ARC Review of Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

Sunday, June 12th 2016

Wild magic can’t be tamed …
-Lost Labyrinth, Zoraida Córdova

Let me just say, I receive this book though RT 2016 TeenDay event. I had the wonderful experience of sitting in RT ’16 New Adult; Diversifying  The NA Genre moderated by Dahila Alder. The panelist for the event included the wonderfully hilarious Megan Erickson, Elizabeth Briggs, Riley Edgewood, Ann Aguiree, Nyrae Dawn, and finally Zoraida Córdova. The reason why I am mentioning this experiences before post my review is to assure you that I am and always will, post an honest review in exchange for an Advance Readers Copy.

The Review

Labyrinth Lost Collage

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova is available this fall September 6th 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire. Honestly you don’t want to miss this amazing adventure of Alex (Or Alejandra) as she travels through different realm fixing her mistakes as she reunites with her family. If nothing else, just take a moment to just Ohhh or Ahhh at the amazing cover of this book. Honestly, if you ever fallen in love with a book before reading it, may I suggest Córdova’s amazing Labyrinth Lost as a candidate for your cover lust?
Don’t worry, I’ll give you gazing time.
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love at first sight

Love is a powerful emotion, it’s no wonder that we as reader tend to fall in love with characters that will do anything for the sake of their love ones. Stories with this theme, have been told for centuries. For example the Greek tale of Orpheus who bravely traveled to the depths of the Underworld to face Hades in order to get his beloved wife back. The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi is an amazing example of the same heartfelt journey of how far a love one will travel vast distances for the ones they love.If you enjoyed the journey of Maya in The Star Touched Queen I’m sure you’ll fall in love with Córdova’s new series Brookyln Brujas!

 

The story begins with Alex fretting over the upcoming ceremony, celebrating her bruja-ness as well as accepting the gifts of her ancestors, the Deathday. I have to say as a reader I am complete amazed and utterly disappointed that majority of the mythology/witchy detail are a work of complete fictionthe magical elements of the book have been created from Córdova’s imagination. A lot of reviews claim that her creativity is based on her own hispanic culture, but if they read the Author’s Notes, they would realize that this novel is a compilation of all countries, cultures, and ethnicities that were affected by the African Slave Trade. Each country has their own form of witchcraft, I strongly believe that Córdova was being respectful as well as inclusive by creating her own world of witches that way no practitioner of any religion felt manipulated for a book. Don’t act like they won’t be outraged, we all saw how the Kinky Community related to 50 Shades of Grey. . . 


As always
, reading an Advance Readers Copies that ist unproofered or unedited, means you are reading the raw stream of conscious from the author. So there is no point commenting on grammar errors or misspelling, but I will comment on how some of the characters spoke in a vernacular manner. I’m not saying that I hate this, just that it was extremely hard to remember who was speaking because the author’s characters syntax never change when switching narration. Perhaps during the family draft the editor might change the font of whose speaking at the time. This to me is an extremely small price to pay when it comes to the sure beauty of Lost Labyrinth.

So, let’s talk about things I absolutely loved about the book. I loved the fact that there was a growing relationship happening in the beginning of the book. I also enjoy how the relationship blossomed without any resistances from any member of friends or family. It really hurts my heart when I’m reading about relationships that are diversified only expecting issues instead of acceptances. I truly open in time there are more books that support open love, instead of harsh hurts because of who we fall in love with. That being said, we still need those stories of hurt to grown us back to reality. This particular novel is more about love. The ever growing power love can give us even when we feel that we can not move on. Or in Alex case journey to the darkest realm where only Deos live.
I also love that there is NO LOVE TRIANGLE! That’s right, this book has no love triangle. Alex knows who she loves, she doesn’t need six books to figure her feelings out. Just for that sake this book has already earned itself 3 stars.

What I didn’t like about the book is that Alex did tend to complain about her life a bit, but what do you expect from a teenager? Life is hard when you have fantastic magical powers, that like comes with super heavy  responsibilities, yo! Alex wants to just be like, she normal. Magic is way to heavy of a drag. That’s how it felt when reading Alex’s whining about having powers. I wanted to hit her with the whomping tree! Why would anyone want to be normal when you have mystical magical powers! Especially having mystical magic powers within a thriving Bruja-community stationed in Brooklyn? Sign me up for my Deathday ceremony, I’m getting the marks!

This books is amazing.
It’s beautiful
It’s enchanting
It’s a must read for anyone a fan of diversity, magic, mystery, family, love, love lost, love regain, falling in love, or anyone a fan of Córdova herself. I promise you , you won’t be disappointed.

P.s. Be ware this book ends in a cliffhanger that will have you gasping for air, or demanding to know when the next book release date is. It’s that good!
Happy Reading Ya’ll!

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