Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1) by Zoraida Cordova
Published September 6, 2016 by Sourcefire Books
Genres Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal
Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex preforms 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.
The main character, Alex is a bruja, a very powerful witch who accidentally makes her family disappear during her Deathday celebration, while attempting to rid herself of the magic that she hates. Los Lagos can only be described as a weird Wonderland, stated in the books synopsis. She learns where in Los Lagos her family is and with Nova as her guide, they attempt to undo the mistake she made and find her family. This book is much different from anything I have recently read and I thought the author did a great job with the world building. I liked Alex; she is strong and determined and also seems very comfortable in her own skin. However, in the beginning of the book, she sounds kind of like a whiny, spoiled brat for a little while, which kind of annoyed me. She moves past this as we get further into the book. Overall, I thought the story and plot were good and moved as a good pace throughout the book. I felt like we got to know the main character quite well and like I said, the world building and writing is really well done. I gave this book a 3.5 because it just didn’t have that spark that got me really personally invested in the characters, but overall I did really like it. And this book does contain a lot of diversity that I don’t see very often in young adult fantasy books.The ending did intrigue me and I am planning on reading the next book when it comes out. I imagine that this book will be very popular, as I have heard many other bloggers rave about it in the last few weeks. And the cover is absolutely stunning. If you like young adult fantasy and in particular, witches, I imagine you will love this book. Thank you to Sourcefire books for sending me an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review. Happy reading!