Monday, October 31, 2016

Crown Review #14 - Labyrinth Lost

Labyrinth Lost - Zoraida Cordova

Rating: 5/5 Stars
Series: Brooklyn Brujas, #1
Length: 336 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

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 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…

"We all get scared and want to turn away, but it isn’t always strength that makes you stay. Strength is also making the decision to change your destiny."

I'm totally in love with this book!

Before I read Labyrinth Lost, I have read The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Córdova and when I saw that this book was in the process of being made, I knew I had to have it. Let alone, the idea for the story was all I needed to know that I wanted it. She also manages to create another well-written story that captures the audience's imagination to endless possibilities of another world. 

This story has everything from mythology, fantasy, witches, and magic. Everything combined was due to make an epic tale. I knew that this was going to be one of the best books I would read when I came across it. You could tell this story was brought about from inspirations and research and the effort was clearly shown. Inspirations from "Alice in Wonderland," greek mythology (to a point), and of course, Latin America mythology and history.

In the story, Alejandra aka Alex is a bruja, or a witch that comes from an entire line of brujas and brujos. She discovers that her powers are stronger than expected and decides that she would rather have a normal, human life. When she attempts to rid her powers from herself at her DeathDay party, she accidentally sends her entire family, dead and alive, to Las Logos, a land in between. Distraught at what she had done, she sets after them with Nova, a brujo she only met just days before her DeathDay. 

In Las Logos, Alex goes through transitions in discovering herself and learning everything about her magic and its history behind it. She has to quickly learn about her magic and what she can do when she is faced with the inevitable. There are threats against her, her power, and her family and her journey was made tougher. 

The characters were well-developed and so was the world
I loved all the characters that were brought in and even the character's ancestral history. Alex often mentions her dead family and what they have done during their time when they were alive. It enriches the stories to a whole other level. Along with Alex, each character had a history that made them more relatable for the readers to enjoy.

Rishi, a favorite of mine, is Alex's best friend with one of the biggest mouth a character could have. Her sarcastic comments often made me laugh and enjoy the story even more. Along with her comments, other parts were often humorous. Especially the phrase "Resting Witch Face" and the part where Alex says "This is 400 years of my family, and they're pissed." It was almost one of the best lines in the story.

Las Logos, an original land created by Zoraida Córdova is absolutely one of the best lands created. The world was created by vivid imagination and details that could be easily thought of among the readers. Every detail was described perfectly that it felt natural to the story. I couldn't imagine how it would be different.

The relationships!
Although there was "something" between Nova and Alex, I wasn't feeling it. I was hoping there would be someone else if this was the attempt for the romance. I can say there was, but it was absolutely unexpected and all I can say was "YAS!!" 

Overall, this book is going to be a fantastic read for everyone for fantasy, magic, and mythology lovers. This was an inspiring book to read, and will be a fantastic read for everyone. This book is going to be a highly recommended one for all readers.

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