Series : Brooklyn Brujas
Publisher : Sourcebooks Fire
Source : Publisher
Release Date : September 6th 2016
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.
Labyrinth Lost is one book that I have meaning to read for a while as I was curious about the premises as it dealt with a culture that is totally foreign to me. I loved the idea of the novel and whilst the intrigue of Latin American mythology was fascinating and kept enchanted with the book .
However I was complete surprised that I had issues with the way one of the characters was written. I was expecting one story and whilst I got that. There is so much more to this story then this book alludes and what should be the selling point of this novel .
Alex was easy to relate to . She was different and it was obvious. She wanted to be different and I loved that she was striving for it. She wanted to find her own identity. Not defined by others in her family . She wants to be ordinary but she is anything but in her eyes .
It is a common issue for any young person and I loved the unique concept that the author created around this. She challenged Alex in a number of ways and I loved that she did as this only the beginning of her journey . Whilst she rose to the challenge in some ways, in others I was left dissatisfied.
The world building was good and the characters were generally interesting each having problems that young people can relate and highlight issues that are sometimes swept under the carpet . I wished there more to say then it was better than good overall. I loved the idea of the book and it didn’t disappoint. But when the author strives for a couple of different types romantic relationships and fails make it sound and worth investing and shipping as a couple . It deters me from loving the book like I should as a romantic reader
I have no issue when an author makes changes with their characters. They are teenagers and exploring their identities . It is a big part of this novel . However I have an issue when the person in question Rishi is only added back half way through to make it more interesting and make things more obvious than they are which I rather focused on . As Nova was a pain. He was totally overbearing and demanding at times. He over wrote the subtle notes the authors was leaving about Alex and Rishi. I didn’t read between the lines about the girls at first . It was like the author wanted you to root for Nova and forget that there was more to Alex. He had his place and role but you have to wonder what if things were reversed . It was like I want you to forget about Rishi. I wanted the more, the unsaid words and feelings and to seen more of Rishi.
I wanted the romaces to be more believable. I know two romances aren’t the same. However when the author has the person in question as a best friend and giving mixed signals and the heroine treats her more just a best friend . I want the heroine to view the best friend in question in a different light then the subtle . Not like, Hi here I am.
Oh I like.
Let’s move on to something else and forget for the moment
I want to hear the heroine inner’s thoughts. How she feels especially when it a love triangle and both are competing for her attention. I want to experience the first’s. The discovery that everything isn’t clear cut for her as she thought. Not brushing it aside and continue onwards with the journey oh wait because that more important . I want to be more in my face. I wanted chemistry. Even for Rishi to do something.
Maybe it because of the sheer amount of romances I have read and a good number of queer fiction. I have hope this series will address the issues and continue to explore more of Alex’s identity. As I loved the concept with this series and I do hope for more of Alex and Rishi. As it could be summed up at the moment as the totally awkward kind and I want the cute kind we saw in the beginning.
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