Blog Tour, Author Interview & Giveaway: Lobizona by Romina Garber
Lobizona by Romina Garber releases this Tuesday the 4th, and we are thrilled to be a part of the blog tour to share with you a short Q&A with the author! Check out all the details & giveaway below.
Lobizona (Wolves of No World, #1)by Romina Garber, Romina Russell
Published by: Wednesday Books
on August 4, 2020
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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.
If you could swap places with Manuela for a day, what would you do?
You mean aside from wolfing out and playing Septibol and visiting Flora’s living library and drinking the roses and making out with Tiago non-stop? I’d probably want to explore the misty landscapes of Lunaris!
How important was telling this beautiful story to you?
Maybe it’s because I’m an immigrant, but I’ve never felt like I belong anywhere. The first time I ever felt at home was in the pages of a beloved fantasy novel. I wrote Lobizona because it’s the book teen-me needed: an adventure about witches and werewolves who celebrate my traditions, speak my languages, and make me swoon!
What would you like your readers to take from reading Lobizona?
I hope readers think about the intersection of language and community, and how each shapes the other. Words are the building blocks of our system, so we need to handle them more carefully. Illegal is one of the most dehumanizing labels in our vocabulary, and my hope is for Manu’s story to generate empathy that translates into real world discussion.