Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu ARC Review | A Magical Graphic Novel to Enjoy for Halloween

Mooncakes ARC Review

Hello lovelies! I hope this spooky season is going well for you. ๐ŸŽƒ I promise that Inktober post is coming, I’m just running a little behind on… well, everything. I have been reading though! I’m currently working my way through The Demon King by Cinda Willams Chima so I can get onto my pick for Halloween – Feed by Mira Grant.

Speaking of Halloween reads, I have a review of a lovely one for you today! Mooncakes is a sweet graphic novel that’s absolutely perfect for this time of year. It’s set in a sleepy magical town full of falling autumn leaves, and follows a witch and werewolf on a spooky adventure. Best of all, it features a bunch of queer characters and a magical bookshop!

Thanks to Lion Forge for providing me with an ARC via NetGalley.

Mooncakes Review

Written by Suzanne Walker and illustrated by Wendy Xu

4 Star Lemon Rating
I gave this one four lemons!

This was such a sweet and magical graphic novel! It follows a queer witch and a non-binary werewolf in a small, magical town – honestly, what more could you want?

I don’t think I’ve read any graphic novels before, but I’ve read plenty of webcomics, so that’s what I had to compare this to. I must say, at first it felt very rushed to me. There wasn’t much of an introduction, and everything seemed to be moving very quickly – there wasn’t much focus on smaller details. We didn’t get much background on the characters, the setting, or any real context to the story. Once I got a couple of chapters in though, I stopped noticing.

The characters, world and story completely charmed me. I fell in love with Nova, a hard-of-hearing witch, and their childhood crush, non-binary werewolf Tam. It was so nice to see a non-binary character represented like this – their pronouns were respected and never questioned. But the real stars of this for me were Nova’s nanas. I mean, honestly, they’re a badass witch couple who own a magical bookshop!

The whole vibe of this novel is just pure softness, even down to the colours used. Tam and Nova’s relationship is so sweet, fluffy and supportive – you’d need a heart of stone not to fall for them. The plot itself is predictable and honestly, felt kind of irrelevant. I would’ve happily just read a whole book of everyone hanging out in the bookshop. But regardless, it was fun and gave us some satisfying background and character development – filled in some of that lack of context I was complaining about in the beginning.

If you want a sweet, fluffy romance filled with queer magic, this is absolutely a graphic novel you should read. The art style isn’t the most polished, but it’s hopelessly charming and the colour palette soothed my soul. A lovely light read, filled with positive representation.


Mooncakes graphic novel by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu book cover

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.

What have you been reading for spooky season? Have you got room for an adorable graphic novel on your (probably packed) October TBR? I might have to reread this one!

Love and lemons, Abi x

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