September 11, 2016

Not a Witch, a Bruja | Labyrinth Lost ARC Review

Not a Witch, a Bruja | Labyrinth Lost ARC ReviewLabyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas, #1) by Zoraida Córdova
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on September 6th 2016
Genres: Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 336
Source: ARC from Publisher
Goodreads

"Enchanting and complex. Every page is filled with magic."-Danielle Paige, New York Times best-selling author of Dorothy Must Die
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 intentions are as dark as the strange marks 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...
Praise for Labyrinth Lost:
"Zoraida Cordova's prose enchants from start to finish. Labyrinth Lost is pure magic." -Melissa Grey, author of The Girl at Midnight
"Magical and empowering, Labyrinth Lost is an incredible heroine's journey filled with mythos come to life; but at its heart, honors the importance of love and family." -Cindy Pon, author of Serpentine and Silver Phoenix
"A brilliant brown-girl-in-Brooklyn update on Alice in Wonderland and Dante's Inferno. Very creepy, very magical, very necessary." -Daniel Jose Older, author of Shadowshaper
"Labyrinth Lost is a magical story of love, family, and finding yourself. Enchanting from start to finish." -Amy Tintera, author of Ruined."

 


My Review

**I was so lucky to receive an ARC of Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova on Netgalley. This by no means effects the honesty of my opinion.**

When I began Labyrinth Lost I hadn’t heard much about it other than it was a diverse book about Latino version of witches (respectfully called bruja). With that being said, I was completely hooked. I love anything that deals with magic and that added with a different cultures spin on it I couldn’t help but pick it up.

This story centers on Alex, a bruja who would rather just be a regular teenager than have anything to do with the magic that flows through her veins. Past events have made Alex terrified of her magic and that fear and want to be normal trigger many disastrous events. These events lead her to the troubled boy Nova, a terrifyingly beautiful brujo that Alex cannot trust but feels a connection with that she has never felt with anyone else.

I felt absolutely immersed in this world of Alex and her family. Cordova paints such a beautiful picture of not only the magic but of Los Lagos, a sort of Limbo that has a very Wonderland mix of oddity and sinister nature. There were actual times where I could imagine this land and how devastated it had become due to events before the story started.

One of the things that I loved the most about this story was how important family and friendship are in Labyrinth Lost. It is weaved into every aspect of this story and that is completely awesome to me. When Alex wasn’t fighting or trying to find her family she had the support of her best friend Rashi. Alex is bisexual and there is a quasi love triangle between Alex, Rashi, and Nova but I was actually okay with it. The relationships and love/lust aspect seem to happen naturally without it seeming that Alex was going to pick one or the other. I especially love that Alex’s bisexuality was not used as a plot point. She just was bisexual and no one seemed to think one way or another about it and it was treated as completely normal.  I have read many stories that when the main character is bisexual that the story seems to lose all plot and it seems to become a story about the characters sexuality. I understand that these books are needed, but I think that books that normalize bisexuality, homosexuality, and all other types of diversity are needed as well!

The only thing that I had an issue with was the fact I did not find any danger to the quest Alex was on. I had a feeling that everything was always going to work out and in a way everything did. I loved the twists and turns that did happen and ultimately despite my issues with the pacing and lack of danger it did damage my overall love of this book. Labyrinth Lost is an excellent diverse read that will make you want to hug your family and believe in magic.

 

four-stars

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