Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1)
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 she can’t trust, but who may be Alex’s only chance at saving her family ...more
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Labyrinth Lost has one of the most intriguing premises I’ve seen this year.
Brujas and brujos. A hidden world of darkness and despair. A powerful witch who denies her powers. And a dangerous adventure to rescue an entire family.
While it started on the paranormal side with spirits and incantations, Labyrinth Lost quickly fell into the fantasy genre when the characters went down the rabbit hole (pun intended) and faced multiple creatures of all sorts with pure magic in a setting as strang ...more
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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.❞
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Rating: ★ ★ ★
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 fall in ...more
Alex is a bruja/witch from Brooklyn who has a special kind of magic and has to go through a Deathday celebration to get her family's blessing so her magic works the right way. But then she accidentally banishes her family to another realm that's like a creepy dark Wonderland with tons of mythological references. Her relatives are trapped ...more
“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 YA, s ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I'm very much looking forward to seeing what the sequel holds, though!
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Feel free to ask me questions here.
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 ...more
I'll start with what I did like about the book, which are basically the reasons I wanted to read it:
- latinx culture represented in a really interesting way by a latinx author
- an all POC cast of characters
- a bisexual female protagonist with a female love interest!!
- the whole concept of Los Lagos and the dark other world concept
- witches and magic
I did get all of those things! But ... I just didn't like the way the plot was executed and I didn't like the wri ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
“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.”
Labyrinth Lost is a fun, adventurous, and powerful
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 s ...more
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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 ...more
This book was an extreme case of coverlove 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 s ...more
Basically it was just really excellent.
And also: girls kissing. So really.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
****I never wrote a longer review because I'm terrible but ok!! Bi love triangle! (view spoiler)[ AND SHE DOESN'T CHOOSE OR FAVOR THE DUDE (hide spoiler)] In a fantasy book! Yes!!!!!!! Brooklyn!!!!!!!!!!! Brujas!!!!!!!! Los Lagos was gorgeous and terrifying in the same ways as Naraka was in Roshani Chokshi's The Star-Touched Queen. Just a really really solid book. And ...more
I really like the beginning of Labyrinth Lost. The mesh of Latin America mythology in contemporary setting captivated. I love Alex and her reluctance to accept her powers. The family dynamics and friendship.
I wish I could rate it higher, but the climax threw me off. It dragged, my interested started waning afterwards.
If you're looking for an uncharted paranormal book, Labyrinth Lost is a good place to start.
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 ...more