“Sometimes… sometimes I think we need space. A chance to go out on our own, find our own way.”
Rating: 4/5 stars
Release Date: October 15, 2019
Thank you Lion Forge for sending me an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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 was so sweet and wholesome. Excuse me, while I go cry all the happy tears! 😭
Mooncakes comes out just in time for Halloween and if its not already on your October TBR’s please add this ASAP. I absolutely adored every second of reading this. Normally, graphic novels aren’t really my thing but I can never pass up anything that is paranormal…especially if it has witches. I’m so glad I decided to give this a chance!
Nova and Tam’s relationship was the sweetest feel good type of love I didn’t know I needed. The fact that they’re both discovering who they want to be on top of everything else going on just added another layer to this story and made it even better.
I also loved how Nova wearing hearing aids was a prominent part of the story and almost all of the illustrations. My heart SWELLED when I saw it in the first illustration, and the letters at the very end on how Nova would be able to incorporate her hearing aids with magic left me with the biggest grin on my face. I’m so happy that we’re starting to see more and more representation for disabilities in books.
In short a few other things I loved besides the characters were:
-The illustrations were amazing
-Full of diversity with two Chinese-American MC’s
-All the paranormal elements (witches, werewolves, demons,)
-The overall vibe and picturesque sleepy little town Nova lives in with her grandmas
-Queer/Non-binary presentation done the right way, especially with Tam’s they/them pronouns and correcting others
I can’t wait to see what the author and illustrator come up with next and I’m ready to start a petition for a sequel!
Until next time,