Genres: Fantasy, Graphic Novel, LGBTQ+, Young Adult
Publication Date: October 22, 2019 by Lion Forge
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Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
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 received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I’m pretty new to graphic novels, and started reading them this year. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to pick up any graphic novels, but I’m so glad I did. I was really excited to read Mooncakes because I heard so many good things about it, it’s witchy, and the artwork is so good.
What immediately drew me to the book was the art. I love the style, and the color scheme full of Fall colors. Even after I finished reading the words on the page, I would take a few minutes to just look at the pictures because they were so atmospheric and so great. I also love that the story is so witchy. The main character Nova is a witch who lives with her grandmothers and works at their bookstore full of spells.
While I enjoyed the story and the artwork, I didn’t love this book as much as other readers seem to. I loved the story line, but I felt like there wasn’t enough tension, and all the issues the characters faced were resolved too quickly. I know I would have enjoyed the story more if there was a little more tension.
Overall this book is so atmospheric and a perfect Fall read, and so wonderfully diverse. There are so many gender-identities, ethnicities, and disabilities represented throughout the graphic novel. I had fun reading this story, and I can’t wait to read more from this author, and see more from this artist!