ARC Review: Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu

MooncakesMooncakes by Suzanne Walker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 sweet witchy story has elements of family and a cute childhood-friends-to-lovers arc. Nova, who has been living with her grandmothers and taking care of magical problems in the neighborhood, finds Tam batting a demon in the woods. Tam and she both try to figure out a way to kindle the wolf magic, and also try to stop the witch who has been raising the demon. Meanwhile, absence has definitely made the heart grow fonder, as they embark on a new phase in their relationship. The book also has an adorable cast of characters, like Nova’s best friend who is a science person who doesn’t get magic well, but is in awe of it. The grandmothers are also sweet, yet badass; and playful as they keep teasing both Nova and Tam. Nova using her hearing aids in defensive magic was a nice touch, and so was the spell that let Nova and Tam share a mental space. The artwork was also brilliantly colored, and pleasing to look at. Overall, an awesome graphic novel!

Is it diverse? One of the main characters is hard of hearing, the other is non-binary and both are Chinese-America; has queer grandmothers, one of whom is Chinese-American and the other is Jewish

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Lion Forge, via Edelweiss.

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Releases on October 15, 2019

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