Mooncakes by Wendy Xu, Suzanne Walker | REVIEW

Quick Info about Mooncakes

Title Mooncakes
Author Wendy Xu (Illustrator), Suzanne Walker (Author)
Publisher Lion Forge
Release Date 15 October 2019
Format ARC
Representation Hard of hearing MC; Non-binary LI; Both are Chinese-American; Queer grandmothers
Content Warnings Genre-appropriate violence; Blood; Discussion of abusive parental figures; Deceased parents; Transphobia; Kidnapping
Synopsis 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 of Mooncakes

Cover of Mooncakes by Wendy Xu and Suzanne WalkerMooncakes was such a cozy read, and it’s something that I should reread now that it’s fall. It’s a story about family and life after formal education (which apparently exists?) and discovering what you’re capable of.

Tam is a werewolf in search of answers about magic. There are rumors and hypotheses of werewolf magic, but they have no idea if it’s possible. And if it is possible, how can they discover and control it? Their only hope is in finding their childhood friend Nova, a witch, and ask for help. This sets off into a story of self-discovery, uncovering corruption, and lots of magic.

Overall, I really liked this book. Admittedly, now that I’m writing the review four months after reading it, I don’t remember many of the details. But I do remember wanting to tell everyone to read it after I put it down, so that’ has to be a good sign.

I also connected with these characters a lot, especially in their subplots. Nova is feeling stuck in her home town because she decided to stay home with her grandmothers instead of going off to study witchcraft in another place. Tam is trying to find not just a place that feels like home but people that feel like home. Both of these were easy to relate to as someone in my twenties.

The art in Mooncakes is absolutely beautiful and some of my favorite from any graphic novel. And that’s really saying something considering I read it as an ARC with mostly unfinished art. (Although, I’ve since seen some of the finished art and it has only cemented what I just said.)

Verdict: I liked this one!

Whom I recommend this to

  • Readers who want a quick, fluffy read with an amazing art style
  • People who like childhood friends to lovers romance and f/nb pairings
  • Looking for a story with an autumnal vibe? Look no further, Mooncakes has your back

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