Publisher: Lion Forge
Released: March 19th 2019
I received a copy of Haphaven through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Haphaven is a graphic novel full of superstitions and rules. It’s one part fairy tale, and one part coming of age story. The series follows Alex as she grows up with superstitions, thanks to her father. Until one day she stepped on a crack and found herself on a desperate quest to undo the damage wrought.
This was an interesting series, on the whole. I originally became interested in it because of the artwork on the cover (which I promise you carries through the whole graphic novel). Though I’ll admit that the introduction was a bit off, and it took me longer than expected for me to get really into the story being told.
It was fun reading about all the different superstitions that Alex lived by. At first, we saw how difficult it would be; living in the modern world while driven to follow complex rules that may or may not be judged by society. Like feeling compelled to throw a stranger’s spilled salt over your shoulder during a family dinner…
It quickly becomes more fantastical though, as Alex rushes to save her mom after a sudden broken back – courtesy of the crack that Alex stepped all over. It gets a bit hectic and crazy from there, but the story hangs on to its cohesion and ultimately has an interesting point to make.