Series: Brooklyn Brujas #1
Publisher : Sourcebooks Fire
Genre : Young Adult |Fantasy
Page Count: 368
Synopsis : 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. (From Goodreads)
CW: Panic attacks, animal kill, blood, selfharm for blood magic.
As I was reading Labyrinth Lost, my brain kept screaming Why Why WHY WHY haven’t you read this before. I obviously know the answer to this. It’s because other books always got in the way, but I FINALLY DID IT and omg it was so freaking great, absolutely exceeded my expectations that were already high, so that says a lot. Anyway, I’ll stop rambling because I have a lot of gushing ahead of me. Buckle up, friends!
The first thing that pulled me into the book before anything major happened is the writing. It’s well balanced, gripping and intense when needed and lighter (emphasis on ER) the rest of the time. It’s absolutely MAGICAL, that’s the best word to describe it, I could feel the magic coming through the words not just the events. The descriptions are very visual, dark and eery, and absolutely, 110% immersive, I could easily imagine what was happening and where it was happening at any given time.
The plot sounds pretty standard, right? Girl does something foolish that comes back and bites her in the behind (in Alex’s case, sending her family to another dimension) so she goes on a journey to fix it. And eventhough some parts of it were predictable to me, I definitely did NOT mind it, because it’s incredibly well done, so loaded with magic and culture that I could feel it clinging to me. I can’t remember the last time an urban fantasy book pulled me in so quickly and completely. I was on the edge of my sit, wondering what would happen next. The story is ADDICTING, you just want to keep reading and reading. And it’s not only great and fast paced, it’s also funny and has its cute moments.
Add to that the fact that the way Zoraida Cordova created and unveiled Los Lagos little by little, explaining every bit of it, giving everything a reason and a purpose and keeping us guessing as to what’s coming next made Labyrinth Lost unputdownable. There’s one part that might seem insignificant or small but that actually made me love this book more is how the police got involved when things got out of hand in the beginning, because most urban fantasies have their supernatural beings live in the human world but so completely removed from it and no one ever notices when things blow up or people disappear.
Alex is an amazing character to follow, she’s fierce and protective of the people she loves but absolutely terrified of her own power, repressing it against what everyone wants for her and tells her to do, and the more she does that the more out of control it grows THE MORE SHE DOES IT, it’s a vicious circle that makes her do rash and selfish things (which is what got her into this mess to begin with). The book isn’t only about Alex’s journey to save her family but it’s also about her inner journey towards finding herself and that was wonderful to witness. She goes from not fitting in, feeling like the outsider among her people, being scared of herself to this kickass powerful bruja who fully embraces her magic.
Labyrinth Lost is adamant on proving a point. Which is that other kinds of love hold the same value as romantic love. Especially family, it’s such an essential part to the story, love keeps Alex going, love keeps her family believing, love made her best friend Rishi do everything and anything for her. Speaking of Rishi, I LOVE HER TO PIECES, and their best friends to lovers was the softest, most endearing relationship to ever bless these eyes. You can see that their friendship is more important to them than anything and that their romantic feelings are just a bonus, in the way they talk to each other and ABOUT each other. It’s just so *clutches chest* BEAUTIFUL.
That’s it until next time.
Did you read Labyrinth Lost? If so, what did you think?
Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.