by Keezy Young


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9781941302460
Publisher: Lion Forge
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 324,877
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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Taproot 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Taproot has a unique and beautiful art style with wonderful backgrounds, I have no complaints about the style in which the artist made the book, but the writing and plot of the book is bouncy and inconsistent. There are several times in which sentences are phrased oddly, or what the characters say doesn't make sense, and the biggest plot twist of the book was diminished by the writing and lack of reason behind it. As an LGBT person it was wonderful seeing a graphic novel book featuring a gay couple, but this book would be a better fit for a young teen who is less likely to go searching for plot holes.
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
Taproot (Paperback) by Keezy Young This is a cute graphic novel that looks into life and death and finding the key to save someone you love. Hamel is haunted by ghosts, but he learns to find a solution to death and bring his friends back to life. This is an innocent look at death and our desire as a society not to lose those we love. The drawings are more like Manga, with similar texture. I would like to see more of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In TAPROOT, ghost boy Blue is in love with his friend Hamal, who is very much alive and can somehow see Blue. With disturbances in the local afterlife becoming more frequent, Blue must protect his friends and reckon with Hamal’s strange ability. (content warnings: entomophobia) The romance between Blue and Hamal is the primary focus of TAPROOT. Hamal and Blue are both well-drawn characters who feel genuine; it was easy to like them and root for them. Blue is more of a focal point, with complicated feelings about his afterlife and being in love with a boy who he can't even touch, but I might've loved Hamal just a teensy bit more. I absolutely love the character archetype of a gardener who interacts with the undead, and with his warm personality as a bonus, Hamal won me over. The connection between the two of them is so sincere, and it's where the story's heart sang. The only downside of the romance being the primary focus is that few secondary characters get a chance to shine. The Reaper is an unexpectedly cool character, though. The artwork is lovely, atmospheric and in places dreamy, with the depiction of nature an especially strong suit. The overall tone, influenced by the wistful lines and blue-toned palette of the artwork, is quiet and melancholic. While I liked it, the tone meant that the story overall lacked tension. This also meant that the ‘One Year Later’ epilogue felt more tightly plotted than the plot than the main story. Everything else I loved about this story was so enough to make it for it, and I would love to see more self-contained ghosty stories about these characters in the line of that last section of the story. (A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)