Labyrinth Lost was a pleasant surprise. My expectations were sky-high and it just wasn’t what I thought it’d be. Eventually I lowered those expectations and the book got better and I just love it so much! Zoraida Córdova has crafted a very interesting story with an incredibly magical world and intriguing characters. Would you like to more? Read all about it in my spoiler free review.
“For a long time, I wanted nothing more than to be ordinary. As we run through the changing paths of this maze, I realize I was never ordinary to begin with. We are built a certain way, and the only thing I regret is that it took me so long to see that.”
Let’s get the “bad” out of the way first: I expected more from Labyrinth Lost. It’s partially my own fault because my general expectations were sky-high from previous books I read. The first few chapters of the book were a little bit meh for me. Somehow I felt like there was too much teenage drama and I was terrified the entire book was going to be like that, but then it completely turned around! I still have a few questions I’m not sure we got an answer to, but that didn’t ruin the reading experience at all. It’s more like an afterthought.
Like I said, there’s was a little teenage drama in the beginning, but once we got that out of the way, this book was magical and mysterious. I was so fascinated by the bruja ways and rituals. I loved how every chapter started with a little bit of the ‘Book of Cantos’. It was always a little vague, but tied to the chapter’s story perfectly. Through those little bits you really got to learn a lot about the brujas.
I liked Alex. I wouldn’t consider her to be one of my favourite characters, but she was likeable enough and her character development was great. As for Nova, I was annoyed with him. I didn’t like him for giving Alex nicknames and his vibe was just off. I don’t really know what to think of Rishi. I do like her, but other than that… Also, I love how this book has a bisexual character but in a very subtle way! Sometimes I feel like books have this “HERE HAVE SOME GLBT+ ROMANCE!” in-your-face stuff, but it totally wasn’t and that made it sooooo much better!
The plot is really interesting and there’s a huge plot twist that I honestly didn’t see coming! Looking back at my notes, it was actually all quite obvious. All the hints and foreshadowing were very cleverly hidden. Although I still have some questions and some of the mystery is still just that – a mystery – I really liked the end! It was just cliffhanger-ish enough for me to be like OH MY GOD! But at the same time I’m not dying to read the sequel right away. That doesn’t mean I won’t read the sequel, though! Apparently the next books are told from Alex’s sister’s perspectives, which is so just so cool!
Labyrinth Lost was off to a rocky start but definitely righted itself! In the end I genuinely enjoyed the book and I loved reading about the brujas, brujos and their rituals! Los Lagos is such a crazy magical land and that combined with the magical creatures and adventure made it a great book.
About Labyrinth Lost
Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.
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 boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin.
The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…
Is Labyrinth Lost going to be on your TBR after reading my review? Or have you read it already?
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