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- Book 1 of 3 in Brooklyn Brujas
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- File Size : 2853 KB
- Print Length : 340 pages
- Publisher : Sourcebooks Fire; Reprint Edition (August 1, 2017)
- Publication Date : August 1, 2017
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- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01ENNQ24M
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- Best Sellers Rank: #97,539 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Labyrinth Lost revolves around Alex, a bruja living in Brooklyn with her mother and two sisters who also have magical abilities. The problem is that Alex doesn’t want to be a bruja and on the day she’s supposed to receive her blessing from her ancestors, she tries to wish her powers away- and ends up exiling her family to Los Lagos. Realizing her mistake, she sets out to bring them back but runs into a dark and sinister force in this other realm.
When this book first came out, I saw it everywhere. Twitter, tumblr, blogs… I could not escape this beautiful cover. I decided to wait and give it a few weeks to let the hype settle down before I read it because I feel like a lot of times we get swept up in other people’s exuberance for a book and miss the experience for ourselves. What I realized was that the hype around this book isn’t actually hype- it’s just that good.
The plot is strong and the pacing flows. There were several parts where the author could have bogged us down with details and chose not to which kept the plot pushing forward. I’ve seen reviews where people are criticizing the handful of answered questions we were left with and that cliffhanger ending, but hello! Sequel!
I loved all of the characters and I think the author did a pretty good job on hashing out their personalities… except for one character and it was almost enough for me to drop a star from the rating. Alex has two love interests in this story- Nova and Rishi. Nova is fleshed out and given an entire backstory and has a very strong personality. Rishi, on the other hand, we don’t get much about her besides the fact that she likes Alex and she jumped into a portal. That’s it. I can give you all sorts of facts about Nova but really nothing about Rishi. Which was terribly disappointing to me. I felt like I was forced to want Alex to go for Nova because I know all these things about him. Rishi felt very bland and dry and I really didn’t care if anything happened between her and Alex. And this is coming from someone who generally always prefer f/f ships to m/f ships.
There is also PROPER BISEXUAL REPRESENTATION in this book. None of this “half gay” stuff or “gay for you” or “straight for you”. PROPER. BISEXUAL. REPRESENTATION. Let that sink in.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes magical girls, magical boys, sarcasm, and ancestors being sassy.
About my reviews: I try to review every book I read, including those that I don't end up enjoying. The reviews are not scholarly, but just indicate my reaction as a reader, reading being my addiction. I am miserly with 5-star reviews; 4 stars means I liked a book very much; 3 stars means I liked it; 2 stars means I didn't like it (though often the 2-star books are very popular with other readers and/or are by authors whose other work I've loved).
That blurb doesn't really begin to tell the reader the half of it. Don't get me wrong, I don't expect spoilers in the blurb, but simply saying that she hates magic is a little off, in my opinion. She hates magic in that Elsa from Frozen kind of way. She's not ridding herself of a measly amount of power that isn't all that useful anyway or some part of herself that she doesn't feel like she identifies with. She's ridding herself of the dangerous power that she feels overwhelming her ability to control it and out of fear of what might happen were she to lose control. Sure, there are some other reasons in there and they are perfectly understandable 'I wanna be a normal girl' reasons, but I feel like those would have been manageable if not under the colossal weight of her power.
The setup is done well and I felt like I had a good grasp of the characters and where everyone stood when the plot took off. Then there's Los Lagos and the insanity ensues. I enjoyed the darkness of it. Rather than Wonderland, which is what the back cover uses, I found Los Lagos reminded me of Oz. There is an order to things, no matter how unsettling they are and the inhabitants know what that order is. Moreover, each one is just trying to do the best they can within their circumstances in much the same way as the inhabitants of Oz. they have their own motivations that are not tied to our protagonist which makes them a bit unpredictable to her and to the reader.
The worlds that stories take place in are one of my favorite parts of reading, it's why I tend to lean toward paranormal and science fiction and one of the things that's been a new joy to historical fiction. I loved the world building of this book. It's not just Los Lagos but also the world building to create this community of brujas and integrate them into Brooklyn. It's beautifully done.
I look forward to the next installment!
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The book starts when Alex is living with her mother and sisters in Brooklyn, dealing with school, family, and the emergence of her magic powers. This was my favourite part of the book. The story moves to the world of Los Lagos and though I enjoyed their fairytale-like journey through that land it was the parts set in Brooklyn that felt the most real and the most interesting to me. I'm hoping that the next book in the series will be set in Brooklyn.
I feel like it does take a lot of inspiration from the Mortal Instruments series but it manages to completely have its own personality and actually I enjoyed this a lot more. There's a lot of original elements in to keep it interesting, the story is fun and fast moving, and I loved the characters. Rishi deserves a book all of her own, and Alex is fun to read.
If I wanted to look for faults with it I could say that the writing is mostly ok but has moments where it's a bit stale; there's a fair bit of explaining what's just happened instead of showing it. The ending felt rushed and the big fight at the end was over almost before I realised it had started, there wasn't enough of the Labyrinth in it! But these are only minor issues for me, I very much enjoyed reading it and really I just wish it were longer.
The journey through Los Lagos was entertaining and so were the characters they meet along the way. Rishi turning up the way she did out of nowhere was odd to me, I would of preferred to have had her as something magical too, maybe half bird women (I forget what they are called exactly) that would of been cool but Rishi is just a regular girl.
The fact that Alex and Rishi end up together was great but the build up too it wasn't enjoyable. It was like a confusing love triangle. Even though it's stated that Alex isn't in love with Nova you can't help but read that she's into him and yet.. she's supoosed to be in love with Rishi. It could of done without it. Making Nova a friend would of been better.
It was an easy read but I won't be getting book two.
I enjoyed this story. I can’t say I really know anything about Bruja’s or the mythology behind it so I could have believed anything. I’ll probably look out for more books based on similar things now.
Anyway, Alex was a likeable character. I felt that I understood her struggles, we understand why she didn’t want her powers, why she wanted to try and get rid of them. But once they had come in, she developed into this strong, fierce woman. Her friendship with Rishi could have had more development but we knew how Alex felt for her, you knew that it was love blossoming and it was a nice, pure love. I’m glad that it was the same feeling for Rishi towards Alex, it work incredibly well.
Nova. I liked Nova. Whether he was good, or bad, I liked him. It would have been nice to have more of his story but I did like the way he hinted at it then we got the complete image. Along with how he felt about Alex.
I liked the idea of the story. It opened up a new culture for me and I love books that do that. However, it was a bit sketchy in places and it sort of felt like we were missing information. Details that could have made this book spectacular. I couldn’t put my finger on whatever it was though, but it felt like the ending became rushed, like they were just skimming the final few amazing details I would have wanted. Maybe it’ll be covered in the book, who knows.
The writing was easy to get into. Everything was detailed enough to know where we were, what was happening. I loved the idea of the Los Lagos realm, and I sort of hoped we would have more from there. The creatures, the people (if you can call them that), were a great addition to the story, I think if we only had Alex, Nova and Rishi, I probably would have got extremely bored.
While I enjoyed the story, I did feel it was missing details. For this, I give it a 3.5 out of 5. I’ve been trying to decide for days on this rating. It was difficult to decide as there was more good points than bad points. I;m excited for the next book, and to see where the story takes us, the people we will meet and the destinations. Let’s hope it’s a brilliant sequel.
As Alex and her friends descend into Los Lagos - the world where the dead wait for what is to come next - the reader is treated to a beautiful yet hostile world. Its a place of vibrant beauty and untamed magic but with that comes unimaginable danger, forcing Alex to have to look twice at everything she comes across to see through the glamours that shroud the broken world.
The plot is fast paced and immediately gripping. The story throws the reader in at the deep end, introducing Alex and her sisters without explaining anything about their culture or beliefs and allowing the reader to find out more about their world as the story progresses. While a lot of things about their beliefs seem sinister to begin with, it becomes clear as the novel progresses that death is what you make of it and that there is no point in fearing the inevitable.
The only place where the story falls down a little is in its core cast. While I do applaud the diverse cast (YA literature still needs way more protagonists who are not straight and white), the romance in the novel was a little weak. While there was a (very vague) love triangle between Alex, Rishi and Nova, not much was made of it. The three characters shared the occasional quiet moment but they never really seemed to click. While I was totally behind an Alex/Rishi paring by the end of the novel, there was not really a lot of build up to Alex winding up with either of her admirers.
Yet Alex herself was a great protagonist. She just felt so real. She possessed a terrible power that she never asked for or wanted and I felt as though I could totally relate to the choices she made. Alex's actions are selfish in the early part of the story but she's really driven to them by her family. They never listen to what she has to say or take any time to put her fears at rest. Following the Deathday, Alex's journey through Los Lagos is a chance to discover herself. Through her encounters with the Devourer, she starts to see herself and her powers in a different light and learn what it truly means to be bruja.
All in all, Labyrinth Lost is a really imaginative novel with a fantastically diverse cast. I thoroughly recommend it.