A cute & simple LGBT witchy romance!
This is a very enjoyable and sweet fantasy romance.
Nova is a young witch living with her grandmothers and helping them run their magic shop. One night she follows a white wolf into the woods and stumbles upon her childhood best friend fighting off a horse demon. She manages to help Tam, her old friend, escape back to Nova’s house and the story builds from there.
Tam, a werewolf, is on the run after running away from home. They identify as nonbinary, so it’s cool to see a teen graphic embracing Tam and Nova as a relationship. Tam has a very strained relationship with their parents, their stepdad going so far as to try to track them down and use them as a surrogate for cult activity. Y’know, typical fantasy fodder. Nova is also dealing with family troubles and has a strained relationship with her parents for an entirely different reason. Also in the mix is Nova’s BFF, her grandmothers, and a very, very troublesome neighbor.
I thought this was really cute. I enjoyed the art way more than the story itself, as I found the story to be a little oddly paced if I’m honest. Nova and Tam seemed to fall into instant love which is a big pet peeve of mine, but then the action sequences, when they’re actually fighting evil, seemed to move way too quickly and not get settled. The story was sweet though and I enjoyed all the characters, it just felt a little weird to read. I also never picked up on the title being called Mooncakes. Maybe it was a throwaway line I completely missed, but I have no idea why that is the title of the book. In terms of the general story and the diversity included I would absolutely recommend this, but the art is the true winner here.
Author: Suzanne Walker
Three Descriptors: Whimsical, Romantic, Engaging
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