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  • Labyrinth Lost

  • By: Zoraida Cordova
  • Narrated by: Almarie Guerra
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 143

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, non Spanish speaker narrator

  • By Ivonne on 11-15-17

Absolutely perfect

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-17

I don't really have words for how wonderful this book was. Intersectionally feminist with a wholly unique plot, and beautiful prose to boot. I don't know if there will be more in this series. While I'd be thrilled if there were, this is also a beautiful stand-alone.

  • The Hundredth Queen

  • By: Emily R. King
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,880
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,673
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,669

As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood in the ancient Tarachand Empire, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she's an unlikely candidate for even a servant's position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood's mountain temple. But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda's life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A mix of religion, politics, and magic

  • By LexiLikesLiterature on 07-11-17

As Titus Andromedon would say, "What is this white nonsense?"

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-17

I don't know if I've heard/read a more stupid book, to be honest. I was trying to organize my complaints for this review, but I realized my complaints would just entail summarizing the book. It was insulting in its facile plotting and the density of the main character only exacerbated the insult.
I'm not sure if the narrator tried to sound like and American Audrey Hepburn or she thought a tony, Martha's Vineyard accent lent itself well to a novel set in an Indian-esque empire, but it was distracting and, when paired with the painful dialogue of this story, it made me want to fling myself into a volcano. The performance was a marked reminder that this book was written by a white woman with a problematic-at-best grasp of far eastern cultures.
Anyway, I would recommend reading pretty much anything else. 👍

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