Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker
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.
There's so much to love about this graphic novel! It's about witches and werewolves, first love and belonging, ghost parents, and non-binary, queer Asian characters. It's pretty much everything I ever wanted in a graphic novel, plus mooncakes! Mmm, mooncakes.
Nova and Tam are both great, well-developed protagonists. Their struggles feel compelling and real, and I love the supportive background of Nova's grandmothers, both powerful witches. I also love the scenes between Nova and her deceased parents. They're tinged with longing, love, and hope, hitting all the right notes.
All in all, I thought Mooncakes was great, and would love sequels about Nova and Tam's future adventures!
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC. Mooncakes will be published on October 15th.