TBR Essentials: Labyrinth Lost and A Torch Against the Night

Hello and welcome to this new feature where I tell you to add a book (or 2 or more) that isn’t out yet to your To Be Read list. I know I can’t make you reserve it at the library or preorder but I am STRONGLY SUGGESTING you do.

labyrinthLabyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
Release Date:  September 6, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Format: e-arc
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Fantasy
Ratings: Page Turner badass I Ship It 

 

Quick Summary

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Apparently this is the comment I made on my friend’s status (hi, Alyssa) about this book. Someone was mad this book has Spanish words in it because that’s a totally rational thing to be mad about. As if people who live in the US and have Hispanic roots don’t sometimes use both Spanish and English words. I’m third generation Italian and don’t actually speak Italian yet still use Italian words sometimes. *rolls eyes*

ANYWAY, this book is totally kickass. It follows Alex, who comes from a family of brujas (witches), but doesn’t exactly want powers. Her attempt to get rid of them goes terribly wrong and she has to travel to an in-between land to save her family. There’s a wonderful blend of grit and humor along with familiar and new fantasy elements. Córdova took inspiration from Latin American traditions and stories and mixed it with her own ideas. The result is GREAT.

Why Add It?

There are creatures and challenges and surprises around every corner. Alex is a character you can easily root for as she realizes the importance of family, learns who to trust, and grows in self love.

torchA Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
Release Date: August 30, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill
Format: Paperback ARC
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Romance
Ratings: fave2 Page Turner characters badass I Ship It Wow Factor Gut Punch

 

First things first, have you read the first book, An Ember in the Ashes? No? Go do that. Right now. It’s inspired by the Roman Empire and it’s amazing. So go read it and then come back to the post.

Okay, hello, I am now assuming if you are continuing to read you have read book one. If not, sigh, fine, but do it soon.

This was everything I wanted from the sequel! It kept me guessing. SO MUCH HAPPENS. Many scenes got my heart rate up. Sometimes I had to pause to breathe. Often I yelled things out loud. Reading this was a multi-level experience.

Both Laia and Elias grow so much. We get the added perspective of Helene and GAH SO MUCH HAPPENS. I am being vague, I know. I’ll be slightly more specific in my full review closer to the release date.

Why Add It?

If you read Ember and were unsure or meh about it, this book is EVEN BETTER. If you read Ember and loved it, this books is EVEN BETTER.

Make sure both these books are on your radar then look out for my more detailed reviews in August and September. Or don’t. Your loss.

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