Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu
Series: ? Hopefully???
Publisher: Lion Forge
Expected publication: October 15th 2019
Genres: Graphic Novel, YA, LGBTQ+
* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*
A story of love and demons, family and witchcraft.
Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers’ bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town.
One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any town home.
Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery.
I’ve been wanting to read this so freaking much! I can’t believe I finally got my hands on it >.< I’m so happy!!
This is a beautiful graphic novel full of cute witchcraft, animal spirits, magic, friendship, queer love and a lot more!
Our main character is a Chinese-American girl named Nova. She is trying to cope with the recent loss of her parents. She lives with her two grandmothers (yes, two freaking grandmothers, as in, together… It’s SOOOO cute!). One night, she follows a white wolf into the forest, where he battles a demon. But that wolf happens to be no other than her old childhood friend, and crush, Tam! From there, they unite and try to battle this demon with all the help they can get.
I’ll try my best keeping it spoiler-free… There’s just so much I loved about this graphic novel tho.
First of all, I have a soft spot for magic. I love reading about it, so I had high expectations. The magic in here is super interesting for the fact that it feels old-styled in a modern world. Nova learns from her grandmothers that are both witches, and books, while also experimenting. There’s also some dark magic in it, which made what I’m going to talk about next, even stronger…
And that’s friendship and family bonds! There are some really strong bonds in this book. I love Nova’s relationship with her family and how close she and her friend Tat are. Not to mention her friendship with Tam, of course, but I will get to it. I love how connected Nova is with her nanas, and how much they trust each other. You can just feel their love through the pages, you know? … As for Tat, she is awesome! She is kind of a septic nerd and she is 100% there for Nova!
Tam is a Chinese-American nonbinary werewolf. They transform at full moon and also have some werewolf magic in them. They have been Nova’s friends in childhood and moved away for a time. Now back alone, due to family problems, they couldn’t be in better hands! I love them together. How much it helps Nova and Tam. How understanding and trustful they are with each other. Nova is hard-of-hearing and she just lost her parents, and Tam helps her express her feelings, which was beautiful – while Nova helps them find and understand themselves, which will be much needed to beat the demon. It’s such a cute, warm-hearted romance!
The illustrations are freaking gorgeous!! I can’t wait for a final copy of this, it looks so cute and I love the warm-tones all over it, it makes me feel happy! The art complements the story perfectly and I need it right now!! Although I must say, it’s the perfect autumnal story!
This was a beautiful graphic novel, full of warm-hearted feelings and a lot of magic and I couldn’t recommend it more!
What did you think of it? Are you excited about this book? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!