #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  12,102 ratings  ·  2,619 reviews
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 intentio
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Emma Giordano
3.5 Stars! This was an enjoyable, magical read! I put it off my TBR for so many years for no reason, and I’m satisfied having finally read it.

Labyrinth Lost is a colorful paranormal story brimming with diversity! We follow an all POC-main cast, specifically a bisexual latinx main character (and it features a relationship between two girls!). I very much enjoyed the latin mythology, family dynamics, and mystery of the world. It felt very “Alice in Wonderland meets Percy Jackson” and had a lot of
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❝We all get scared and want to turn away, but it isn’t always strength that makes you stay. Strength is also making the decision to change your destiny.❞

Thank you to Sourcebooks for providing me with an ARC to review!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

Labyrinth Lost reminded me so much of a mashup between Pan's Labyrinth and Alice in Wonderland. And since I loved both of those movies and stories, I just had a feeling right from the very first page that I would instantly fa
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Probably closer to a 2.5*
I wanted so badly to love this but I just couldn't. The comparisons to Alice in Wonderland are rife with this one so my expectations were admittedly high. The world had the potential to be so rich and colourful, but I just felt like the whole thing dragged. I had a really hard time wanting to pick up this book. It just wasn't for me. That being said, I loved the diversity! I particularly loved that it wasn't a huge focus of the storyline, it just was an element of the ch
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!

“She is the light in the hopeless places.
She is the sky when the night blazes."

I feel like I've been waiting for a book like this forever.


One obvious issue in the YA genre is the lack of representation of racial and ethnic minorities. Thankfully more authors are coming forward with stories including all types of minorities, and publishing companies are actually publishing them. We have a long way to go, but Zoraida Córdova has created something so ahead of what I’ve read in Y
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Did I just read a unique story about witches, with a full POC cast, that also had a healthy portrayal of bisexuality? At this point, I don't think this book is being marketed correctly, because who in the hell wouldn't want to read this book after knowing those somewhat hidden three points? Then, midway through the book, I realized this book also has faeries, so I was as good as done for by that point and completely rea
Caz (littlebookowl)
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
I really like the concept, the world and the familial relationships, but I wanted a little more. There was so much potential and room for epic and vivid worldbuilding, tense action scenes and wonderfully developed relationships, but ultimately I found it fell a little short. I just wanted to see more of what was shown to me.
I'm very much looking forward to seeing what the sequel holds, though!
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This book has been in my mind and heart for a long time. I've grown up surrounded by rich cultures and have always wanted to create my own worlds. I hunger for magic and myth and fantasy.

If you'd like to read the first 100 pages, you can do it by clicking this link! -->

Feel free to ask me questions here.
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I wonder what it's like in other households during breakfast. Do their condiment shelves share space with jars of consecrated cemetery dirt and blue chicken feet? Do their mothers pray to ancient gods before they leave for work every morning? Do they keep the index finger bones of their ancestors in red velvet pouches to ward off thieves?
I already know the answer is no. This is my world.
Sometimes I wish it weren't.

This book is about Alex, she is a bruja (a witch) but when they find out her pow
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
Maybe more of a 2.5/5

Oh, how I wanted to adore this book. It has so many things going for it. The whole mythology of brujas, a matriarchy of intelligent women within a fiercely loving family, bisexual Latina protagonist... But unfortunately, this just didn't do it for me.

This book is about Alejandra, a girl raised by a long line of brujas. Unlike her family, she doesn't embrace her power, she wants it gone. So at her Deathday party, when she should be accepting her place as the most powerful bru
Kat Kennedy
Sep 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Well, that was a book...
“Death is the most sure but unexpected part about life. It’s almost up there with love. It’s bound to happen, but how and when—now that’s the tricky part.”

4.25 stars.

Labyrinth Lost is a fun, adventurous, and powerful (no pun intended) story about family, magic, and monsters.


Alex is a teenage bruja—a Latina witch from a powerful bloodline of magicians. She’s grown up in Brooklyn with her mother and sisters, and everyone around her is eagerly anticipating the arrival of her powers. Alex has a

This book was an extreme case of cover love for me. To be honest, I didn't even read the summary before ordering it. Didn't want to know anything about it at all, partly because I feared getting disappointed.

The world-building is only vaguely outlined. Okay, so "bruja" actually just means "witch" in Spanish. The author uses ordinary Spanish words throughout the book as if they are some sort of specific terminology, but they aren't. Instead of creating a magic-y atmosphere, it was just weird to
Joelle (Throne of books)
☆☆☆ Thank you sourcebooks for providing me with this ARC! ☆☆☆

  Labyrinth Lost is the story of 16 year old Alex. Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch of her generation. And of course, she hates her magic. At her deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. In a twisted turn of events, the spell backfires and leaves Alex alone with Nova, a strange boy she can't trust.
   To get back her family, Alex and nova travel to Los Lagos, a land in the in between, a
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Why this book?

Seemed really interesting

What I thought

Alex is an Encantrix the most powerful bruja to be in her family for generations. When trying to get rid of her powers she sends her family away to Los Lagos. Where her, Nova and Rishi start on there journey to save them. One thing I liked most about this book was the diversity it was based strongly on the Latin American culture . This book also had a bisexual love triangle
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Your book can’t be boring when witches enter a magical world full of magical creatures (evil or not). If you love magic and adventures in a foreign land, this book is for you.
what a magical and inclusive book
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I'm so so glad that this book tries to be more inclusive of society and the family aspect is seriously the sweetest!

Book Riot Community
Brujas! Family love! Creepy monsters! Girls who love girls! A boy made of sunlight! Zoraida Cordova’s Labyrinth Lost was a fun and fast-paced venture through another world. After trying to eradicate her magic during her Deathday celebration, bruja Alex is forced into Los Lagos to rescue her family. Alex’s quest is as much a poignant discovery of herself and her place in the world as it is about saving her family, and combined with a beautiful splash of romance, made for the perfect summer fantas ...more
E.K. Johnston
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Labyrinth Lost is straight up one of the best books about witches/magic/family/identity I have ever read. Córdova wanted "Charmed, with Latinx brujas", and, man, did she nail it. The characters were awesome, the sister-ing was awesome, the family-ing was awesome, and the magic knocked my socks off, before we got to the portal fantasy part.

Basically it was just really excellent.

And also: girls kissing. So really.
A rather interesting read! I felt more connected to Nova as his character is more complex and mysterious and I honestly like him better than Rishi as Alex's love interest. Definitely will be keeping an eye on the next instalment after the unexpected twists, betrayals and that shocking ending! ...more
3.5 stars.

I'd heard reeeeeeeeeeally mixed things about this book, so I was a little hesitant going into it. So colour me pleasantly surprised when I found myself completely sucked into the story basically from the get-go. I mean, it's a story about a Latina teenage girl whose family are brujas and brujos. She doesn't want to be a bruja. And when her family finally works out that her powers HAVE turned up and throw her a Deathday party, she tries to get rid of her powers and instead manages to b
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
I'm bumping this book to a 3 star rating but in all honesty, it was more of a 2.5 star for me. I don't know if it was my reading mood but I was either in a reading slump beforehand or this book pushed me into one.

This book was imaginative and the story appears interesting and new, yet for some reason I had extreme difficulty getting into it and maintaining that level of interest throughout. No matter how hard I tried, I didn't find myself getting lost in the story or becoming truly invested in
Aug 02, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a very standard YA fantasy quest about a Super-powerful teen who is Special traversing an unfamiliar magical land and overcoming obstacles (some external, some internal) to eventually fight the Big Bad and save Everything, supported by her sidekicks Spunky Best Friend and Sexy Bad Boy with a secret.

How much you enjoy this may depend on how many books with this plot you've already read in your life. For me, the answer is A LOT, and this was not one of the best in terms of plot or charact
✨    jami   ✨
My feelings are so mixed. On one hand, I loved the Brujo/Bruja 's and Los Lagos and all the magic and witchiness. This book had such unique and interesting story elements due to the incorporation of Latinx culture and I loveddd ittt.

BUT, I kinda feel like this wasn't what I was expecting and something didn't click with me. I really found this a slog at times, I think it's because I struggled to really connect with the characters so everything happening to them just left no deep impression on me
lauren ♡
I loved the world and all the Latinx culture that was used. I felt like the characters were a bit flat at times, but things picked up towards the end of the book. It was a really fun read and it's great seeing a main character that is a person of colour and identifies as bisexual. Definitely recommend if you're a fan of paranormal/fantasy. Full review to come. ...more
Anna lost in stories *A*
I was going back and forth about what rating to actually give this book and I finally landed on 4,5 stars… there was just something that stopped me from giving it full 5 stars, and even though I can’t quite put my finger on it, I’ve decided to go with my gut feeling :) the writing style was stunning in this novel, and now I am not only interested in the sequels to this book, but all other books that Zoraida Cordova written or will write in the future :) it was colorful and immersive and absolute ...more
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨

This is a book of wonders. 

Labyrinth Lost is a blend of fantasy and adventure filled with dark creatures and magic, captivating but terrifying otherworlds, but, at its heart, is a powerful tale about family, love, and identity. The balance between fantasy and thematic is delicate, but the protagonist, Alejandra, and her journey to save her family and self-discovery is the driving force of the story. The results are spectacular; what we get is a story that stretches the imagination but is also fu
2.5 stars. I think this book had possibilities, but didn't necessarily deliver. The magical system was interesting and the dimension the heroine ends up in was weird and wonderful and dangerous.
I do have problems with the heroine's character, though I realize that part of what happens in this book is for her to confront her fears and rationalizations and deal with them. I found her to be kind of frustrating and not very sympathetic, and couldn't really understand why her friend Rishi (who's Hin
Sol ~ TheBookishKing
Okay so uhm Yikes. I expected to love this so much and just ... it's complicated.

There is a huge chunk of this that I did love. I loved the storyline, the plot, the world, Nova, and Rishi. So honestly, everybody but Alejandra.

Alejandra is by far one of the most annoying main characters I've ever read about and she ruined the whole book for me, I was skimming the last 100 pages so fast just because her narrative was driving me insane. Everything she said or did just got under my skin and wow I ha
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

I was pretty excited about this because of the synopsis. I was sold with the promise of magic and Wonderland.

I eventually liked Alex. She's a bit rough in the beginning and I struggled with trying to root for her. She comes across as a spoiled brat. Her family and sisters care so much about her and Alex seems to just throw it all in their faces. There are a lot of family members and secondary characters and magical characters that I sometimes felt lost. It was also hard for me to connec
Faith Simon
Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Going into this book, I thought that I had the potential to enjoy it more than I actually ended up enjoying it. The first quarter of the book is way different than the rest of it. I enjoyed the world building, the introductions to the characters and the folklore that this entire book revolves around. Obviously, a lot of the concepts in this book have to be explained to the readers if you've grown up without these traditions/folklore like I have and a lot of other readers probably have as well. I ...more
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Zoraida Córdova is the author of many fantasy novels for kids and teens, including the award-winning Brooklyn Brujas series, Incendiary, and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: A Crash of Fate. Her short fiction has appeared in the New York Times bestselling anthology Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, Star Wars The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark, Come on In: 15 Stories About Immigration and Fi ...more

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