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 🙂
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?