Labyrinth Lost

Labyrinth Lost❮Reading❯ ➼ Labyrinth Lost Author Zoraida Córdova – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relativesAlex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generationand she hates magic At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a sp Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relativesAlex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generationand 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 skinThe 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. 3.5 Stars This was an enjoyable, magical read I put it off my TBR for so many years for no reason, and I m satisfied having finally read it Labyrinth Lost is a colorful paranormal story brimming with diversity We follow an all POC main cast, specifically a bisexual latinx main character and it features a relationship between two girls I very much enjoyed the latin mythology, family dynamics, and mystery of the world It felt very Alice in Wonderland meets Percy Jackson and had a lot of 3.5 Stars This was an enjoyable, magical read I put it off my TBR for so many years for no reason, and I m satisfied having finally read it Labyrinth Lost is a colorful paranormal story brimming with diversity We follow an all POC main cast, specifically a bisexual latinx main character and it features a relationship between two girls I very much enjoyed the latin mythology, family dynamics, and mystery of the world It felt very Alice in Wonderland meets Percy Jackson and had a lot of potential.On the other hand, I didn t truly fall for any of the characters I don t feel they will stick with me for a very long time I felt the love triangle was tired and unnecessary Overall, I just wasn t fully engaged in the story, which is a shame because the world felt so immersive at the story I thoroughly enjoy the story, but I feel I COULD have enjoyed itwill definitely plan on reading the sequel though it may take me another few years for it to take priority and I would recommend to those looking fordiverse fantasy tales 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 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 strange as it is treacherous.No doubt that the most memorable thing about this first in a new series book is the world building, aka Los Lagos, itself Reminiscent of Wonderland, it makes the reader question every element that is part of it and surprises the crap out of them with twists and turns they will not see coming.On the negative side of things, while Los Lagos is very creative and brings to life an adventure as memorable as possible, I kept thinking as I was reading that this would make a fantastic cartoon series Why this is a negative thing is because I never felt the urgency of the situation Alex needing to save her parents by facing countless obstacles.It was like watching a beautiful cartoon show Whenever the characters are in danger, you feel for them but you don t actually panic because you know nothing bad is really going to happen since it s an animated story for young viewers, and so, you think everyone is bound to find their happily ever after in the end.Which is not the end of the world necessarily, just something I had to mention After all, it was a very entertaining read for me I also admired the diversity in it as well as the culture we are introduced to There are even, at the beginning of each chapter, little quotes meant to plunge us deeper into the world The main character herself is bisexual and, although the romance remains, throughout the story, in a relatively idle state, it is kindled towards the end.In short, Labyrinth Lost is a gripping adventure you ll wish you were part of.Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin Find me on Instagram TwitterWe 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 destinyThank 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 fa Find me on Instagram TwitterWe 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 destinyThank 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 love with this book as well Although I did enjoy Labyrinth Lost overall, I did feel as if it was missing something that would give it that WOW factor It was good but it didn t have that quality to it that made me want to keep turning the page and not put the book down The story kept me fairly entertained but it just didn t really stand out to me.Labyrinth Lost was definitely not a bad book I was actually completely invested in the story right from the very beginning I was absolutely swept away by the creatures, the magic, and the world itself The characters weren t necessarily great or anything special They were simply just okay I think the supporting characters werelikable than the main character herself Alex wasn t really distinguishable from all the other heroines I ve read about She can easily get lost in the long list of YA heroines that we ve all come across.As for the villain in the story, also known as The Devourer, she could probably win an award for worst villain ever The development in her character was just very lacking She wasn t close to intimidating or scary We got a glimpse at her background story but it didn t really do much to develop her character, or maybe at that point I really just wasn t invested in the story We barely get see much of her so to be brutally honest, I simply just did not care for her There were even some times where I forgot that she was even a part of the story.The story started off fairly strong but that momentum started to die off gradually when we got to the middle It was easy for me to read and keep going in the beginning but once we got through half of the book, the pacing began to feel a little slow and I started to lose my interest In addition to that, the ending felt rushed and anticlimactic.Going into Labyrinth Lost, I was aware that there would be a female female pairing, which sort of surprised me because I expected Nova to be Alejandra s love interest based on the synopsis on the back of the book But I was all for it because we do needF F representation in young adult books In fact, it s sad to say that I probably only know a handful of books that have F F pairings in them So when I heard that Labyrinth Lost would feature a F F relationship, I knew I just had to get my hands on a copy of this book.After reading the book however, I m not going to lie, I was not a fan of Rishi and Alex as a couple I greatly appreciate Zoraida s attempt at a F F pairing but it just did not work for me Rishi and Alejandra were just plain AWKWARD Their sweet , little moments felt terribly forced and cringey, and they had little to zero chemistry I just couldn t buy into their relationship no matter how much I wanted to especially since I thought the couple was very dull and underdeveloped For a couple that s supposed to be the one that actually happens, we don t really get much development between the two so it came off as a little insta lovey It also didn t help that I did not love Rishi s character at all I felt that her character had no real purpose besides providing our heroine with a female love interest because she added nothing whatsoever to the storyline I think I would ve enjoyed her better as a best friend rather than a love interest Whenever I think of Rishi all I can think of in my head is, Why are you even here As much as I was hoping to root for a F F couple, I think Nova would ve been asuitable partner for Alex because we actually grew accustomed to them as a pair from the very beginning We get to see them develop and work together eventhan Rishi and Alex His feelings werebelievable and understandable On top of that, Nova was just all around a better character compared to Rishi His character actually had depth and was likable In fact, he was my favorite character in this whole book Rishi was simply just there for the purpose of a romantic storyline.While Labyrinth Lost does have it s high points, it does have its share of low points as well Although the characters weren t the driving force of this book, I was able to find joy in the magic and the world building In terms of romance, personally, the female female pairing didn t quite work for me but the effort and the thought that Zoraida has put into the couple does not go unnoticed I applaud Zoraida s attempts at incorporating diversity in regards to relationships and the Latin culture Labyrinth Lost ultimately felt like a Latin version of Alice in Wonderland and it will definitely leave you feeling as if you were falling into the black hole and into the magical world of Los Lagos OUT NOW DShe 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 Thankfullyauthors 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 C rdova has created something so ahead of what I ve read in Y OUT NOW DShe 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 Thankfullyauthors 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 C rdova has created something so ahead of what I ve read in YA, so far Yes, this is a story about witches No, you haven t read anything like it.It has all the dark magic and trickery, you d expect from witches, but also so muchIn between this journey that Alex must take there is self acceptance, the strength of love from family, and unfaltering loyalty in friendships This book has the perfect balance between good , evil , and everything in betweenIn the beginning, we re introduced to the three sisters, and witches Alex no powers yet , Rose psychic , and Lada healer All of them has distinct qualities to them, which are mimicked by their powers, but their shared bond is what I loved reading about the most They have the complex sister relationship that only sisters can really get.Fast forward a bit, and it s Alex s death day, a ritual marking the day she fully comes into her powers, which have finally shown themselves But. she s decided to change the rules And she wishes all the magic in her to disappear, not realizing her family s power is a part of her too And so.they disappear This leads to her journey to through Los Lagos, a land overcome with darkness, with a boy she knows nothing about Nova, the brujo boy witch , was my absolute favorite character, sorry Alex He is such an interesting, complex character and there is still so much of his story we still don t know SO excited to seeof him He holds her.She saves him.He saves her He wants her.He loves herIt s all an addictive, perfectly paced is that a thing ride The perfect mix of darkness, humor, friendship, betrayals, and family No spoilers here, but some important details I left out there are bi and lesbian main characters majority, if not all, of the characters are POC BASICALLY EVERYTHING I VE NEEDED.The ending is satisfying, but also leaves you wantingthank god this is a series Not 100% sure that I ll be able to handle waiting until the next one, which will be published god knows when. but I m excited to where Alex s story is headed Oh, and prepare for all the craziness at the end pretty sure I died.Thank you so much to Netgalley and Sourcebooks for the ARC 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 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 characters Diversity was definitely done right in this one For a long time, I wanted nothingthan to be ordinary As we run through the changing paths of this maze, I realize I was never ordinary to begin with We are built a certain way, and the only thing I regret is that it took me so long to see thatA story full of Latin American blended elements and beliefs, a whole diverse cast who prays to their Deos and craft their spells as brujos and brujas, sprinkled touches of the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland, and a little touch of biFor a long time, I wanted nothingthan to be ordinary As we run through the changing paths of this maze, I realize I was never ordinary to begin with We are built a certain way, and the only thing I regret is that it took me so long to see thatA story full of Latin American blended elements and beliefs, a whole diverse cast who prays to their Deos and craft their spells as brujos and brujas, sprinkled touches of the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland, and a little touch of bisexuality It felt like this was everything I had been wanting to read Everything is imaginative Zoraida created a wonderful and beautiful atmosphere that you can only imagine Los Lagos as it is described beautiful yet dangerous Brooklyn is also not just any Brooklyn, but it is filled with promising elements of Catholicism with touches of spells, witchcraft, and ingredients that make the whole house smell like rose petals were thrown One of the biggest reasons why I had been wanting to read Labyrinth Lost for such a long time was primarily because Zoraida is recognized as one of the most promising and most beautiful writers in the Latino community in YA Diversity, including different ethical and racial backgrounds, in YA will never be something I will get tired of or grow weary of It will always be wonderful and refreshing to read about something close enough to one s culture and traditions especially like this oneWe 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 destinyAlex comes from a family of brujos and brujas Her two sisters have already discovered their powers and she knows the history of her mother, father, uncles and aunties, and manyancestors She knows that she is also a bruja, but she didn t think she was an Encantrix, the most powerful witch in the generation The thing is, Alex seems to not care much about what and who she is She doesn t want to find out what her powers are and what she can do Her Deathday, the ritual performed where her ancestors are summoned and give their blessings, is pushed forward so her powers becomeaware and stronger When she starts noticing that is has begun, she tries throwing in her own spells One thing she didn t look out for was the price she has to pay after not accepting her tradition her family vanishing Now, as she regrets the choice she made, Alex knows that there is no one who can help her bring her family back except for Nova, a mysterious brujo Alex knows she can t trust but does so anyway because he s the only one who knows her, the only one who knows about her potential As the two begin their journey, Alex findsthan what she knew secrets, betrayals, untold stories, and spells she never knew about.Labyrinth Lost isn t only about magic and fantasy components, it is about family dynamics and how much family really means to you It is about right or wrong and about looking twice because you never know if the person you are trusting is only leading you to your own captivityThey ve decided that tomorrow will be my Deathday My ancestors will rise, and I will make my sacrifice The Deos gave me this power And I m going to give it backWhile reading this, I couldn t help but be reminded of my family Cordova stated in the end that she included Latin American influences into the story because of how her family or ancestors have practiced these beliefs Cordova comes from an Ecuadorian background, and when she stated the differences between a Bruja and a Witch, what Day of the Dead in this story is, what these Deos are, everything about my culture came rushing into me and all I wanted to do was get together with my family and learnabout our representation, about our backgrounds from Africa, Europe, and from its Indigenous traits In Latin America, it is popular and common to see brujer a, or these brujos and brujas performing spells for any kind revenge, love, death, blessings Although I was enjoying this, for the most part, I couldn t help but find myself bored as I kept reading The whole idea of Alex not wanting to be a bruja and know about her powers but instead want to live an ordinary life sounded very promising to me, and I couldn t help but root for Alex and her choice But, like in every other YA book, the author has to take the idea, theme, and the story of the book into a whole different side of the original story, misplacing things and not having it stay true to what it holds There were quite a lot of unnecessary obstacles in this story, like the love triangle, the villain, and even the ending Throughout the whole book, I loved the character of Alex I could see where she was coming from and understand her point of view She made dumb choices and didn t think wisely enough to later realize she was the fool, but I could see why Alex was struggling with herself, her identity, and her acceptance Alex was a character that was forced into accepting a life she didn t ask for, didn t want, and her arc was developed it a nice manner She was able to fight for herself, realize her foolish decisions, and come to the conclusion that family is one the most important aspects in anyone s life She also came to find love, friendships, and important family dynamics she needed to understand and appreciate, whether she wanted to or not With that being said, I couldn t appreciate her bisexuality I did appreciate the acceptance of her with her mother and family, but I couldn t get into the f f romance Rishi felt like a side character that deserved less than what she had There was nothing she offered expect excuses, pain, eye rolls, and unnecessary cries I feel like Rishi shouldn t have been in her world in Los Lagos and shouldn t have jumped into the portal Zoraida did a pretty well done job of adding this f f romance, but it wasn t done well enough It felt forced, there was zero chemistry, the scenes between the two girls were not romantic but instead laughable and awkward, and everything Rishi did end up getting her in a troubled situation only to have Alex be the heroine and blame herself.I can t lie, I didn t even know this had a love triangle and the main character was bisexual I really read the synopsis thinking Alex was gonna end up with Nova, but I didn t think about a sapphic side character who would throw away the whole romance aspect of this If I had to choose Rishi over Nova, I would choose Nova Although he was mysterious, a liar, and part of the unnecessary and unwanted love triangle, there waspotential he had for Alex than Rishi Just like Alex, he s a brujo, and there wasthan he offered than Rishi herself Although his full story is a mystery and we don t know what happened to him in the end, there is muchI want to know about him and not of Rishi I feel like he should have been the main love interest because we still got to know him , we still got to follow him through the journey with Alex, and we also got to see that he truly fell for Alex He cared for her even if she didn t think so but he also had his reasons Like Alex, he wanted to be different He didn t accept his powers and who he was, but he had no choice but to be full of betrayal and a life controlled I feel like Cordova wanted to addrepresentation into this that she thought she had to add a female love interest for the main character and throw the male lead even if she knew we would fall for him Of course, he s like many other YA male characters, but he isn t all of it He s got the tattoos, the bright eyes, the buzzcut, the mystery, the smirks, the bad boy looks, but he also has genuine compassion, care, love, and hints of love and friendship Nova deserved better, and I m really hoping we get to find outabout him sooner or laterBrujas don t lay their dead alone in wooden boxes We build them shrines and equip them for what comes next When I was little, I thought it was a grand thing I didn t realize the bodies were dead I didn t realize we filled their mouths with flowers or pot gold coins on their eyelids so they wouldn t reach the afterlife empty handed Little eyes don t see the consequences of adultsIf an author is gonna write a story with a villain that is described as the most ferocious and crucial who can blow you into the sky with one simple and small push of her power, they should make it sound realistic I couldn t believe how Zoraida wrote the character of the Devourer, also known as the villain in this, and how unrealistic her arc was Everything she did, every power she pushed was actually bizarre She was weak, spoiled even, and thought she wasn t gonna be killed by an ordinary girl who couldn t figure out her powers I mean, that ending Really Zoraida It s as if the ending just had to happen, one way or the other, and the author couldn t manage a way to properly ending, by leaving readers surprised, shocked, or even wantingof the villain vs the heroine These are the villains that try fooling you into thinking they have it all power, looks, strategy, but then you keep reading and end up finding out on your own that they re not what every fiber in them makes them, they re less than they actually are Since I mentioned side characters, I ll have to say and admit that no character in this is really likable, except Nova, Alex, and Rose Lula, Alex s mom, her cousins, aunts and uncles, and everyone else, they felt unneeded as well I can see why they were included though For Alex s Deathday, her ancestors had to rise, but I guess, like every other character, I wish there wasto them I wish we had gotten snippets or short stories of the family of Alex, especially her Tia Juanita and Tia Ro Lula, as previously mentioned, was one of the most selfish and egoist characters I had read about She tried forcing Alex into accepting herself She wasn t what an older sister should be, she was just a sister Honestly, I kept getting reminded of Margo from To All the Boys I ve Loved Before which is strange because they re completely different characters, both in a realistic and fantasy way What I m trying to say is that both older sisters tried forcing their younger sisters into things they didn t want and they kept blaming them for every troubled situation caused I feel like Lula doesn t deserve a story of her own, but its out anyway and I can t do much about it This is also just reminding me of The Last Namsara and The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccarelli and how the stories are about different characters I don t even care about Lula, I care about Alex and Nova and if they still have a platonic friendship, at least.Don t be fooled, this really isn t like the 1986 fantasy film, Labyrinth where David Bowie plays Jareth I wouldn t really consider it a retelling They re completely different plots, characters, and the theme is different too I wish I could say I m excited to start reading book 2 and dive into the story of Lula, but I don t want to lie If I had known that before and if I had read this before buying Bruja Born, I wouldn t have bothered Although I didn t enjoy this, for the most part, talking about the plot and characters, I do appreciate everything Zoraida incorporated Her writing is simple but convincing, having you turn page by page because of how easy and gripping even if it to follow the story The atmosphere of Brooklyn set as a witchcraft, a store where there are spells for sale, a luxurious and mysterious place where your ancestors roam around as ghosts and you wish you could see hug them but you can t because they are thin air, vanishing where they are held captive, all of it is beautifully described and it truly made me imagine this world of the Brooklyn Brujas in my headAnd at night, under the cloak of stars, they tell the fledlings stories of the Thief, the Magpie, and the Bruja who destroyed the Devourer 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 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 witchesSpells are for witches Brujas do cantos.All brujas are witches but not all witches are brujasAlex 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 quincea era, but with ghosts from your family blessing your journey, tooThat s the thing, my love Even if you don t think of the dead, the dead are thinking of youAfter 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 heartNot all loves are meant to last forever Some burn like fire until there is nothing left but ash and black ink on skinThis 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 seeingof those magical side characters There is also a decent sized surprise at the end, which for sure left me wanting some questions answered Blog Twitter Tumblr Instagram Youtube Twitch If you re a fan of CHARMED, you ll fall for these bruja sisters immediately I definitely did I really like the concept, the world and the familial relationships, but I wanted a littleThere 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 seeof what was shown to me.I m very much looking forward to seeing what the sequel holds, though 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 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