Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

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 she can’t trust, but who may be Alex’s only chance at saving her family.

The Review:

So this was a TBR from years back and I remember buying the book, but never actually reading it until recently and I am glad I did.

This book mainly deals with witchcraft with a Latin American family, which I really enjoyed that aspect of that book. She really did a good job at explaining the world of the brujas.

Alex, or Alejandra, is a great main protagonist. While having her want to give up her powers on her death day was pretty selfish, she does care a lot about her family. I like the fact that the first few chapters had an opportunity to flesh out her family members, mainly her mother and her sisters. It also fleshed out their relationship as well and why she needs to go back for them. The theme of family is present throughout the entire book, which is not a theme most associated with YA

Los Lagos, was a very cool place. I would describe it sort of like Alice in Wonderland with the dead. But not in that scary aspect of the dead. Los Lagos was very descriptive and I felt as if I was immersed in that world. The journey through Los Lagos was mainly a journey that Alex had to go through, and the majority of the story is mainly a story through her self reflection.

Nova, a is brujo, who lives in the neighborhood, and helps Alex on her quest through Los Lagos. I did like their sort of relationship they had in the book, while it did have a few cliches, Nova was still a well rounded character

The Devourer, is the main villain. While she was brought on mainly in the third act, but it surprised me how well fleshed out she was, and it provides a lot of bits to her back story.

In the end, I enjoyed Labyrinth Lost. It was very well paced, with an engaging world and characters. The theme of family is also very good as well.

Grade: 4.3/5