Author: Suzanne Walker
Illustrator: Wendy Xu
Publisher: Oni Press
Genre: YA fantasy, graphic novel
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 stars)
This short review is spoiler-free!
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.
[ This synopsis was taken directly from Goodreads. ]
This book was really cute and wholesome. The relationship that blooms between Nova and Tam (the two main characters) is super sweet.
One of the biggest things that stood out to me about this book is its representation. Nova and her family are Asian, and Tam is non-binary. Sure, I would not consider this novel to be “diverse,” but it is more diverse than many YA books in the market. It’s certainly a step in the right direction.
I also like how different family dynamics were shown in this story. It shows that no matter how happy they might seem, every family has its struggles.
The overall message of being comfortable in your own skin and being proud of who you are warms my heart. I flew through the whole story, and I highly recommend for anyone looking for a cute, quick read.
A boss-ass witch, if I do say so myself!
They protec. They attac. But most importantly they want their home back.
I give Mooncakes a solid 3.5 / 5 stars. It was a good read!
Until next time….