Mooncakes

Mooncakes

by Suzanne Walker, Wendy Xu (Artist)

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“Mooncakes is spellbinding. It had everything I love in a story—magic that felt inventive, characters that became my friends, and a romance that felt truly authentic. It was one of those books that I was sad to see end. Luckily, I can always reread.” —Tillie Walden, creator of Spinning and On a Sunbeam

"Mooncakes transported me to a gorgeous magical realm that I never want to leave, and introduced me to lovable characters who stuck with me long after I finished reading. This graphic novel is the joyful fantasy romance we all need right now, and it might just restore your faith in magic." —Charlie Jane Anders, author of All the Birds in the Sky

“Mooncakes is heartwarming, playful and absolutely magical! A story about love and family, with a kind and powerful core that radiates through the vibrant cast of characters.” —Katie O'Neill, author of The Tea Dragon Society and Princess Princess Ever After

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781549303043
Publisher: Lion Forge
Publication date: 10/15/2019
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 13 - 16 Years

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Mooncakes 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous 8 days ago
This is quite honestly one of the best graphic novels I've read in a long time. It's been on my highly anticipated list since I found out about it earlier this year and I'm so glad it didn't disappoint. In fact, it blew me away in the way the creators clearly took their time and made every single panel count. There was so much packed into this 250 page graphic novel but it worked so seamlessly. Also, Tam and Nova are just goals in literally every way. I wasn't sure about romance in a graphic novel but I'm so pleased with how it turned out!
MeganLeprich 11 days ago
Thank you so much to Lion Forge and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This was my first graphic novel I've ever read and I loved it so much that I'm now hooked on them. The illustrations were amazing and the storyline was so good. It was the perfect amount of witchy and whimsical and I read it in one sitting. The characters were amazing, the plot was crazy, and I honestly couldn't get enough of this book. This is definitely one I will reread over and over again.
MeganLeprich 11 days ago
Thank you so much to Lion Forge and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This was my first graphic novel I've ever read and I loved it so much that I'm now hooked on them. The illustrations were amazing and the storyline was so good. It was the perfect amount of witchy and whimsical and I read it in one sitting. The characters were amazing, the plot was crazy, and I honestly couldn't get enough of this book. This is definitely one I will reread over and over again.
Diana DeVault 16 days ago
I have been following Mooncakes since it was being published as a webcomic on tumblr and I'm so happy to see it coming into print. Mooncakes is a queer, sweet, heartfelt, handwritten love letter to love, friendship and families whether they be the family you were born with or the family you choose along the way. The cast of characters is diverse and rendered with such tenderness that you want to hug everyone. Nova is a witch carefully finding her footing in a world that has been hard for her. Raised by her grandmothers, she begins the comic searching for purpose and direction. Enter long-time friend and crush Tam, a werewolf, who comes back in to her life with a problem that takes a village to solve. With everyone working together, they fight to protect their homes both literally and metaphorically speaking. The end result is something so pure and wonderful and I cannot recommend it enough. The art style is lovely, full of muted Fall colors and evokes the same sweet sentiment of the story itself, creating a truly complementary experience overall. The level of detail is impressive, every panel is designed with balance and symmetry, nothing overwhelming any of the story notes, and with an aesthetic that is truly pleasing to the eye. I specifically applaud the genderqueer representation and perfectly executed acceptance without hesitation or question of Tam Lang in all their magical brilliance. If you like stories about discovering who you are and what you could be, sweet, soft romances, and a touch of magic, you will love this.
TheCharmedLibrarian 20 days ago
***I was given a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review! :) As I’m sure the name “The Charmed Librarian” suggests, I love anything witchy! So when I saw the cover for Mooncakes I just couldn’t resist. Werewolf Tam has returned to their hometown to deal with a mysterious demon in the woods. Teen witch Nova is still around, doing her magic apprenticeship with her grandmas at their magic bookshop. When the pair of childhood friends reunite in their effort to stop an evil force much bigger than they imagined, sparks fly in an adorable romance full of magic and whimsy. This graphic novel is the perfect Halloween read! I was so excited to see that its release date will give readers the time to enjoy it and get in the Halloween spirit. I love a little magic in my books all year long, so I enjoyed it in mid-August all the same! I have to share this little tidbit from the letter to the readers: Mooncakes was written by best friends. As Xu and Walker moved far apart, they used a creative partnership in creating Mooncakes to keep their friendship alive, and I could see it on every page. The connection between characters, the way they felt about one another and interacted, was really sweet and earnest and I was glad I began the read knowing this about them and their story! I particularly loved the cast of characters in this book: Tam and Nova were lovely, but they were supported by friends and family with a lot of heart. I loved Nova’s grandmas sweet and supportive demeanors, and her friend Tat played the perfect friend role, without jealousy or confrontation for Nova’s new romantic relationship and rekindled childhood friendship. It was a feel-good book, if only for the sweet way these characters took care of each other. There is also something wonderful to be said about the diversity of these characters! All but Tat are part of Chinese-American culture, giving shape to the name of the story. Tam is non-binary, both characters are queer, and Nova is hearing-impaired. I loved it – it was really authentic, and gave the story some awesome representation. My biggest complaint, and the reason I didn’t give this book five stars, is because I felt like those characters lacked a certain depth. You don’t see it often with graphic novels, but I think there’s a level of character development required to really get absorbed into any book. I need to feel connected and attached to them. I didn’t get enough background to Nova and Tam’s story, didn’t get thrown straight into the witch and werewolf world like I wanted to, and my feelings about the book reflect that. The story is clearly coming-of-age set on a magical stage, and I think it sets the scene for more. There’s a lot of room for growth in a sequel story, or a whole series of adventures, and I would certainly read them!
Kasey_Baril 25 days ago
**Disclaimer: I was given an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.** First, the art style of this comic is so pleasing and it really sets the mood for the story. There is a lot of diversity representation including Chinese-American main characters, multiple reference's to the protagonist's hearing aids, and another character using they/them pronouns (with them correcting other characters and those characters respecting their being!!!). I'm unsure if this is an #ownvoices story, but regardless it's very sweet, queer, and WITCHES. ALL THE SUPERNATURAL FUN. :)
apeape 25 days ago
A sweet, enjoyable story of a teen witch, Nova, and her childhood friend, Tam, who is a werewolf. Together with Nova's grandmothers and a non-magical childhood friend, plus some help from local forest spirits, they fight to banish a demon and bring the cult that summoned it to justice. The story is a little uneven in places, but is heartwarming and omigosh so inclusive! Nova and Tam are Chinese-American, Nova and the grandmothers are queer, Tam is non-binary, and Nova is hearing impaired and wears hearing aids. If I had a complaint, it would be that there was never much of a feeling of urgency or menace, even once the villain is revealed and the cult tries to complete their mission with the demon- there wasn't a feeling of would the good guys save the day, there was just the feeling of when would it happen. Not a big complaint, just a bit Scooby Doo ha! The artwork was lovely, the illustrations had lots of fun detail to find, such as real life book covers in the book shop, Tam's fangs occasionally peeking out, and the kitties getting into mischief in the background. This is a great fall (or any time) read, cozy and warm and very feel-good :) #Mooncakes #NetGalley
Anonymous 25 days ago
It's been a while since I've read a comic book. The illustrations are absolutely delightful! The story has so much variety that just isn't found in any other books. The quirky characters were so much fun! Witches, werewolves, and love! A good book for anyone struggling with being themselves... no matter who they are... and what they think. It's okay to just be YOU!
Twicky 26 days ago
I I received this ARC for an honest review. I am normally not a graphic novel fan, but I really enjoyed this one. It read really well. This graphic novel is about Nova and Tam. Nova and Tam were childhood friends, but Tam never knew that Nova had a crush on her. Nova is a witch. While out investigating about a horse demon, Nova sees a white werewolf fighting the demon. Come to find out the werewolf is Tam! They team up to solve this mystery. What happens??? Not going to tell you. You need to read this novel. I did read it with my daughter, and she loved it also. Even though my daughter isn’t gay but her best friend is, and she was able to use this graphic novel to show her friend that it is ok to be gay and others see it as a positive also.
hermitlibrarian 27 days ago
Representation: Representation: Chinese-American MCs (both queer), MC who is hard-of-hearing, MC who is non-binary, plus size SC, Jewish SC CW/TW: Scary imagery, misgendering of MC (corrected ASAP) The story of Nova and Tam, two childhood friends, facing feelings from the past, a demon in the woods, and a mysterious cult, Mooncakes is a fascinating tale of family, magic, danger, and more. What I Enjoyed The first glance at the Employees Only room at Black Cat Bookseller & Cafe. It's crammed with books (both stationary and flying), witchy imagery, and the linework is very good. It's homey and attractive and I remain sore that I can't visit it myself. Seriously, the detail Wendy included in the various scenes. When Nova is talking to her friend Tatyana in the Cafe, not only can you see the tea bag in the teapot, but the covers of the books in the foreground are tributes to other Young Adult books such as The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan. Nova's Nanas. Not only do they run a bookstore/cafe that caters to witchcraft, but they're super supportive in general and of Nova and Tam specifically. They're also funny when they needle Nova and Tam about their budding relationship and badass when they take on a possessed horse. Tatyana, a friend of Nova who knows about magic but is a scientist so is sometimes O_O about the things that pop up in relation to magic. My favorite reaction was when she found out that Tam was the white wolf she'd seen in the woods and she tried to reconcile that werewolves were a thing in her brain. The variety of creatures at Witchwood State Park. They're so darling, it made even homebody me want to go out for a hike in hopes of meeting them. :) The conveyance of information between the Nanas and the creatures of the forest with imagery, not words. It was easy enough to understand not only what each party meant, but how they felt about the situation. Tam's fangs appearing in a panel here or there. It was so cute.
Courtneymcreative 29 days ago
The best way to describe this story is as a queer, Chinese-American, Sabrina.  Part of the hype for this book, I believe, comes from its representation. Nova is Chinese-American, hard of hearing, and queer. The relationship which blooms in this story is with her childhood crush, Tam, who is nonbinary. There are approximately 0 men in this story (and no one missed them at all! Bechdel test rates A++). Not only is there quite a bit of rep in such a small book, but it’s presented as being no big deal and none of it is actually central to the plot, which is so dang refreshing. There’s never a big coming-out or an important talk about a character’s sexuality or gender or anything like that. At one point Tam is misgendered by someone, who they correct quickly, and then said character says “of course,” apologizes, and moves on without ever making the mistake again. Slow clap for showing how its done. What I loved about this story is simply that it brought me a lot of joy. I couldn’t stop reading, not because I was intent on knowing what would happen or because there was a lot of tension, but because it made me feel warm and fuzzy and because I just wanted to spend more time with Tam and Nova and the Nanas. (The dang Nanas steal the show! I love them.) Tam was an especially adorable character in my opinion, maybe due in majority to the way their ‘lil fangs stick out of their mouth when they smile. Eek. So cute. This book is said to be a ‘romance’ but I wouldn’t really call it that. Tam and Nova get together quickly and without much fanfare, as if it was the most obvious thing in the world and they had been waiting for it all along. I almost wished we had seen their relationship build, but, at the same time, it was refreshing to have it just be so that we could move on to the main conflict of the story and focus more on seeing them together as a horse-demon-fighting badass pair. No need to waste time on will-they-won’t-they when there are demons to fight, am I right? The characters and their relationships definitely drive the story. Or dare I say, carry it. The central plot is somewhat simplistic, the resolution a little lackluster and certainly predictable. It never really seemed like the demon was major threat to them. I had full faith that the Nanas would figure out how to take care of it, if Tam and Nova didn’t. The conflicts I cared more about were tied to the relationships we get glimpses of throughout. Deeper, darker, and more intricate facets are brought up over the course of the novel and brushed by. I wondered about Nova’s relationship with her family and Tam’s relationship with theirs.   The fast-paced and somewhat surface-level view of the world and characters in this story created a feeling that it was episodic. Which, is not a problem in itself. I would love to see this turn into a series where we get to know Nova and Tam and the Nanas more as, in every issue, we see them overcome some magical foe in badass "Buffy"-style. There is certainly more room to explore both the setting and characters. And, even when looking at early feedback, it’s clear that readers would love to revisit the "Mooncakes" world. I know I would. Although I found this story to be somewhat too simplistic in its plot, I adored how soft it was and how wonderful it made me feel. I would highly recommend it to fans of "Sabrina." I rated "Mooncakes 4 out of 5 stars. Thank you to Netgalley and Lion Forge for the advanced copy!
Fátima Figueira 30 days ago
Omg, I can’t believe I almost didn’t read this. I initially thought that this book would be too light and cheery for me until I heard that one of the main characters were non-binary and the other one was hearing impaired and this book not only mentions that once but makes sure that their identities and handicaps impact the story and the characters as well, without making it a weakness or all they are. The story is absolutely beautiful, with the right balance between youthful innocence and the joys of first love but the art...the art was what made sure I would never forget this book. The colors are absolutely perfect evoking second-hand bookshops on their own and I can barely wait to have the finished product in my hands. The characters are drawn in such a realist way: there are wrinkles, belly rolls, stray hairs, different body types that look weird and heavy when seating down in certain positions... there are no words that can express the marvel of reading a graphic novel without hyper-sexualized female bodies. I enjoyed seeing how every character had a distinct fashion sense and none of them needed to bare skin to mark themselves as the protagonist or the love interest, maybe because this graphic novel is co-authored by two women. Not only that but 90% of its characters are female as well, marking a huge change in an industry that is normally male-dominated and male orientated. Also, if you like adorable magical creatures, this book is your Holy Grail because I was on cuteness overload from the first time I saw the forest spirits in Nova’s backyard. This is an absolutely unmissable story about finding love and family and accepting each other for what we are. If you are looking for a quick read with an amazing story and unbelievable art, you cannot miss this. Thank you to NetGalley, Edelweiss+ and Lion Forge for this ARC. Easter Eggs Warning: There is a scene in which Nova is moving some of her books around and I recognized some of them as YA just not the titles.
Anonymous 30 days ago
So cute! The art style is great, the story is sweet and I absolutely loved the grandmothers. Nova and Tam were childhood friends, and when Tam returns under interesting circumstances, they find not only that their feelings for Nova are still there, but that sometimes, home is in unexpected people. I do feel like the magic plotline was a little rushed, and I wished I could see the resolution between Tam and their mother (my fingers are crossed for them), but overall, I really enjoyed this and hope there will be more.
Yolanda_LM 3 months ago
Thank you to Lion Forge and NetGalley for giving me the chance to read this eArc. I read my first graphic novel…as an adult, that is, because I was obsessed with Elf Quest and Archie back in my middle school days! Haha…and my son just got a graphic novel set from his aunt for his birthday so I’ll be helping him read that one. Mooncakes is about Nova, a young witch that wears a hearing aid, being raised by her grandmothers who are also witches and have a bookshop. That’s my dream right there, to be a witch who owns a book store! Nova reunites with a friend from long ago, Tam Lang who is a shape-shifter and becomes a love interest. There is a mysterious dark force in town and Nova and Tam have to figure out how to defeat it. Graphic novels just read fast because the art just moves it along. I love the color palette used by artist Wendy Xu, it gives it a retro feel. There is a nice representation of so much diversity. There were different cultural celebrations, Sukkot (Jewish holiday) and eating mooncakes at during the Chinese Mid-Autumn festival. I thought it was nice to see a blend of the cultures because my own children have a blended culture as well and we celebrate a lot of things! The romance between Nova and Tam was so cute! Tam uses “they” pronouns and they have a past together but it was so sweet to watch their relationship grow. And the witchcraft in the book was wonderful since we are in the month of September and I am in the mood for all things witchy! Overall Mooncakes is a wonderful read full of diversity, action, love, villains and heroes! If you are into graphic novels or starting to get into them again, like I am, Mooncakes is the perfect graphic novel to start with!
BehindFoldedPages 3 months ago
Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu Rating: ★★★★★ "A story of love and demons, family and witchcraft." Thank you Netgalley and Lion Forge for the e-ARC! Mooncakes is the right amount of adorable, diverse and inclusive content we need in the book world, especially in today's society. I am such a huge fan of this! I loved the magic and mystical elements. I loved the grandmothers. I loved the relationship and how it developed. I absolutely loved everything about this! It was such a charming story and I loved how all of the different diverse aspects of this were addressed so naturally and accepted as the norm in the world of the story. Is it just me or does anyone get major Halloween Town (the movie series from Disney Channel) vibes from the beautiful background scenes in this? Fantastic book. I cannot recommend this enough!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Nova Huang isn't your typical teen witch. She knows more about magic than most witches her age, and spends her time helping out in her grandma's book shop, lending out spell books and investigating supernatural occurrences in their small New England town. One of these occurrences, a rumor of a massive white wolf, leads her out to the woods one night where she comes across the last person she expected to see: her childhood friend, Tam, fighting a demon horse. As a great big wolf. Hunted by dark forces, Tam and Nova ban together and find their feelings for one another might just be the spark their magics were missing. This was such an adorably charming story. In one word: magical. It was a heart-warming and cozy coming-of-age story, and Nova and Tam were so precious together. Everything from the artwork to the story was just so enjoyable.
WildFlowerBookBlogs 3 months ago
My new absolute fav graphic novel! Sweet, compelling, magically satisfying. Everything one needs to believe in and or start believing that the beauty of magic and love still exists in this crazy world. 5/5 stars.
Marta Cox 3 months ago
I’ve only recently started to appreciate graphic novels and saw this one come highly recommended by people I trust. To say it is magical and oh so sweet would be to do it an injustice. The story is quite a straightforward one of Nova, a young Witch setting out to discover what is happening in nearby woods and what she finds there is an old school friend and she’s determined to find out just why they’ve been hiding out. Tam might not be a Witch but Tam is a Werewolf imbued with magic that someone wants to use to set free a Demon. Nova and Tam might have lost touch but together they are formidable and if it takes some help from loved ones to finally get answers then bring it on because both Nova and Tam have been through enough. Ok this was quickly over and yes more than a tad predictable but I truly enjoyed this book. For a start it’s my first read containing what I suppose is a non binary person plus Nova needs hearing aids so it was fabulous to see someone with a disability taking the lead. Tam doesn’t want to identify as female or male so it took me a while to get used to the pronouns but hey it’s fine because Tam is a person and just as worthy of respect and love as anyone else. That right there is were this story shines as the young couple accept each other and rekindle their friendship which of course leads to love. I particularly enjoyed the artwork in this as when they share their first kiss I defy anyone not to be utterly charmed by the sneaky voyeur but no spoiler ! Add in two ‘Grandmothers ‘ who reminded me so much of the Aunts from Practical Magic , along with a BFF , surprising relatives , ghosts and a host of magical creatures and trust me the bad guys never stand a chance. This is a book for all ages and leaves me with a warm feeling so yes I recommend it. This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fai