Today I recommend: Piper by Jay Asher and Jessica Freeburg.

Ostracized from her small village due to her deafness, Maggie’s imagination flourishes with dreams of a fairy tale love that seem to come true when she meets the Piper, until his dark side comes to light.

Based on the tale, The Pied Piper of Hameln, this eerie graphic novel had my attention from the start. The rats are creepy and I liked the art style although all of the villagers except for Maggie begin to look the same after awhile. The budding romance is the main focus for almost three fourths of the graphic novel before everything abruptly shifts and the remainder of the graphic novel is a rush to rid the town of rats. The rushed ending made it harder to believe that any romance at all had really built between Maggie and the Piper but felt necessary to making the plot fit with the tale of the Pied Piper. Even with a rushed ending, this was still an enjoyable and quick read that will please fans of fractured fairytales and those looking for a fantasy graphic novel.

You can find Piper in the Young Adult Graphic Novel section at YA GRAPHIC ASHER.

~aw

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