Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Blog Tour: Piper by Jay Asher and Jessica Freeburg
Illustrated by Jeff Stokley

Blog Tour organized by Penguin Teen
See below for the full schedule

Have you ever read a Pied Piper retelling before? 
Well, I hadn't until this book, which is also the perfect creepy October read. 
Scroll down for more of my thoughts on Piper!

By Jay Asher & Jessica Freeburg
Illustrated by Jeff Stokley
Read: October 20, 2017
Published: October 31, 2017 by Razorbill
Source: Galley from publisher (TY Penguin!)
Category: YA, Graphic Novel, Fairytale Retelling, Pied Piper
Find: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | Indiebound

Book Description: 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? 

My Thoughts

Piper is a beautifully illustrated, dark, graphic novel retelling of the legend of the Pied Piper. I've never read anything based off of this myth, so I was very excited to get my hands on a copy of this book. 

Piper is set in a small town in the middle of a forest in a time that could be Medieval Europe. People feared plagues and anything different from themselves, and towns were so overrun with rats *shudders* that they employed rat catchers. Maggie is an outcast in her community because she is deaf and because of her family history. This girl is a survivor, living with the kindness of an elderly woman and her love of stories. Turning the awful things she experiences at the hands of her neighbors into amusing tales, Maggie dreams of finding love and acceptance of her own. Then a mysterious boy named Piper comes to town, claiming he can rid the town of all their rats. He also catches Maggie's attention. But this boy has a dark side and as Maggie gets closer to him, the story becomes creepier and he begins to look less and less like a fairytale prince. 

I read this graphic retelling in one afternoon, falling further and further into Maggie's world as I spiraled through the eerie atmosphere of this tale. I'm always a fan of retellings that turn a well known story into its own experience, and I enjoyed how that was done with Piper, including the choice to tell this tale in graphic form. Both the characters of Maggie and Piper were well fleshed out and I had no idea how this story would turn out when I started reading it. Despite the increasing creepiness of the tale, I felt sympathy for both characters and could understand their choices. And though it's not the traditional HEA of a fairytale, the ending was surprising and satisfying and terrifying all in one go. It also suits this particular story perfectly. I've definitely been thinking about the Pied Piper legend a little differently after finishing this. Piper was the perfect retelling to read in October and comes recommended from me. 

Love Triangle Factor: None (Spoiler: but don't going this book looking for a romance)
Cliffhanger Scale: Standalone 

Here is my photo inspired by this story: 

Find this and other photos on my bookish Instagram @loveisnotatriangle

About the Authors
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. 

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.

About the Illustrator

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

Tour Schedule

Week One:
October 23 – Bookiemoji – Review and Creative Photography
October 24 – Love Is Not A Triangle – Review
October 25 – Bibliobakes – Review 
October 26 – Papertrailya – Review
October 27 – Opal’s Book Jems– Review
Week Two:
October 30 – The Clockwork Bibliophile – Review
October 31 – Good Choice Reading – Instagram Photo 
November 1 – Seeing Double in Neverland – Review
November 2 – Eastern Sunset – Review
November 3 – Fan-girl-tabulous – Review

1 comment:

  1. Ohh, lovely review Lauren :D Thank you so much for sharing about this book. <3 You have made me so so curious. That cover is gorgeous; love the artwork of the characters :D Eee. But no romance and kind of horrifying ending? Ahhh. Might not be for me, haha ;) So glad you liked it, though. <3


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