Haphaven

Raised to believe in all things superstition, Alex Zane Mills, is not looking forward to her thirteenth birthday, uneasy over the unlucky number. After being scolded by her mother that doesn’t understand the obsessive following of superstitions, Alex decides to take a moment to consider she is being silly to believe in Lady Luck shining down on her, resulting in her mother falling into a life or death situation. Now Alex must travel to a world where superstitions are law in order to save her mother and understand the history of her family’s luck.

Lion Forge once again brings another great read that was visually pleasing and presented the perfect balance of action and humor in less than 200 pages. Alex is dependent on the luck she is sure is given to her by her great grandfather Zane said to have gone off to marry Lady Luck herself, much to her mother’s irritation. When stepping on a crack literally breaks her mother’s back, Alex journeys to the end of the rainbow with a leprechaun with no hesitation. From throwing salt over the shoulder to knocking on wood before it knocks you back, the world of Haphaven functions solely on superstition, which Alex immediately eases into. She is determined to get a hold of a rabbit’s foot in order to save her mother, but finds that the foot is not only difficult to find, but is still attached to the rabbit.

Despite the graphic novel being very fast paced, it didn’t feel too rushed and even worked in the plot’s favor as Alex and the other characters are constantly on the move. Alex is a strong and intelligent young lady that isn’t afraid to leap into action even in the face of a danger that has her cornered. The art style uses soft colors beautifully that create especially emotional moments for the characters and features bright colors to place emphasis on certain objects in the panels. My only complaint is that Alex is seen always carrying around a bat that has lucky symbols carved into them that was given to her by her father, though she doesn’t use it as often as I thought she would. It becomes more of a symbol of her being unable to let go of this dependency on being given luck by her relative Zane and think this would have been more evident if she were to spend a few more moments looking down at the symbols on the bat rather than just swing them at some trees.

I absolutely recommend this graphic novel and if the cover does not peak your interest, then the first five pages surely will.

Score: 5/5

I was provided an Advanced Reader’s Copy by the teams at NetGalley and Lion Forge. Opinions expressed are my own.

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