Welcome to my stop on the Lobizona book tour! Thank you to Wednesday Books for organizing the tour and allowing me to participate as a tour host!
Title: Lobizona (Wolves of No World #1)
Author: Romina Garber
Release: August 4, 2020
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Genre: YA Fantasy
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.
I wasn’t sure what I should expect when I went into this, but Lobizona pleasantly took me by surprise. The synopsis doesn’t give much away other than the basic plot of the first quarter of the book, but there is so much more to this story! The writing was incredible, the story was captivating, and I really enjoyed the dynamics between the characters.
The worldbuilding is what shines in this book. Romina Garber deftly combines magical realism with elements of paranormal fantasy; brujas, werewolves, a magical academy. And within that unique and enthralling setting she weaves Argentinian folklore. It was so excellently crafted and nothing short of perfect.
I really appreciated the themes in Lobizona and the issues that the author brought to life. The book heavily focuses on freedom, struggling to belong, prejudice, and misogyny. A lot of the internal conflict for Manu revolves around her attempts to figure out who she is and where she belongs. I’m completely invested in her story and I’m really looking forward to where the next book takes us!
★ ★ ★ ★
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Romina Garber is a NYT/International Bestselling YA author who also writes under pen name Romina Russell. Born in Buenos Aires and raised in Miami, Romina currently resides in Los Angeles but would much rather be at Hogwarts. As a teen, Romina landed her first writing gig—“College She Wrote,” a weekly Sunday column for the Miami Herald that was later picked up for national syndication—and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She is a graduate of Harvard College and a Virgo to the core.