My Thoughts On… Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu
23 August, 2019
My Thoughts On... Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu
Hey All! Today I am bringing you my review of the fantastic Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu!
**A copy of this book was provided to me for free in exchange for an honest review**
Title: Mooncakes Author: Suzanne Walker Illustrator: Wendy Xu Publisher: Lion Forge Published: 15th October 2019 Format: Paperback Source:: Review Copy from Netgalley Add It:Amazon UK. Goodreads. Summary: 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.
I do not have enough good things to say about this book. I was recommended to read it by the lovely Lauren over at Northern Plunder and I am so glad that she told me about this graphic novel because it was just a fantastic read. I cannot wait until there is more in this series so that I can enjoy reading about these characters some more!
Mooncakes is set in a world whereby witches, demons, werewolves, etc all exist. Our main protagonist is a witch and lives with her grandparents – who are also witches. There is something strange going on in the neighbourhood so they send Nova out to investigate. It is then that she finds a werewolf – but not just any werewolf – her childhood friend, Tam.
Honestly, I fell in love with every single character in this book. I loved how passionate Nova was and how much Tam tried to get her wolf magic to work. I loved the grandparents and how they treated Tam and Nova. I loved Nova’s best friend who didn’t really believe in magic but still stuck around anyway. Every single character is vibrant and unique and they all just fall out of the page because of it.
On top of all of that – I also loved the world that Suzanne Walker has created in this book. I love all of the powers and how they work – I loved the autumn festival that the witches celebrate and how it all works to be a witch in this world. It was so imaginative and creative. I also thought it was such an adventurous read and was gripped from the first page until the very last.
I also cannot finish this review without talking about the LGBT aspect of the book. It was so open and accepting of LGBT relationships and people and honestly, this was the kind of read I needed when growing up.
I highly recommend this graphic novel so if you’re looking for something new but also amazing and wonderful – why not give this book a read!
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