Review: Mooncakes


Title: Mooncakes
Author: Wendy Xu & Suzanne Walker
Publication Date: October 15th 2019
Genre: Fantasy Graphic Novel
Format: eARC
Rating: ★★★


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.

Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through Netgalley for review. Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read this before the release! This in no way shape or form affects my thoughts about the book.

This book was so cute. I couldn’t help but smile while reading it. It’s such a sweet love story that everyone should give a chance.


The characters are all such sweethearts that you can’t help but fall in love with them. There was such beautiful representation in each one of them from Nova’s grandmothers, to her hearing aids, to Tam’s pronouns being they/them. With the variety of characters, there is somebody for everyone to connect to in some way. I personally related the most to Tam.


I love the art style. It’s so beautiful. I love reading graphic novels and seeing the visual representation of the story that’s being told. There were so many details in the art that added to the overall experience of reading the story. Since graphic novels, a lot of the time is mostly dialogue I enjoy them a lot. The dialogue in this book was cute and nice, easy to follow.

The story itself was sweet, nothing too complicated that needed my full attention. There isn’t much that happens except for the main plotline and the romance between Tam and Nova. It’s a quick read with beautiful art and adorable characters.

Overall Thoughts

This book has seriously gorgeous art and a cute story with a lot of wonderful representation. I also really liked the setting being New England since that’s where I live and I feel like the story fit right in with the New England vibes. The mixture of fantasy and reality was also really cool and made me wish that witches existed. I definitely recommend this book if you’re looking for a quick, easy, light-hearted read.

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