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A lush tapestry of magic, romance, and revolución, drawing inspiration from Bolivian politics and history.

Ximena is the decoy Condesa, a stand-in for the last remaining Illustrian royal. Her people lost everything when the usurper, Atoc, used an ancient relic to summon ghosts and drive the Illustrians from La Ciudad. Now Ximena’s motivated by her insatiable thirst for rev
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by Page Street Kids
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    Adalyn Grace
    Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This book was excellent!! I’m someone who pretty much guesses the twists and turns and who-dun-its of most books or movies I consume. However, trying to figure out who the masked vigilante was kept me guessing, and I devoured this book wanting to see what would happen next! The culture that the author pulls you into is so rich and immersive, I really felt that I was transported into this world. And can we talk about the food? Omg I was so hungry reading this book because of all the amazing food ...more
    Amy Imogene Reads
    "A lush tapestry of magic, romance, and revolución, drawing inspiration from Bolivian politics and history." Sounds amazing! Can't wait to get to this closer to the end of the year.

    Thank you to Page Street Books via NetGalley for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.
    Dany
    3.5 stars

    My read for the Latinxheritagemonth

    Excellent fantasy with gorgeous world building.

    Ximena , the decoy queen has to get married to the tyrant king. She has a lot of plans and hate when she goes into King's Castillo. Soon she discovers not everything is black and white.

    I picked up the book because of the cover. I didn't even read the description or know that this was an ownvoice Latinx book before requesting. So I couldn't contain my excitement when I w
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    Melanie
    Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Woven in Moonlight is a wonderfully magical story, filled with characters that grab your attention and leave you wanting more. I love the world that Isabel has created through the setting and plot. I was drawn in by the strong female characters. Add in a masked stranger, unexpected friendships, and intriguing twists this book was hard to put down and, even once finished, I was wishing for more! It takes a really special book to make it in my "I would reread this" list, but this is definitely one ...more
    Rec-It Rachel
    perfection
    stunning
    glorious
    beautiful
    magical
    Isabel Ibañez
    Sep 24, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
    Hi everyone!

    I don't spend a lot of time on Goodreads but as WOVEN IN MOONLIGHT heads out into the world, I wanted to quickly mention a few things!

    First, WOVEN IN MOONLIGHT is a standalone, but the Inkasisa world is expansive so I imagine there might be a few stories I can still hope to write! The next book set in this world is WRITTEN IN STARLIGHT, and while the story takes place directly after the events of WIM, it can be read on it's own—though you might enjoy it more if you read them in ord
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    Sam Robinson
    Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Such a unique story with lovable and interesting characters. I love how strong the lead character is! I read A LOT of YA books and some seem to just tell the same story over and over again I get so bored. This was NOT the case here! Woven in Moonlight creates a vivid and interesting world different from what I’ve read before. Looking for a sequel!!!! Also want this author to write more books in general!! Love her!!
    Brianne
    Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I really enjoyed this book! It has such amazing character development, told a story that kept my attention and was like nothing else I’ve ever read. I am not typically a fantasy or YA reader but this surpassed my expectations and was so enjoyable and well-written. Cannot recommend highly enough! I hope there’s a sequel!
    Megan ❀
    Jun 10, 2019 marked it as tbr-unreleased  ·  review of another edition
    This cover is EVERYTHING
    Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
    This book went on my TBR before I even read the synopsis because of that stunning cover! I am so intrigued by the setting that is inspired by Bolivia. Also, I love that the book features a weaver who hides messages in tapestries. How cool is that?!
    Anna Ware
    Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Loved this book! It was a unique story and very well written. The language was so visual, I felt like I was right there in Bolivia, enjoying the sights, tasting the food and getting wrapped up in the adventure. I can’t wait to read more from Isabel Ibañez!
    Margarita (margaritathedrink)
    4.5 stars

    I am so thankful to have a arc of this book. I found out about it a couple months ago when I saw my bookshelves lacked Latinx authors and being Latina myself I knew I needed to add more diverse reads.

    This book immediately caught my eye and after reading the synopsis I knew this was going to be my most anticipated 2020 read, but I wanted to review it sooner - so I reached out to Page Street Kids publishing and was able to receive this arc.

    This book is a Bolivian
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    Kristen Pavlic
    Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    The kind of story with the kind of characters that keeps you from putting down the book. An absolutely beautifully developed world you wish you could climb into and be a part of.
    ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
    I'm a simple girl. I read "Moonlight" & "Masked Vigilante" and add it to TBR;)
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    Gabby
    Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I received an early copy from the publisher for review!

    Ximena Rojas is the decoy Condesa, a stand-in for the Illustrian princess Catalina. A Llacsan usurper, Atoc, has taken over the thrown by means of violence that killed Ximena’s parents and left Catalina as the last Illustrian royal. The Illustrians and the Llacsans have never known peace, and Ximena has no intention of changing that. Until, however, she’s taken by Llacsan guards to be Atoc’s wife. In enemy territory, Ximena learn
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    Katie Steed
    Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I loved it! All the food in the book sounded delicious- it made me so hungry in the best way possible
    Kacey
    Sep 21, 2019 rated it liked it
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My opinion was not affected by the free copy.

    This is another hard one for me to rate, because there are some really amazing parts in it. But there are also some not-so-great parts, and I'm going to cover those first. The pacing of this book felt really off. It felt like it went way too fast at some parts, rushing through things that should've been allowed more time to build. The
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    Kaylee Gwyn (literarypengwyns)
    4.5 Stars

    I’ve been following Isabel since before she was a “writer” (she owned 9th Letter Press and is from my area of Orlando). So when I finally joined bookstagram and it coincided with the release of her ARCs, I took my overly confident self, my 150 follower count, and wrote to her publicist begging for a copy AND IT PAID OFF BECAUSE I GOT IT!

    Isabel is the daughter of two Bolivian immigrants and has created a rich world full of that culture in Woven in Moonlight. This
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    Gabby
    Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2019
    I received an early copy from the publisher for review!

    Ximena Rojas is the decoy Condesa, a stand-in for the Illustrian princess Catalina. A Llacsan usurper, Atoc, has taken over the thrown by means of violence that killed Ximena’s parents and left Catalina as the last Illustrian royal. The Illustrians and the Llacsans have never known peace, and Ximena has no intention of changing that. Until, however, she’s taken by Llacsan guards to be Atoc’s wife. In enemy territory, Ximena learn
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    Aly
    4.75/5 stars!

    Look, I'm just gonna say it. GO READ THIS BOOK! You will not be disappointed!

    This was such a fantastically written political fantasy novel, and is deeply rooted in Bolivian politics. It also tackles many issues that people face even now in the world. The magic system is very unique. It's shown to the reader where we don't get all the answers, but there are many pieces that can easily fit together to get us to understand how it works. I find it to be a subtle magic syste
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    Emma
    Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arcs, 2019
    Woven in Moonlight follows Ximena, who has grown up being the decoy of the Condesa. Ximena's people, the Illustrians, have been at war with the current king of their country, King Atoc, ever since he used the power of La Estrella to summon angry ghosts that killed many citizens. When King Atoc summons the Condesa to his citadel and orders her hand in marriage, Ximena goes in her place with the goal of learning where La Estrella is being hidden.

    The world-building in Woven in Moonlight was one of my fav
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    Lauren Kalt
    Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I really enjoyed this book. There were a few places where I find my interest lagging near the beginning, but I more-so attribute that to me than to the actual writing or story. While I did guess the big twists, I still really enjoyed the execution and watching how the author had these moments play out. I especially loved the romance--enemies to friends to lovers is a trope that always gets me, and while I often find myself having trouble really enjoying straight romances nowadays, I definitely e ...more
    Savannah Porter
    Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: favorite-ya
    Woven in Moonlight is a spellbinding adventure in Bolivia, complete with magic, decoys, political wars, weaving, romance, friendships, tyrants, secrets, and cute woven animals. I enjoyed the plot that surrounded political war between two groups of people and a main character as a decoy in an enemy place. The side characters are also well developed and I grew to love them. Bolivian culture is also a strong point in this novel with plenty of Spanish words and descriptions of Bolivian food.

    This is
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    S.E. Anderson
    Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Wow. What a fantastic book! From start to finish I was completely engrossed.

    Xiemena is a perfect protagonist. She's young and bold and trying to find her place in the world when her identity is that one someone else. She's also got a skill I've never seen anywhere else: the ability to literally weave with moonlight. This ability evolves over the course of the book, and while I don't want to spoil anyone, I just want to say that it's at this point that I truly fell in love with her.

    I can wax po
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    Stephanie P
    I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher for review.

    Keep this exciting YA novel on your radar for when it releases in January! (Thanks to @pagestreetkids for the free advance copy for review).

    Woven in Moonlight contains a vivid fantasy setting inspired by the author’s Bolivian heritage. Influenced by current events as well as the country’s history it was a beautiful tribute to Bolivia. The storyline was intriguing and full of conflict, mystery, difficult
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    Sayo
    Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: 2019
    This is one of my favorite covers this year.
    And once you read the book you see how all these different elements work together.

    This book has a very interesting premise, but there was just something about it that did not grab me.
    I lost interest constantly and it took me a long time to get through it. 
    I wanted to love this book and I really thought I would,

    I can't even put my finger on what it was I didn't like about it, whether it is the writing style, the char
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    Mandy
    Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: young-adult
    Young Adult Fantasy. This book is inspired by Bolivian politics and history, and that culture richly performs the backdrop of this fantasy world. Ximena is a decoy Condesa, training for battle, leading her people, trying to protect her ruler in a time of political upheaval. When the false king Atoc demands her hand in marriage, she gets a chance to see her enemy up close. As she sees the Llacsan culture first hand, she realizes that maybe the history she has been told of her land has not been fu ...more
    Bookish Fiend
    Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review a free copy of this book.

    This is a Latinx book inspired by the political climate of Bolivia. For just that reason alone this book deserves twenty stars, since I can't think of any other YA books that even touch one this subject? If you know of any, please let me know!

    The magic in this book was one of the coolest I've read all year. She weaves tapestries out of moonlight, and . . . I won't spoil it for you, but
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    Bookish Abigail
    Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Woven in Moonlight is incredible and quickly skyrocketed to being one of my favorite books of the year. I can't wait til the release of it and I'll honestly probably read it again at some point! I loved getting pulled into this magical world, where almost anything seems possible. And, of course, I loved seeing some of my favorite tropes (like enemies to lover and secret identities). I am so impressed with Woven in Moonlight!
    Michelle
    Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This book has one of the most beautiful covers I've seen all year. The book is political fantasy with a sprinkle of romance thrown in as well. I enjoyed the fact that it is based on Bolivia, setting it apart from a lot of the other YA books. I'd recommend this young adult readers looking for a fantasy novel with a political bent.
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    Isabel Ibañez was born in Boca Raton, Florida, and is the proud daughter of two Bolivian
    immigrants. A true word nerd, she received her degree in creative writing and has been a
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