- Author: Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu
- Series: Standalone
- Genre: Fantasy/LGBTQ+ Romance
- No. of pages: 259
- Year published: 2019
- Publisher: Lion Forge
- Dates read: 17.10.19
- Rating: 3 stars
Thanks to Netgalley and Lion Forge for giving me the opportunity to read this book!
Plot: 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
I’m not sure how best to review graphic novels as I have not had much experience with them so this will be a bit of a shorter review than what I normally do.
This was a really fun and cosy read, perfect for Halloween.
The amount of representation was overwhelming in a great way. You had representation in race, gender, sexuality and disability. I found it to be incredibly refreshing and was done so flawlessly which shows you can include diversity anywhere without it looking forced which is some people’s argument.
I couldn’t really connect with the story that much at first. I think because we were thrown into the main throws of the plot I wasn’t given enough time to learn a bit more about the characters and there place in world and their relationships with each other. It was just action straight away. But when we did get those tender moments where we were allowed to be vulnerable with the characters it was really good.
The romance was done quite well. I found their jump into romance to be quite rushed but since it was stated that they had previous history, I let it slide. My favourite couple was Nova’s grandmothers. They were the best characters in my opinion, strong, powerful and incredibly funny.
The artwork was my favourite part of this novel. It was incredibly beautiful and had a really cosy vibe. I loved the use of colour it was very vibrant! I just wanted to curl up with a hot chocolate next to the fire as I read this novel.
The next book I will be reviewing will be a mystery short story, The Allingham Minibus by Margery Allingham. This is a re-release from her original collection which came out in the early 70’s. October has been a month of reading things I don’t tend to read like graphic novels. I don’t read many short stories so I am very excited.