I had pretty high hopes for Labyrinth Lost, the first book in the Brooklyn Brujas series, and while it was good - it just didn't end up being quite as amazing as I was hoping. In fact, I was pretty invested in Alex's world, the magic system, and the creatures from the beginning. I loved the way that Latinx culture is worked into the story, and the importance of the family dynamic between Alex, her mother, and her sisters. Unfortunately, I wasn't all that interested in Alex and she fell a flat for me at times. I was also hoping to like Rishi, Alex's best friend and love interest, more than I did but I wasn't all that interested either - although, I could appreciate the representation of an F/F relationship - I'd definitely like to see more LGBTQIAP+ representation in YA, especially fantasy. Anyway, the one character who makes this book, in my opinion, is Nova. He's the real standout - he's a little more complex, likable, and fun to read. While this wasn't quite a great read for me, it's still a lot of fun to get immersed Alex's world and the land of Los Lagos. Like the sound of Alice in Wonderland with a Latinx flavor, then you may want to try Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova. I will definitely want to see where Alex's story goes in the sequel, Circle Unbroken.
I read this novel from October 5 - 6, 2017 and my review is also on Goodreads. Plus, this novel also fulfilled the Witches square on my Fall Bookish Bingo.
I read this novel on September 29th, 2017 (my library hold came in quite bit sooner than expected!) and my review is also on Goodreads. This novel also fulfilled the LGBT square on my Fall Bookish Bingo.
Next up for the November portion of the Challenge:
My choice - Warhead by Ricardo Delgado - This is put out by Reliquary Press from Atlanta, Georgia and is described as a neo-noir for fans of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, so it sounds like it could be right up my alley. By the way, I just happened to stumble upon my copy of this book at a local new and used bookstore.
22. Read a collection of stories by a woman. (From Celeste Ng, author Everything I Never Told You and the forthcoming Little Fires Everywhere)
Congrats if you made it this far! Have you read any of these books or have you taken on Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge before? Thanks as always for visiting my blog, and perhaps even commenting down below!