Review of ‘Labyrinth Lost’ (Brooklyn Brujas #1)

By Cynthia Bujnicki

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
Sourcebooks Fire
Image Credit: Edelweiss

“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.” —Goodreads

Published by Sourcebooks Fire, Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova is a YA fantasy about finding oneself and loving one’s culture and family.

An enchanting Latinx story about magic, family, and being one’s true self. For Latin American people, this is an excellent read. Alex is not only a Latina, but she is also part of the LGBTQ community, and the novel is as much about her learning to love her culture as it is about learning to love herself. The fantasy in the novel is quite reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland, with Alex going through a portal to save her family from a wicked Bruja into Los Lagos, a mystical land.

Admittedly it has a slow start with Alex in refusal of her power, but once she reveals her power, the tension rises between her and her family. All she wants is to be a normal girl since she blames herself for her father, leaving them, but it is never quite that simple. Alex carries the weight of the world on her shoulders, and she does not have to. It reveals much about her personality, how she loves and cares, and how she carries the world on her shoulders.

Córdova does a fantastic job bringing to life the magic in the novel and the history of what it means to be a Bruja. Moreover, the journey into this magical world opens up the door for character development and a journey of self-discovery for Alex. The language, the pacing, the development of the story, they all make for an incredibly vibrant and inclusive read. (✮✮✮✮✰)

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Product Details:

Pub Date: Sept. 6, 2016

Page count: 336pp

Age Range: 14 & Over

ISBN: 978-1-4926-2094-5

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

List Price: $17.99

     
 

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