Thursday, May 24, 2018

Wyrd and Wonder: Review of Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1) By Zoraida Córdova

Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1) by Zoraida Córdova
Publisher: Sourcebook Fire
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Format: ebook
Source: Kindle
My Rating: 

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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.
I've had this book on my TBR list for a really long time, and since it's Wyrd and Wonder I finally had the opportunity to force myself to read it. I had heard some great things about this book, but I had also heard some bad things so I went into this book wanting to make my own opinion about it. I ended up on the really positive side, as I really enjoyed this story the entire time I was reading it.

Based on some of the negative reviews I read, it seems like some readers liked the world building and the magical system, but Alex was the problem. I think that is a fair assessment, but for me I really liked reading from Alex's perspective. Alex seems like a really closed off character that just wanted everyone to leave her alone. I think I can relate to that feeling a lot. I think she is a little naive, but I think she learns and grows in the story when her selfish actions force her to come into her own and recognize her own strength.

I loved the world building in this novel. The other realm of Los Lagos was so vivid in the writing that I felt like I could see it so clearly. It does have a very Wonderland-esque quality to it, but that just made me love it more. I also thought the magical system and the religion of the Brujas was done really well. In this story that background felt so authentic and it just made sense to me. I like that the trope of "magic has a price" is in this book too, because I think it just makes magic being a real thing more believable.

I think what I like the most about this novel is that at it's core it's a Quest Story. Our hero Alex is a naive teen that thinks she know what she wants, and when it all goes horribly wrong she has to go on her quest in Los Lagos to right all the wrongs she does. Like every good Hero's journey she has companions that help her along the way too. I was suspicious of Nova the whole time, but Rishi! I loved her! I haven't read a lot of books with F/F pairings, so I was glad to read one with more representation. I also think this story is testament of being careful for what you wish for, because sometimes what we want is not actually what we need. I love stories like that.

This was a book that I just couldn't wait to have time to sit down and read, which I have found be a struggle for me lately. I liked this one a lot, and I definitely will be seeking out the next book in the series.

Have you read any of the Brooklyn Brujas novels? What do you think?

Happy Reads Everyone!