Published: September 6th 2016
“Enchanting and complex. Every page is filled with magic.”-Danielle Paige, New York Times best-selling author of Dorothy Must Die
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…
Praise for Labyrinth Lost:
“Zoraida Cordova’s prose enchants from start to finish. Labyrinth Lost is pure magic.” -Melissa Grey, author of The Girl at Midnight
“Magical and empowering, Labyrinth Lost is an incredible heroine’s journey filled with mythos come to life; but at its heart, honors the importance of love and family.” -Cindy Pon, author of Serpentine and Silver Phoenix
“A brilliant brown-girl-in-Brooklyn update on Alice in Wonderland and Dante’s Inferno. Very creepy, very magical, very necessary.” -Daniel Jose Older, author of Shadowshaper
“Labyrinth Lost is a magical story of love, family, and finding yourself. Enchanting from start to finish.” -Amy Tintera, author of Ruined.
I LOVED THIS BOOK!
Yes, the capitalization is necessary because I am shouting!
Words can’t properly properly articulate how much I enjoy Zoraida’s writing (also, my jealousy for her gorgeous name.) From the initial moment I read the synopsis of this book, I was ecstatic. A magical world, journeys to another plane–exactly my cup of tea!
It is not often that an author can combine so many fantastical elements to a story and have it stream seamlessly. The characters were absolutely fantastic, I identified with their flaws and their strengths (minus the magic, despite my childhood wishes.) It was very refreshing to read a YA story without a romance element entirely driving the story.
The main love story was that of family, of bonds that never leave us, not even in death.
I am elated that this is a series and cannot wait to read the next entry!
Thank you, Raincoast Books for the review copy and for allowing me the privilege of joining this Blog Tour!
I had the pleasure of asking Zoraida a question about her writing process…YAY!
What is the unofficial soundtrack to the book? Does music enhance your ability to tell
YES. I love listening to music when I’m writing. My music taste hasn’t changed since
high school, I admit. I listen to a lot of old school Shakira and Juanes. I have ever
song Mana has ever written. While I wrote the really intense scenes from Labyrinth Lost I
listened to movie scores. The Lord of the Rings and Guardians of the Galaxy scores have
gotten a little bit of wear in Casa Cordova. I’m going to give some Labyrinth Lost
characters theme songs:
ALEX MORTIZ: Riptide by Vance Joy
LULA MORTIZ: Atrevete-te-te by Calle 13
ROSE MORTIZ: Dance me to the End of Love – The Civil Wars
RISHI PERSAUD: Stolen Dance – Milky Chance
NOVA SANTIAGO: El Perdon – Enrique Iglesias and Nicky Jam
AGOSTO, THE FAUN KING: Judith by A Perfect Circle
THE AVIANAS: The Crow & the Butterfly by Shinedown
THE DEVOURER: Beat Your Heart Out by The Distillers
MAMA JUANITA: Estrellitas y Duendes by Juan Luis Guerra
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