Mooncakes

Mooncakes

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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.
Publisher: St. Louis, MO : Lion Forge, LLC, 2019.
ISBN: 9781549303043
154930304X
Characteristics: 242 pages :,color illustrations ;,23 cm
Additional Contributors: Xu, Wendy - Illustrator
Gil, Joamette
Alternative Title: Moon cakes.

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JCLHilaryS Nov 23, 2020

A super sweet coming of age graphic with diverse characters. Nova and Tam are both trying to figure things out, on their own. Friendship, family and love play central roles in this beautifully illustrated story.

jcljessicaj Oct 13, 2020

This was the ideal book to curl up with in my comfy chair and my fluffy blanket. It was so sweet, and the illustrations are truly magic. I loved the strength and confidence of the characters and how they all had so much faith in one another. Swoon!

I live for books like this.

Nova is a witch who works at her grandmas' bookshop. When her old friend (and werewolf) Tam shows up after years apart, Nova is eager to show Tam how much she has missed them, but a nefarious presence in the forest - and what it signals for Tam - may drastically affect their budding relationship.

This book has everything I love in it. There are witches and magic, dark forests and cozy autumn scenes, lots of tea drinking, precious lesbian grandmas, all kinds of rep (non-binary!), wonderful chemistry between our two leads, and general sweetness absolutely oozing from the pages. There was not one thing that I didn't like about it, from the art style to the characters to the story.

First off, the characters. Nova is the sweetest human, and her cozy life and loving family are such a great, stark contrast to Tam's upbringing and struggles along the way. Giving Tam the family experience throughout the narrative is just so heartwarming and lovely. And Tam being non-binary just fit so well - I loved that choice. Nova's hearing aids are mentioned a few times, and the inclusion of that detail is just so important. I could see some teens being absolutely thrilled to see themselves represented that way.

Story-wise, this is pretty simple: there's a demon in the forest, and Tam is connected to it, and things spiral from there. But to me, the story here is less important than the overall feeling: this feels like autumn, and coziness, and I absolutely adored that aspect of it. The story is engaging, but what kept me reading was the feeling that is so perfectly captured in these pages.

Overall, this is a sweet, easy autumn read. I loved the age of the protagonists - there are not enough YA novels that show characters done with high school - and everything just complemented everything else so well. I devoured this in one sitting, and I will definitely be returning to reread it.

LPL_VanessaR Aug 14, 2020

A cute and adorable romance between a teenage witch, Nova Huang, and a werewolf, Tam Lang. A lighthearted and wholesome magical tale of teenage love battling it out against the forces of evil you don't want to miss.

AlishaH_KCMO Jul 10, 2020

Mooncakes is about Nova Huang, a teen witch working at her grandmother's bookshop helping to loan out spell books and investigating anything supernatural in and around their town. One night she goes into the woods to investigate sightings of a white wolf. She ends up running into someone she least expects: Tam Lang, a werewolf and her childhood crush! After battling a horse demon, the duo go back to Nova's grandmother's for help. As their feelings are rekindled, Nova and Tam use witchcraft, magic, occult rituals, and family in their journey of self-discovery.

I never knew I needed a graphic novel where one of the main characters is a queer, hard-of-hearing witch who has a relationship with a nonbinary werewolf, but along came Mooncakes and I couldn't be more happy. I absolutely loved everything about this book - the representation; both main characters are Chinese-American, the amount of LGBTQ+ characters, the references to Nova's hearing aids! Tam uses they/them pronouns and as soon as one of Nova's grandma's learns about it, she apologizes, corrects herself, and then uses them. Everything about this novel is precious, wholesome, and delightful.

The artwork in the graphic novel was clear and amazing. The color scheme of everything made me crave fall. I could feel the cool breeze through the panels and everyone's outfits always looked so cozy!

Mooncakes is an adorable graphic novel, filled with a sprinkle of magic, great representation, and cute art. It won't disappoint!

Gorgeous illustrations paired with an adorable story about a non-binary werewolf and a witch falling in love. Honestly, what more could you want? I read this all in one sitting and I was definitely not disappointed.

IndyPL_MollieB Jul 06, 2020

Queerness, magic, and werewolves, oh my!

What I enjoyed about this #GraphicNovel is that we're introduced to a non-binary werewolf, Tam, and an LGBTQ+ witch, Nova. They were once close, but Tam moved away some time ago. When they return, Tam and Nova rekindle an early romance.

It's a sweet love story about acceptance, magic, and overcoming obstacles.

#IndyPLTeens

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mysticmynstrel
Jun 22, 2020

Awesome magic story about a nonbinary werewolf and a witch who’s hearing impaired having an adventure together while falling in love.

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AConsolver
Jun 11, 2020

3 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy ya graphic novels.

Nova works in her grandmother's bookshop, and is a witch. When she sees a white wolf in the woods one night she realizes it is her childhood crush Tam. Tam is battling a horse demon, and soon Nova, Tam, and the nanas will find themselves trying to save the town from the horse demon.

I had seen people reading this and decided to give this a shot in between books. The illustrations were so cute (especially the cats and forest creatures), and I enjoyed the story, though it ultimately felt a bit too teenagery for me. It was a cute, witchy graphic novel with lots of representation from ability to sexuality. I loved the nanas and the family dynamic. The family dynamic with her parents, etc. wasn't explained at all which was kind of confusing... I wish there would have been more there. I loved the holiday aspect, the whole story was very cozy. There was not a lot of back story on their Nova and Tam's relationship, I wish that there would have been more flashbacks. Without them it felt a bit instant. I enjoyed the puns thrown in. The magic system wasn't particularly explained and I don't think I really "got" the spell that they did for connection or why it continued the way it did as the story went on. Lastly, as a foodie and someone who loves food in books, I wish that we would have heard more about the actual mooncakes. They are mentioned in passing once, and that was all we got. Overall this was cute, with great representation, but ultimately too teenagery I think, for me.

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caitlincroberts
Jun 06, 2020

This is a very cute story, part coming of age and part romance between a young witch and werewolf. The diverse cast is delightful, especially the two grandmas and it was a perfect feel good story for a rough year. It might not appeal as much to anyone who wants more depth in the magic or world building as the focus is clearly on the characters. The art is also super cute, a great match for the tone of the writing.

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Dec 10, 2019

ArtistBettyAnne thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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Dec 10, 2019

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There are a few intense scenes of supernatural creatures and magical sacrifice that might be hard for some readers.

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