Author: Keezy Young
Publisher: Lion Forge
ARC: Yes, provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Format: eBook (graphic novel)
TW/CW: Death, spirits
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.
I’m generally not a big fan of graphic novels. They fall into the same complaint zone as short stories… I usually end up feeling like I didn’t get enough story to really like it.
TAPROOT was fantastic, though. I knew I would enjoy it because I love plants and ghosts, something this ridiculously cute graphic novel is full of. Hamal and Blue are best friends who have slowly fallen in love with each other despite the fact that Hamal is alive and Blue is, well, not alive. When Blue starts fading into a dead forest and meets a demonic like creature, he realizes Hamal is in trouble… the living shouldn’t be seeing the dead, not without a permit.
The story wraps up rather neatly and beautifully, and I sincerely hope there’s going to be more to this story!
If you’re interested in Queer comics, this one is for you! You can also support Keezy on her patreon!