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Lobizona: A Novel (Wolves of No World, 1)

av Romina Garber

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Serier: Wolves of No World (1)

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RGG: Realities of immigration, belonging, undocumented, being legal, acceptance of sexual preference, gender role restrictions all wrapped up in a fantasy story of witches and werewolves based on Argentinian folklore. The references to other fantasy esp. Harry Potter will be engaging to the right readers, esp. the school for teenage witches and werewolves which appears about a third of the way through. Romance is per usual although a very heavy petting scene towards the end pushes the book towards more YA. Lots of Spanish phrases embedded throughout, not all translated. Reading Interest: YA
  rgruberexcel | Nov 9, 2020 |
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in return for a fair and honest review.

This book started out well but as it progressed it started to lose momentum and got bogged down in to many scenarios going on. Pretty much every kind of problem or life choice was thrown into this. Misogyny, sexuality, illegal immigration, etc. It felt like the author should just pick a couple of topics and concentrate on those instead of cramming every little thing into it. ( )
  Arkrayder | Sep 10, 2020 |
There are aspects of this story that will remind readers of the Harry Potter Series and I say that in a very favorable way. This, however, stands on its own merits in multiple ways. Manuela has been isolated most of her life because her eyes are different. They have gold star shaped pupils, necessitating her wearing sunglasses at all times outside the cramped apartment she shares with her mom and an elderly lady they befriended while living on the streets of Miami. Her father is a mystery, supposedly the scion of an Argentine crime family, possibly dead, maybe hiding out somewhere. Whenever Manuela asks Mom, the responses are vague and guarded. Every month, when the moon is full, her period starts and the cramps and discomfort are so severe that her mother gives her three mysterious blue pills that knock her out for several days.
When she notices suspicious people watching the apartment house, followed by a near fatal attack on the elderly woman they live with, Manuela panics and rushes off to find Mom at the home where she works as a maid, but what she finds is a completely different workplace and no sooner does she enter, than ICE agents raid it, carting off everyone save her when one of her mother's co-workers creates a distraction, allowing her to escape.
She ends up hiding in the back of a pickup driven by one of the suspicious watchers, ending up deep in the Everglades at a secret compound where other teens with similar eyes are attending school. What follows this discovery is not only intriguing as all get out, it reveals a hidden society, another dimension which is accessible only during a full moon and the revelation of several aspects of her life that make the story impossible to put down. The book ends with that perfect blend of partial resolution and cliffhanging that sets up the sequel. ( )
  sennebec | Aug 9, 2020 |
The fact that the President of Argentina can become the godfather of the seventh son in a family is weirdly fascinating. This practice isn't inherently tied to the myth that a seventh son will turn into a werewolf after their thirteenth birthday but was a way for the President to stem the murders of seventh sons by adopting them as his godchildren. In my quick search I couldn't find anything regarding seventh daughters being associated with the same myth but if it does I shudder at the thought - it took nearly 70 years for the same rule to apply to daughters. This book is based upon being illegal and for Manu that applied in the real world and the fantastical one, she discovered she was a part of. The actions in this novel could be a sensitive topic for some but it is not a violent novel.

"...Sometimes reality strays so far from what's rational that we can only explain it through fantasy."

The Argentinean folklore surrounding this novel regarding the lobizón and brujas is interesting - I enjoy stories about gods and goddesses from other cultures. This is the second book that I've read in one day so far this year and yes I'll admit I do have a soft spot for YA fantasy novels. I especially love to read novels like these after reading something difficult, time-consuming, or disturbing. The cover for Lobizona is absolutely beautiful and it is definitely something that I would pick up if I had just seen it sitting on a shelf in my local bookstore. This book does have a little dash of Harry Potter (even references) and a little bit of Twilight.

I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy YA, fantasy, folklore, and paranormal/supernatural books. A big thank you to Wednesday Books and NetGalley for ARC and the opportunity to read this splendid book. Thank you to Romina Garber for persevering to get Lobizona published - I loved it! ( )
  thereviewbooth | Jul 21, 2020 |
i think we all agree that Lobizona by Romina Garber!
  primordialnyx | Jun 24, 2020 |
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