Books

Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu Review

I sometimes came across this graphic novel on my social media feeds and really enjoyed the adorable art style and cover. The main character, Nova is a witch. She works in a magical bookshop which loans magical books. She then comes across her childhood friend and crush, Tam, who happens to be a werewolf. At the same time, a mysterious super natural enemy appears in town. Tam needs help with overcoming this enemy–and Nova steps in to help. The two girls rekindle their friendship, working together and making new discoveries, while also navigating their own feelings towards each other.

Review:

I really wanted to love this book.

Although it excels in representation, I finished this feeling a bit disappointed in the plot and character development. I read this book in one sitting. I mainly wanted to hear more of Nova’s backstory. Nora’s parents passed away and she lives with her grandmothers. I feel that there were opportunities to discuss grief and loss and how it shaped her as a witch and person. However, topic was glossed over when there were opportunities to show her growth. The plot also moved very slowly until the climax, which was very fast-paced in comparison. I was invested in the world the characters lived in, which is very similar to our own. However, I was left with much more questions than answers.

I am hoping there’ll be a sequel, but do not think this graphic novel is for me. I really wanted more from it. That may be a good sign, as I did grow attached to the characters. At the same time, grief was a topic that I felt was important to discuss and address.

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