Author:Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu (Artist)
Genre: YA Graphic Novel
Release Date: October 15th, 2019
Publisher: Lion Forge
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.
Review: I will start out by saying, WOW! I am not a huge fan of graphic novels, but this one has been getting such high praise among my bookish friends that I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. I sat down and read this within an hour, it was so good. I think that this is something we really need to get into the hands of young readers!
The story itself is fun, there’s witches and mayhem and it is all around a funny and enjoyable story. That being said, what truly makes this story stand out among so many other young adult works is the diversity and representation. In one story we have a female-female romance, as well as a great and positive female friendship. One character is hard of hearing and wears hearing aids and another character is non-binary. There was even a moment in the story where the wrong pronouns are used for them and it was handled beautifully. What also stood out to me as an older reader was that there was adults present within the story. There was good and bad parent figures and they were not involved or absent completely like we so often find within this age range.
Overall this was a very solid read. I have no gripes with it. I think had I read it when I was younger it would have really really changed how I thought about a lot of things and been an easy 5 stars! If you are on the fence about picking this one up I say grab a copy now.
* I received a free eARC of this title through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.