Labyrinth Lost

Labyrinth Lost

Book - 2016
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"Alex is a bruja and the most powerful witch in her family. But she's hated magic ever since it made her father disappear into thin air. When a curse she performs to rid herself of magic backfires and her family vanishes, she must travel to Los Lagos, a land in-between as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland, to get her family back"--
Publisher: Naperville, IL :, Sourcebooks Fire,, [2016]
ISBN: 9781492620945
Branch Call Number: TEEN FIC Cor
Characteristics: 324 pages; 22 cm

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AL_BRIDGET May 09, 2017

This is a really interesting story. I was thrilled by the romance aspect that I didn't anticipate, I loved the family and friendship bonds that wove through all elements of the story, and I really enjoyed that so much of the story defied simple definitions of wrong and right. It's a good choice if you like urban fantasy and are looking for something new.

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rnpudel
Mar 15, 2017

Such a unique premise with great writing. It's a well-written YA fantasy with brujas. I'd certainly suggest it.

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dodieo
Oct 27, 2016

For being an awesome hero(ine)'s quest with a brown girl and awesome world-building and romance and also lots of Dante references.

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VigilanteReads
Oct 23, 2016

I love books with magic. I love books with queer characters. So I knew I’d probably at least like this book which had both. This book also has really interesting family dynamics. A magic system and culture that is much more diverse than I’ve seen in other books. They are brujas, not witches. Plus, a really awesome protagonist that I rooted for throughout the whole book.

Even when Alex was making bad decisions like one that would probably get her entire family sent to another dimension I understood what she was going through and wished the best for her.I love the journey that Alex goes on in this book. From not wanting her powers to doing whatever she needs to do to get her family back.

I never really liked Nova or Rishi much throughout the book. I was following the journey for Alex. Rishi defaults to comedy intense situations sometimes and it didn’t really work for me. It just annoyed me sometimes. Nova’s attitude just really ticked me off. Especially his attitudes toward the fauns and other creatures of Los Lagos. That may be because the creatures stories affected me. I was really feeling what they had to go through under the rule of The Devourer. Especially Madra and Agosto doing what they could for their people.

The conflict is mostly external conflict on the surface even with all the changes Alex goes through and I didn’t have a problem with that. I liked that they focused on the task they set out to accomplish on their journey. However, I felt like there wasn’t enough in some ways. Seeing Alex’s development more or her relationships. It may just be because of not really liking what we see of Nova and Rishi but I don’t think it was that necessarily. The story didn’t feel like I thought it should by the end.

Still, there was a lot of striking language and images.The way Los Lagos and the magic is described really grabbed me. Plus so many other wonderful things about the book. I heard there will be two more books. one from each of Alex’s sisters and I’m excited for that. Especially if we get more magic.

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shayshortt
Oct 14, 2016

I was engaged by the characters and the mythos that Cordova was building, but tended to lose interest in the obstacles that they faced. I was much more interested in the dynamic between the characters.

Thoroughly engaging from start to finish! Alex is a satisfyingly down-to-earth narrator, and I relished the fact that the romantic subplot doesn't go the way many readers might expect.

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jke3322
Oct 10, 2016

jke3322 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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shayshortt
Oct 14, 2016

Alejandra Mortiz is a powerful bruja, or she would be if she hadn’t been supressing her power ever since her father’s disappearance several years earlier. But when events cause her to lose control, her power is revealed to her family, and generations of brujas and brujos begin planning her Deathday. There she will receive the blessing of her family, living and dead, and her power will be cemented. But Alex doesn’t want to be a bruja. She sees the price her mother and sisters pay for their powers, and wants no part of it. But what if giving up her power comes with a price even greater than using it?

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shayshortt
Oct 14, 2016

When we were children, they would scare us to sleep with stories of maloscuros under the bed. But we aren’t like normal families. Our monsters are real. Sometimes we are the monsters.

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