“Plant your new garden with the seeds of a quality, water it with tolerance and empathy, and warm it with a temperate heat of truth.”
I really loved Lobizona, I’d say that it is Furia meets Harry Potter (without the prejudices) meets Twilight (think of only the wolf pack part). Manu has no idea who she truly is, she is living in the US and her biggest problem is that her and her mother are “undocumented.” She also has an usual condition where once a month when the moon is full she is filled with pain and she has unusual eyes which keep her being homeschooled to avoid questions on what may be wrong with her.
She begins to unravel the truth about who and what she really is when her mother is arrested by ICE and her neighbor is attacked. This sends her on the run and straight into a group of people who have the same unusual eyes as her. She navigates her way into their ranks and begins to feel like she just may have a place where she finally belongs. The why she feels that way begins to peel back layers of her history and explain why her mother fled with her in the first place.
The world building for this one is so fun as it takes a very serious issue of immigration and turns it on its head. The empathy that you feel for Manu, her family and friends is intense. The fantasy world is weaved beautifully around the harsh realities of the real world. The bonding of these young people to one another and the love and loyalty shown throughout the story helps to underline the importance of identity. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
I just got approved for the sequel on Netgalley and I can’t wait to see where this story goes! Get on this fantasy train before the release of Cazadora in the summer!
What sequel are you anxiously awaiting?