Saturday, August 13, 2016

Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas, #1)Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This unique book had everything that I was looking for. Fantastical magic, diverse POC characters, and a healthy portrayal of lgbt relationships. I'm a big advocate for "we need more diverse books" and so I was so appreciative that there were LGBT characters and Latino ethnic minorities represented here, and thankful that this was published in the world. It was just a beautiful story that I could imagine it being played-out on screen and that was simply delightful. Another fellow reviewer (Lola Reviewer), had mentioned that this would make a fantastic cartoon series and I couldn't stop thinking about that possibility because I completely agree with that observation.

There are some loyal siblings relationships, and I loved the banter between them. They are all so different within their magic life; Lula (healer), Alex (Enchantrix), and Rose (psychic) and it follows the MC coming-of-age story. We are introduced to their unusual world of spirits and rituals that are inhabited in their familial heritage; and enraptured once something happens and Alex's whole family disappears into Los Lagos(reminiscent of Wonderland) and she has to go and rescue them. A villian is lurking, and ghosts/souls of dead people, and all the weird and beautiful creatures that one can imagine.

Sorry to Alex, but my personal favorite character is Nova, because I felt like he was such a multi-layered character who was the most mysterious about his past life and about his actions in present time. It pulled me through to just see how their relationship develops over time, and with him in the mix it was much more highly entertaining.

The ending made my heart race, because it was on so many uncertain terms and honestly a weird spot to end things, on a brink of a "big" event. I never felt "anxious" or on the edge of my seat-I really hoped it would all work out in the end-, but that's what may have contributed to why it's a pleasant read. Overall, you're going to embark on a magical journey with this book.

**Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing and e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.**

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