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Book Review – Taproot

Book: Taproot by Keezy Young
Release Date: September 26th 2017
Tags: Graphic Novel / LGTBQ+ / Homosexual / Paranormal Romance / Ghosts / Reapers / Necromancers
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis

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.

Review

Taproot is a graphic novel that focuses on the relationship between Hamal and Blue. Blue is a ghost that is an inbetweener, meaning he hasn’t moved on yet. Hamal is alive but he can see ghosts and over time they have stricken up a friendship.

The biggest complaint that I have with this story is that I wanted more. I feel like it barely scratches the surface and there is just so much more left to discover. More on Hamal’s and Blue’s backgrounds. More on the world where there are ghosts, necromancers and reapers. More on that ending where they are given a task. Just more.  I understand this was only a 128 pages, but come on.

My desire for more will tell you that I clearly did love reading this book. There was something so very appealing about these characters. I took an instant liking to Blue whose style I love to see. He is endearing, sweet but hides behind a bit of humor. While Hamal seems a bit more serious but kind. I understand why they both were so drawn to each other. Where their romance evolved.  Everything about it was just cute and respectful.  Both characters are also drawn so very differently. There is a clear difference in body build and hair and so on.

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And the world of it just appeals to me. The idea of it. But like I said, I wish there was more on it. More explanations perhaps. It feels very much so like a start to something. I would totally follow a series on these two as they dive more into the world of ghosts and reapers and necromancers. Where there is more deepening on everything.

The illustrations are a great asset to this story telling. The combination of the style and the blue-green-yellow colors add to the overall cuteness factor, and yet add a small bit of creepiness to it. Especially when the reaper came in and turned the images very dark. I loved that contrast.

Overall I think this is a great read that I hope will end up becoming more than just this part.

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9 thoughts on “Book Review – Taproot

  1. It makes me so happy to see more and more ARC graphic novel reviews coming from my friends. Sometimes, I feel like I’m the only person who reads graphic novels! (Not that I’m all that on top of publishing my reviews for them…)

    Taproot sounds so cute! Do you think there is space to expand these characters into other stories, or should the author walk away at this point? Sometimes, the only option feels like an expansion on the *existing* story, and that’s not always the right place to go. Also, do you know what reading level is expected of the intended audience? I’m just curious.

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    1. Yeah I like graphic novels but the ones that I am drawn to on netgalley I don’t always get approved for. I’m hoping to continue with Amulet soon too.

      True, but I think that with the direction the ending took them in there is more room for them to expand in that situation from the situation that they were in for most of the graphic novel. I would say young adult but it was very vanilla romance wise and so I think this could well be read for the younger ones in that target group.

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