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Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1)

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I was chosen by the Deos. Even gods make mistakes.

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
Paperback, 324 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire (first published September 6th 2016)
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  • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
    Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas, #1)
    Release date: Sep 06, 2016

    I was chosen by the Deos. Even gods make mistakes.

    Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generati

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    Lola  Reviewer
    3.5 stars

    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
    Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)

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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: ★ ★ ★

    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
    Cait • A Page with a View
    I NEED more books like this. It's like a Latina version of The Raven Cycle meets The Mortal Instruments & Alice in Wonderland with some mythology thrown in.

    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
    Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: everyone!
    OUT NOW :D

    “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
    Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
    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
    Adam Silvera
    Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    If you're a fan of CHARMED, you'll fall for these bruja sisters immediately. I definitely did!
    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
    Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
    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 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
    Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: lgbtqa-rep
    Uh, well. That was a disappointment.

    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
    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
    Well, that was a book...
    Joel (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
    “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 s
    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
    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!
    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!

    lauren ♡ (wonderless reviews)
    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.

    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
    E.K. Johnston
    Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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.
    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
    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
    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
    ✨    jamieson   ✨
    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
    Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    HOLY COW. This book is STUNNING. Read it all in one sitting on a flight. Longer review when I've recovered from travel next week.

    ****I never wrote a longer review because I'm terrible but ok!! Bi love triangle! (view 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
    Jessi ♡
    Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    WE NEED MORE BOOKS LIKE THIS IN YA. i loved this it was so fun and entertaining and necessary and enjoyable. bless this, it had witches, it had the magical land, it was the good trio, it had plot twists, i want moreeeee.
    Sue (Hollywood News Source)

    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.
    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
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    Zoraida Córdova is the author of urban fantasies The Vicious Deep trilogy and the Brooklyn Brujas series. Her short fiction has appeared in the New York Times bestselling anthology, Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View. Zoraida’s most recent release, Labyrinth Lost, won an International Latino Book award, was named a Best Book of 2016 by Paste Magazine and has been optioned by Paramount Studios ...more
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