Book Review

Review: Mooncakes written by Suzanne Walker, illustrated by Wendy Xu

Mooncakes was cute, funny, beautifully illustrated and just an incredibly heart-warming read. I took a brief break from the book that I’m currently reading and it was completely worth it for this lovely graphic novel.

Mooncakes

Title: Mooncakes
Author: Suzanne Walker, ill. Wendy Xu
Pages: 256
Publisher: Lion Forge
Publication Date: 15th October 2019

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.

There were so many sweet and wholesome themes running throughout this graphic novel – of a romance rekindled, of family (no matter what form yours takes) and proof of a non-binary spectrum of race, gender and sexuality. Not to mention witchy bookstore magic, and the fierce desire to protect those you love.

The story was simple, but sweet, and beautifully told through the delightfully detailed illustrations. There’s a cat in almost every panel (sometimes reacting to what Tam and Nova are doing) and the colours and details are really warming. It really reminded me of the old Gunnerkrigg Court webcomic I used to read.

I especially loved the two main characters; Nova and Tam. I loved the way they looked, clothes they wore and the way that they were depicted. I especially loved the cute rekindling of their (queer) relationship. And it was wonderful to see such diversity representation across all the characters, from size to gender, to queer relationships to disabilities. And there was wonderful acceptance when Tam asked for they/them pronouns.

All in all this gave me warm and fuzzy feelings, and a real joy for the love between all the characters.

5 adorable stars.

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4 thoughts on “Review: Mooncakes written by Suzanne Walker, illustrated by Wendy Xu

  1. I adored this novel ❤️ While I loved the diverse rep, what really captured my attention was the illustrations. They were done so well. It’s going to be a Re-read for sure! 😃 great review!

      1. I hope so too! Or even a different set of characters set in the same place. A little reference to Nova and Tam would be so cute. The graphics are so charming that I’d give any of their next books a try ❤

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