Book Review: Mooncakes

Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟.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.

I’m glad that I read graphic novels because there are gems like these that exist. It is a beautiful and heartwarming book that made me feel utterly fulfilled, happy, and I’m now seeing the world through rose-coloured glasses lol.

Mooncakes is a story of Nova, who is a witch and lives with her grandmothers and works at their bookstore in New England, and occasionally helps when odd events go down in their neighborhood. She, one day, while helping someone out, finds a werewolf who is none other than her childhood friend and crush, Tam, fighting a horse-demon in a forest. Tam has left their home and had been hiding in the forest for a long time. Nova offers Tam to stay with her and her grandmothers for some time and she offers to help them kill the horse-demon and do away with the negative forces that are looking for Tam.

This book took me about 35 minutes to read, and I was amazed by how good I found it and how much I loved it. I have so many reasons for you to read this book. Let me list them all here:

It’s a fantasy graphic novel, and it has witches, magic, werewolves, and so many beautiful, loving cats (I know you all love cats!).

The main character has a hearing disability and uses a hearing aid. She’s also Asian-American.

She has two queer grandmothers who are the best people on the planet and they’re so loving and accepting. God, I wish they were my grandmothers.

Tam, who is Nova’s love interest, is non-binary. Their relationship is the cutest and I just love them together! They’re Asian-American too.

Nova has a best friend who is fat, and aspires to become a scientist.

I loved the art –it’s really, really beautiful. The colors are pleasing to the eye. Read it for the gorgeous art y’all.

I loved the story too! It had so much to offer. I enjoyed the characters — the main characters were so good. I ship them, and they’re both such good and beautiful people inside and out. I wanted to hug Tam and take all of their difficulties away.

There isn’t one thing in this book that I didn’t like, so I encourage y’all to pick this one up, because it’s adorable and beautiful and I’m damn sure you’ll love it. I recommend it to everyone looking for a quick, adorable read.

So, have you guys read it? What do you think of it? Let’s talk in the comments below!

8 thoughts on “Book Review: Mooncakes

  1. I loved it so much!! It’s so heartwarming!! 😍😍 I especially loved all the cliche witchy elements that gave it the right atmosphere but with rich representation AND SO ADORABLE!! I mean, the magic bookshop! The old experienced witches BUT GAY AND IN LOVE AND CHINESE-AMERICAN! The CUTEST SHIP!! I love. ❀

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    1. I know, right?! 😍😍 I’m so glad you loved it, E. πŸ’“ I agree it’s so lovely and heartwarming and diverse and just so…GOOD! πŸ’“πŸ˜­πŸ’“

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  2. You are crazy!! I am just commenting to increase your comment burden. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ˆ oh aren’t i a genius?? Btw loved your review and looking forward to this book. πŸ™‚βœŒ

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