Can you believe July is almost over? I can not believe 7 months have passed already. This year feels like it has taken place in The Twilight Zone — simultaneously short and endless. Books have been a great escape and I have been reading from so many amazing authors. Lobizona by Romina Garber is no exception. Today is my stop on the Lobizona blog tour and I thought I would talk a little bit more about why I loved this story. Thank you to Wednesday Books for including me on the tour!
Lobizona Book Details:
Page count: Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: August 4th 2020 by Wednesday Books
ISBN: 1250239125 (ISBN13: 9781250239129)
Series: Wolves of No World #1
Some people ARE illegal.
Lobizonas do NOT exist.
Both of these statements are false.
Manuela Azul has been crammed into an existence that feels too small for her. As an undocumented immigrant who’s on the run from her father’s Argentine crime-family, Manu is confined to a small apartment and a small life in Miami, Florida.
Until Manu’s protective bubble is shattered.
Her surrogate grandmother is attacked, lifelong lies are exposed, and her mother is arrested by ICE. Without a home, without answers, and finally without shackles, Manu investigates the only clue she has about her past—a mysterious “Z” emblem—which leads her to a secret world buried within our own. A world connected to her dead father and his criminal past. A world straight out of Argentine folklore, where the seventh consecutive daughter is born a bruja and the seventh consecutive son is a lobizón, a werewolf. A world where her unusual eyes allow her to belong.
As Manu uncovers her own story and traces her real heritage all the way back to a cursed city in Argentina, she learns it’s not just her U.S. residency that’s illegal. . . .it’s her entire existence.
Lobizona is the book I wish I had when I was 15 and devouring urban fantasy like it was my job. Garber has created a true gem in the character of Manuela Azul and I loved being inside her mind. Her cultural identity permeates every page and I loved learning more about Argentina through her eyes. Manu is strong and opinionated but is still trying to find her grounding in the world. Garber touches on some incredibly difficult subjects like immigration and interweaves them into the magical world in a way that is both poignant and nuanced.
Read this book for a fun adventure into the world of werewolves and other supernatural goodness!
ROMINA GARBER (pen name Romina Russell) is a New York Times and international bestselling author. Originally from Argentina, she landed her first writing gig as a teen—a weekly column for the Miami Herald that was later nationally syndicated—and she hasn’t stopped writing since. Her books include Lobizona. When she’s not working on a novel,
Romina can be found producing movie trailers, taking photographs, or daydreaming about buying a new drum set. She is a graduate of Harvard College and a Virgo to the core.
“With vivid characters that take on a life of their own, beautiful details that peel back the curtain on Romina’s Argentinian heritage, and cutting prose that shines a light on the difficulties of being the ‘other’ in America today, Romina Garber crafts a timely tale of identity and adventure that every teenager should read.” –Tomi Adeyemi New
York Times bestselling author of Children of Blood and Bone
“Romina Garber has created an enthralling young adult fantasy led by an unforgettable Latinx character Manu. In Manu we find a young girl who not only must contend with the injustice of being undocumented she also discovers a hidden world that may explain her very existence. I fell in love with this world where wolves, witches and magic thrives, all in a rich Latinx setting!” –Lilliam Rivera, author of Dealing in Dreams and The Education