ARC Review: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

27969081Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
To Be Published : September 3 2017

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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A big thank you to the lovely people at Sourcebooks for sending me this ARC!

I know it’s cutting it close to the pub date of this book but I was in a bit of a slump (don’t let my reviews fool you, I was super behind on posts) and I finally got around to reading this book and I was pretty surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

I was very entertained while reading this book. I’ve never read anything in terms of buja/bujo magic and it really intrigued me. Of course I’ve heard of it but never have I read a book where this was the way magic was used and it felt really authentic and really well written, and I appreciated that a lot while reading this book.

I absolutely loved the world (Los Lagos), the writing, the story but there were a few things that fell short to me. I felt like I didn’t really get as immersed in this book as I usually do with others which I’m not saying is an overly negative thing but I REALLY wanted to feel like I was completely enveloped in this story this place around all this magic and amazement, but I just didn’t and it sucked when I could easily put the book down and go do something else. Being so excited for this book I was really looking forward into really diving deep into it and having trouble coming out of this book…but it just didn’t happen. And I think it could be because of the characters? But I’m still not quite sure (hmmm maybe  a re-read needs to happen to figure that out…)

I preferred Nova over Alex. I think she kind of just fell under the radar in comparison to other lead ladies I’ve read about and just felt that like overall there could have been a lot more development overall across the board. I feel like I wanted more from them. All the characters, I needed more from Alex, more from Nova…hell I needed more from the villain! And I think that’s where this book started to fall short. Although really entertaining, and a great premise and AMAZING diversity in all fronts (ethnic, romance, just unf I loved all the diversity in this book!) a big part of books that really make or break it for me are the characters.

But I have to say, for one of my most anticipated reads Zoraida gets ALL THE CLAPS! Thank you for this good read! It’s something that’s snaked me out of my slump and got me reading again. Overall great plot, awesome world, good characters, and entertaining.

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Review: Grave Peril (The Dresden Files #3) by Jim Butcher

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7021986Grave Peril ( The Dresden Files #3)  by Jim Butcher
Published:  September 1, 2001

Harry Dresden – Wizard
Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

Harry Dresden has faced some pretty terrifying foes during his career. Giant scorpions. Oversexed vampires. Psychotic werewolves. It comes with the territory when you’re the only professional wizard in the Chicago-area phone book.

But in all Harry’s years of supernatural sleuthing, he’s never faced anything like this: The spirit world has gone postal. All over Chicago, ghosts are causing trouble – and not just of the door-slamming, boo-shouting variety. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly. Someone – or something – is purposely stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc. But why? And why do so many of the victims have ties to Harry? If Harry doesn’t figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself….


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That’s exactly how I want to begin this review. This book was PHENOMENAL. A really good way to just throw this series up a notch and into a really good high gear. This book really opens up a lot of information about Harry and the people who Harry has been interacting with. Harry grows even more loveable and so do his friends.

Michael is the new addition and he’s a WONDERFUL character. A righteous man who wields the sword powered by faith magic which is just bad ass. Michael is great and his back and forth with Harry is very close to that of Sam and Dean in Supernatural. It’s really great.

I have to say I enjoyed this book a ton because it was more action packed than the last two. I loved meeting Michael and Charity and the relationship between Harry and them. But my favorite is that I keep getting to learn more about Harry. In this book we meet Lea, who has a big tie in the history of the Harry. Also we learn more about how the Vampire courts work and I thought that was super awesome. Thomas is hilarious and I loved him has a character and I hope he comes back

In the end Harry ends up a bit different, changed from everything that happens in this book and it worries me as to what will happen in the next one. I seriously gobbled up this whole book and I really do hope that as you people read these reviews and see that I love this series so much, I hope you all decide to at least try The Dresden Files. Harry is a wonderful character and develops more and more with every book and the other characters that are becoming more permanent are growing as well, in 2014 Jim Butcher released the 15th Dresden File book and is now continuing with books 16-20. So there’s a lot to read, and go through for Dresden Files, and I cannot wait to read each and every one

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