(NEW) [Lobizona Wolves of No World #1]
This released today August 4th 2020 4 12 stars and I keep waffling back between four and five but please do know I m absolutely obsessed Lobizona follows Manu an undocumented immigrant confined to her home both by ICE and by her starry eyes When her life at home falls apart she escapes to the magical world of Kerana where she is still regardless of appearances wrongManu lives at first with her mother and family friend Perla In Garber s Argentinian mythology seventh sons become werewolves lobizones while seventh daughters become witches brujas Here women are brujas while men are lobizones Manu however just as she has found a place where her eyes do not define her discovers that as a hybrid her existence is a crime that even here in the first place where she is not an immigrant she is still considered illegalThis book feels deeply vivid From the harsh opening on danger constantly feels real present Manu is at first hiding and next a fish out of water but at all times a fascinating narrator When she escapes ICE to a new world we root for her wellbeing hoping for magical solutions When it is revealed that even here her entire existence is illegal to the powers that be it is enuinely crushing Seeing her come into her own though is deeply satisfying It helps that her relationships with other characters all hold different weights in the narrative Saysa Catalina and Tiago have a wonderful suad dynamic with Manu but still all feel like distinct characters Saysa was my favorite Catalina though is probably the one I find most interesting in any other book she could be a popular Building the Cold War: Hilton International Hotels and Modern Architecture girl trope but here she s nuanced developed and fun to root for She also has a full character arc something missing for side characters in a lot of YA fantasy The unfolding mystery of the fate of Manu s father Fierro is excellent The dynamic between Manu Perla and her mother is also resonant There s a particular scene where Manu almostoes home to Perla and Perla tells her that she may make her own choices just as her mother did I appreciated that the narrative is both deeply sympathetic to Manu s mother and allows Manu to make her own choices And the scene made me tear up a bitI try to avoid reading other reviews before writing my own but I really liked what Adri said about this book in their review she comes to represent everyone who s ever wrongfully been limited or boxed into labels that don t fit simply because it s convenient for everyone else I feel the story is about how if we let ideas traditions and laws matter than actual people we are creating a world that confines us we are drawing a border between what is and what could be Language and societal norms don t exist in a vacuum They are not stagnant they re things we engage with create and shape for ourselves It s not a perfect novel at times the first half is fairly slow Some metaphors didn t totally work The romance felt a bit by the book at first there s a romantic competition plot line that though resolved in a creative way I really liked it definitely takes over the dynamic between Tiago and Manu But this book went so hard and I am so excited for This is an excellent blend of magical realism and contemporary fantasy focusing on binaries and the space between them I m excited for This comes out on August 4th I hope you ll love it as much as I didBlog Youtube Twitter Instagram Spotify About If you re undocumented you re unwritten Embrace that You re saying if no one s told my story before I et to tell it the way I want Exactly 842020 If you re a fan of Argentinian werewolves elemental witches and alternate dimensions you re in LUCK bc this book just dropped today 35 stars Steeped in South American mythology a defiant challenge of sexism and misogyny exploring the struggles faced by undocumented immigrants Lobizona is unlike ANY story I ve ever read before Manuela Azul is an undocumented immigrant All her life she s had to be invisible she never attended school never made friends But when ICE arrests her mother and someone attacks her found randmother Manu s forced to o on the run what she never expected was to stumble upon a magical academy built on ancient ruins deep in the Everglades At El Laberinto Manu s thrown into a wholly fantastical world Am I the only one who Got Luminous By Dawn Metcalf Vibes The Luminous by Dawn Metcalf vibes The are a society of brujaswitches and lobiz nwerewolves who travel to another dimension Lunaris every full moon Here there exists orgeous magic think edible fizzy flowers a sentient mother tree filled with books and a sport combining soccer and elemental pro bending from Legend of Korra but also extreme danger Just as Manu discovers someplace she might belong with people she s beginning to love she realizes that her existence in Lunaris is deemed as illegal as it was in Miami There s something so compulsively readable about Romina Garber s writing It isn t complex actually kinda purple at times ngl but I still found myself propelled to read on The world building in this novel is uniue and enthralling and I adored the Argentine lore woven into the magical realism Not to mention I Carson Pirie Scott: Louis Sullivan and the Chicago Department Store got SO HUNGRY reading this book someone take me to Buenos Aires ASAP so I canet my hands on some enchanted mate and milanesasLobizona tackles themes of alienation and belonging with nuance It resonated a lot with me and will with anyone who s ever found themselves straddling two worlds be it culture country race or anything else Manu Charting an Empire: Geography at the English Universities 1580-1620 grapples with the freedom and life or death risks of living honestly if she comes out as the world s only lobizona she won t have to lie any She ll show others that it s possible to defy convention But and this hit me really hard Manu also realizes that she shouldn t have to martyr herself to achieve the life she s always wanted Why settle for being a son of the system when you can mother a movement HOWEVER there were a couple things I found really off putting For one I didn t care for the waxing poetic about their magical eyes rose uartz and sapphire and Mars red just sound SO CHEESY At one point Manu s are literally described as orbitingolden alaxies and I cringed so hard The insta attraction between Manu and Tiago was bleh and I was mostly unsympathetic to
Their Love Triangle With Cata love triangle with Cata the angst could ve been so easily avoided if Manu just talked to her friends about her thoughtsfeelings instead of being rude and running away For a character who showed so much complexity when coming to terms her identity Manu was frustratingly juvenile at times tooThere was also the fact that this book is heavy heavy heavy on the Chosen One tropeyness Manu s the only one of her kind and she masters literally everything possible WITHOUT HAVING EVER DONE IT BEFORE She s a star Septibol player and finds an elusive rare flower and is Tiago s one true love and also has eNviABLE CuRVES bc ofc She perfectly cont. Some people ARE illegalLobizonas do NOT existBoth of these statements are falseManuela 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 FloridaUntil Manu's protective bubble is shatteredHer surrog. .
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Excited to introduce a character to you bitlylobizonaCan t wait for you to meet ManuLaLobizona this summer Also I just finished the first draft of the seuel AAAAHHHHHH WolvesOfNoWorld 3262020 updateYAY The Lobizona PREORDER GIVEAWAY is LIVE you preorder a hardcover ebook or audio edition submit your receipt for a set of 5 Lobizona buttons Unfortunately due to legal nuances this is only valid for US Canada residents I don t want to scare you off but the mystery at the heart of Lobizona is real Like Manu I was also flipping through the pages of a newspaper when I stumbled across the Argentine law that inspired this story la ley de padrinazgo presidencial 20843 The law declares the President of Argentina odparent to the 7th consecutive son or daughter in a family I was curious why this was even a thing when I spiraled down the rabbit hole of online research history bled into myth until it became harder and harder to separate fact from folkloreNaturally I had to write a book So I did A dozen years agoYet when I tried to Chicago Architecture (Architecture Urbanism) get the novel traditionally published I was told US readers didn t care about Argentine immigrants In other words they didn t care about MEI tried letting this ideao for about a decade I thought I had Yet as the situation for immigrants worsened in this country I realized this story will never let Chicago Neighborhoods and Suburbs: A Historical Guide go of me So if you ve preordered Lobizona or added her to your tbr or even if you ve just read this far thank you for caring 3 XoxoxoRominaPS 25 months AHHHHPPS Preorder links keep your receipts find this review others on my blog The beginning of Lobizona is nightmarishManuela Azul s life is laden with eggshells and she walked on tremulously fraying a little every time she had to put on her mirrored sunglasses to hide the unnatural bright yellow engulfing her eyes from the whites to the irises the dread and fear rising through the cracks The possibility of being snapped up by ICE or of her father s past catching up to her first is always there hovering in the air like an axe Her whole life Manu had waited for them to find her and her mother She never doubted that they wouldAnd then they didAlone Manu sets out to look for answers to the thousand uestions circling inside her head like harpies and finds a magical school for witches and lobizones Argentinian werewolves For years Manu s eyes were a strange fact she had to bend her life around yet here is a place where she fit with the familiar comfort of a well worn coat But Manu s lies about her family are as thin as a zither string and when her father s real identity is dragged to the fore the truth of it blows out the embers of hope that let Manu believe she finally had somewhere she could call homeYoung adult fantasyets another jolt of diversity with Lobizona a vibrant representation of Argentinian culture and folklore One of the things I relish most in fiction is when fantasy is interwoven with our world and its timeline Lobizona dwells in the low lit overlap of myth and reality and the way it owns that space is spellbinding The notion of werewolves and witches is exhilarating and the authors milks it for all its considerable worth A book like Lobizona doesn t undo any clich s it deals in them and while it s not particularly complex or unpredictable it perfectly counterbalances the elaborate world building elements Garber has managedThe strength of the novel however lies in its thematic ravity the author touches upon a smorgasbord of topics that inform many conversations today race immigration prejudice and the passionate politics of the book come through with vivid
because we lost inside the experiences of its protagonists There s a sympathetic sense of dislocation and dread that permeates every corner of the story and which kept my interest firmly moored to the page Manu has lost the unbruised part of herself when she lost her freedom to exist without the constant fear of being wrenched away from her home It s the sort of truth that one can say only when they re looking away from it offhand distracted because to meet its eye is enough to curdle your blood But Hope Is Small Enough is small enough nest within Manu s palm and seeing all her courage pile itself hand over hand was a welcome respiteAll in all this was solid debut ko fi blog twitter tumblr Hearing that Lobizona was an Argentinian werewolf story was enough to convince me I d love this book Sadly it turned out to be a weak contemporary and an even weaker fantasy Sometimes reality strays so far from what s rational that we can only explain it through fantasy What is this book about Manu and her mother are undocumented immigrants Running from their father s life of crime in Argentina led them to the confinement of a cramped apartment in Miami Florida Manu is unable to leave the apartment seeing as her pupils are shaped as stars and her eyes shine a vibrant yellow When her mother is arrested and taken to a detention center to be deported Manu narrowly escapes finding herself caught up in a world of werewolves and witches her only hope of uncovering her past and saving her mother In terms of the fantasy aspect nothing of note takes place until a third into the book Before then all we hear is constant descriptions of Manu s bizarre eyes I found myself undeniably disappointed with the way the chosen one plot unfoldedclarity because we
IT WAS FRUSTRATING AND BORING TOwas frustrating and boring to about Manu perfecting anything magic related on her first tryLove triangles don t typically bother me and neither did the one in Lobizona I didn t care for the characters meaning Manu s love life was of little concern to me The insta love and miscommunication was painful thoughIt took me about 200 pages to start enjoying Lobizona even mildly which says a lot Within the first couple of chapters clusters of cultural references were being listed and repeated without explanation making it hard for me to absorb the story Paragraphs of dialogue were freuently included without english translation which left me a non latino reader feeling stranded Having to stop and translate whole chunks of dialogue throughout the entire book took away from my reading experience largely It was unfortunate that the cultural aspect felt so forced to me whereas in stories like Furia I was able to experience and appreciate the Argentinian culture with ease The thing I did like about Lobizona was the challenging of ender roles and conversations surrounding misogyny and sexism The women in this novel never hesitated to speak up and think for themselves which I appreciate Ten Reasons Why You Should Read Lobizona by Romina Garber by Carolina this blog post completely blew me away and made me so excited for this Blog Instagram Youtube Ko fi Spotify Twitch This sounds like an important beautiful story and this coverI m so excited to check this one outThank you Wednesday Books for my ARC I appreciate it so very much. Entine 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 belongAs 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 US residency that's illegal it's her entire existence. .
Rols her emotional magic and ultra enhanced senses without even trying That being said the Building the South Side: Urban Space and Civic Culture in Chicago, 1890-1919 good about this book overshadows the bad I loved that the women in Lobizona challenge the patriarchal and heterosexual structure of Septimus society Saysa in particular is such an inspiring budding activist The characters speak openly about menstruation and the laws that enforce rigidender roles for brujas and lobiz n They struggle to figure out what s right in a world that uashes any sort of difference to be free or safeUltimately with adventure and lush magic this book carves out a space for the marginal and the complex People of two worlds or none at all As Saysa says Now o forth and shatter every convention Thank you NetGalley and St Martin s Press for this magical ARC in exchange for an honest review um excuse me why aren t people screaming about thisalso this is set in my home state so huzzah The horrors Perla left behind when she came to this country darken her lassy Classic Rough News gaze and I realize she neverot away No matter how many borders we cross we can t seem to outrun the fear of not feeling safe in our own houseI think it s fair to note that while this is definitely YA fantasy it reads like contemporary fiction sprinkled with magical realism Those looking for high fantasy involving werewolf folklore might be disappointed in this slow burning tale because it feels as if the purpose of this story is to serve the reader with a uniue book about the immigrant s life in America Garber has provided a call to action with Lobizona and I love that she holds back nothing in her attempt to educate the average reader on many horrors of modern societyThe prologue immediately Class and Conformity: A Study in Values - With a Reassessment (Midway Reprint) gripped me and set the tone for the remainder of the book and as a privileged white woman I found myself choking back tears andrieving for those who aren t treated eually in this country The author also ties in menstrual cycles as an important part of Manu s transformation and it was so refreshing to see a YA author normalize something that is well NORMAL Even though this was not an own voices read for me I wholly appreciated diving into someone else s culture and heritage and learning about their folklore The pacing is steady in this book and it felt like a solid set up for the next installment which I am very much anticipating to read If you are looking for a YA fantasy that stands apart from the regular humdrum and you re interested in current events and educating yourself on some of the injustices that Latinx immigrants face on a daily basis do yourself a favor and pick this title up on August 4th Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy Argentinian lore werewolves and witches futbol fighting Class Warfare: Class, Race, and College Admissions in Top-Tier Secondary Schools gender roles identity belonging Other and the plight of the undocumented this was wonderful Concept First 50 pages PlotPacing Enjoyment Manu is an undocumented Argentinian immigrant living in secret in Miami with her mother Manu s life is a double edged sword of secrets on the one hand Manu and her mother are in the USA and in hiding from theovernment and on the other hand Manu is also forced into hiding by her own mother because of her uniue eyes and an unknown threat from Argentina the real reason they re living off the Common People: The History of An English Family governmentrid Manu has Citizens and Paupers: Relief, Rights, and Race, from the Freedmen's Bureau to Workfare golden luminous eyes with a starburst pattern of silver in the center Manu s eyes have made her life a living cage Her mother won t let hero anywhere she can t make friends and everywhere she oes it has to be daylight so that she can wear her mirrored sunglasses Manu s father had dangerous friends her mother always said and they ve never stopped looking for Manu and her mother With her father s manu has Manu has choiceThen Manu mother is captured by the ICE America s immigration unit In the rush of capture her mother screams at her to flee to stay in hiding Running away from the city on the back of a mysterious city on the back of a mysterious up truck she takes an unexpected trip into the wilds of the Everglades and happens upon something she literally can t believe there s a secret community in a magical mangrove forest and ALL of the people in it have Manu s luminous eyes What s a irl to do but join them Manu has no idea what she s in for Hint werewolves and witches and other dimensions oh MY My thoughts AMAZING I think it s safe to say that this is one of my favorite YA fantasy reads of 2020 This was fresh and filled with so many uniue spins on fantasy tropes that I was shooketh I loved learning about Argentinan and Latin American culture especially as it related to their myths and I LOVED where the author s imagination took us We always need alternate dimensions in our fantasyNow to address a mild elephant in the room some other reviews of this book mention that it s filled with traditional YA tropes and is predictable I d like to politely disagree and here s why This is an ArgentinianLatinximmigrant narrative Our diverse stories did NOT Composition and Literature: Bridging the Gap get a chance toet in on the YA action at the start of the Creating Country Music: Fabricating Authenticity genre in the 2000s and 2010s so for many of our diverse reads they re playing with some of these tropes for the first time and they re writing them for an audience that never saw themselves in Harry Potter Kiss of Deception Hunger Games etc etc etc YES this story has the magical school trope So what I still found enough uniue identifiers to set it apart from the rest YES this story has similar plot devices to other YA fantasies So what No shade just honest uestions I think our community is sometimes uite hard on YA fantasies Yes there s a love interest identified uite early on in the story So what While the initial interaction might seem to be instalove or trope filled the author immediately back pedals and allows the story to take over Again I thought this was well done and deviated enough from the tropes to be relevant I couldo on but those are two of the main points In short I thought this story was beautiful extremely relevant to modern American and Latin American concerns immigration ICE etc and a fantastic series opener with a reat take on werewolves or the Argentinian lobizones Also the uoteable portions of this book ah So Contingent Lives: Fertility, Time, and Aging in West Africa great Thank you so much to Wednesday Books for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest reviewBlog Instagram 7212020 updateLOBIZONA IS ONLY 2 WEEKS AWAYIf you have yet to see the sheerorgeousness that is the hardcover I recommend visiting my Twitter or IG pages to check it out Wednesday Books absolutely SLAYED ITIf you d like your copy PERSONALIZED please place your PREORDER with my amazing local indie bookstore Books Books I will pick out a uote for you make your copy extra special 3 updateA bit of news Lobizona s pub date has been pushed to 84 I m really bummed but these circumstances are beyond anyone s control I hope you will still add her to your tbr shelfpreorderreuest from your libraries because I have never ever been. Ate randmother 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 Arg. ,