Taproot is a graphic novel of a ghost who loves a human named Hamal. Hamal is unique in that he can see Blue and other ghosts. It's not until their "lives" are at stake from the Reaper until Hamal and Blue admit they have feelings for each other. When Blue willingly sacrifices himself for the better good, the Reaper breaks his own rules and allows Blue to come back as a human. In return, Hamal, who can still see ghosts, fulfills some of the Reaper's responsibilities because it turns out this particular Reaper is kinda lazy. One of their jobs ends up saving their friend Chloe, whose house was haunted by a giant beetle, who had been a little girl before she died of an unnamed disease.
I actually really liked the illustrations in Taproot. And I liked the premise of the story, however the writing and plot structure were awful. It very clearly needed to be two different volumes (even if they were still published as one book): I.) How Blue becomes a human again and II.) Blue and Hamal: Amateur Necromancers. Instead, both "stories" are poorly developed and not clear. Neither gets the attention they need to fully flesh out the uniqueness of the idea.
Mayhaps my unfamiliarity with illustration is holding me back from grasping the story at its full, but I left turned the last page with more questions than answers, which is always frustrating when you read a book.