Mooncakes Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker

Author: Suzanne Walker

Artist: Wendy Xu

Genre: Fantasy, F/F romance

Summary: 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

Review: The artwork used a dark color palette with shapes of oranges, red and, brown giving it an autumn feel. That the only good part about the book.

The cover is misleading. It indicates that the story is going to be about two friends that like to bake, and they want to make mooncakes for some reason. Instead the mooncakes are only briefly mention for a family gathering in which nothing lead up to it or it never led up to anything in conflux. The family members just show out the blue and then leave.

The story does a poor job of establishing the world and characters. The world indicates that this is a small town and it by some wooden area. There are witches and werewolves in this world. Then there a bunch of “magical” creatures in a hidden world that are just there because why not? Witches, werewolves, and demons exists in this world.

The two main characters are lifelong friends but there very little to show that they are. There are big holes in their backstory as well as the other characters. Therefore, there nothing for me to care about. Overall, this is a weak story.

Riddle me this. The sentence I have written below is from the book. Now tell me if it indicates one persons or more then one.

Granma: Oh sweetie

Nava: She wouldn’t have taken them back there.

If you say more than one, then your right but according to the book your wrong. Because Tam is refer to as “they” and “them”. You can argue that Tam is a werewolf and has a human body and a wolf body but, to refute that she can be in only one body (singular) at once. A solid can’t be a liquid at the same time. It can change form, for example water can’t be ice at the same time. You can have water and ice but those are two different states of matter. The phase between states is called melting or transition.

Plus, the magic system is poorly done. If they (author and artist) took the time to make a decent magic system maybe werewolves can be two bodies and two minds trap in one body so to make Tam more wolf like in a human body and more human like in a wolf body. Pretty much muddle the two personalities and only then using “they” can be passable. It may not be easy but, I’m sure a skill writer can pull it off.

Using “they” for a single person is the equivalence to saying 2+2 = 5. Instead it uses to push an idealism narrative. Which is the view that reality consists only of the mind. If that the case, then everyone can alter reality at their own will. Instead of the matrix being hijack to dodge bullets it being use for tyranny to force people to bend to the will of the tyrant.

I expected humanity to go to the stars. Instead we're stuck on Earth hounding people on the internet for not giving into the mob. Thinking the “wrong” thoughts and saying the “wrong” opinions. Very few people have individuality and can think for themselves (more than one person). People are becoming more stupid every day.

If your going to called me -ist, -pho, and, -igot for writing this review then you only prove my case even more about humanity.

Oh, and this is not a “diverse” book because diverse is not singular. If you place this book on your bookshelf along with other books of different genres, different authors, different writing styles, and so forth then you have diversity. People are not meant to be boxed in and labeled.

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