I am not the sort of person who really believes that luck and superstition are real things that genuinely influence the world in ways that we cannot imagine. With that said, I absolutely loved graphic novel, Haphaven by Norm Harper and illustrated by Louie Joyce. Following the tale of a supposed lucky family whose luck has gone wrong, and a very superstitious young girl who took after her father, Haphaven details the journey of Alex Mills as she sets out to save her non-believing mother after having stepped on a crack she’d avoided her entire life when her mom attempts to instill upon Alex the ridiculousness of her superstitions. But finding a way to turn around the bad luck she incurred by stepping on the crack in the sidewalk and, resultingly, breaking her mother’s back is not going to be easy in the slightest. When a leprechaun appears in her home shortly after the event to take her on an adventure to Haphaven, the world in which good and bad luck is determined, there is no hesitation for Alex. She knows she must go to save her mom.
I had an immense amount of fun reading this novel and I think one of the things that really made this book for me lay in the family story that Alex’s father tells her at the very beginning of the novel, that of their ancestor whose luck ran out and who therefore set off to find Lady Luck and restore what he had lost. But things don’t go according to plan. And luck changes for everyone.
Soon, Alex travels to the land of luck and superstitions, setting out to save her mother by getting the rabbits foot and fighting past a jinx to retrieve it. With the help of Penny–find a Penny, pick it up!–a lucky leprechaun, she soon learns that not everything in Haphaven is what it seems and knowing who to trust can be harder than anyone could imagine.
From the hero to the villain, I adored Haphaven. I don’t want to get into too many details as it would certainly spoil the story, but suffice to say that there is so much to this graphic novel worth loving. Alex’s journey is oodles of fun and while I don’t believe in the specific superstitions that Alex does, I did find it to be a wonderfully told story with so many fun and amazing elements. Haphaven is at the end of the rainbow, everyone, and I would highly encourage journeying there.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.