Taproot by Keezy Young

Taproot

 

Publisher: Lion Forge
Release: September 26th 2017
Received: Net Galley
Rating: 4 kitty rating

 

I received a copy of Taproot from Net Galley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

Taproot is a beautiful short story (in graphic novel form) about love and loss. It’s also a really cute and quick read, and as a bonus it is supported by beautiful artwork. The color palette is stunning and complements the theme and subject of the graphic novel perfectly.

Spoiler Warning

Don’t let the short length of Taproot deceive you – it’s actually got a lot of character and heart packed into its pages.  It focuses on two men, Blue and Hamal. They’re best friends, but there’s a problem. Blue is actually dead – he was drawn to Hamal for a number of reasons, one of which being he can see ghosts (an important factor when it comes to making friends with them).

Hamal loves plants and prefers to spend most of his spare time in the garden center he works at. Blue tags along mostly for the sake of just being with Hamel. Their relationship is pretty clearly just that of friendship, but it has potential to be so much more. Watching them figure that out and progress was actually pretty wonderful.

I loved the main plot of this story – I don’t want to give it all away, but I will say that a turn of events force Blue and Hamal to learn to accept loss as part of life before they can move on. It was very poignant and well stated.

The story doesn’t really end at the conclusion of the main plot, and instead bops around a little bit with another quick story. Perhaps setting up to turn it into a series? Either way it was another well written, but again short turn of events.

I’m not sure whether Young is planning on continuing the story or not, but either way I’d be interested in seeing what he does next. He undoubtedly has a lot of talent and potential.

 

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About Liz

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, graphic designer, and much more. I love to create art, and am willing to try and artistic technique at least once. I am particularly fond of artworks involving a lot of emotion and color. The purpose of my blog is for me to be open and honest with myself and the world about my attempts to grow as an artist. The facts: My favorite color is constantly changing, so don’t worry about trying to keep up with that! I’m in my 20’s, married, and looking to find the perfect job for me (ideally something that can involve my creativity or my love of animals). I have 6 cats (If we’re being technical, I have 2 cats and my parents have 4), a bearded dragon, a parakeet, and two betas. I adore all of them, and they frequently are my photography models. My blog will primarily be consisting of my 365 (366) photography project, updated daily (hopefully). I’m also working on a 52 weeks project, where I try a new type of photography style or technique each week. That will be updated as the photos are processed.
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