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.
What a fun, sweet little paranormal romance this was! The story follows Hamal, a young gardener who sees ghosts, and one of the ghosts who has attached himself to Hamal is a young man named Blue. It doesn’t take long for Blue to start falling for Hamal. But things turn a bit dangerous when Hamal’s ability catches the attention of an otherworldly being.
Though there was a tinge of horror to the story, it was mostly a sweet queer love story that I ended up loving. The art is quite stunning, and I loved how the author seamlessly combined words and pictures into such a delightful yet layered narrative that ended up being surprisingly profound. Young is a skillful artist, and the way in which they manage to show, capture and evoke emotions via their panels is impressive. I also thought the whimsical art did a lovely job of being appropriately atmospheric and expressive through the green and blue color palette (and the grey and brown color palette when the story becomes a bit scarier). The diverse characters were an added plus.
All in all, this was an incredibly moving, meaningful, and beautiful story with an ultra-sweet narrative that I loved. I hope the author creates other stories set in this world.
A huge thank you to Netgalley for providing a review copy of this book.