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.
While this may be a fantasy novel, it deals with very real topics prevalent in today’s society. And just look at that stunning cover!
Manu has never felt like she belonged anywhere. She has no friends and very little family. She’s rarely permitted to leave home, and you’ll empathize with her immediately. Thrust into a frightening situation and fearing for the lives of her loved ones, Manu discovers she’s stronger than she knew, and you’ll root for her as she begins her journey. The story parallels Harry Potter in some ways, and as an ardent fan of the books, Nau mentions them often.
Argentenian folklore is entwined with the world-building, which is fabulous and one of the things I enjoyed most. One of the other positives is the supporting cast. It’s rather extensive and can seem overwhelming at first, but the focus narrows by the middle of the book.
It’s difficult to give much of a review without revealing spoilers, but I’ll say this is a powerful story with several layers and a series I absolutely plan to continue. Recommended for anyone who’s ever felt like they didn’t belong and struggled to find their path.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.