Paperback, 324 pages

English language

Published Jan. 9, 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire.

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4 stars (6 reviews)

"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"--

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reviewed Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova (Brooklyn Brujas, #1)

Review of 'Labyrinth Lost' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Alex does not want her magic. As far as her family knows, she's a late bloomer and yet to come into her power. They can't wait to celebrate her Deathday.

The format did remind me a little of the film Labyrinth, and many other quest type stories. Alex accidentally wishes her family away in an act of selfishness and then has to go into another dimension to rescue them, before time runs out. Along the way she meets an assortment of magical creatures and dangerous geographical features.

Alex's family is Puerto Rican by way of plenty of other countries, but the mythology is crafted from inspirations from many sources. Bruja is the Spanish word for witch and the idea of the Deathday was inspired by Día de Muertos, the Mexican Day of the Dead. It does have a little of the Greek about it too, there's a labyrinth after all …

reviewed Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova (Brooklyn Brujas, #1)

Review of 'Labyrinth Lost' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I heard about this book through the #DSFFBookClub (Diverse Sci Fi/Fantasy) on Twitter a few months ago. From the description somehow I got the impression that this took place in Mexico and perhaps was set in the past. That isn't true at all.

Alex is part of a family of witches in Brooklyn in the present day. Their numbers are dwindling. Alex has been hiding the fact that her powers have appeared because they are very strong and they scare her. She also thinks that magic has been responsible for a lot of the problems in her family. She doesn't want anything to do with it.

She accidentally reveals her powers at school while defending her friend Rishi from a bully. Now her family is planning her Death Day, a traditional celebration of a young bruja's power. Alex doesn't want anything to do with it. She decides to try to …

reviewed Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova (Brooklyn Brujas, #1)

Review of 'Labyrinth Lost' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Maaaaann, definitiv mein Lieblingsbuch in der 50-Bücher-Challenge! Alex aus Brooklyn soll ihren "Death day" feiern, eine Art Jugendweihe für junge Brujas wie sie. Während ihre Schwestern enthusiastisch über ihre magischen Kräfte sind, hat Alex Angst vor ihren, weil sie die Konsequenzen fürchtet. Sie beschließt, ihre Kräfte abzugeben ... was mächtig schief geht. Mithilfe des ziemlich cuten Brujos Nova und ihrer besten Freundin Rishi macht sie sich auf die Suche nach ihrer Familie, die durch ihren Zauber verbannt wurde in eine andere Dimension ...

Die Erzählung ist so warm und liebevoll und Familie spielt eine sehr wichtige Rolle. Außerdem kommt Alex nicht nur Nova näher, sondern auch Rishi, und es ist sooo süß dargestellt, wie sie nach und nach ihrer Gefühle klar wird! Es gibt auch kein "Sie muss sich entscheiden"-Zwang. Die Beziehung zu Rishi ist schon anfangs als total liebevoll dargestellt; Alex fühlt sich einfach immer wohl und wie zuhause …


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