Review: Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker


Title: Mooncakes
Author: Suzanne Walker, Wendy Xu (Artist)
Genre: Graphic Novel, LGTBQ
Publisher: Lion Forge
Date published: October 15th, 2019
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 256

Rating: 4/5

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 NetGalley for this book in exchange for an honest review**

Mooncakes is an adorable queer comic book with lots of magic and wholesome friendships. The story is about Nova, a teen witch who works in her family’s book store, who reunite with her childhood friend, Tam, who is also a werewolf.

I absolutely loved the diversity of the characters; our two main characters, Nova and Tam are Chinese Americans (yas representation). Not only that, Tam is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns while Nova is bisexual and wears hearing aids.

I loved how inclusive this book was and how affectionate the family is. The grandmas are so cute and Nova’s best friend is so so supportive. The graphic novel is definitely a story about accepting yourself and your family. The puns are adorable, and the art is so warm and nice. It’s such a fuzzy and warm read, which I think is perfect that it’s coming out during Halloween season.

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