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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: 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.


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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: 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.

30 review for Mooncakes

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review. “The next full moon snuck up on me…” Oh friends, this was truly the graphic novel I’ve been waiting forever for. From witchy magic, to unconditional family and found family love, to being the person you want to be on your own time, to the cutest F/NB relationship ever, I am so in love with Mooncakes! One night, in a sleepy and paranormal New England town, a witch follows a white wolf into the woods. She doesn’t know what to expect, ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review. “The next full moon snuck up on me…” Oh friends, this was truly the graphic novel I’ve been waiting forever for. From witchy magic, to unconditional family and found family love, to being the person you want to be on your own time, to the cutest F/NB relationship ever, I am so in love with Mooncakes! One night, in a sleepy and paranormal New England town, a witch follows a white wolf into the woods. She doesn’t know what to expect, but it most certainly isn’t a horse demon fighting with her childhood crush! With the help of one another (and some cute grandmas) they unfold a story about a cult and people wanting to harness werewolf magic for their own. And the two main characters of this graphic novel are everything! One, being Nova, who is Chinese-American, and still coping with the loss of her parents, while living with her two grandmothers (be still, my heart). All of these women are witches and collect rare spell books! And Tam, who is also Chinese-American, and a nonbinary werewolf who grew up with Nova, but recently left their family who wasn’t very kind to them. And if I haven’t already sold you with the plot and the five star rating, this is also just a story about two young adults learning who they want to be, both separately and together. Nova and Tam are both dealing with hurt from their parents, and even though it is a different kind of hurt, they are there for one another, and unconditionally support one another. It’s beautiful, and powerful, and I had the biggest smile on my face while reading from the first to last page. Overall, this really was the queer, magical story that I’ve always wanted. I loved the rep, I loved the story, I loved the illustrations, I love the banter, and I truly love both of these main characters so very much. I can’t wait to see what Wendy and Suzanne do next! Also, I’m totally buying mooncakes on the way home tomorrow, because your girl has such a craving. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication. Content and Trigger Warnings: talk of abusive parental figures, captivity, and loss of loved ones in the past. I read this for SummerAThon! ❤ [BONUS:] I got to meet both creators at Book Expo and they were so kind! Even though I was probably a little awkward and called Wendy birb royalty.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰

    "...but this feels right, doesn't it?" This was such a soft and lovely story filled with so many magical moments. From it's amazing cast of characters to its storyline that had me hooked from the start. Mooncakes was a joy to behold and the romance between Tam and Nova gave me all the feels. Tam is a non-binary werewolf and Nova is a chinese-american queer witch that lives with her two (kickass) grandmothers. I enjoyed the art style and the narrative kept me turning the pages. This was "...but this feels right, doesn't it?" This was such a soft and lovely story filled with so many magical moments. From it's amazing cast of characters to its storyline that had me hooked from the start. Mooncakes was a joy to behold and the romance between Tam and Nova gave me all the feels. Tam is a non-binary werewolf and Nova is a chinese-american queer witch that lives with her two (kickass) grandmothers. I enjoyed the art style and the narrative kept me turning the pages. This was such a cute read that I flew through but I really wish that we got more substance on the magic system and the backgrounds of each character that led them to their arcs. Nevertheless, highly recommend to anyone looking for something to swoon over! _______________

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chloe

    This was absolutely everything. I loved everything about this. The characters, the witchy vibes, the representation, the illustrations, the relationships, EVERYTHING! I can't wait to get a final copy when it comes out in October so I can see all of the full colour illustrations. PICK THIS UP IN OCTOBER FRIENDS! I received an ARC of this at BookExpo

  4. 4 out of 5

    Teodora

    I see a very adorable graphic novel about witches and sweets, I automatically and unequivocally press 'want to read'. No questions asked. And it was worth it because it was soo cute and funny and lovely! I really loved it! Thank you, NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an e-copy for an honest review!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This was so pure and sweet and soft and QUEER AS HECK and I am so, so happy

  6. 5 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    I never knew how much I needed this precious graphic novel about a queer hard-of-hearing witch and a nonbinary werewolf (both Chinese-American) childhood-friends-to-lovers relationship, but WOW, here we are and this is going to be one of my favorite releases of the year, no doubt at all. Because I'm having a hard time putting into normal review formatting how much I loved this, let the bullets do their thing: • DIVERSITY FOR DAAAAYYYYYS • Not only are both MCs Chinese-American and queer, but Nova I never knew how much I needed this precious graphic novel about a queer hard-of-hearing witch and a nonbinary werewolf (both Chinese-American) childhood-friends-to-lovers relationship, but WOW, here we are and this is going to be one of my favorite releases of the year, no doubt at all. Because I'm having a hard time putting into normal review formatting how much I loved this, let the bullets do their thing: • DIVERSITY FOR DAAAAYYYYYS • Not only are both MCs Chinese-American and queer, but Nova has two grandmas in a relationship with each other, too?! KILLING ME WITH CUTENESS, Y’ALL • Such sweet and wholesome witchy rep, please give me more stories about good witches interacting with nature and doing sweet protective craft ♥ • This art is adorable, full stop, and can we just take a moment to appreciate the precious quiet detail of Tam’s ears?! • Tam uses they/them pronouns (and even corrects other characters) and the other characters are so respectful of them! • Multiple references to Nova’s hearing aids ♥ • Nova’s bestie is the obligatory skeptic character who’s also a trip and ships Nova/Tam so hard, A++ wing-woman over here • Everything is just so wholesome and precious and we stan 😭 I seriously can't recommend this highly enough and I hope everyone picks it up and obsesses over it when it releases this October! 😍🎃🔮 Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Barbie

    My thoughts in a nutshell It could've been better. Let's start with what I adored this graphic novel. I enjoyed the drawing style. It is gorgeous. I really like that the main character is non-binary and another protagonist is half Chinese-half American queer witch. I think the diversity works very well in this novel. The family dynamic and friendship is powerful. It is a vital part of the comic. I don't like the in medias res beginning. This novel didn't have a reasonable starting point or My thoughts in a nutshell It could've been better. Let's start with what I adored this graphic novel. I enjoyed the drawing style. It is gorgeous. I really like that the main character is non-binary and another protagonist is half Chinese-half American queer witch. I think the diversity works very well in this novel. The family dynamic and friendship is powerful. It is a vital part of the comic. I don't like the in medias res beginning. This novel didn't have a reasonable starting point or accurate ending. I hate the insta love. We didn't know the character's past. I don't understand the title. Why is it 'Mooncake'? I don't remember any of that. Overall, it is just okay. It was sometimes monotonous. The story didn't hold my attention. I gave it 3 stars. It was a fast read. I wouldn't recommend buying it if you can borrow it from the library. The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    ♡ ᴅ ʀ ᴇ ᴀ ᴍ ♡ (semi-hiatus)

    4 / 5 stars [ e-ARC received from NetGalley ] Adorable Story Beautiful Artwork Family Dynamic Magic Super Cute Main Characters This will be one of the books that I will buy for sure when it comes out although I’ve already read it. It has everything that I want in one book and the representation of someone who has a hearing disability is really nice. P.S. I’m so thankful to Netgalley and the publisher who gave an opportunity to me to read this book. ❥ 4 / 5 stars [ e-ARC received from NetGalley ] Adorable Story ✔️ Beautiful Artwork ✔️ Family Dynamic ✔️ Magic ✔️ Super Cute Main Characters ✔️ This will be one of the books that I will buy for sure when it comes out although I’ve already read it. It has everything that I want in one book and the representation of someone who has a hearing disability is really nice. 💛 P.S. I’m so thankful to Netgalley and the publisher who gave an opportunity to me to read this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    what even is there to say except this is INCREDIBLE and lovely; a magically inclusive story of finding your home and not facing your battles alone. I am pretty much just a heart eyes pile of smush which, to be frank, is an excellent book recommendation in itself. This reminded me of The Tea Dragon Society and maybe a little of Sabrina, The Teenage Witch (but this is queerer and softer). It was just a delight! I could thoroughly read an entire series about Tam and Nova!! the diversity gave me such what even is there to say except this is INCREDIBLE and lovely; a magically inclusive story of finding your home and not facing your battles alone. I am pretty much just a heart eyes pile of smush which, to be frank, is an excellent book recommendation in itself. This reminded me of The Tea Dragon Society and maybe a little of Sabrina, The Teenage Witch (but this is queerer and softer). It was just a delight! I could thoroughly read an entire series about Tam and Nova!! the diversity gave me such warm and comforted feels it has such a lot of loving rep; with Tam being nonbinary, Nova is Deaf and wears hearing aids, and they're both Chinese/American! Nova's grandmas are a queer couple. Nova has an epic strong female friendship too, like I totally loved it?! This book does better female friendships in 250 pages with just pictures than I've seen full blown YA books do. Step up, literature. 👏🏻This is the content we deserve. And Nova and Tam are so cute. Like when they BLUSH, I am just 😍I love this kind of romance, a soft and tentative one, that is also incredibly much about finding someone to feel safe with. Tam is on the run (for reasons not disclosed immediately) and they're also a shapeshifting werewolf while Nova's family are a long line of witches. They were childhood friends that lost contact, but they find each other again when Tam runs into a demon in the woods. But there are hidden reasons the demon is here... This is the kind of graphic novel to totally fill your heart. The art is incredible, so emotive and fluid and fun. The cooking scenes made me downright hungry, how dare u, and the family love and inclusivity and wholesomeness and epic (and maybe sinister...) magical plot will truly capture your imagination. It's SOFT. I love.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Whitney Atkinson

    Thanks to Oni Press for the advanced review copy! This book was charming and a fresh perspective from a diverse cast. I loved that the love interest is non-binary and the main character wears hearing aids, and all were discussed so naturally. This is definitely a great book to come out in October because the cozy and fall vibe of this book is definitely there. But although it was quick and cute, I found it to be a bit cookie cutter and generic, plot-wise. It almost reads like a middle grade Thanks to Oni Press for the advanced review copy! This book was charming and a fresh perspective from a diverse cast. I loved that the love interest is non-binary and the main character wears hearing aids, and all were discussed so naturally. This is definitely a great book to come out in October because the cozy and fall vibe of this book is definitely there. But although it was quick and cute, I found it to be a bit cookie cutter and generic, plot-wise. It almost reads like a middle grade because the events occur formulaically, the characters make questionable decisions that force them to suffer the consequences, and there is a bit of instalove. I guess what I was wishing for was more emotional depth to the characters. Still, I enjoyed my reading experience despite the ARC I read being unfinished (half the art wasn't colored in), so I'm sure the final version will be stunning and this book will be a lot of people's jam.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Langford

    That was so cute and included so many things that I adored! This had everything for a great graphic novel- witches, demons, werewolves, friendship, family and love. It also included cults, sadistic plans and occult rituals. Nova is a witch, working with her two Nana’s (both witches) in their rather unique bookstore. They procure certain books that help with spell research and work; from curses to potions to igniting magic. The family also do a little witchcraft on the side to help with That was so cute and included so many things that I adored! This had everything for a great graphic novel- witches, demons, werewolves, friendship, family and love. It also included cults, sadistic plans and occult rituals. Nova is a witch, working with her two Nana’s (both witches) in their rather unique bookstore. They procure certain books that help with spell research and work; from curses to potions to igniting magic. The family also do a little witchcraft on the side to help with neighbourhood issues from the supernatural. One day Nova hears of a white wolf roaming the forest, a demon prowling in the area, and flashing lights occurring at random times. The white wolf reminds her of a friend from childhood, a friend she was in love with, and so she sets out to investigate the mysterious happenings in the forest. Here she encounters not only an unexpected demon, but also her old best friend and crush, Tam... who also happens to be a werewolf. Soon Nova discovers there are more sinister forces at work, posing danger to her family and to Tam. This book explored and incorporated inclusivity very well! There is a F/NB relationship, a plus-sized character, and disability representation. While these were all made apparent of the character (either through drawings or phrases), the character’s were never solely that one thing, and were made 3D with human emotions and interactions (or witches and werewolves of course!). Nova also had such an interesting family in terms of ghosts and seeing how the consequences of magic can go wrong! There were some amazing moments in the novel where love, family and friendship provided such a supportive, and non-judgemental, zone. Thank you for NetGalley for providing me a copy!

  12. 4 out of 5

    sue

    This book will be published 15th October 2019 〰My very first graphic novel and I adored it〰 This book is so up to date with life. It has queer witch who is very hard of hearing. Which makes it great to read as it’s a disability that prevails many (even if they aren’t a witch!) And a Chinese/America werewolf. How awesome is this to introduce nonbinary characters. Nova also has two Grandmothers who are in a relationship with each other. I felt this layout around Nova was absolutely great. In today’s ➖This book will be published 15th October 2019➖ 〰️My very first graphic novel and I adored it〰️ This book is so up to date with life. It has queer witch who is very hard of hearing. Which makes it great to read as it’s a disability that prevails many (even if they aren’t a witch!) And a Chinese/America werewolf. How awesome is this to introduce nonbinary characters. Nova also has two Grandmothers who are in a relationship with each other. I felt this layout around Nova was absolutely great. In today’s society we need more acceptance of people’s life choices that are personal to them. And the Invisible parents just knocked my socks off, I was in awe of the imaginary with the help of powerful illustrations in this book. These are good witches. It’s all around nature too which impacted on me. Who could have foreseen I’d love this book. This has opened a doorway to me to look into graphic novels more. Loved reading this on my iPad however I feel I’d have enjoyed it even more so in physical book format. It has a young love story running through this which I thoroughly enjoyed. Suitable for Young adults to teens. But Adults May love this just as much.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I received an ARC of this book for free from The Book Drop. Omg this book was so cute! It was cozy and fluffy and just plain adorable! First off, I loved the artwork! I had an ARC so I only had a little bit of the full color artwork, but from what I saw, it is amazing. The artwork gave the book a really cozy and autumn feel, which matched the entire vibe of the book. I also loved the representation. Nova is queer, Chinese American, hard-of-hearing, and has two grandmothers who are in a I received an ARC of this book for free from The Book Drop. Omg this book was so cute! It was cozy and fluffy and just plain adorable! First off, I loved the artwork! I had an ARC so I only had a little bit of the full color artwork, but from what I saw, it is amazing. The artwork gave the book a really cozy and autumn feel, which matched the entire vibe of the book. I also loved the representation. Nova is queer, Chinese American, hard-of-hearing, and has two grandmothers who are in a relationship with each other. Tam is non-binary and also Chinese American. I loved how all of these elements were incorporated into the story. For example, Nova’s hearing aids get talked about a lot throughout the book. The supporting characters were great as well. Nova’s friend, Tatyana, was awesome and I loved their friendship. Another standout was Nova’s cousin Terry (if you’ve read the book, you’ll know why). Also the bookshop/cafe that Nova’s grandmothers own is the cutest thing ever, especially the special room dedicated to the witchy books. The storyline is fairly simple but it worked. This is just a feel good graphic novel and a straight forward plot was exactly what it needed. Overall, this is the perfect fall/Halloween read!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    A story of love and demons, family and witchcraft. Mooncakes was the cutest thing I’ve read in ages! And the artwork was fabulous. I loved Nova, Tam, and the Nanas. It was a fun, action packed read and I have a feeling I’ll pick it back up around Halloween because it's absolutely perfect for fall!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Hamad

    This Review Blog Twitter Instagram ARC provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review! This has been getting all the 5 stars and all the love recently and so I had to check what all of this is about! I feel like I am not fair to comics and picture books and I always give the same reason: It was just because I started those with my currently favorite comic which is Saga. The writing, characters, drawing and story-line are all perfect in that one! I am looking for This Review ✍️ Blog 📖 Twitter 🐦 Instagram 📷 ARC provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review! 🌟 This has been getting all the 5 stars and all the love recently and so I had to check what all of this is about! I feel like I am not fair to comics and picture books and I always give the same reason: It was just because I started those with my currently favorite comic which is Saga. The writing, characters, drawing and story-line are all perfect in that one! I am looking for something as good but it looks like I will still be doing it. 🌟 Mooncakes was not bad, the drawings were a bit meh for my own taste, the plot is a bit for younger readers with power of friendship and love... etc. It was obvious from the start where the story was going. There was diversity for sure with a disabled character wearing a hearing aid device, a non binary character and a queer relationship. So if these are things you like then I do in fact recommend this book! 🌟 I don't know if I was supposed to feel anything because I mostly did not and that usually affect my ratings of books. As usual, I am a hard to please person so there are higher chances you are going to like this if you read it so don't let this review discourage you! you can get the book from here: Book Depository

  16. 5 out of 5

    April (Aprilius Maximus)

    Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for the e-arc! REP: both MC's are Chinese American, Nova is hard-of-hearing, wears hearing aids and is queer, Tam is nonbinary, f/f relationship between Nova's grandma's. T H I N G S I L O V E D : - so cute and fun! - loved the magical Autumn vibes! - the relationships are SO cute (between Tam & Nova, between the grandmas AND the female friendship between Nova and her muggle bestie is so well done) - THE MAGIC DOOR TO THE ENCHANTED FOREST WITH THE SPIRIT Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for the e-arc! REP: both MC's are Chinese American, Nova is hard-of-hearing, wears hearing aids and is queer, Tam is nonbinary, f/f relationship between Nova's grandma's. T H I N G S I L O V E D : - so cute and fun! - loved the magical Autumn vibes! - the relationships are SO cute (between Tam & Nova, between the grandmas AND the female friendship between Nova and her muggle bestie is so well done) - THE MAGIC DOOR TO THE ENCHANTED FOREST WITH THE SPIRIT CREATURES IS EVERYTHING - the nana's!!!! are everything!!! T H I N G S I D I D N ' T L O V E : - didn't have that 5 star feeling for me :( - very predictable and generic storyline - not my favourite art style, but still super cute!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Isabella

    REPORT CARD cuteness: a+ autumn vibes: a++ visuals: A+++ representation: a+ made me smile: a+ humor: a overall, i would give my life for these babies

  18. 4 out of 5

    Silvia

    That was a lovely story about a nonbinary werewolf and their childhood friend (who's queer and uses hearing aids) reconnecting and defeating evil! I highly recommend it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lea (drumsofautumn)

    Mooncakes was one of the most adorable, wonderful graphic novels I have ever read. At the center of it are Nova, a female witch who is hard-of-hearing, and Tam, a non-binary werewolf. Both characters are also Chinese-American. I loved both characters so much, they are really strong, well-written characters with great character development. There is such an absolutely adorable friends-to-lovers romance between the two that ended up making me feel super emotional. There was such a great development Mooncakes was one of the most adorable, wonderful graphic novels I have ever read. At the center of it are Nova, a female witch who is hard-of-hearing, and Tam, a non-binary werewolf. Both characters are also Chinese-American. I loved both characters so much, they are really strong, well-written characters with great character development. There is such an absolutely adorable friends-to-lovers romance between the two that ended up making me feel super emotional. There was such a great development of both their feelings for each other but also the relationship itself and how it progressed with time and the things they go through. And we have Nova's two grandmas which were such a lovely addition to the storyline! Even though I can't speak for the marginalizations in this book, to me it seemed like they were done very respectfully. It is constantly shown that Nova wears hearing aids and I think it is so important to so very prominently feature this kind of diversity in YA, without ever making it a big deal. It was also great to see everyone respect Tam's pronouns. One of Nova's grandmas uses she in the beginning of the story, and after Tam corrects her, she immediately apologizes and switches to they. IT'S THAT EASY! I also think it's really important to mention that the villains use the correct pronouns as well, cause that sadly isn't always the case. The art and colours are absolutely beautiful and fit the story so very well. I cannot wait to hold an actual fully-coloured, physical copy of this in my hands. Overall I highly recommend this if you love queer supernatural stories that seamlessly include diversity. This is just such a fun graphic novel, with its super heartwarming moments as well. ♦ Booktube Channel ♦ Twitter ♦ Instagram ♦ I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alexa

    Holy moly, that was delightful! I really liked the illustration style, enjoyed the plot and loved the characters a whole lot. Such a fun read!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kayla Dawn

    ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 3,5* - I really adored the art style of this one, it's incredibly cute. I love the diversity and portrayal of a loving and caring family. Sadly the plot itself felt pretty rushed. Especially towards the end everything happened way to fast. And I wish we've gotten a little more time for character development. Overall still an enjoyable read!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ivana - Diary of Difference

    Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest Graphic novels are not usually my first choice of books. But after seeing the book cover, I couldn't resist the urge. I just had to read Mooncakes. Mooncakes is a cute paranormal story, filled with magic, love, family... In a paranormal city, Nova, a teen witch goes to the woods and follows a white wolf. It turns out that the wolf is her high-school crush, Tam. It would all be lovely, but Tam is in life danger and needs help. The two girls help Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest Graphic novels are not usually my first choice of books. But after seeing the book cover, I couldn't resist the urge. I just had to read Mooncakes. Mooncakes is a cute paranormal story, filled with magic, love, family... In a paranormal city, Nova, a teen witch goes to the woods and follows a white wolf. It turns out that the wolf is her high-school crush, Tam. It would all be lovely, but Tam is in life danger and needs help. The two girls help each other and their connection grows throughout the book. The scenery of the cosy home of Nova's grandmothers and the lovely bookshelves gave me a wonderful feeling of comfort. I loved their warm house, the lovely relationship they had and the love you could feel through the pages. I enjoyed Mooncakes - it was adorable. If you like graphic novels, cute art and a little sparkle of magic - this book will not disappoint you. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher, Lion Forge, for sending me an E-Arc copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review. Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyn

    ok i definitely need more soft stories about hard of hearing witches please and thank you

  24. 5 out of 5

    Calista

    I love the fact that book uses a Gender Non-conforming character and the book is wonderful at using They/Them pronouns. The relationship in the story is touching and cute. That is the part of the story I enjoyed. I was looking forward to reading this story about witches. It had been on my TBR list for months and I requested at the library back in August. I had high hopes for this story. I do think the characters are decent, but something did not work for me. The whole demon in the woods didn't I love the fact that book uses a Gender Non-conforming character and the book is wonderful at using They/Them pronouns. The relationship in the story is touching and cute. That is the part of the story I enjoyed. I was looking forward to reading this story about witches. It had been on my TBR list for months and I requested at the library back in August. I had high hopes for this story. I do think the characters are decent, but something did not work for me. The whole demon in the woods didn't seem to work too well. I did like the grandmothers couple and they were good at magic. I think the stakes at the beginning didn't seem to be very high. The stakes didn't get high until the very end and it didn't feel earned. The story did have some charm, but the story simple did not fully work for me. I'm most certain it is simply my opinion. It's worth a read, I would say, don't expect the best story ever. It's a decent fantasy/love story.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Boston

    Everything about this graphic novel was exactly what I wanted. The art style was adorable and the colors were very aesthetically pleasing. The cute romance between the two main characters was fantastic and despite this being a very quick read, didn't seem rushed at all. Above all, the representation in this was amazing. We got to see queer grandmas, a non-binary main character, and a queer and hard of hearing main character. Definitely recommend if you're a fan of cute, witchy graphic novels.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amy Imogene Reads

    Mooncakes is the queer, witchy tale that we're all looking forward to this season—and it definitely delivers on its cute vibes. Art: Characters: Pacing: Nova Huang is a hearing-impaired witch living with her two grandmothers and helping them run their local bookstore. Hidden in plain sight, these witches make a cute living as booksellers and overall peacekeepers for the town. One day, Nova finds a white wolf in the woods battling a demon—in a surprising turn of events, the wolf turns out to be Mooncakes is the queer, witchy tale that we're all looking forward to this season—and it definitely delivers on its cute vibes. Art: ★★★★★ Characters: ★★★★★ Pacing: ★★★ Nova Huang is a hearing-impaired witch living with her two grandmothers and helping them run their local bookstore. Hidden in plain sight, these witches make a cute living as booksellers and overall peacekeepers for the town. One day, Nova finds a white wolf in the woods battling a demon—in a surprising turn of events, the wolf turns out to be Nova's childhood best friend, Tam. Tam Long is a non-binary werewolf who ran away from their mom and stepdad due to some family troubles and has found themselves in a spot of trouble, i.e. a demon that seems intent on tracking them down. Tam comes to Nova for help, and soon the grandmas, Nova, and Tam are embroiled in a drama to find out who is behind the demon and to stop them before they get to Tam. Oh, and there may or may not be some adorable feelings between Nova and Tam along the way. Can this magical duo save their town from the demon? I found Mooncakes to be both everything I wanted it to be and...a little slow. I wish we had gotten to some plot drivers sooner, and spent less time on certain dialogue-heavy scenes that almost repeated themselves a few times throughout the story. However, that being said, I still loved this cute story. I can't wait to get my hands on a finished copy this October so that I can relive the gorgeous artwork while in the proper season. ***** Original notes: I'm almost too excited for this. Let's go! 😊 Thank you to Lion Forge via NetGalley for an eARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Hollis

    This graphic novel about witches, werewolves, and magic, is adorable, queer, and inclusive. There is a ton of every day representation mixed in amongst the magical, the bittersweet, and the fantastical. But I think where this would've been a bigger success for me is if more time had been spent in the set-up. The reunion between these two main characters is very unexpected and things between them seem sped up while the reader is left trying to catch up to the why and how the all the backstory. We This graphic novel about witches, werewolves, and magic, is adorable, queer, and inclusive. There is a ton of every day representation mixed in amongst the magical, the bittersweet, and the fantastical. But I think where this would've been a bigger success for me is if more time had been spent in the set-up. The reunion between these two main characters is very unexpected and things between them seem sped up while the reader is left trying to catch up to the why and how the all the backstory. We do get some of that after the fact, in the wrap up of the story, but I would've preferred some of it upfront instead of how it was done. I also found myself a little lost in some of the nuance of the magic, the culture, and how it all worked. But maybe I'm just spoiled by longer fantasy epics like SAGA where the world building has time to, well, build. This is definitely cute and diverse but I'm not sure it'll be wholly memorable in a month's time. ** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. ** --- This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nina

    *ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* This was so cute and so entertaining! I really enjoyed reading Mooncakes! instagram || my blog || twitter

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tana △⃒⃘ ⚯͛ Cozyreadings

    16/09/2019 Thank you to Netgalley for the advanced copy, in exchange for an honest review 3.5 witchy stars I have a feeling this might be an unpopular opinion, but I don't feel like this book lived up to the hype for me. It's not that this was bad, it wasn't at all! The family dynamic was adorable, the friendship and magic was cute, and I loved the drawing style. I just didn't feel the romance a lot. The fact that they hadn't seen eachother for years, and then in the span of one day they fall 16/09/2019 Thank you to Netgalley for the advanced copy, in exchange for an honest review 3.5 witchy stars I have a feeling this might be an unpopular opinion, but I don't feel like this book lived up to the hype for me. It's not that this was bad, it wasn't at all! The family dynamic was adorable, the friendship and magic was cute, and I loved the drawing style. I just didn't feel the romance a lot. The fact that they hadn't seen eachother for years, and then in the span of one day they fall in love again and in 4 weeks they can't be without eachother and want to travel the world together. I don't know if I'm just a grumpy old fart, but those instant romances never do it for me. Take your time for God's sake. Besides me being a grouch about them teens and the story moving too fast, this story was very fun!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Maya

    ARC received in exchange for an honest review. I loved everything about this story. From the plot, the characters and illustrations. everything just fit together and made the story really enjoyable and simply a fun PNR read with so many magical creatures. I wish this was a series, since I would really like to know more about these two main characters lives and how their journey continues. But as it is now, is also amazing. We get ending we wish and all is good. To be honest it's been awhile since ARC received in exchange for an honest review. I loved everything about this story. From the plot, the characters and illustrations. everything just fit together and made the story really enjoyable and simply a fun PNR read with so many magical creatures. I wish this was a series, since I would really like to know more about these two main characters lives and how their journey continues. But as it is now, is also amazing. We get ending we wish and all is good. To be honest it's been awhile since I last felt so good about reading a story that really made me feel so much joy. I would definitely recommend it to everyone that enjoys something magical in their lives.

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