Goodreads Synopsis: 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…
This was another diversity read! I picked it up for the bisexual main character.
Labyrinth Lost is a really well put together story. Straight from page one we have a character who dislikes magic and the powers she possesses, and she doesn’t come off as whiny or angsty. Alex is very easy to sympathize with. And it through seeing how her family has struggled as they’ve lost people to magic, it makes perfect sense why she tries to get rid of her magic.
Thus starts the adventure to get back her family from Los Lagos. It’s interesting because Los Lagos is compared to Wonderland in the synopsis, and in a lot of reviews, but I just couldn’t see it. Maybe because I’m judging this comparison by the book Alice in Wonderland, and not one of the movies. I mean, okay, yes Los Lagos is strange, but it’s not strange in the Wonderland allegorical fairyland way. Los Lagos is dark, it’s even creepy at times. The descriptions of the ash, and the wasteland remind me more of Mordor than anything else.
The characters are all really great. From Alex’s sisters, to Nova the boy who brings her to Los Lagos, to her best friend and then love interest Rishi. It’s funny because Labyrinth Lost has a little bit of a love-triangle going on between Nova, Alex and Rishi but I honestly never expected Nova to be Alex’s choice in the end so it didn’t feel like a triangle to me. Rishi and Alex have such a great relationship and that for me made this book. I also loved the twist with Nova, it made so much sense and it worked really well for the story.
Labyrinth Lost is all about family and sacrifice and love. It’s an easy read. It’s a fun read. It has fantastic diversity and a pretty good plot. I gave it four stars on Goodreads. And I’m super excited to read the next book in the series, which is supposed to come out next year!