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Written in Starlight

(Woven in Moonlight #2)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  491 ratings  ·  164 reviews
An adventerous South American Tomb Raider! This hotly anticipated companion to Woven in Moonlight follows an outcast Condesa, as she braves the jungle to forge an alliance with the lost city of gold.

If the jungle wants you, it will have you...

Catalina Quiroga is a Condesa without a country. She’s lost the Inkasisa throne, the loyalty of her people, and her best friend. Ban
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published January 26th 2021 by Page Street Kids
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Feb 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
im like 99.9% certain i read a comment from the author saying that each installment of this series could act as a standalone and i somewhat disagree with that. yes, this follows a minor character from the first book on a different journey, but this is very much a filler book, one that is connected to the plot laid out in ‘woven in moonlight,’ and im assuming will be connected to how the story continues in the next book.

and even though this is complete filler, i still enjoyed it. i liked the
Abbie | nerdyabbie
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
YA meets a South American Tomb Raider in this thrilling companion to Woven in Moonlight.

This sequel was so adventurous, I loved it! After the ending of the first book, I felt like our Catalina deserved a happier ending, and we got that in this one! I loved her character development, and how she embraced her true identity, instead of the identity that she had been taught to embrace. It was so satisfying. The romantic tension, the jungle, the beautiful Illari people - everything was so magical! If
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Come for the descriptions of food and magic, stay for the romance.
Caro | sanjariti
Dec 22, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DISCLAIMER: e-ARC was provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Please note that there are spoilers for both WOVEN IN MOONLIGHT and WRITTEN IN STARLIGHT below.

When I read Woven in Moonlight, I fell in love with Isabel’s writing. However, after reading Written in Starlight, I realize how I missed A LOT of problematic issues in the first book, that are continued in this sequel (not a sequel).

Firstly, I’d like to start by saying I love the writing. I think this was a we
Savannah (forest_reader)
First off, love the cover. Isabel Ibañez is extremely talented. Second, my high hopes were a little dashed with this one. I loved Woven in Moonlight, but Written in Starlight felt too conventional, too frustrating at times, and too boring. I struggled most with the romance (or really lack thereof). Manuel and Catalina reminded me of Alina and Mal from the Grishaverse trilogy . . . and I didn't especially love both of their romances. The reasons keeping Manuel and Catalina apart weren't enough fo ...more
Jenni Walsh
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Isabel Ibanez has officially become my go-to when I need a fantasy fix.
I adored WOVEN IN MOONLIGHT. The world-building is amazing. The magic is fun (I still want my own wooly animals!). Ximena and the others characters are endearing. And I like how Inkasisa is inspired by Bolivian history and events. It was a treat to read.
And the treat continued when I got my hands on an early digital copy of WRITTEN IN STARLIGHT through NetGalley. WRITTEN IN STARLIGHT is a spinoff from WOVEN
Nenia Campbell
Aug 29, 2020 marked it as wishlist
SOOOOO excited for this to come out. This is like the South American equivalent of THE WINNER'S CURSE. The covers make you think it'll be really cute and fluffy.... BUT IT IS NOT.

Drugs. Violence. War. Political intrigue.

Maria Elena | _mkarys
Woven in Moonlight was my first five-star read of the year. I enjoyed Ximena and Rumi, the story and the atmosphere and you can find my review in the book’s page. When I found the eARC of its sequel available on NetGalley, I couldn’t resist. I hit request faster than you can say sabotage, and the publisher graciously accepted.

Isabel Ibañez had a challenge for Written in Starlight: make me like Catalina. I wasn’t entirely impressed with her in the first book, and I was greatly annoyed with her at
Kristina (heartsfullofreads)
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

I adored Woven in Moonlight and was so excited to get my hands on Written in Starlight. Isabel Ibanez did not disappoint with her wonderful writing and lush jungle setting. She wrote in a way that incorporated all 5 senses and I was really impressed. The magic and fast pacing were also highlights for me.

Unfortunately, I did not really love the characters in this one nearly as much as the ones in Woven in Moonlight. Catalina was selfish, entitled, and absolutely clueless.
Jan 05, 2021 added it
Before I start, I did receive this eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This will be a different review, more of a discussion, but regardless, these are my thoughts.

I started reading this book last weekend. A day or two later, I started seeing some shares on the harmfulness of Written in Starlight, as well as Woven in Moonlight. I read the concerns that were brought up on the portrayals of indigenous people and then started to do some research. I will leave some links to some of
Lauriane (L.M. Durand)
Written In Starlight was such a wonderful read. This story is not about Ximena, Catalina's decoy, but Catalina herself, and is different from the first book. The story keeps this lyrical and mystical feel that I love with an ever-present Bolivian-inspired culture. Truly beautiful!

From the very first pages, the story grabbed my attention. The world-building is well crafted and very inspired. This fast-paced story kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. Between the turns and twists, ho
anna ✩
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
5 stars!

Isabel Ibanez returns with another wonderful adventure in the world of Woven in Moonlight. In this magical companion novel, we follow Catalina, a Condesa without a country, who is banished to the jungle. Even though Catalina knows her chances of survival in the jungle are very limited, she is willing to try in order to reclaim her throne.

Just as in woven in moonlight, the reader is put through a whole journey in this book! Isabel has a way of hitting all humans emotions and give them t
Samantha Hastings
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A spoiled princess’s journey for revenge becomes her road to redemption.

Catalina was born to be the condesa, but she was betrayed by her best friend and exiled. She travels through the Bolivian jungle looking for the golden city and an army to take back the throne that is rightfully hers. The jungle is full of dangerous plants, vicious animals, and dark magic. Her guard, Manuel, helps her on her quest. But is war really what Luna the moon goddess wants? Is being queen worth sacrificing the man
✨Brithanie Faith✨
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, netgalley
4/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

e-ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

After reading Woven In Moonlight earlier this year, Written In Starlight quickly became one of my most anticipated releases of 2021. Being approved for the e-ARC felt a little like receiving an early birthday/Christmas present, and I'm happy to report that it exceeded my expectations and was every bit as wonderful as its companion.

Isabel Ibañez has a way with words. The only downside to reading the ARC
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I do not normally gravitate to YA or fantasy, but I am so thankful I did. This book was like nothing I've read before, and kept my attention from day one. It had been a while since I read Woven in Moonlight, but as soon as I opened up Written in Starlight it was as if no time had passed! The setting was so unique and provided for such adventure! While the main character is royalty, she is so relatable! The descriptions are so vivid, I felt like I was in the jungle (and I have zero experience to ...more
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
I'm struggling with the rating on this one. There was some slight redemption in the last bit.

Let me begin by saying that I loved Woven in Moonlight. The author had a challenge in this book of making me like Catalina as our narrator, as I couldn't much stand her in the first book. And... I don't think she was successful. This book starts off right where book 1 left off - but from Catalina's point of view - with Catalina being dropped off into her jungle exile. She is whiny, narcissistic, and enti
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
***ARC Review***

Written in Starlight is a true work of art. Honestly, I could go on and on about how beautiful Isabel Ibañez’s writing is. The writing style is incredible and the world that has been created in this book is so vivid and beautiful, I could get lost in it forever. Not to mention the descriptions of food are absolutely drool-worthy. The world building is gorgeously lush and the magic system is unique and interesting. Plus, the aesthetics are on point. I love that the author infuses
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Written in Starlight is a gorgeously written, intense and immersive story! I couldn’t stop turning the pages!!!

Set in a lush, dangerous jungle inspired by the Bolivian Amazon where Isabel’s dad grew up this book truly transported me! There a bits of magic everywhere, and beauty mixed with danger. I was prepared to hate the main character, Catalina, based on what we knew of her at the end of Woven in Moonlight but I ended up loving her! And I fell in love with this book even more than book one! I
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The setting for Written in Starlight is so immersive I felt like I could taste the jungle, the sticky heat of it coating my throat as I walked along with the characters waiting for the next moment of reprieve! I loved Woven in Moonlight, but I’m having a hard time deciding if I liked that better of Written in Starlight! Isabel Ibanez has definitely outdone herself with this beautiful story of magic, finding yourself and forging ahead no matter the current circumstance. It doesn’t hurt that the l ...more
Bright Star
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was ok
If I had to climb a mountain, I would be less tired.

Written in Starlight was a disaster. And I expected it to be.
Last year, I read Woven in Moonlight and I loved it! Ximena was such a beautiful, strong and smart character, and I loved her relationship with Rumi. But Catalina... I couldn't stand her. And my opinion didn't change in Written in Starlight. In three-quarters of the whole book she's whiny, self-centered and even childish. She would have died in two days if it weren't for Manuel. And h
Gina Adams
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-faves
Thank you af to the publisher and netgalley for early access to this one!!

This was one of my most anticipated books of Winter 2020/21 and I am so thrilled to say it didn't disappoint.

This book follows a different main character than book 1, Woven in Moonlight, but it's hard to say much about that at all without spoiling book 1. I highly recommend you NOT read the synopsis to this story if you plan on reading book 1 and haven't yet!

However, it's obvious, at least, from the cover that this story
Sowmya (bookishelflife)
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for my advance eARC for an exchange of honest review, all opinions expressed are mine

I fell in love with Woven in Moonlight earlier this year so when I saw that the sister novel is available for request, I crossed my fingers and put in my request. Let's start with the cover, how gorgeous is that? if you don't know the author herself is the designer of both the stunning covers, no wonder she has an incredible imagination

Written in Starlight picks up where the
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, arcs-gifted
Written in Starlight
368 pages
Genre: fiction
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
** Thank you to @pagestreetpublishing & @netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

SYNOPSIS: This companion novel to Woven in Moonlight follows the outcast Condesa, as she braces the jungle to forge an alliance with the lost city of gold. Catalina is a Condesa without a country. She’s lost her throne, the loyalty of her people, and her best friend. Banished to the perilous Yanu jungle, she knows her chances
Shannon Jovan
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Definitely a sequel. While this story could be read as a stand alone., it makes way more sense if you have read Woven in Moonlight. I personally am so happy that we got to have Catalina's story because when Woven in Moonlight came out I asked the author if she thought Catalina would survive the jungle and I was told to "wait for the next book ;-)" Catalina has been banished to the jungle and is saved by her former guard and the man who she has held a torch for for 3 years, Manuel. The go on a mi ...more
Feb 04, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2021-releases
2/4/20 - Just finished Woven in Moonlight, and I thought I smelled hints of a companion novel with that ending and I'm SO happy I was correct! I didn't particularly care for Catalina in WiM but I'm excited to see where this book will take her since she has so much room for growth!! ...more
Dec 23, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The writing style was incomprehensible? I don’t know if this is a translation or publishing error, but regardless, I was unable to read and enjoy this. From what I was able to read, I wasn’t exactly a fan of the story in particular.
Mary Seaman
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
ARC provided by Netgalley:

This was not what I was expecting at all. I thought we were getting more of Ximena’s story, but since I didn’t read the summary, I learned that’s not the case. But I still loved it. The magic, politics, adventure and romance.

Catalina is exiled and has to survive the jungle. The next Condesa, she has been hidden away and only taught how to rule not survive. Her goal is to rule her people again and survive the dangers of the jungle. She did annoy me for most of the story
Megan Oneail
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was provided with an eARC of this book in exchange for a fair review.

Loved this! I really enjoyed Woven in Moonlight and was very excited to get an ARC for WiS so soon after finishing the first book. I may have even loved this one more than the first! Catalina was a very interesting character and she did a LOT of growing as the story progressed. Some of the plot points were a little simplistic (ex: the "journey" for coming into her powers seemed a little easy) but none of that took away from t
May 23, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2021-releases
May 23, 2020: The beautiful cover of this one has just been revealed and it's as gorgeous if not more as Woven in Moonlight! Absolutely can't wait to read this next year. ...more
Fatima Anwar
Name: Written in Starlight
Author: Isabel Ibanez
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Adventure, Drama, Magic
Rating: 3.5/5
Written in Starlight is story of a girl rediscovering herself after losing everything. It talks about seeing the bigger truth when one loses the sense of oneself.
The fallen Condesa, Catalina has lost everything, the war, her people, her throne, and her best friend. Now, she is left with two options, either accept Princess Tamaya as her queen or be banished in the jungle. Catalina knows
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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
Pitch Wars mentor for three years. Isabel is an avid movie goer and loves hosting family and
friends around the dinner table. She currently lives in Winter Park, Florida, with her
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