Title: Labyrinth Lost
Author: Zoraida Córdova
Date of Publication: September 6th, 2016
Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.
I fall to my knees. Shattered glass, melted candles and the outline of scorched feathers are all that surround me. Every single person who was in my house – my entire family — is gone.
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 markings 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…
Alex is a bruja which is a type of witch, and she has yet to discover her powers. On a chance accident at school when defending her best friend Risha her powers become unleashed. She never wanted to have powers like her family has, and she plans to find a way to rid herself of them. On the day of her celebration instead of ridding herself of them her whole family disappears. She is left with a mysterious boy who is a brujo, and he is the only one that can help her find the way to her family.
First off the writing is quite good, and the story starts off well. I had much anticipation for the scenes when I knew Alex would go to Los Lagos. I was hoping for a dark wonderland and while there were dark things around I just didn’t really feel it like I wanted to.
My main thing was the character Alex. She was annoying, and the banter between her and Nova came across as her being rude, so I was confused why he would even like her. Another issue was there was a love triangle. While I don’t mind love triangles if they are done in a good way this however was not. I don’t like indecisiveness where the main character goes back and fourth. If there are multiple people that like the main character that is not my issue. I did like that she was bisexual and while the love triangle was different because it was a boy and girl it was still a love triangle.
The other characters such as Nova and Risha I just wanted more from them, and I feel like I didn’t really get that. I did like the family aspect between Alex and her family and that they did get along like a real family.
The atmosphere and place itself was interesting because I haven’t read about this stuff before, and it was really great reading about a whole different type of culture. So for that I would recommend reading it.
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