Mooncakes
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.

Mooncakes Details

TitleMooncakes
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 15th, 2019
PublisherLion Forge
ISBN-139781549303043
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Young Adult, Comics, LGBT

Mooncakes Review

  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review. “The next full moon snuck up on me…” Oh friends, this was truly the graphic novel I’ve been waiting forever for. From witchy magic, to unconditional family and found family love, to being the person you want to be on your own time, to the cutest F/NB relationship ever, I am so in love with Mooncakes! One night, in a sleepy and paranormal New England town, a witch follows a white wolf into the woods. She doesn’t know what to expect, bu ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review. “The next full moon snuck up on me…” Oh friends, this was truly the graphic novel I’ve been waiting forever for. From witchy magic, to unconditional family and found family love, to being the person you want to be on your own time, to the cutest F/NB relationship ever, I am so in love with Mooncakes! One night, in a sleepy and paranormal New England town, a witch follows a white wolf into the woods. She doesn’t know what to expect, but it most certainly isn’t a horse demon fighting with her childhood crush! With the help of one another (and some cute grandmas) they unfold a story about a cult and people wanting to harness werewolf magic for their own. And the two main characters of this graphic novel are everything! One, being Nova, who is Chinese-American, and still coping with the loss of her parents, while living with her two grandmothers (be still, my heart). All of these women are witches and collect rare spell books! And Tam, who is also Chinese-American, and a nonbinary werewolf who grew up with Nova, but recently left their family who wasn’t very kind to them. And if I haven’t already sold you with the plot and the five star rating, this is also just a story about two young adults learning who they want to be, both separately and together. Nova and Tam are both dealing with hurt from their parents, and even though it is a different kind of hurt, they are there for one another, and unconditionally support one another. It’s beautiful, and powerful, and I had the biggest smile on my face while reading from the first to last page. Overall, this really was the queer, magical story that I’ve always wanted. I loved the rep, I loved the story, I loved the illustrations, I love the banter, and I truly love both of these main characters so very much. I can’t wait to see what Wendy and Suzanne do next! Also, I’m totally buying mooncakes on the way home tomorrow, because your girl has such a craving. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.Content and Trigger Warnings: talk of abusive parental figures, captivity, and loss of loved ones in the past. I read this for SummerAThon! ❤[BONUS:] I got to meet both creators at Book Expo and they were so kind! Even though I was probably a little awkward and called Wendy birb royalty.
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  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    This was so pure and sweet and soft and QUEER AS HECK and I am so, so happy
  • sue
    January 1, 1970
    ➖This book will be published 15th October 2019➖〰My very first graphic novel and I adored it〰This book is so up to date with life. It has queer witch who is very hard of hearing. Which makes it great to read as it’s a disability that prevails many (even if they aren’t a witch!)And a Chinese/America werewolf. How awesome is this to introduce nonbinary characters.Nova also has two Grandmothers who are in a relationship with each other.I felt this layout around Nova was absolutely great. In today’s ➖This book will be published 15th October 2019➖〰️My very first graphic novel and I adored it〰️This book is so up to date with life. It has queer witch who is very hard of hearing. Which makes it great to read as it’s a disability that prevails many (even if they aren’t a witch!)And a Chinese/America werewolf. How awesome is this to introduce nonbinary characters.Nova also has two Grandmothers who are in a relationship with each other.I felt this layout around Nova was absolutely great. In today’s society we need more acceptance of people’s life choices that are personal to them.And the Invisible parents just knocked my socks off, I was in awe of the imaginary with the help of powerful illustrations in this book.These are good witches. It’s all around nature too which impacted on me.Who could have foreseen I’d love this book.This has opened a doorway to me to look into graphic novels more.Loved reading this on my iPad however I feel I’d have enjoyed it even more so in physical book format.It has a young love story running through this which I thoroughly enjoyed.Suitable for Young adults to teens.But Adults May love this just as much.
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  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓
    January 1, 1970
    That was a lovely story about a nonbinary werewolf and their childhood friend (who's queer and uses hearing aids) reconnecting and defeating evil! I highly recommend it.
  • Alexa
    January 1, 1970
    Holy moly, that was delightful! I really liked the illustration style, enjoyed the plot and loved the characters a whole lot. Such a fun read!
  • Barbie
    January 1, 1970
    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Full review soon.
  • Jocelyn
    January 1, 1970
    ok i definitely need more soft stories about hard of hearing witches please and thank you
  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is a sweet graphic novel about Nova and Tam, two Chinese-American queer teenagers who previously were childhood crushes. It was everything I hoped it would be. There was great representation with Nova, a witch who wears hearing aids and Tam, a nonbinary werewolf. The magic system was pretty interesting and I liked the battle they all had to go through to fight the demon. A big shout out goes The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is a sweet graphic novel about Nova and Tam, two Chinese-American queer teenagers who previously were childhood crushes. It was everything I hoped it would be. There was great representation with Nova, a witch who wears hearing aids and Tam, a nonbinary werewolf. The magic system was pretty interesting and I liked the battle they all had to go through to fight the demon. A big shout out goes to Nova’s grandmas who were just great and very helpful. I would love for these characters to be part of a series so that I could read more of their adventures!
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  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    January 1, 1970
    Nova is perfectly happy living with her grandmothers and working in their New England bookstore—until she follows a white wolf into the woods and discovers her childhood crush, Tam. But Tam has been chasing a particularly nasty demon, and they're going to need all the help they can get to defeat it...This was super cute and fluffy!(view spoiler)[When I saw the blurb, I knew I had to read it, mostly because some of the elements were super crazy similar to several of my short stories—small town, h Nova is perfectly happy living with her grandmothers and working in their New England bookstore—until she follows a white wolf into the woods and discovers her childhood crush, Tam. But Tam has been chasing a particularly nasty demon, and they're going to need all the help they can get to defeat it...This was super cute and fluffy!(view spoiler)[When I saw the blurb, I knew I had to read it, mostly because some of the elements were super crazy similar to several of my short stories—small town, hard of hearing witch, werewolf and queer romance. However, this is completely different (whew) and adorable and cute and super duper queer. (hide spoiler)]There's so much representation—people of color, fat rep, disability rep, and oodles of queer rep, with a F/NB romance at the heart of the story.It reminded me a little bit of The Witch Boy, but for an older audience, since the leads have graduated high school. However, despite Nova and Tam's ages, this reads very YA and would be appropriate for tweens as well.My only wish was that it was a little longer!I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.
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  • Jay G
    January 1, 1970
    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer...*I received a copy of this from the publisher in exchange for my honest review* 3.5/5 Stars Nova is a witch who lives with her two grandmothers in a small New England town. When reports of a white wolf begin to trickle in, Nova discovers her old friend Tam is back in town after she finds them battling with a horse demon deep in the woods. She must now help Tam to defeat the demon and th Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer...*I received a copy of this from the publisher in exchange for my honest review* 3.5/5 Stars Nova is a witch who lives with her two grandmothers in a small New England town. When reports of a white wolf begin to trickle in, Nova discovers her old friend Tam is back in town after she finds them battling with a horse demon deep in the woods. She must now help Tam to defeat the demon and the cult that summoned it before its too late. I really enjoyed this cute graphic novel about friendship, family and falling in love! The main characters were adorable and I loved watching them grow back together after being separated. I loved the rep that was in this book! The two main characters were both Chinese-American, Nova was hard of hearing and Tam was non-binary. I really liked the family dynamics in this book and how supportive Nova's grandmothers were of not only Nova, but Tam as well. The only big downfall I have with this is that I wish there was more of a back story on these characters and their relationships with others in the story.
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  • Amy Risner
    January 1, 1970
    So cute and full of so much good. RTC! Read during Summerathon. Buddy read with Jocelyn and Melanie!
  • Ness (Vynexa)
    January 1, 1970
    I received an eGalley of Mooncakes via NetGalley.Nova is a witch, Tam is a werewolf. can I make it anymore obvious?this graphic novel spills New England vibes. it made me miss living there, especially the feeling of Autumn. this story is so cute! Nova and Tam are both Chinese American and Queer, Nova is hard-of-hearing and Tam is non-binary (which I love as an Enby myself) Nova’s best friend Tat is fat rep and she loves Science which is amazing!I love the family dynamic (Nova’s grandmothers are I received an eGalley of Mooncakes via NetGalley.Nova is a witch, Tam is a werewolf. can I make it anymore obvious?this graphic novel spills New England vibes. it made me miss living there, especially the feeling of Autumn. this story is so cute! Nova and Tam are both Chinese American and Queer, Nova is hard-of-hearing and Tam is non-binary (which I love as an Enby myself) Nova’s best friend Tat is fat rep and she loves Science which is amazing!I love the family dynamic (Nova’s grandmothers are sapphic and adorable!) I adored the magic in this story so much! I really hope we are able to get a volume two maybe?this will be so nice to reread in October once I have a finished copy! ⭐️ 5 STARS ⭐️
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  • maya (currently partying in ethiopia 🇪🇹 on semi-hiatus) b
    January 1, 1970
    3 🌟---------------------------------------------ARC kindly provided by the publishers through netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you. This was adorable. It was exactly what it said it was. Sweet, lighthearted and magical. There was a non-binary werewolf dating a witch. I love the representation because I hardly see non-binary characters in fiction. I loved the themes of love, friendship and family. Overall all i can say is that this graphic novel was cute and sweet. For me pe 3 🌟---------------------------------------------ARC kindly provided by the publishers through netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you. This was adorable. It was exactly what it said it was. Sweet, lighthearted and magical. There was a non-binary werewolf dating a witch. I love the representation because I hardly see non-binary characters in fiction. I loved the themes of love, friendship and family. Overall all i can say is that this graphic novel was cute and sweet. For me personally sometimes I found it cringey. I am a cynic at heart and any displays of love honestly make me want to gag. But thats more of a me problem than a book problem. I don't have much to say. Definitely pick it up if you want to enjoy a nice, sweet queer time.
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  • julia ♥
    January 1, 1970
    Mooncakes was such a quick and entertaining read, perfect for the Halloween months. The book centers around two childhood crushes, a hard-hearing witch, and a non-binary werewolf. Tam and Nova have an adorable dynamic. The book is a little predictable and contrived at times, but it still manages to pull you in with the great characterisations and fun art style. However fun the book was, I have to admit to not be fully invested in the plot especially. However, I loved the diversity of the book an Mooncakes was such a quick and entertaining read, perfect for the Halloween months. The book centers around two childhood crushes, a hard-hearing witch, and a non-binary werewolf. Tam and Nova have an adorable dynamic. The book is a little predictable and contrived at times, but it still manages to pull you in with the great characterisations and fun art style. However fun the book was, I have to admit to not be fully invested in the plot especially. However, I loved the diversity of the book and hope to see this continued in a potential graphic novel series! Final rating: 3.5.*ARC provided by Netgalley
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  • Liv (Stories For Coffee)
    January 1, 1970
    A cute, quick graphic novel. I wish the magic system and the new main characters’ previous relationship was more fleshed out and detailed, but it was an adorable story that gave me all the autumn vibes. DIVERSE REP. - Both MCs are Chinese Americans + queer- Tam is non-binary- Nova is hard of hearing.
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  • Acqua
    January 1, 1970
    Mooncakes is a paranormal graphic novel following two Chinese-American childhood best friends, Tam Lang, a genderqueer werewolf, and Nova Huang, a hard-of-hearing queer witch, as they reconnect, fall in love, and solve a mystery involving a demon.It's a cute and fun read, if really predictable; I especially appreciated how this wasn't only a story about a romance, but also about the importance of a supportive family, blood or found. Another thing I really liked were the small references to YA bo Mooncakes is a paranormal graphic novel following two Chinese-American childhood best friends, Tam Lang, a genderqueer werewolf, and Nova Huang, a hard-of-hearing queer witch, as they reconnect, fall in love, and solve a mystery involving a demon.It's a cute and fun read, if really predictable; I especially appreciated how this wasn't only a story about a romance, but also about the importance of a supportive family, blood or found. Another thing I really liked were the small references to YA books, especially Asian-American YA books - I recognized The Astonishing Color of After, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, Warcross and The Girl King, but there could have been others. It's so refreshing to see references to things I have actually read and that aren't necessary to understand the dialogue (which is my problem with many dialogues in contemporary American novels).The art style wasn't my favorite - it's not the graphic novel, it's me - but I really liked the color scheme and the atmosphere; I think it's the perfect light fall read.
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  • Isabel
    January 1, 1970
    This arc was provided by Lion Forge, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.Mooncakes is the kind of novel that will warm your heart and put a smile on your face. Seriously, you won't stop grinning as you read.It follows Tam and Nova, two childhood friends that lost touch over the years but reunite when Tam returns to town. There is a demon haunting the forest and it seems Tam is the key to unraveling it.It's a paranormal contemporary where Tam is a werewolf and, Nova and her family are This arc was provided by Lion Forge, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.Mooncakes is the kind of novel that will warm your heart and put a smile on your face. Seriously, you won't stop grinning as you read.It follows Tam and Nova, two childhood friends that lost touch over the years but reunite when Tam returns to town. There is a demon haunting the forest and it seems Tam is the key to unraveling it.It's a paranormal contemporary where Tam is a werewolf and, Nova and her family are witches. Tam is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns, and Nova is hard-of-hearing and uses a hearing aid. They are both Chinese-American and Nova has the loveliest family, her grandmothers are just the sweetest!Even though the main plot is them trying to understand Tam's wolf magic and how they can defeat the force in the forest, we also follow their day-to-day life, Nova's struggles with the loss of her parents and how she can move forward, and the parent neglect Tam feels from their mother. It also follows as Tam and Nova develop and confess their feelings for each other, and learn how they can be together.Nova's grandmothers are very present in her life, they help them with the demon and they happily take Tam in. You can see the love these characters share for one another, and their compassion. It was lovely to read about a family that is present in each other's lives.Personally, if I don't like the art style it affects my reading experience but Mooncakes's artwork is absolutely beautiful, I just want to hang it around my house. The overall story is simple but interesting, leaving me wanting more from these characters. I want to follow them around and see what adventures they get up to. I loved seeing the little magic spells and, again, I WANT MORE!If you love graphic novels and heartwarming stories, this is the perfect pick for you!Lastly, I must say it's an honor to share my name with Nova's cat. MY DREAM IS TO BE A CAT so I feel like I belong to this family.
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  • Bruna Miranda
    January 1, 1970
    I received an e-ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest reviewYAAAAS! I was so excited to read this! Two Asian-American protagonists, both queer, one is non-binary and the other has a hearing disability, one is a witch, the other a werewolf - I AM HERE FOR IT! If all of that is not enough to make you fall in love with this story, what about a beautiful coloring and artwork? Or lesbian grandmothers? Magical forest creatures? Tons of magic?Mooncakes was a really entertaining I received an e-ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest reviewYAAAAS! I was so excited to read this! Two Asian-American protagonists, both queer, one is non-binary and the other has a hearing disability, one is a witch, the other a werewolf - I AM HERE FOR IT! If all of that is not enough to make you fall in love with this story, what about a beautiful coloring and artwork? Or lesbian grandmothers? Magical forest creatures? Tons of magic?Mooncakes was a really entertaining and lovely story to read. I had heard of Wendy Xu's fiction work (small self-promo in one of the scenes was great!) but hadn't had a chance to pick it up so far. I'll definitely look it up now and look forward to both authors future works.
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  • giulia
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This was the sweetest thing ever, it made me incredibly happy, i had the biggest smile on my face the entire time. It's the graphic novel I needed as a teenager when I started questioning my sexuality and gender. reading this would've meant the world to me. thinking about queer and non binary teenagers and kids growing up reading this (and hopefully many more in the future ) ops, i have tears in my eyes again.queer, non ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This was the sweetest thing ever, it made me incredibly happy, i had the biggest smile on my face the entire time. It's the graphic novel I needed as a teenager when I started questioning my sexuality and gender. reading this would've meant the world to me. thinking about queer and non binary teenagers and kids growing up reading this (and hopefully many more in the future ) ops, i have tears in my eyes again.queer, non binary main characters getting the love they deserve warms my non binary heart.
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  • Flora ❀
    January 1, 1970
    i'm like a new type of werewolf. i see the word moon and i start howling
  • Liv the Jellyfish Queen
    January 1, 1970
    Mooncakes.I don't read graphic novels these days, so I'm the last person you should ask if a graphic novel is good or not. But this one is, in my opinion. The art is cute, there's mad representation and also a sweet love story. And who doesn't love witches? All in all a great read, even tho the six-legged horse did give me nightmares. I am scared of regular horses, it was enevitable.Thanks to Lion Forge/Oni Press and Netgalley for providing this ARC!
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  • Kayleigh
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars.Mooncakes follows Nova Huang, who knows more about magic than the average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers’ bookstore, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town. One night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, fighting a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to cal 4 stars.Mooncakes follows Nova Huang, who knows more about magic than the average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers’ bookstore, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town. One night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, fighting 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. This was, quite possibly, one of the sweetest things I’ve ever read. I’ll probably write a full review closer to the publication date (October 15th, 2019), but for now I’ll just say that I adored this a whole lot!Thank you to my friend Clara for getting me a signed copy of this at BookCon 2019. I love you forever, my sweet girl. And thank you to Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu for signing it!
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  • Wendi Lee
    January 1, 1970
    There's so much to love about this graphic novel! It's about witches and werewolves, first love and belonging, ghost parents, and non-binary, queer Asian characters. It's pretty much everything I ever wanted in a graphic novel, plus mooncakes! Mmm, mooncakes. Nova and Tam are both great, well-developed protagonists. Their struggles feel compelling and real, and I love the supportive background of Nova's grandmothers, both powerful witches. I also love the scenes between Nova and her deceased par There's so much to love about this graphic novel! It's about witches and werewolves, first love and belonging, ghost parents, and non-binary, queer Asian characters. It's pretty much everything I ever wanted in a graphic novel, plus mooncakes! Mmm, mooncakes. Nova and Tam are both great, well-developed protagonists. Their struggles feel compelling and real, and I love the supportive background of Nova's grandmothers, both powerful witches. I also love the scenes between Nova and her deceased parents. They're tinged with longing, love, and hope, hitting all the right notes. All in all, I thought Mooncakes was great, and would love sequels about Nova and Tam's future adventures! Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC. Mooncakes will be published on October 15th.
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  • Queen Cronut
    January 1, 1970
    A cute graphic novel about a werewolf and a witch set in a sleepy New England town. Personally, I was more invested in the characters than the plot but I enjoyed it nevertheless. Nova and Tam's relationship was sweet- I'm hoping for a sequel because I'd love to see these characters more as well as Tatyana because she was pretty great. Overall, a fun read with neat illustrations, magical charms, and autumn vibes that gave me cravings for pumpkin spice lattes in the middle of summer!*Thank you to A cute graphic novel about a werewolf and a witch set in a sleepy New England town. Personally, I was more invested in the characters than the plot but I enjoyed it nevertheless. Nova and Tam's relationship was sweet- I'm hoping for a sequel because I'd love to see these characters more as well as Tatyana because she was pretty great. Overall, a fun read with neat illustrations, magical charms, and autumn vibes that gave me cravings for pumpkin spice lattes in the middle of summer!*Thank you to NetGalley and Lion Forge Publishers for providing a free ARC
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  • Kayla Brunson
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t really read a lot of graphic novels so I wasn’t too sure how I would like this one. The story was good and the artwork was really beautiful. I really enjoyed the characters and how much diversity was included here. Both MCs are Chinese - American, we have queer characters including Tam being non-binary, and disability rep because Nova is hard of hearing. Honestly, there is a lot of good here! What I guess I had trouble with was the pacing of the story. There were quite a few times where I don’t really read a lot of graphic novels so I wasn’t too sure how I would like this one. The story was good and the artwork was really beautiful. I really enjoyed the characters and how much diversity was included here. Both MCs are Chinese - American, we have queer characters including Tam being non-binary, and disability rep because Nova is hard of hearing. Honestly, there is a lot of good here! What I guess I had trouble with was the pacing of the story. There were quite a few times where it felt as if I was missing something or was reading the second book in a series. I constantly felt like I was missing something. To add to that, even though the relationship between Nova and Tam was really cute, It did seem like they became a couple really fast. One minute they are childhood crushes and then, BAM! They are in a relationship. While I did have trouble with the pacing, this graphic novel does have a lot of good in it. The artwork was good and there is so much diversity. I think that so many people will love this when it released later this year! ✨I received an ARC via Netgalley for an honest review.Blog | Instagram | Twitter
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  • Annemieke / A Dance with Books
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to netgalley and Lion Forge for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway. What initially drew me to Mooncakes is how incredibly cute that cover is. It shows the art style very well and hints at what the book is going to be about. I thought the art was solid for the most part however I think the action scenes could have used some more work. They felt a little awkward in the movement front. Along with that there were some conversations w Thank you to netgalley and Lion Forge for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway. What initially drew me to Mooncakes is how incredibly cute that cover is. It shows the art style very well and hints at what the book is going to be about. I thought the art was solid for the most part however I think the action scenes could have used some more work. They felt a little awkward in the movement front. Along with that there were some conversations with jokes that were awkward and in turn it made the art feel awkward in those scenes too. There wasn’t a good flow in the conversation/joke so that the hit of the joke didn’t really hit. Having said that however, those are my only complaints about this cute graphic novel. This is just a great magical story that gives me all the warm feelings. Two friends that find each other again after many years as they are trying to find their way in the world as new adults. A witch and a werewolf. Best combination ever. I loved that there was different ideas to werewolves and their magic. I loved how our mc used her hearing aids for a spell. I loved how the magic itself was drawn. Just all the magic was great! This graphic novel also has great diversity and representation. Both main characters and grandma’s are Chinese American. The werewolf is non-binary. In the graphic novel one of the grandmothers misgenders them but it was dealt with normally. The witch is hard-of-hearing and uses hearing aids sometimes. The grandmothers are a lesbian couple. And it is all so normal. There is so much love and support from the grandmothers to their granddaughter but also her long lost friend. While her parents might be dead her family is a 100% active in her life and I loved that. Her best friend is from a different walk of life, very science based, but despite their different views on things is always open to listen and help regarding magical things. All in all certainly a graphic novel worth a read!
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  • Halee Denise
    January 1, 1970
    Read the arc on netgalley!"Sometimes, I think we need space. A chance to go out on our own, find our own way."This graphic novel was so damn pure and cute and magical and I loved it! The story follows a young witch named Nova who lives with her two grandmothers and their adorable cat. She's still dealing with the loss of her parents and unsure on what she wants to do with her life. Tam, a non-binary werewolf comes back into Nova's life when they are tracking down and attempting to get rid of a d Read the arc on netgalley!"Sometimes, I think we need space. A chance to go out on our own, find our own way."This graphic novel was so damn pure and cute and magical and I loved it! The story follows a young witch named Nova who lives with her two grandmothers and their adorable cat. She's still dealing with the loss of her parents and unsure on what she wants to do with her life. Tam, a non-binary werewolf comes back into Nova's life when they are tracking down and attempting to get rid of a demon that appeared in their town, and Nova stumbles across Tam in their wolf form, attempting to get rid of the demon. They knew each other when they were younger but they really form a connection when they find each other again.Their relationship was so pure and adorable. I loved the fact that they were constantly supporting each other with everything and that they were always there for each other, no matter what was happening. Their first kiss was one of the most adorable first kiss scenes I've read. The family and friendship in this were amazing. Nova's grandmothers were so supportive of her and Tam and were always there to help them with any issue that happened. They never looked down on them for needing help, they just wanted to do whatever they could to help them. Nova's best friend, Tat was also a hilarious add on to the story! I loved that she was skeptic about the witches' magic and how it all worked but she was supportive of Nova at the same time. I loved the diversity and rep in this graphic novel. Nova and Tam are both Chinese-American. Nova is hard-of-hearing and uses hearing aids. I think this might be the only book I've read with a character who is hard of hearing and I'm really glad that those who are like Nova have this representation to see and connect to! Tam is non-binary and again, more representation that I am so glad that those like Tam will be able to see themselves in them and connect to this story. I loved all of the magical elements in this graphic novel, from the witches' magic, to all of the cute magical spirits and creatures included.This was just the purest graphic novel and I am so glad that I had a chance to read it early.Side note: I loved all of the puns So Much.5/5
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  • Maia
    January 1, 1970
    This is a sweet, magical story about friendship developing into romance, coming of age in the shadow of forceful parents, and getting in touch with the true source of one's own power. Nova Huang is a teen witch, living with her two grandmas after the death of her parents. She helps them take care of supernatural disturbances in their New England hometown. One night while investigating rumors in the woods, she discovers that her childhood crush, werewolf Tam Lang, has unexpected returned after a This is a sweet, magical story about friendship developing into romance, coming of age in the shadow of forceful parents, and getting in touch with the true source of one's own power. Nova Huang is a teen witch, living with her two grandmas after the death of her parents. She helps them take care of supernatural disturbances in their New England hometown. One night while investigating rumors in the woods, she discovers that her childhood crush, werewolf Tam Lang, has unexpected returned after a long absence. Tam now identifies as nonbinary, and has escaped a cult to try and defeat a demon that may already be connect to their soul. Nova immediately offers her home and her help, but overcoming this enemy will take more than even their combined powers. I got the chance to read an uncolored ARC of this book, which I got at BookExpo 2019, where I also met the authors. (Full disclosure, we have the same publisher and we are friends!) I can't wait to see what the book looks like when it is finished, because the line art is already gorgeous.
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  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    January 1, 1970
    I normally don't review graphic novels, but I had an ARC of Mooncakes and it's so cute.  This will be pretty short though.There is a lot to love in this graphic novel.  The artwork and colors were nice and kind of cute.  Nova uses a hearing aide and lives with her two grandmas.  They run a book store and they're all witches.  Her parents died, but they have visited as ghosts.Tam is a wolf and is nonbinary.  They recently came back to town after being away for awhile.  Tam and Nova were best frie I normally don't review graphic novels, but I had an ARC of Mooncakes and it's so cute.  This will be pretty short though.There is a lot to love in this graphic novel.  The artwork and colors were nice and kind of cute.  Nova uses a hearing aide and lives with her two grandmas.  They run a book store and they're all witches.  Her parents died, but they have visited as ghosts.Tam is a wolf and is nonbinary.  They recently came back to town after being away for awhile.  Tam and Nova were best friends and know each other's secrets.  A demon horse shows up and everyone needs to work together to try to banish it.  There are cute little creatures and a friend to romance relationship that was adorable.  Tatyana is Nova's best friend and I really liked her, too.I gave this 5 stars.  Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my copy for review.
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  • Samantha Puc
    January 1, 1970
    Full review to come on The Beat!
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