Labyrinth Lost – Zoraida Córdova Review

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…

Why did I pick this up?: I’d heard so much about this book, and it sounded perfect for me. Diversity, check. Brujas? Check.

Good points: This story was beautifully told. Rishi was adorable, and we had a BISEXUAL PROTAGONIST yay. Los Lagos was beautiful, dark, rich and morbid all in alternate places – it was perfect. I’ve heard constant comparisons to Alice in Wonderland, which I adore, so it’s only natural some of the love I have for one book would have passed on to the other. The bird people were awesome, as was the intricate description of the rest of the world. Latin mythology, too? YES PLEASE.

Bad points: I have to say, it didn’t wow me as much as I’d hoped from hearing about it. I was honestly hoping for an f/f pairing that was more than just a little at the end of the book and a few moments throughout to give it confirmation. I could have also dealt with a little more characterisation of most if not all of the characters. It started off amazingly with that, but trailed off for me towards the end.

Overview (TL;DR): A beautiful book with some amazing mythology incorporated, but at times loses it on the characterisation front. F/F relationship not as explored as I might have liked.

-K Hart


Writing sexuality.

Same-sex marriage is legal in the US. The world is becoming rainbow coloured. And my first thought was about writing sexuality.

Because for me, here in the UK, the marriage issue was important because of equal rights, and so on… but primarily for awareness. To say ‘look, we’re here, we’re the same as everyone else and we deserve to be treated as such’.

So as a writer, the first thing I thought about was our books. There is a movement towards writing characters with other sexualities, but even so it can get cliched and awkward… we’re getting there, but most of the books I’ve come across so far have been rather stereotypical OR they’ve been written by someone of that sexuality and so on…

It shouldn’t be that hard. It shouldn’t. If I can write a dragon turned into a human, I can write a gay guy without making him prance about. I myself consistently write characters with sexualities I don’t have. I don’t think any of my characters have shared my sexuality yet. And I hope I haven’t stereotyped them (what are the ‘straight people’ stereotypes? I don’t know…).

What I’m trying to say in a very roundabout way is… you’d be surprised what writing can do. What we can do, just by telling stories. And we need to do that.

– K Hart