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. You can also check out this title as eBook on Hoopla.
Taproot: A Story about a Gardener and a Ghost by Keezy Young is an LGBTQ supernatural romance. It follows a star-crossed pair: Hamal, a human gardener and Blue, a ghost stuck in a kind of purgatory on Earth. Hamal has a peculiar gift, he can see and speak to the ghosts that “haunt” his flower shop and town. As Hamal and Blue’s friendship blooms, Hamal runs into trouble with a (not-so-scary) Reaper of the afterlife. Blue is by Hamal’s side to help him through anything, but will Blue have to leave Hamal and move from this world to the next?
As a gardener and graphic novel lover, Taproot is the perfect pick. At first, gardening and the afterlife seemed an odd couple, but as I read Taproot, I realized gardening and the afterlife go together like compost and worms! Gardening is cyclical: plants flourish then die back to hibernate through changing seasons only to flourish again the next season. Similarly, the afterlife portrayed in Taproot balances life taken and life given.
If you’re looking for a little bit of creep and a whole lot of cute, look no further than Taproot: A Story about a Gardener and a Ghost!