Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

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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.

 

I got this book as a give away at Book Con 2017.

I really enjoyed this story. While the world and story isn’t anything new, Córdova did a great job of incorporating old Latin American lore into a modern story.

I love the family dynamics and the fact that the characters are from Brooklyn. Alex’s coming of age journey and acceptance of herself and her powers was well done.

If your are looking for a fantasy book with diverse representation, read this. The leads are POC and there is a bisexual love triangle. Luckily the story doesn’t lean too heavily on the typically overdone love triangle aspect and concentrates more on the world building, the character development, and the magic.

I do have a small critique about the villain. I didn’t find her as scary or threatening as she was supposed to be. She was more cartoonish in my opinion. I also wished to know more about her history.

Overall I enjoyed it so much I bought the sequel right away because I want to see more from Brooklyn Bruja sisters (and Nova too) and know more about their family history and future.

Favorite quotes:

page 126: What’s the point of being what I am if I can’t use it when I need it to save my life?”

page 234: But burden or gift, this is who we are. Just think, nena, if you didn’t fear your own power, then you wouldn’t have respected it enough to rein it in.

4 out of 5 Death Masks.

Top Ten Tuesday March 26: Audiobook Freebie

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Updates are now at That Artsy Reader Girl.

March 26: Audiobook Freebie

I love audiobooks and didn’t know which topic to focus on so I broke it up into smaller categories.

The books that got me hooked:
At first I used to only listen to books I had already read. The narration of theses books really enhanced the experience and my love for both trilogies.

1) Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown. Narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds.

2) All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. Narrated by Jennifer Ikeda.

The re-listens: (Besides the ones mentioned above.)
3)Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story written and narrated by Jewel.

4)The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe. Narrated by: B.J. Harrison

The Longest:
5) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
Length: 52 hrs and 41 mins

My Favorite Narrators:
6) Jim Dale (Harry Potter series, U.S. edition.) His range of voices is outstanding. He has won awards and broke records for all the characters’ voices he created.

7) Tim Gerard Reynolds (Red Rising Trilogy.) He is the voice of Darrow. Also, you should hear his Ragnar. It feels like the boldtype.

8) B.J. Harrison (The Count of Monte Cristo.) After trying another version and giving up early on because of the monotone voice, Harrison’s upbeat narration and different characters made it hard to stop listening.

Suspense to make you jump in your seat. No, really:
9) The Shining by Stephen King. Narrated by Campbell Scott.

10) NOS4A2 A Novel by Joe Hill. Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew

ABC Book Challenge ✰ Y & Z

Last post for this challenge I saw at these blogs: Purple Manatees, and The Bibliophagist.

✰ Memorable books starting with Y ✰
I wouldn’t call it memorable, but it’s the only Y book I have read:
1) Year Zero by Rob Reid

✰ Books on my TBR starting with Y ✰
1)Yes Please by Amy Poehler

✰ Memorable books starting with Z ✰
1)Zombies Vs. Unicorns Edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier
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✰ Books on my TBR starting with Z ✰
I have no Z books on my TBR.

Top Ten Tuesday March 19: Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
Updates are now at That Artsy Reader Girl.

March 19: Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

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I feel like I am just repeating myself because these same books have been on other TTT seasonal TBR lists. But I need to be serious this time. I am going to Book Con in June and simply MUST read these books I picked up from the previous Book Cons. I have more than ten, but I am only listing the ones I want to read first.

1) Book Con 2014: Interview With the Vampire, by Anne Rice (20th Anniversary Edition).
2) Book Con 2015: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld.
3) Book Con 2015: Illuminae: The Illuminae Files – 01, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (which is an ARC by the way. The whole trilogy is out now. So I am WAY behind.)
4) Book Con 2015: H2O, by Virgina Bergin.
5) Book Con 2017: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova.
6) Book Con 2017: The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky.
7) Book Con 2017: The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst.
8) Book Con 2017: Nyxia by Scott Reintgen. Also an ARC.

I also want to squeeze in two audiobooks:
9) Queen’s Shadow by E.K. Johnston
10) Star Wars: Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray

 

Year Zero by Rob Reid

 

I got this book at NYCC 2017. I saw the author speak at a panel about deleted scenes and then went to his book signing.

I found his deleted scene (for After On) to be very funny and that prompted me to go to his book signing.

The plot of Year Zero had lots of promise and it started out really funny, but about half way through the jokes got old and I also became bored by the story. Sometimes it was hard to follow all the descriptions of copyright laws and the descriptions of the alien worlds. I hate to admit that I started to skim about three quarters of the way through.

Also, the footnotes were distracting. Small ones were fine, but they often turned into whole paragraphs. That tangent is just unnecessary and I also just skipped reading those all together towards the end.

I didn’t find myself connecting with any of the characters so in the end I didn’t really care what happened. Hence the skimming.

I feel horrible giving such a poor review but it is an honest one.

Since I already bought After On I will give that one a shot and hope I like it better than Year Zero.

2 out of 5 Downloaded Songs.