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Piper review


Hey guys! So this week I’m working with Penguin books to bring you lovely readers a review of Piper, an awesome new graphic novel! This was a collaborative novel from Jay Asher, author of 13 Reasons Why, Jessica Freeburg, author of Living in Shadows, and Jeff Stokely, creator of The Spire. Personally, I’ve been getting a lot more into graphic novels recently and this just fanned the flame. It was a dark, gripping story of vengeance, love, loneliness, and magic.


I’ve always loved the story of the Pied Piper. I grew up on fairy tales and this one was particularly intriguing to me. How did his magic work? WHat else could he use it for? Although in the classic story it’s just used to lure rats I could never help wondering what else the Pied Piper might be able to do. This story explored the Piper’s great and terrible power, showing us the dark side of his story.


I’d been hearing buzz about this book for months, so as soon as I was able to get my hands on it I devoured to book all in one sitting. This is not at all hard to accomplish because the book is just so damn addictive. It’s suspenseful from the get go, with this awesome dark ambiance that keeps you on your toes. The graphics are hauntingly beautiful and classic, but tinged with darkness, just like this retelling of the classic fairy tale.


Maggie, our awesome red-headed protagonist (sorry guys, but I always gotta rep my fellow gingers), is inventive and brave.  She’s grown up an orphan, and she became deaf at a young age. Because of this she’s had to grow up really tough. I always love seeing tough girls and women at the forefront of midgrade and YA. The genre can always always always use more positive role models, and Maggie was definitely one of them. She looked out for her family above all else, putting them first. She also always thought for herself and didn’t let anyone tell her what to do. All books should have protagonists like Maggie.


The marriage of art and story in this was perfect. It really added depth to the story and brought the characters to life. If you haven’t read a graphic novel before I highly suggest getting more into the genre. It’s really the best of both worlds for comics and novels, and you get to know the characters more intimately through the art. Jeff Stokely’s illustrations were absolutely beautiful in this novel, his depictions full of emotion and magic.


Overall, I thought this was a beautiful retelling of a classic fairytale. The pacing kept me flipping pages obsessively, and Maggie kept me emotionally invested in the story. If you like graphic novels, awesome heroines, or fairy tales, this book is definitely for you. You can get it here Piper

Final rating- 5/5

Thanks for reading my review, and until next time, happy reading 🙂


One girl’s fairy-tale prince becomes her worst nightmare in this eerie graphic-novel retelling of the Pied Piper legend from Jay Asher, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why.
Bestselling author Jay Asher and co-author Jessica Freeburg brilliantly reimagine the classic Pied Piper legend as a powerful story about loneliness, love, and vengeance.

Long ago, in a small village in the middle of a deep, dark forest, there lived a lonely young girl named Maggie. Maggie is deaf and is shunned by her village because of this. Her only comfort comes from inventing stories and dreaming of one day finding her fairy-tale love.

When Maggie meets the mysterious Piper, it seems that all her wishes are coming true. Spellbound, Maggie falls for him and plunges headfirst into his magical world. But as she grows closer to the Piper, Maggie discovers that he has a dark side … and an even darker past. Will the boy of Maggie’s dreams end up being her worst nightmare?

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Jay Asher‘s debut novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, has regularly appeared on the New York Times bestsellers list during its first decade in print, selling over 2.5 million copies in the United States alone. The Future of Us, his second novel, was co-authored with Printz Honor winner Carolyn Mackler. His third novel, What Light, will be released in October 2016. His novels have been translated into thirty-seven languages. He lives with his family in a California. Follow him @jayasherguy.
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Jessica Freeburg is the author of paranormal fiction (Living in Shadows) and narrative nonfiction works focused on creepy legends and dark moments in history including Monsters of the MidwestFight for Survival, and Collapse and Chaos. To blend her love of writing with her passion for history and the paranormal, Jessica founded Ghost Stories Ink, a group of authors, illustrators, and filmmakers who visit historic locations and perform paranormal investigations for creative inspiration. She also serves as the assistant regional advisor for the Minnesota Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Follow her @JessicaFreeburg.
Jeff Stokely is the co-creator and artist of Eisner-nominated comic series The Spire. He is the artist of acclaimed series Six-Gun Gorilla and Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches, The Reason For Dragons.

10 thoughts on “Piper review

  1. Thank you for recommending this! I like how refreshing reading a graphic novel can be versus reading a traditional text-only book. I especially appreciate that this is not just all warm and fuzzies, it’s about something real, something that people struggle with, and it just makes Piper easy to relate to.

  2. Off topic, but when I first saw the cover, I thought she looks like the girl from Anne with an E. I am not into the whole graphic novel scene, but I have found it is a great way to be able to get my oldest to children to read.

  3. I’ve tried to read a couple of the more popular serial graphic novels and struggled to get into them a bit. The stories are so action packed and move by so fast I find it difficult to keep up. This on the other hand sounds fantastic. I really want to like graphic novels so I might just give this a go.
    Gemma @

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