Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova (Book Review)

I have been waiting to read this for SO LONG! I'm too cheap to buy hardcovers generally--why buy them when I can get TWO trade papers for basically the same price?--so I've been hovering and waiting for Labyrinth Lost to come out in paperback. I follow the author, Zoraida Córdova, on Twitter, and the hype for this book had me in a tizzy. 

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From Goodreads: 

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 she can’t trust, but who may be Alex’s only chance at saving her family. 

Going into this I wasn't very familiar with the Latin magic mythos, and I found the newness of it engaging and exciting. I loved that the book didn't pander to readers by over-emphasizing Spanish words, because italicizing every non-English word is a huge pet peeve of mine. 

Alex was a really interesting character; she was deeply flawed, but also likeable, which had me Team Alex all the way. Even though I REALLY wanted to love Rishi, and the ensuing bisexual love triangle, I really had a hard time with it. I didn't find the circumstances that had Rishi join in on the action to be believable, and the love triangle came out of nowhere and felt forced in a lot of places. And it really bothered me that the only thing I really knew about Rishi by the end of the book is that she's quirky and wears funny clothes, and that she had been in love with Alex for a while. 

My issues with the romantic plot and development of Rishi aside, I really did love Labyrinth Lost. The premise was unique and exciting, the pacing of the story was great, and I really loved the world that Zoraida Córdova created. I think it was a master class in writing magical realism, even if the character work suffered a little. 

4.5 stars, rounded up to 5 on Goodreads because they don't do half stars (which is stupid). 

December's Most Popular Cases

It's already halfway through January, but with everything going on with the store launch I completely forgot to show you guys my most popular cases for December! I'm really excited at how well-received my first Macbook case was, as well as my new Westie case! Poppies and pugs round out the month, which isn't surprising since they've been steady sellers in the past. 

This month I'll be adding even more watercolor dog cases, so be prepared for poodles and more to be making an appearance before the end of January. And, as always, if you have an Android and are looking for one of these cases for your phone, hit me up on Twitter or email me at ashley [at] wonderlandmedia [dot] ca. 


Bonus: For the month of January, get 10% off of your order of $35 or more using code AFF10PCT. This applies to multiple orders, so now is a good time to grab those two cases you have your eye on!


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