As far as trends in YA go, am I the only one who notices a rise in witchcraft-oriented stories? I’m totally okay with it if that’s the case. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova is tackling old faithful with a fresh twist: Brujería… or at least something flavoured like it that blurs the lines between life and death and the places in between.
Let’s thank wikipedia for the direct definition:
Brujería is the Spanish-language word for “witchcraft”. Brujería also refers to witch-healers in the Americas (especially Latin America and the United States). Both men and women can be witches; brujo(s) and bruja(s), respectively.
I expect its no coincidence that the cover features La Muerte/La Catrina makeup, given the book’s description of a journey to the afterlife or in-between. (A+ on the typographic treatment too. That is one hot font.)
Let’s hope our heroine makes it back okay.
I’m super excited for this book. There was a point in my university history where I took a course on death rituals in various cultures, and my favourite paper written for the class was entered around commemorative traditions in Mexico and the Dias de Muertos: the Days of the Dead.
I’m not entirely sure what to expect, given that the blurb describes the world in Labyrinth Lost as wonderland on Laini-Taylor-inspired crack (I’m paraphrasing), but whatever that may be, I’m confident that it’s going to be excellent.
Waiting on Wednesday: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova[book-info]
* Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.