Title: Woven in moonlight
Edition: e-Arc provided by the publisher via Netgalley *all opinions are my own*
Published: January 7th 2020 by Page Street Books
Genre: Young adult, fantasy
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 revenge, and her rare ability to spin thread from moonlight.
When Atoc demands the real Condesa’s hand in marriage, it’s Ximena’s duty to go in her stead. She relishes the chance, as Illustrian spies have reported that Atoc’s no longer carrying his deadly relic. If Ximena can find it, she can return the true aristócrata to their rightful place.
She hunts for the relic, using her weaving ability to hide messages in tapestries for the resistance. But when a masked vigilante, a warm-hearted princess, and a thoughtful healer challenge Ximena, her mission becomes more complicated. There could be a way to overthrow the usurper without starting another war, but only if Ximena turns her back on revenge—and her Condesa.
Ugh I don’t even know where to start. I always thought that talking about books you don’t like it’s easier than talking about books you love but when it comes to a book that I wanted to love and ended up disappointed I do not even know where to start.
Woven in moonlight sounded like my perfect fantasy: latinx culture, latinx characters, magic, a revolution, a little romance, badass heroine. And it has that but, gods, it was such a disappointment.
While I really like the writing, the descriptions were exceptional, the pace was great, and the style.
My main issue was how colonization is handled. The main character, who is the narrator, tells everything from her point of view that happens to be the colonizer one. She keeps complaining on how the Llacacsans stole her land, calling them savages, criticizing their believes, traditions, etc. Although she’s challenge for thinking that way I’m just so tired of colonization and oppression seen as positive. Maybe it would’ve been better if it was balanced with the oppressed point of view to keep a little of balance in the story.
Other of my issues was the character development. First of all most of the characters felt too hollow, we don’t get to know them that well and they don’t really change.
Ximena isn’t really challenged for her opinions, or to change her point of view, she just reads a book an suddenly everything changes. Her personality isn’t really developed. She keeps saying how she wants to be Ximena and not a decoy. If you ask me who is Ximena I wouldn’t know what to say.
Also el Lobo, I couldn’t take him seriously. And Catalina, she does nothing and ends the same way.
Same with the secondary characters. They feel like only incidental characters because they are just there.
My other problem was the love story, it was super insta love. It wasn’t believable at all, maybe if it started earlier in the book. Everything in the last 50 pages felt super accelerated, I wouldn’t have minded more pages to develop the story or a second book.
What I really liked was the princess. She is what makes the books bearable, her story is the one that interested me the most, her personality, how she thinks. I would love to read more about her and even dare say that if had she been the protagonist I would’ve like the book a lot more, or maybe if we had have some of her point of views through the book.
Recently I found on goodreads that there will be another book in the same world and I kind of want to read it to see how it changes but I don’t know.
Have you read woven in moonlight? What do you think about it? Let me know in the comments.