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 is a YA contemporary fantasy that uses Argentinean folklore and Spanish slang from multiple Latin American countries, which I found very interesting since my first language is Español. The story deals with werewolves, witches, and something in between. But before getting to that part, we spend the first quarter of the story or thereabouts with Manu in her current world: She and her mother are illegal immigrants and are afraid ICE will snatch them away any time. To make matters worse, they cannot go back to Argentina or else…
Then Manu discovers hombres lobos and brujas.
From here, there’s some sort of boarding school involving a unique game. Sounds familiar? I see a Harry Potter influence, which I found a bit peculiar. Of course, it isn’t the same. This is a school for young werewolves and witches. No magic wands involved.
Overall, a good read with an interesting ending, an ending with a hook to the next book in the series.
4.5 out 5 stars