*I was provided with an eARC of this book by the publisher though Netgalley. Every opinion stated in this review is my own.*
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 am really in love with the characters of this graphic novel! I love how diverse they are, but it feels natural. It didn’t feel like the authors were checking off boxes, but everything felt right the way that they were written. There problems weren’t just magical but everything than someone can relate to. The interaction between Nova and her grandmother’s feels so wholesome and it is just heartwarming to read about. I also love the way Nova and Tam interacted with each other and how honest they were. Both grow over the course of this novel, but there is still room to grow for both.
(& Art Style)
This graphic novel is a very character driven novel, but with a great plot as well. Every character feels like a real person and not every character we meet is part of the magical world. The pacing felt great to me, there wasn’t a moment while reading this that I was looking how many more pages I needed to read to finish it. The chapters also aren’t that long which helps with that in my opinion.
Now let’s talk about the art style of the graphic novel. When it is published it is going to be in full color and the eARC I read was mostly in full color, only chapter 8 and the epilogue, but I think that is already a plus. I read manga more than graphic novels, so when something is in color I am very happy to read it. Also the color which were used were very pleasing to look at, they work very nice together. The colors which are used are very bright and happy, but still they are soft so your eyes won’t hurt while reading it.
Overall I loved reading this. It had heartwarming moments, but it also tore at my heart at some point. The characters feel real as feel the relationships they have. I am a big fan of the art style and I am already so excited to reread this once it has come out and I can read it as a physical copy, really curious to see how the colors will look then.
I would recommend picking this up if you like a fun read with also might hurt a bit to read, the character develop beautifully as the story progresses. With that they characters are diverse, but it feels natural (how it always should feel). And I am already wishing for this to be a series and being able to read more from these characters.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5 stars