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Labyrinth Lost

byZoraida Cordova

Hardcover | September 6, 2016

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An NPR Best Young Adult Book of 2016Tor.com's Best YA SFF of 2016A Bustle Best Book of 2016 SelectionA Paste Magazine's Best Books of 2016The only way to get her family back is to travel to a land in between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland? 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's not sure she can trust, but who may be Alex's only chance at saving her family.Praise for Labyrinth Lost:Enchanting and complex. Every page is filled with magic."-Danielle Paige, New York Times best-selling author of Dorothy Must Die"? enchants from start to finish. Labyrinth Lost is pure magic." -Melissa Grey, author of The Girl at Midnight"Magical and empowering, Labyrinth Lost is an incredible heroine's journey filled with mythos come to life; but at its heart, honors the importance of love and family." -Cindy Pon, author of Serpentine and Silver Phoenix"A brilliant brown-girl-in-Brooklyn update on Alice in Wonderland and Dante's Inferno. Very creepy, very magical, very necessary."-Daniel Jose Older, author of Shadowshaper"

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Zoraida Cordova was born in Ecuador and raised in Queens, New York. She is the author of the Vicious Deep trilogy, the On the Verge series, and Labyrinth Lost. She loves black coffee, snark, and still believes in magic. Send her a tweet @Zlikeinzorro or visit her at zoraidacordova.com.
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Title:Labyrinth LostFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.18 inPublished:September 6, 2016Publisher:SourcebooksLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Expected More This book was a 3.5 for me. I love the idea of it, the magic and the world. But I couldn't fall in love with the main character so I didn't enjoy it as much.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from fun read Fun read full of magic and representation! which honestly make it even better.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Representation!!! Part of the reason I loved this was because it was about a hispanic girl who also happens to be a witch. I am Mexican American and growing up I don't remember reading books with characters that had a life like mine. And when I was little I used to love pretending I was a witch! So this book was basically the book I needed when I was a child. It definitely did not let me down. It was magical, and heartbreaking, and the story really pulled me in. I am so excited for the next books in the series!
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 3.5/5 This is more of a 3.5/5. The mythology in it was fresh and new compared to the hundreds of Greek mythology YA books are out there, and the writing was beautiful and descriptive and set me right into Los Lagos with our heroes. The book does fall victim to some silly YA tropes (the love triangle being the biggest one), but overall a great story and a great foundation for the rest of the series that I will definitely be reading!
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charmed Meets Alice in Wonderland Wow. I've always been a fan of witches and had very high expectations for this book, and I was far from disappointed. A magical read through and through, with loads of diversity, this book is a must-read for Charmed fans.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good start - can't wait for the next! This is more of a 3.5/5. The mythology in it was fresh and new compared to the hundreds of Greek mythology YA books are out there, and the writing was beautiful and descriptive and set me right into Los Lagos with our heroes. The book does fall victim to some silly YA tropes (the love triangle being the biggest one), but overall a great story and a great foundation for the rest of the series that I will definitely be reading!
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical Read <i>"Love is Lula. Love is my mom. Love is Rose. Loves is in this power that I never asked for but courses through my veins like the blood of my ancestors."</i></p> I had high expectations when I first picked up this book, and I was definitely not disappointed.</p> Labyrinth Lost tells the story of Alex, a powerful bruja who wants nothing to do with her powers, and take actions to get rid of them. On her Deathday, she performs a spell to get rid of them, but it backfires and makes her entire family disappear. To rescue them, Alex must go down to Los Lagos, which has a delightful Wonderland-esque vibe, with the help of Nova, a brujo she's only known for a few days.</p> This novel gave me vibes of Charmed and Alice in Wonderland, but even more enjoyable thanks to all the diversity in the story. The main character's latina and so is the rest of her family, and I'm pretty sure there were no white characters in the entire story. On top of that, the protagonist is LGBTQ, and all of that combined makes this book even more wonderful. There's no excuse not to read diverse books when books like Labyrinth Lost are out there, just saying.</p> Also, as an only child, I've always loved reading about siblings, and the relationship between Alex and her sisters was simply delightful. I fell in love with the Mortiz family, and I honestly can't wait to read the next novel of the Brooklyn Brujas series.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review Number of pages: 315 Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1 Rating (out of five stars): 2.5 I think where Labyrinth Lost loses points is in it being way too short for the story it’s trying to tell. In fact, most of my criticisms have to do with Labyrinth Lost being too short. Firstly, there is very little world building. Most things are simply explained as these two gods did this, don’t question the gods. Things needed to be explained more often than they were. I knew nothing about Brujas or anything surrounding them going into Labyrinth Lost, and even after reading it, I still know nothing about them, which is a bit of an issue considering they are the main focus of the story. The characters are also fairly one dimensional. The only thing I know about Alex is that she hates her powers, the only thing I know about Lula is that she is pretty and likes her powers, I know absolutely nothing about the mom, and the only thing I know about Rishi is that she is Alex’s friend. There really isn’t any character development. The romance is interesting, yet completely unbelievable from Alex’s perspective. I personally saw it coming from the other character involved from a mile away, but Alex never does anything to show she loves the other character. Again, Alex is really focused on getting rid of her magic, and she really doesn’t really think about anything else. However, Alex doesn’t end up with the overly predictable love interest, so I guess that’s a plus. There’s never really any fear that Alex will fail to save her family. She wanders around and wastes precious time, yet there is never any urgency to save the day. There also isn’t a whole lot of danger for a place labeled as dangerous. The characters go about their quest completely unconcerned. They even give away half their food supply in a world where they don’t know what is safe to eat and how long the journey will be, but don’t worry because they don’t really eat for the second half of the book. Overall, while I’m open to reading the sequel, Labyrinth Lost was too short to properly accomplish its goals.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from DID NOT FINISH I was more than halfway through this book when I gave up on it. Two reasons: 1. The book is riddled with mistakes; as a student in book publishing, this is so upsetting. Clearly the copy-editor/proofreader didn't do their jobs properly. I counted twelve glaring errors before I stopped counting. 2. The plot, frankly, doesn't make much sense. It starts off really really promising, and the book has definitely succeeded in making me 10x more interested in Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations and culture. But, towards the middle of the novel, the plot starts to fall apart. Things laughably don't make sense. That, or the characters are supposed to be incredibly dense. I also don't believe that flirting is appropriate when you're entire family's lives are on the line--but really, yes, that's what Alex Mortiz does: no, she doesn't spend every moment panicking or even worrying about her family while she searches for them--instead she spends 99% of the time arguing with Nova in that annoying YA formula that is supposed to mean they'll fall in love. COULD NOT STAND. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I was confused... but it was good Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova had a lot of potential. I fell in love with the idea of Alice in Wonderland mixed in with a little bit of Limbo filled me with excitement. Now I won't say that this book was terrible, I did still enjoy it but I felt like it didn't live up to the potential it could've. There were aspects I really enjoyed, but their were some that threw me off. Firstly lets talk about the love interests, I was aware that there was likely to be a F/F pairing because of what I had been hearing. To be truthfully honest it was probably one of the reasons why I picked it up. There's not a lot of F/F pairings in the world of YA novels, well not nearly as much as it could be or as much as I wished there to be. I loved Alex and Rishi, however I didn't liked them as a pairing. As individuals I liked both characters. They had quirky traits to make me love them individual but not as a whole. I felt like cute scenes were forced, we as readers didn't truthfully get to see things develop. I liked the idea of maybe Nova and Alex together, because of us seeing the development, but even then I wouldn't have pictured them together either. I really was cheering for Alex and Rishi, and at times I did love the fact of them being together, but something about the chemistry was off. This in turn just caused me to cringe sometimes. I had high hopes for this F/F pairing, but unfortunately that part of the story didn't get fulfilled for me as a reader. Now I actually really loved the world building for Los Lagos. I was really looking forward to this twisted dead wonderland kind of thing, and it totally lived up to this. There was complexity behind it. The writing was really brilliant and I would give Zoraida a huge round of applause for this aspect of the novel. This part of the Labyrinth Lost is what did actually live up to the potential I had felt for the book in the first place. I felt submersed but not suffocated . Everything worked well together and everything had a place.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This was an exciting, character-driven adventure that I really enjoyed. I loved Alejandra and Rishi, they were so dang cute together. The book had excellent queer rep, to me, and I really liked the f/f relationship. In fact, all of the interactions between all of the characters were really great. I loved how family and familial love was the overall theme of the book, it made me wish I had a giant loving family like Alejandra's. The worldbuilding and folklore behind the magic and Los Lagos was really interesting and immersed me into the story. I hope the sequel comes out soon, I'm looking forward to it!
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fun, magical book! Actual rating: 4.5 / 5. Where do I even start with this book? The descriptions were so vivid and lively, and made me feel like I was right there with the characters. The development of the magical aspect and Los Lagos was well done and sucked me right in, for sure. The pacing was also good and didn't slow down at all for me. Each chapter was carefully crafted and vital to the story, even if it didn't quite make sense until closer to the ending. There were definitely some surprising moments, ones that had me at the edge of my seat, and ones that had me talking to the pages as if I had any sort of influence on the characters' decisions. I absolutely adore Córdova's writing, and am definitely exciting to read more by her! I enjoyed that such a large focus of this book was on Alejandra's family, which is always refreshing and fun to read about. Especially since they're magical! Hooray for magic! Hooray for magical women! There was still some romance, although it was not as important as the love between family members. That being said, I'm happy with who Alejandra "ends up with", despite it not being a focal point. The only reason why I took away half a star is because I wish we got to learn more about Rishi. In my eyes she's an important character, but I feel like I only know her at the surface. It would have been nice to get to know her as well as we got to know the other main characters. With all of this in mind, I still absolutely adored this book. The world was wonderfully built and the characters had a certain kind of chemistry between them, making for an adventurous, intense, and, in the end, heart-warming story.
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Diversity Shines In This One For months now I have been searching for a book about witches. I love fantasy and I always gravitate towards books about witches. As soon as I saw the cover and read the words “burja” I knew this was the perfect book for me. From the beginning this book was action packed. At no point in this book did I want to take a pause and go do something else. I just kept wanting more. This is so rare for me that when it happens I do something completely embarrassing… I may or may not hug the book and squeal. In my mind. Yes, not in real life. *rolls eyes* In the beginning we are introduced to 3 sisters, 3 witches (brujas). Alex (typical protagonist with no powers but who is clearly special), Lela (healer) and Rose (psychic). As you’re reading you’re thinking okay this is definitely YA but I can get on board because the characters are funny and there’s a hint to magic. A few chapters down the line and you’re hooked! I know you will be because how can you not when this book is deliciously gory, evil, good, funny, dark, mysterious, fast-paced, _____enter all the adjectives here____. I’m raving about this book and I feel as though I’m just rambling but in all seriousness guys if you’re looking for a great YA read I highly suggest pre-ordering this one.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not My Favourite This one started off so strong -- for the first 60% I was LOVING it. It was easily on it's way to being a 4* novel but then at 60% it has a Tea Party scene which is very reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland and while that's fine, it caused me to think about them rather than stay in the story of LABYRINTH LOST and from there I kind of mentally checked out of the novel. As well, the ending was very underwhelming and I found I couldn't really connect with the characters. I didn't like Alex at all. I thought she made some stupid choices and while I liked that she saw her magic as a burden, I didn't like that she didn't talk it through with her mom or family before deciding to get rid of it. I didn't care about her or having to find her family and what not. I just didn't care. And the other characters were meh as well. If I had to choose a favourite, I would probably say Lula and that is a stretch. I thought that this one so badly wanted to have sequels that it left things very vague at the end, especially with her aunt and Nova. I am okay with this having a complete narrative in this novel, but I didn't care enough about the characters to want a sequel so it just felt as thought there was a stretch to have unanswered questions and a semi-cliffhanger. But honestly, I wasn't here for it. And as much as I'm like "yay healthy bisexuality!" I didn't see or feel it. If I hadn't read a review that mentioned it prior to reading this novel, I would have been SHOCKED at the end with Alex and Rishi. Am I 100% into the fact that there was a love triangle with a boy and a girl and she chose the girl? Yes. Do I think it really made sense in the context of the story and the interactions we saw? Not really. I do agree that she wouldn't have been able to trust or love Nova after what he did, but I didn't understand where her attraction to Rishi came from. Also the conflicts that were met along the way were so EASILY solved. Alex had basically no trouble getting from point A to B in this mystical world and every "enemy" she met ended up turning into a friend which is such an eye roll from me. This was supposed to be a place were people are banished for doing wrong, so why was everyone so... nice? It didn't make sense to me at all. But the magic and cantos were REALLY cool. I liked seeing how magic played a huge role in Alex's life and how her family was structured. I liked seeing how to do the magic and the snippets from the Book of Cantos was probably the best part. I thought the world building was well done since it was present day and had to be meshed in with our current world. And Los Lagos was so well described that I could imagine myself there. I would probably check this one out from the library before purchasing a copy. I am going to continue with the series (well, at least the next one) to see where the story goes, but mostly because I like the magic rather than the characters. I just wanted so much more from this one than what we got.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lush, Gorgeous & Utterly Magical Alex is an encantrix, the most powerful bruja in generations—and she absolutely hates it. She just wants to be a normal teen girl, not summoning dead ancestors or casting cantos like her mother and two sisters. Magic is a burden, not a gift. And it always has a cost. But when your family comes from an ancient line of brujos and brujas, nothing is ever normal, no matter how hard Alex tries to pretend otherwise. So that's why Alex decides if the Deos can bless her with magic, then surely they can take it back. But when Alex performs a canto to rid herself of her powers at her Deathday celebration, everything goes terribly wrong. Her whole family vanishes, taken to Los Lagos, a land in-between where souls linger. And the only person who can help her is Nova, a brujo boy she barely knows, yet she's forced to trust. Lush and gorgeously written, Zoraida Córdova's Labyrinth Lost is an unforgettable fantasy adventure. Los Lagos was once a wondrous realm, but ever since the Devourer came centuries ago, the land has become a nightmare of ash and death. Danger waits at every turn for Alex and Nova as they encounter unfamiliar creatures only told in scary bedtime stories. It was like I was caught in an enchantment as I turned the pages, absolutely mesmerized by Alex's perilous journey through Los Lagos. I had a feeling I would fall in love with Labyrinth Lost, but I didn't expect to be left in such a state of awe. Like, I'm not sure how Zoraida Córdova can possible write a better sequel for the next Brooklyn Brujas novel. Labyrinth Lost was just so imaginative, rich in world-building and magic, and utterly original. And I loved that the bonds of family was such a highlight of the book! If you're searching for your next diverse fantasy to read, I highly recommend Zoraida Córdova Labyrinth Lost. ** I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. **
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Get Lost in Los Lagos ;) Labyrinth Lost has me a little lost (no pun intended). The beautiful writing and mesmerizing world had my attention but at the same time, I had a hard time liking the characters and getting into the story. Alex resents her witch lineage but no one in her family is aware how much she hates magic. She fears their reaction therefore keeps it a secret. When she tries to get rid of her powers, the ritual goes very wrong putting her family in the clutches of an evildoer. As Alex journeys to rescue them, she figures out the importance of her magic. It was satisfying to see Alex grow more and more confident. Her determination and willingness to get her family back at any cost made up for her indecisiveness. Labyrinth Lost was a little slow for me. The pacing only picks up once the characters enter Los Lagos. From that point on numerous things happened. Ruined or not, Los Lagos was a captivating place and it was enchanting to witness Alex cross the lands. I was waiting to see if she would step up to the plate and she does- outmaneuvering each dangerous encounter while learning and growing into herself. Los Lagos is magical. Romance wasn't really a focal point in this book. I will say that Alex has two romantic interests. A love triangle almost forms except the relationships weren't prominent enough to really become any shape. Alex's choice was pretty much made for her since one of the love interest does something unthinkable. I didn't feel a spark for the resulting couple so it was hard to cheer them on. Mostly I felt like the person she chose stepped onto the scene too abruptly. I would've liked to see more development beforehand. The value of family was key to this book and I loved every second of seeing how tight-knit Alex's family is. No doubt they were strong when they banded together. I'm curious what that ending will do to their family. A diverse spellbinding story, Labyrinth Lost was more than just a story about a lost girl. It's about family, it's about identity. The story promises a thrilling adventure journeying inside a world you will still want to visit long after the book ends.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life Labyrinth Lost was a book I was instantly attracted to as soon as I came across the synopsis. Witches and magic are total buzz words for me, but Labyrinth Lost has that something different going for it; here we have bruja/brujo's Alex is a great character. Sure we're working with the chosen one trope, but you know, for the most part, I'm fine with that trope as long as the "chosen one" is a likable character. And that Alex is. She's been secretly containing her magic because she wants nothing to do with it. Her family believes her magic will show itself soon, so Alex continues to let them think that. Until that moment the magic explodes out of her and Alex is on the path to becoming a very powerful witch. Alex wants nothing to do with that and thinks she can make her magic disappear; well, of course, that's not how that works and she makes her family vanish instead. Forcing Alex to make a deal with Nova, a boy she barely knows, to help her travel to Los Lagos to get her family back. I had no issues with Alex. In fact, I totally understood her. Yea, she's a bit selfish, but what teenager isn't? Yea she believes in what some stranger boy tells her about getting rid of her magic. And yea, she decides to take it upon herself to cast a spell that's powerful and honestly has no business casting; yet again, how many teenagers try to do everything themselves? Most. So here she is a normal 16-year old who's scared out of her mind to become this very powerful bruja because her past makes her want nothing to do with the world she's grown up in. There's something about Alex, she's the quiet bookworm type, which really works for her when she's trekking through Los Lagos trying to find her family. She listens to her heart. She's kind and brave and turns into a total kick ass women when the time arrives. I cannot wait to see how Alex grows throughout the rest of the series. Family is one of the biggest parts of Labyrinth Lost. They are the most important thing in Alex's life. This isn't another book where the main character is off to save their love interest and there's very little family present. Alex feels like the outsider in her family, but she's learning to just find her place. And it's a great story line. As for Alex's companion, Nova. He's that mysterious guy with an angry past. And I spent the whole book trying to get my finger on what his real motives were for helping a girl he's just meet. Nova is a guy you should keep your eye on. Just sayin'. Then there's Rishi; Alex's best friend/only friend at school. Rishi is smart and an utterly compelling girl. Like Alex, I was drawn into her larger than life personality. But also her loyalty to Alex. Rishi is in the dark with regards to Alex's magic. But she follows Alex into Los Lagos because of her need to be with her, help her. Not only is their friendship strong, the love there, but just maybe something else starts to bloom. Let's just say real feelings are coming to light. The fantastical world, Cordova has created in Labyrinth Lost is wonderfully dark. Alex's family and then the world of Los Lagos is heavily influenced by different Latin American's myths, legends, and culture. Everything is from Cordova's mind, I loved how you can see the threads that are woven into the story from what is probably her childhood and the stories she grew up on. Los Lagos is that in between land. Think of it as a Wonderland of sorts. There're creatures and spirits and a dark power is trying to control it. It's not a place I'd like to find myself but it makes for an adventure that is great to read. Labyrinth Lost is a fresh start to a series saturated in diversity of every kind. It's a perfect start to a trilogy, that I see getting better and better with each book.
Date published: 2016-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite book by Zoraida Córdova yet! I first heard about LABYRINTH LOST about a year before it released...and I immediately started fangirling over it! Magic, brujas, a journey to another world, and written by Zoraida Córdova...sign me up! I've been a fan of Zoraida's writing since I first read THE VICIOUS DEEP, and I've eagerly devoured and loved everything she's written since...and LABYRINTH LOST was no exception! In fact, it's my favourite out of everything she's written so far! Why did I love LABYRINTH LOST so much? Well, there are plenty of reasons. The first reason is the characters. Zoraida always writes amazing characters! They're dynamic, and usually flawed in a way that makes them extremely easy to connect with. Her characters have so much depth and I always find myself loving each and every one of them, and Alex was the same! She was vulnerable, and super self-conscious, which I think anyone who's been (or currently is) a teenager can relate to. Even with her doubts, Alex is so strong and determined, but what I loved most about her was her capacity for love and her willingness to grow and to forgive. I really admired everything about her, and I think she's a wonderful character to see in a young adult novel because she's definitely someone worth admiring. Alex isn't the only amazing character though! Her family is also absolutely fantastic! From her sisters, Lula and Rose, to her mother and extended family members, LABYRINTH LOST is packed full of some wonderful family dynamics, and diversity, too! While Zoraida admits in her author's note at the end of the book that she's invented much of the belief system for the brujas and brujos in her story when it comes to the deos and their actual magic, the cultural elements surrounding them are definitely rooted in reality and inspired by research and her own background, which I really loved! It was fantastic to get to see a diverse cast of characters, and I loved seeing the importance that their ancestors and family histories played in their lives! :D The other two big characters in LABYRINTH LOST are Rishi and Nova, and I loved them both, too!!! I'm not going to go into too much detail about these two because I think you need to get to know them for yourself when you read the book and I don't want to spoil anything, but I really loved what they each added to the story. I loved their dynamics with Alex, and they were certainly never boring. :P Now that I've blabbered on about my love for Zoraida's fantastic characters, I've got to tell you about the story and the world-building! I thought that they were both absolutely superb!!! LABYRINTH LOST was the perfect coming-of-age story, and it reminded me of epic journeys where the hero has to discover themselves in order to return home and become the hero that they're meant to be. The magical elements and intricate world of Los Lagos really added to whole journey element, and I LOVED getting to see the world that Zoraida created!!! It reminded me of her previous trilogy, The Vicious Deep, which I loved! The world was extremely well thought out⎯it was intense, magical, and completely enthralling!!! I was reading it far too quickly, so I actually forced myself to slow down as I read, and that made me love it even more!! Once you start this book, you definitely won't want to put it down! If it isn't obvious already, I loved LABYRINTH LOST, and am completely smitten with the world of the BROOKLYN BRUJAS! I can't wait for more of their world, and I was ecstatic when I heard that Zoraida would be writing more Bruja books!!! So, now that I've told you all about why I loved this book, I'm going to tell you that you should definitely read it! If you're a fan of magical stories and you love complex characters, intricate world-building and an abundance of diversity in your books, then you'll absolutely love the LABYRINTH LOST and the BROOKLYN BRUJAS, too! I seriously can't recommend this book enough...read it, read it, read it!!
Date published: 2016-08-30