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Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
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bookshelves: arc, fantasy, read-in-2016, young-adult, witches, ghosts, paranormal, demons, fae, magic, lgbtqiap, own-voices

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 ready to sing this books praises. I really believe this is a hidden gem, and I'm so thankful I put in a request for an ARC of this when I just thought it was about witches.

“Spells are for witches. Brujas do cantos.
All brujas are witches but not all witches are brujas.”

Alex isn't just a bruja, but she is an Encantrix - the most powerful bruja to be in her family for generations. Unfortunately, Alex doesn't want the power or the pain she think follows this power. She even goes to an extreme length to first hide then get rid of her powers, but Alex forgets that everything comes with a price.

Her older sister, Lula, is the gorgeous one with the bruja power of healing. Her younger sister, Rose, is a child genius with a special communicative bruja gift. Everyone thinks that Alex's power just isn't showing up, no one expects her to just be hiding it because of a traumatic event from her past.

Obviously she couldn't hide it forever, hence the book, and when her family realizes that her power has not only came, but is the most powerful gift able to be given, they start planning her deathday. Deathdays in the bruja community are very special and very grand, sort of like a quinceañera, but with ghosts from your family blessing your journey, too.

“That’s the thing, my love. Even if you don’t think of the dead, the dead are thinking of you.”

After a couple bad decisions, Alex accidentally casts her entire family away at her deathday celebration, while trying to perform a cantos to get rid of her powers instead of embracing them. This embarks the journey of her and a boy who claims he knows the way to Los Lagos to rescue her family.

This story is told in three parts. The first part is in Brooklyn, NY. The second part is Alex and Nova entering Los Lagos, which was really reminiscent to me of Narnia, even though I think it's supposed to be a purgatory, and I loved every second of it. I especially loved Agosto and the rest of his fae. Then, lastly, the third part is their confrontation at the Tree of Souls, where her family is being held against their will.

This story was a good surprise; I loved the Latin-American perspective, and was so happy with the acceptance of Alex's bisexuality. Her whole family didn't make a big deal about it, because it's really not a big deal, but that's hard for a lot of authors to realize. There was no drama leading up to it, there was no unnecessary angst because of it, it was just natural, accepted, and beautifully done. I really appreciated it.

This all being said, I still have to warn you that there is a love triangle. Well, there will probably be a love triangle later down the line of this series. Alex, in my eyes, always makes her choice clear, but I can still see the triangle developing with its sharp angles ready to pierce my heart.

“Not all loves are meant to last forever. Some burn like fire until there is nothing left but ash and black ink on skin.”

This was a pleasant read that I thoroughly enjoyed being surprised over. Los Lagos was my favorite part, and I think I will read book two just in hopes of seeing more of those magical side characters. There is also a decent sized surprise at the end, which for sure left me wanting some questions answered.

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Reading Progress

June 8, 2016 – Shelved
June 8, 2016 – Shelved as: arc
June 8, 2016 – Shelved as: fantasy
June 8, 2016 – Shelved as: read-in-2016
June 8, 2016 – Shelved as: young-adult
June 15, 2016 – Started Reading
June 15, 2016 – Shelved as: witches
June 16, 2016 – Shelved as: ghosts
June 16, 2016 – Shelved as: paranormal
June 17, 2016 – Shelved as: demons
June 17, 2016 – Shelved as: fae
June 17, 2016 – Shelved as: magic
June 17, 2016 – Shelved as: lgbtqiap
June 17, 2016 – Finished Reading
December 16, 2016 – Shelved as: own-voices

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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ Ooh we are reading it at the same time! Did you start it? I'm just about to :D


Melanie Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE) wrote: "Ooh we are reading it at the same time! Did you start it? I'm just about to :D"

I just started last night, Alienor! I'm only about 10% in, but I like it so far! Much different than I was expecting! :] xo


Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ Melanie wrote: "Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE) wrote: "Ooh we are reading it at the same time! Did you start it? I'm just about to :D"

I just started last night, Alienor! I'm only about 10% in, ..."


Ooh same! I was too tired yesterday so I stopped around the same point but so far good? Fingers crossed!


Melanie Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE) wrote: "Melanie wrote: "Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE) wrote: "Ooh we are reading it at the same time! Did you start it? I'm just about to :D"

I just started last night, Alienor! I'm onl..."


I was on the fence about three or four stars, but I overall did enjoy this! I hope you did/do, too, Alienor! <3


message 5: by Jessica's (new)

Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession Awesome review sweetie :)


Melanie Jessica's wrote: "Awesome review sweetie :)"

Thank you so much, Jess, you are too sweet! <3 xo


message 7: by Ioana (new)

Ioana Wonderful review Melanie! I'm not sure I've read many books with witches or any with faeries but everything else you write about it sounds exactly up my alley. I think you are so right, that this would appeal to a much broader audience! Thank you so much for sharing :)


Melanie Ioana wrote: "Wonderful review Melanie! I'm not sure I've read many books with witches or any with faeries but everything else you write about it sounds exactly up my alley. I think you are so right, that this w..."

Thank YOU so much for your kind words, Ioana <3. You are such a sweetheart! :]


SueBee★bring me an alpha!★ Fantastic review Melanie! = DD


Melanie SueBee★bring me an alpha!★ wrote: "Fantastic review Melanie! = DD"

Thank you, love! <3 xx


✦❋Arianna✦❋ Fab review, Melanie! ;)


Melanie Arianna wrote: "Fab review, Melanie! ;)"

Thank you so very much, Arianna! xo :]


message 13: by Candace (new)

Candace Fantastic review, Melanie! :)


Melanie Candace wrote: "Fantastic review, Melanie! :)"

Thank you so much, Candace! <3 xx


message 15: by Mary (new)

Mary Sounds fantastic! Anything with fae immediately has my attention. Love how this has representation.


Melanie Mary wrote: "Sounds fantastic! Anything with fae immediately has my attention. Love how this has representation."

This is why I like you so much, Mary!
AND becuase you're my manga senpai! ;]
<3 xx


message 17: by Rose (new) - rated it 5 stars

Rose Amazing review Melanie!! This was one of my favorites this year, glad you liked it too :D


Melanie Rose wrote: "Amazing review Melanie!! This was one of my favorites this year, glad you liked it too :D"

This makes my heart so happy, Rose! Your review was perfection! I can't wait for book two! <3


message 19: by Candace (new)

Candace Great review, Melanie! :)


Melanie Candace wrote: "Great review, Melanie! :)"

Thank you, Candace. You are such a sweetheart! <3 xx


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