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...
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LABYRINTH LOST is one of the most unique coming of age tales that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The Brujas have their own mythos that is just as complete and compelling as the Greek or Egyptian mythos.
Alex is terrified of the magic that she is starting to feel and she has plans to rid herself of it. Of course, trying to get rid of a part of yourself never works out exactly as planned. Now to rescue her family, Alex has to face her fears in a land far from home.
I found myself entranced by this book, its characters and its magic system. Alex has to learn to accept herself and the fact that not all the bad things that have occurred in her life are because of her. She also learns that not all is as it appears and to look deeper into herself and into others.
While this is a young adult story, it is one that will also appeal to adults. It is also story that is rather dark in places and not appropriate for all young adults. I would recommend this book to my readers who enjoy the darker side of fantasy and also to all that enjoy 'coming of age' stories.
*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed within are my own.