Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova is the first book in her new Brooklyn Brujas series. It is a badly needed book, and one I support 100%. It is so refreshing to read about a bisexual bruja, and then the fact that there was no angst about the bisexuality was just perfect. I loved that she just was. There was no big announcement, and you weren’t being beat over the head with it. There was subtlety and nuance and magic.
This book is at its forefront a magical fantasy adventure surrounded by rich culture and tradition. This culture and tradition are things Alex takes for granted, and wishes would go away. She just wants to be a regular girl that goes to school and plays sports and doesn’t worry about magic. Instead, she is a powerful bruja in denial, and it’s up to her to save her family and Los Lagos from the Devourer.
I am in awe of Zoraida Cordova’s way with words. I think my favorite passage was a description of Rishi.
I look at Rishi again. Her hands are decorated with the burnt-amber swirls of henna from her cousin’s wedding this past weekend. She smiles like there’s sunshine inside her and walks like she’s ready to fly. I wish I had a fraction of that. Sometimes when I’m with her long enough, I forget about all the things I can’t tell her – the fear, the cantos, the ghosts. I forget and let myself just be.
The right corner of her lips tug upward, revealing a tiny dimple. The crystal of her nose ring twinkles with the same brightness in her rich-brown eyes. When she looks at me, I feel like she’s seeing right through me. Like she knows I’m hiding a big part of myself.
The romance aspect of this book left a bit to be desired, just because I wanted more of it. I’m a romantic at heart, and really wanted to see more sparks fly with either Rishi or Nova. Even though the next book is supposed to feature one of her sisters, I hope there is a little bit of followup on Alex’s love life. I am so excited to see what’s next in the lives of these Brooklyn brujas. Really, I want to know now.
This book is being released September 6, 2016.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, but I loved it so much that I pre-ordered a copy for my bookshelf.