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Ever-superstitious Alex Mills will do anything to avoid a jinx. Picking up pennies, knocking on wood, collecting rabbit's feet . . . you name it. That is until she steps on a crack and it actually does break her mother's back. To save her mom, Alex must follow Hubbub Caskside, a trusty leprechaun, on a journey through the end of a rainbow to Haphaven, the world where all ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 19th 2019 by Oni Press (first published February 24th 2019)
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Chad
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, 2019-netgalley
This started off a bit slow but I was absolutely loving it by the end. Alex is a preteen who follows all the superstitions. One day she finally listens to her mother, steps on a crack and breaks her mother's back. Then she gets transported to Haphaven, the land of the Leprechauns where she goes on a quest to heal her mother. It's got a definite Alice in Wonderland or Wizard of Oz vibe to it in that we're in another world that definitely feels a little dangerous and off kilter. I like how the ...more
La Coccinelle
This is an okay graphic novel. I'm all for fantasy, but this one really requires the reader to suspend disbelief.

Alex Mills is extremely superstitious. She won't even celebrate her thirteenth birthday because she's worried about bad luck. After she steps on a crack and somehow gives her mother psychosomatic paralysis, she's thrust into the world of Haphaven, where all superstitions come from.

I think part of the problem I had with this one is that it looks like a young adult title. Alex is not
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Devann
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley

actual rating: 3.5

It took me awhile to warm up to this title, but by the end I really enjoyed it. The story takes a little bit to get going and the art style - while not necessarily 'bad' - took some getting used to as well. Overall though it ended up being a fun story about a superstitious girl from our world traveling to the world where all these superstitions come from and ultimately figuring out how to take control of her own life. There were
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Valéria.
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
After so long, I have finally read something I can rate with 5 stars, without any remorse. This story is extraordinary and intelligent. As description says, Alex is superstitious girl, who doesn't want to celebrate her 13th birthday (of course, 13, bad number, nah), but her mother wants her to. So Alex in angrily mood just steps on a crack - aaand there goes mother's back. How to change that? Easy. With a little help of a kind leprechaun and few others. Storyline is interesting, mysterious, ...more
Wayne McCoy
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
'Haphaven' by Norm Harper with art by Louie Joyce is a story about luck and superstition and what one young woman will do to fix things.

Alex Mills was raised on superstitions by her father. It's been handed down in the family from her great great grandfather and Alex lives by the rules. When her father's luck runs out and her mother has an accident that could only have been caused by breaking a rule, Alex gets help to turn things around. She ends up in a strange place called Haphaven and makes a
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Rod Brown
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I tend to put up my defenses going into fantasy books because so many writers feel they can just do whatever the hell they want, whether or not it makes sense. I was quite surprised and relieved when this fantasy about superstitions actually set up a consistent mythology, played fair within it, and even had fun with it. Delightful.
Robert
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I went in blind to both the author and the work - sometimes it isn't a bad idea to judge a book by it's cover.
Molly
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Superstitious Alex Mills goes to great lengths to avoid bad luck - never walking under ladders, picking up pennies, carrying good luck charms - but none of her caution can stop the loss of her dad in a freak accident, nor the spill her mom takes onto the ground. Alex is hardly surprised when she discovers a real live leprechaun having sprung the toy surprise in her breakfast cereal, and she's more than happy to go on a quest with him, to Haphaven, in an attempt to restore her family's luck -- ...more
Jason
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Definitely a unique fantasy read, despite some familiar tropes. How it plays with the tropes (chosen one, family legacy, twists/reveals) makes it worth a read. (e-galley from NetGalley)
Kerry Tate
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book about luck and superstition. Gorgeous art! The kids in my library are going to love this...

Beware there’s a harrowing Toy Story 3 esque scene towards the end of the book that had me on the seat of my pants
Etienne
Jan 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
I didn't like this one. Didn't like the originality, it just seem force, kind of too much, not well balance and everything. The illustrations were fine, not minus or plus. The story and the characters were okay but not interesting and I never really felt attached to them. Not for me!
Skirmish
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga-comics
Book Reaction: https://nildivision.blogspot.com/2019...
Rating: 3.5 Stars - that place between like and love

I received a copy of Haphaven from Diamond Book Distributors via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Blake Morescott
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Adored what I saw of this book. I didn't read it deep enough at ECCC, but looking forward to diving deeper this weekend. Beautiful art
Lizzy Tsan
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Haphaven by Norm Harper, Louie Joyce, and Lion Forge is a free NetGalley e-book that I read in late January.

This book had scared me. My family has a history of believing in superstitions and the supernatural. I found this to be troubling, entertaining, well-illustrated and quite grown up. I could see owning a hardcover of this
Anthony ➳ KeepReadingForward ➳
4/5
This Review was first posted on Keep Reading Forward. If you want to see more, check out our other locations as well as here.

ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

You know all those superstitions? Horseshoes can be good luck, as well as a rabbit’s foot? Or if you step on a crack, you’ll break your mother’s back. All that is what this graphic novel is about. In a world where superstitions and luck rules, it can also effect Earth as well, especially to
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Sam
I received this book in exchange for an honest review which has not altered my opinion of the book.

I didn't exactly know what to expect when I first grabbed this book, but I am very glad that I did! It was so different from any graphic novel I have read before, and I'm so glad for it. For one part, the representation was awesome (our main character is a 13-year-old mixed race girl with a black mother and a white father). There was talk of jinxes and curses, and there was the eventual take over
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Siobhán
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks for the free comic*

"Step on a crack, break your mother's neck." Even though Alex grew up with a superstitious, late dad, she didn't think that her mother's neck would actually break when she stepped on a crack after a fight with her. Now her mother's in hospital and only Alex can save her.

With the help of a leprechaun, Alex has to travel to Haphaven, a sort of Otherworld, to save her mother and learn about her past and
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Lukasz
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Alex Mills is superstitious. To the maxcore. Despite knocking on wood and doing all kind of bizarre stuff and rituals, she causes her mother to hurt her back.

She journeys to Haphaven, the world where all of Earth's superstitions draw their power. On the search for the lucky rabbit's foot to save her mom, Alex learns that breaking with superstition might be the key to saving her mom, even if it means she could get jinxed along the way.

I loved an intelligent storyline and simple, but beautifully
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Steff Pasciuti
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 absolutelyloved graphic novel,Haphavenby 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,Haphavendetails the journey of Alex Mills as she sets out to save her non-believing mother after having ...more
Aj
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
rated as young adult but I think it is actually for younger audiences. Interesting idea but rather simplistic and then to completely forget about the cat? Unrealistic.
Sean Rickets
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Norm Harper tells a story about the importance of growing up and overcoming our fears. I really enjoyed this book which I got from NetGalley, in exchange for a fair review. Thank you, Lion Forge.
Mariana Calderon
Quick and unique story with lots of entertaining mythology about luck and jinxes and folk superstitions!
David Gallaher
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With Haphaven, Norm Harper and Louie Joyce have created an extraordinary work that asks us to consider our own superstitions. The main character, Alex Mills, is compelling and her journey is filled with hubris, pathos, and wonder. It was a sheer delight to read from start to finish.
Dakota Morgan
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Haphaven is an example of taking an intriguing "what if?" and failing to flesh it out into a solidly told story. What if another world existed that's the source of all of our superstitions? Laws in this world, like not crossing a black cat's path or knocking on wood, have somehow leaked into our world as irrational beliefs. What would happen if those superstitions suddenly became real?

It's a fine concept, but the execution in Haphaven is weak. Alex Mills is a young girl who discovers that
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Jim
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Madison Mega Marathon Goodreads Group January 2019 Challenge was to choose a book by it’s cover…so I thought I might pick up this comic from NetGalley, because the cover looked really interesting; dark and creepy - but cartoony at the same time.

But -

Oh!

My!

God!

This book is amazing!

It’s intriguing. And hilarious. I am loving it so much.

When she first met Penny, I thought: “‘Find a penny, pick it up, all day long, you’ll have good luck!’ Just like my grandma taught me!” I mean, I don’t
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Inkling Reviews
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Haphaven’s cover caught my eye and I immediately clicked on it. This confident girl striding through the world, ready for trouble and being shadowed by a monster was someone I wanted to read about. Turns out that she wasn't confident at all in the beginning, and I had totally missed that she was walking through a four leaf clover farm and towering over leprechauns. The plot couldn't really keep up with the pace of the story, but I laughed out loud a few times and my 9 year old was really into ...more
Pop Bop
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Witty and Inventive

Going in, this looked like it could be interesting; but premise is one thing and execution is another. I'm happy to report that, at least for me, the execution was even better than the premise.

The idea is that Haphaven is an alternate world that has an unusual connection to and effect on Earth. Things that are good and useful in Haphaven are "lucky" on Earth. (So, the four leaf clovers that are a food crop in Haphaven are lucky on Earth. You have to smack forest trees on
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Zahiryn Vélez Hernández
*I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Alex Mills is extremely superstitious. Don’t walk under the ladder, don’t break the mirror, don’t cross the cat. Her family’s legacy is knowing how to tiptoe around misfortune, and Alex’s life revolves around following each rule —even if it means not celebrating her thirteenth birthday. This last leads to a harsh argument with her mother and, acting like the teenager she is, Alex intentionally steps on a crack. We
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Nikita Angeles
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Alex, a twelve going on thirteen-year-old girl, lives her life by the painstaking rules of every superstition. She uses her encyclopaedia level knowledge of all things good and bad luck through everything, even her own thirteenth birthday is amiss (since thirteen is an unlucky number). The one time she chooses not to follow these rules, it breaks her mother’s back... really. “Step on a crack, break your mothers back” is a bit of a corny situation to occur seriously in a story, but it turned out ...more
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Haphaven through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Haphaven is a graphic novel full of superstitions and rules. Its one part fairy tale, and one part coming of age story. The series follows Alex as she grows up with superstitions, thanks to her father. Until one day she stepped on a crack and found herself on a desperate quest to undo the damage wrought.
This was an interesting series, on the whole. I originally became interested in it because of the
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