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 by Romina Garber is an amazing young adult fantasy. The storytelling was done by a master storyteller. It was engaging, unique, and rich of Argentine culture. The characters were interesting. I was curious about the young girl’s life and what would happen next. Her and her family are currently on the run, plus, she’s dealing with weird stuff. I enjoyed the great dialogue. This novel is family themed. There was some non-English phrases which I didn’t understand because I’m only a native English speaker. The pages were mostly in English. However, the tiny bit of the other language did slow down the already slow build of a plot. Other than that, this book was a great read. I would have given it 5-stars if the pace was faster. if you enjoy being transported into another world, this book is a must read!