Taproot by Keezy Young
Genre: Graphic Novel | Fantasy | LGBT
Length: 127 pages
Published on 26th September 2017 by Lion Forge
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Waterstones | WHSmith
Keezy Young: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Review copy received via NetGalley
Blue is having a hard time moving on. He’s in love with his best friend. He’s also dead. Luckily, Hamal can see ghosts, leaving Blue free to haunt him to his heart’s content. But something eerie is happening in town, leaving the local afterlife unsettled, and when Blue realizes Hamal’s strange ability may be putting him in danger, Blue has to find a way to protect him, even if it means… leaving him.
To keep things short and sweet, this graphic novel was really cute and gay.
The art style is what appealed to me on NetGalley as I really love art that centers on flowers and plants so I couldn’t stop myself from downloading it (yes its available to download on NG if you’re interested).
I’m so glad I picked this up.
Hamal works in a flower shop and loves his flowers. Blue hangs around as Hamal is the only person he knows who can see him, and other ghosts. The relationship between the two is adorable from the get go. As is how Hamal interacts with the other ghosts whilst trying to maintain a normal life.
But things aren’t going right in the ghost world. The ghosts keep disappearing. A dark spooky forest keeps stealing them away. And a reaper wants Blue to lead him to the necromancer causing this mess or maybe Blue will be lost forever.
But can Blue do this to the one he loves?
I can’t really talk more about the story progression as it would be spoiler-ific but whilst I liked this and was really pleased with its ending I did feel like it was a little underdeveloped in a few areas.
but with it being a graphic novel its also a lot easier to forgive for this as so much more was able to be portrayed with the adorable illustrations.
Basically I just think I wanted more.
Another element I did like though, is during the second part, is how Hamal embraces his skills and powers to help others as a part time job. Its really sweet and a little spooky.
I’d be 100% down to read more stories of these characters. Please Keezy, please grant my wish.
Please note, it took me 3 minutes after finishing the book to add a pre-order to my shopping cart, another 3 minutes passed and my enjoyment of the book had been sprouted to my book club and another member had purchased a copy too.
I’m definitely going to read more by this author/illustrator.