Skip to main content

Book Review: Labyrinth Lost

Title: Labyrinth Lost
Author: Zoraida Córdova
Series: Brooklyn Brujas #1
Length: 336 pages
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication date: September 6, 2016
Diversity: Most characters are Latina/Afro-Latina; Hindu character; two queer characters (no labels used)
Source: eARC from NetGalley

This book was so unique. There were certain parts that reminded me of other books that I've read, or parts of the plot that were definitely tropes, but everything was executed so wonderfully that I didn't even care. (Much. Basically just enough to notice.)

I didn't quite judge this book by its cover, although it is a wonderful cover. I did judge it from the first few pages. It starts with a beautiful map of Los Lagos, and I'm a firm believer that a map makes any fantasy book better. And then, we get to the first sentence: "The second time I saw my dead Aunt Rosaria, she was dancing." If that doesn't get your attention, I don't know what will.

The best part about this book is the world that it's set in. It includes a Brooklyn infused with magic and Los Lagos, a completely magical land with new surprises at every turn. I was intrigued by the blurb, and it surpassed all of my expectations. The vivid descriptions and beautiful writing take this world from interesting to incredible. A few of the explanations were glossed over so that the action wouldn't slow down too much, but I understood what was happening.

One of my favorite things about the world was that magic has its consequences. In this world, it's called a "recoil," and it shows that performing magic takes something out of you. Not that I have any expertise in the area, but I'm pretty sure that fighting with magic should be just as tiring as fighting with physical weapons, and this world showed that perfectly.

And then there's the diversity! I'm always excited about diversity in fantasy books, even when it's not a focus, because so often it feels like diversity is making leaps and bounds in contemporaries and then everything else is just filled with straight white people (not to mention cisgender, get the picture). I wish more books were like this - and on top of that, it's #ownvoices, if that gets you more interested. It's just one of the many things this book has going for it.

What's your favorite diverse fantasy book? What's a book with a great first line? Tell me in the comments!

Goodreads description:
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...


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

August Wrap-Up

I'm having a bunch of weird feelings about it being the last day of August right now. I mean, I love autumn, and I'm SO EXCITED that summer is coming to an end because it means cooler temperatures and flannel and pumpkin-flavored things and pretty colors, but at the same time...there's just no way that today's the last day of August. That's not a thing that's happening right now in my head. It's just not. I think I'm stuck near the end of July somewhere.

And with the end of August comes the end of summer break. Within a week, I'll be starting my second year of college! Equal parts exciting and intimidating. The week or so is definitely going to be hectic, what with moving and such, so any posts I manage to get up will be scheduled in advance.

August was a pretty great reading month for me - I was actually hoping to get a bit more in, considering it's my last month of 2017 without classes, but I think I still did rather well. And in terms of star …

Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017

So, I haven't posted since the beginning of the month, because finals totally destroyed me. But I'm here now! And for the gazillionth time in four months, I'm saying that I'm gonna get back onto a normal posting schedule. But for now, I have plenty of things to post this week since it's one of my favorite times of year - wrapping things up at the very end!

Yes, it's nearly the end of 2017. And personally, I will not be sorry about kissing this year goodbye. I've had a pretty good reading year, and not a bad personal year! But 2017 as a global phenomenon has not been great, and I don't think I'm alone in that sentiment. It's made me really want to focus on the good this year, especially in the form of books! So without further ado, here are my top ten books I read this year.

10. LADY MIDNIGHT by Cassandra Clare (The Dark Artifices #1): Based on all the other Cassandra Clare books I've read, I was in no way expecting this to make it onto my favo…

Ten Books I Want My Cousins to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's theme: Ten Books You Want Your Children/Godchildren/Young Relatives/Etc. To Read.

Hi, everyone! *waves* Long time, no post. School kind of...ate me. But I'm back, at least for today. I don't know what I'm going to do about a consistent schedule, and I don't know whether I'm going to really start back now, but here I am. And what better place to start than a Top Ten Tuesday?

When I saw this week's Top Ten Tuesday prompt, my mind immediately went to my cousins, specifically the ones that are closest to my age. I have a feeling that the books I picked are more YA than a lot of other people's lists, because my cousins aren't all that little anymore! I'm the oldest of that group, and I love them dearly even though I don't get to see them a lot. There are so many books out there that I think they'd enjoy or that I think would be valuable for them to read (or both), so …