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, Romina Garber
August 4th, 2020
Lobizona was the book that broke my pandemic reading block. Because Lobizona was one of the best books I read in 2020.
It’s got beautiful prose and a tight pacing, tension in all the right places, and I felt so connected to Manu immediately that I didn’t want to put the book down.
Lobizona has it all. A beautiful, diverse cast, magic and romance, werewolves and witches, crushing gendered stereotypes! It’s the YA werewolf version of The Witch Boy. It’s been months since I’ve read the book (don’t blame me, blame pandemic brain) and I’m still gushing about how great it was. It’s one of those I need to reread constantly. It’s got a magic school far better than Hogwarts and a stellar world.
The second I finished it, I yelled into the Twitter void about it and my need for book 2 that the author, Romina Garber, provided links to it’s sequel, Cazadora! It releases August 2021, so you better get your paws on Lobizona ASAP.
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