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.
Thank you to NetGalley and Lion Forge for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
“Sometimes… sometimes I think we need space. A chance to go out on our own, find our own way.”
Mooncakes has a cosy and autumnal vibe which suits its October release date. This is a lovely graphic novel with a great story and stunning artwork. I enjoyed the diverse representation which felt natural. The two main characters, Nova and Tam, are both Chinese Americans. Nova is a queer witch who is hard of hearing and Tam is a non-binary werewolf. Tam uses they/them pronouns and everyone is respectful of this. Nova’s grandmothers are also in a relationship with each other.
What I liked most about Mooncakes is the characters. Family plays an important part in this book and Nova’s grandmothers are very supportive, both of Nova and Tam. Nova and Tam are childhood friends who are reunited after many years. These two characters are so sweet and I loved how they blush a lot! Whilst there is some instalove, the romance is high on the cuteness scale.
I think this will also appeal to fans of the supernatural as it features witches, werewolves and demons. The story includes a ‘villain’ type character and mystery. It was fairly easy to guess the identity of the villain, but that didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story.
A sweet and heartwarming tale about finding yourself.
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐