Series: Wolves of No World
Author: Romina Garber
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: August 4, 2020
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
I received a digital ARC copy from Wednesday Books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Thank you to Wednesday Books for asking me to be apart of this blog tour!
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.
“Sometimes reality strays so far from what’s rational that we can only explain it through fantasy.”
I’ve been in a huge reading slump later (took me over a month to finish a book, one I rated 5 stars!), and this book pulled me write out! I read it in less than one day. I was captivated on page 1 and each page after!
“I’m a passenger not just in this vehicle, but in my body, in this country, in my life. Defined by decisions I didn’t make.”
What initially drew me to this book is how it discusses immigration, ICE, and deportation. I am very passionate about the topic, and I am so happy that this book can be a way for people to begin to understand the topic and see it for what it really is, to see the flaws in our current immigration system in America.
“Go forth and shatter every convention.”
Heaviness aside, this was just a damn good book. The characters are relatable, the plot is unique, a rich culture is present, and we get some amazing twists and turns. Some I saw coming, and others completely floored me.
“It’s hard to identify your identity when you lack the language.”
If you’re looking for books about werewolves, magic, academies, family, and belonging, this is the book for you!
“I don’t fit into any of the groupings around me, and the things that make me different always seem to count against me.”
Describe Lobizona in five words.
Magical. Defiant. Hopeful. Transformative. Argentinian.
What inspired you to write your main character as an illegal immigrant?
To me, Lobizona is a treatise on language and the ways we weaponize words. In particular, I wanted to explore the dehumanizing effect of labeling a human being illegal. Even though it’s fantasy, I wrote this book as a protest against the inhumane policies of the current administration—yet it’s also a warning of what happens when we stop defining words and words start defining us.
What was your favorite snack while writing Lobizona?
For reasons that will become obvious pretty early into Lobizona, I found myself frequenting a lot of Argentine markets while writing this book! Snacks include: Titas, alfajores, sandwiches de miga, medialunas, panqueques de dulce de leche . . . who else is getting hungry?