Graphic Novel Review: Mooncakes

Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker, Wendy Xu (Artist)
Rating: 5 Stars
Series:  Standalone
Length: 259 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

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.

For a while now, I have been seeing Mooncakes on my feed with favorable reviews. I checked it out a couple of times before I became interested to read it myself. When I soon saw that the graphic novel was available on Edelweiss, I jumped at the chance to get a copy. What I did not know was how excited I would be once I learned a specific detail.

When I first started reading Mooncakes, I quickly learned that Nova has a hearing disability and wears hearing aids. I never had so much excitement over a small detail where I just wanted to jump up and down in celebration. I was so excited, I even tweeted about it;

To be clear, the details I was excited about was the hearing aids. As a person with a hearing disability (hard of hearing) and wears hearing aids, I’m always on the lookout for stories with representation, but I never seen a story with a character with a hearing disability who wears hearing aids. This was the first time I ever saw something like this and it made my really happy to finally see it for the first time ever. Even Nova did something cool with them that I really liked. There’s a ton of representation in this graphic novel, but seeing the hearing aids really made it for me.

There is not a single thing wrong with this story as well. It is fun, humorous, and magical from beginning to end. I adored everything in it. The art style, the storyline, and even the colors and details. Everything was really good. I may have already read this, but I am definitely ordering this when it comes out.

6 thoughts on “Graphic Novel Review: Mooncakes

  1. Great review! If you’re looking for other graphic novels with main characters with hearing aids, I really liked El Deafo by CeCe Bell (autobiographical) and Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye run (also has ASL)

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