Labyrinth Lost
Labyrinth Lost

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Series: Brooklyn Brujas   

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Annotation: Alex is a bruja and the most powerful witch in her family, but she's hated magic ever since it made her father disappear into thin air.
Catalog Number: #150336
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2016
Pages: 321 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-492-62316-4 Perma-Bound: 0-605-99619-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-492-62316-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-99619-9
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2016000723
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
For witchlike brujas, there are birthdays and there are Deathdays, the latter being when a bruja accepts her powers. Latina Alejandra comes from a long line of brujas that includes her mother and two sisters. Alex, to her dismay, is potentially the most powerful bruja in generations, but during her Deathday celebration, she attempts a spell to rid herself of magic, only to have it backfire and send her entire family to a purgatorylike otherworld. Wracked with guilt, Alex joins forces with Nova, an angry brujo boy, and Rishi, her nonmagical best friend, to face a horde of otherworldly creatures and attempt to save her family. There's a lot going on here, and the narrative can be overstuffed, while Alex's immense powers are at times too convenient. But this succeeds with its lush use of Latin American mythologies, an unexpected love story, and, above all, in Alex's complicated relationship with her family. Alex is a necessary heroine, and this dark fantasy nicely paves the way for a sequel.
Publishers Weekly
Seventeen-year-old Alejandra -Alex- Mortiz comes from a long line of brujas, and her family is eager to celebrate Alex-s Deathday, where she-ll summon her ancestors and receive their blessings. Alex-s sisters and mother believe that she hasn-t discovered her power yet, but she has actually been hiding it-and she-ll do anything to get rid of it. Alex is an encantrix, one of the most powerful brujas, and a brujo named Nova Santiago claims to know how she can banish her power for good. When the spell goes sideways and her family disappears, she must journey to the dangerous -in-between world- of Los Lagos, once a land of wonders, to get them back, enlisting Nova as her guide. First in the Brooklyn Brujas series, Córdova-s (the Vicious Deep series) magic-infused, delightfully dark story introduces readers to an engrossing, Latin American-inspired fantasy setting and an irresistible heroine who longs to be -normal- and pines for the father that left their family behind years ago. A final twist will leave readers eager to revisit Córdova-s immersive world. Ages 14-up. Agent: Adrienne Rosado, Leibo Literary. (Sept.)

School Library Journal Starred Review
Gr 9 Up Alejandra Mortiz comes from a long line of powerful brujas (witches), although she has unsuccessfully tried to hide her powers from her family. They dismiss her disinterest as typical teenage behavior and continue to have high expectations of her and her abilities. At her Deathday celebration, a special ceremony where she is expected to take her place as a bruja and embrace her abilities, Alex rebels. Seeing magic as a curse, Alex rejects her destiny by secretly casting a canto (spell) to strip herself of magic but instead banishes her entire family to Los Lagos, the underworld. Horrified by what she has done, Alex is determined to make things right and free them. She embarks on a dangerous quest into the deadly underworld with the aid of the untrustworthy and handsome Nova and her nonmagical BFF Rishi. What they find is certainly more than any of them bargained for. This work is a magical journey from start to finish. Córdova's realistic world-building is the backbone of this engaging read. She spins a fantasy tale based in Latin American culture, with original mythology that rings true. Her focus on family and relationships, along with themes of loyalty, friendship, love, revenge, and being true to oneself, comes across effortlessly. A complex cast of characters drives the plot while keeping readers captivated. VERDICT A compelling must-have for teens. Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
Word Count: 77,512
Reading Level: 4.4
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.4 / points: 11.0 / quiz: 184969 / grade: Upper Grades

The only way to get her family back is to travel to a land in between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland... 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's not sure she can trust, but who may be Alex's only chance at saving her family. Brooklyn Brujas Series: Labyrinth Lost (Book 1) Bruja Born (Book 2) Praise for Labyrinth Lost: An NPR Best Young Adult Book of 2016's Best YA SFF of 2016 A Bustle Best Book of 2016 Selection A Paste Magazine's Best Books of 2016 "Enchanting and complex. Every page is filled with magic."--Danielle Paige, New York Timesbest-selling author of Dorothy Must Die "... enchants from start to finish. Labyrinth Lostis pure magic." --Melissa Grey, author of The Girl at Midnight "Magical and empowering, Labyrinth Lostis 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 Serpentineand Silver Phoenix "A brilliant brown-girl-in-Brooklyn update on Alice in Wonderlandand Dante's Inferno. Very creepy, very magical, very necessary."--Daniel Jose Older, author of Shadowshaper

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