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Book Review: Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu

Mooncakes*I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Title: Mooncakes
Author: Suzanne Walker

Artist: Wendy Xu
ISBN: 154930304X (ISBN13: 9781549303043)

Genre/Themes: Fantasy, LGBTQIA+
Recommended Age: Young Adult
Series: No

Publisher: Lion Forge
Publication Date: Oct. 15th 2019 (256 pages)

★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

Review:

The title, the cover, the hype… I had to pick this one up and I’m so glad I did.

This book is an absolute treat and I loved every minute. The artwork is fantastic and just my type. The characters are sweet and lovely. The supernatural parts feel like they fit into the real world so well…

This is where I start to feel horrible about my inability to write good reviews, because this book deserves so much praise, but I just don’t know what to say besides: I think everyone should read this.

Look we have childhood friends reunited with a budding romance. There are LGBT+ characters and non-white characters everywhere making this a gloriously diverse read. The two friends are so fun to read about and I was curious about what was going to happen. There is even the friend who isn’t magical (oh no forgot her name), but she is great and a platonic friend. It is nice having a little bit of everything in one book.

Besides the magic though, this is a story about family and about figuring out where to go in life– finding ones roots and how to grow.

If you like cute graphic novels then you should 100% give this one a try. If you like supernatural or coming of age books, I also recommend this!

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