Hello Gemmies! I have a fantastic new book review to share with you today. Please note: I received a digital ARC of this book (via NetGalley) from its publisher in exchange for an honest and fair review.
OMG Brujas, this book is absolute life! Lobizonas literally took my breath away. It far exceeded all of my expectations. We have beautiful Latinx witches and werewolves taking on the patriarchy, while also dealing with issues that undocumented immigrants face. Lobizonas by Romina Garber is everything I never knew I needed! Let's start with the cover...GORGEOUS! This is one of the most beautiful book covers I have seen this year. There are so many intricate designs and colors. Every inch has something new to discover and unpack.
Lobizonas is the first book in the Wolves of No World series. At its heart, Lobizona is a coming of age story. We follow Manu, a young women who is considered an outcast in the United States because of her undocumented status. While growing up in fear of being arrested by ICE, she uncovers there is more to her being hidden by her mother than just her immigration status. She is part of another patriarchal magical world where she is considered an outcast for being different. This society has very strict rules for men and women and those falling outside the norms face execution. Romina Garber takes on hard hitting issues like inequality, violence, sexism, intolerance, racism, past trauma, and xenophobia all in an epic fantasy setting.
This world Romina Garber has created is absolutely brilliant. There are beautifully detailed alternate worlds, a complex magical system, mythical creatures, and more! This lush world feels real and totally unique. If you love epic fantasies, root for the underdog, and believe in kick ass heroines, then this book is for you! To put it shortly GO READ THIS BOOK!
Published by Wednesday Books, this gem set to release on May 5th, and is available for pre-order from all major booksellers. I give Lobizona 5 out of 5 gems. I cannot wait to read more stories set in this universe. Happy Reading!