Hotel Dare
It’s not your typical family vacation when Olive, and her adopted siblings Darwin and Charlotte find themselves falling into other worlds as they explore Grandma Lupé’s strange hotel.OPEN THE DOOR. ADVENTURE AWAITS. Olive and her adopted siblings Charlotte and Darwin are spending the summer with their estranged grandma at her creepy hotel and it’s all work and no play. They’re stuck inside doing boring chores but they soon stumble upon an incredible secret... Behind each room door of the hotel lies a portal to a different strange and mysterious place. The simple turn of a knob transports them to a distant magical world filled with space pirates. Behind the next door are bearded wizards. Down the hall is a doorway to a cotton-candied kingdom. But once the doors are opened, worlds start colliding, and only one family can save them before they tear themselves apart. Written by Terry Blas (The Amazing World of Gumball) and illustrated by the talented Claudia Aguirre (Kim & Kim), this world-hopping fantasy tale breaks down the door to imagination and dares you to embrace the idea that family is everything. 

Hotel Dare Details

TitleHotel Dare
Author
ReleaseJun 11th, 2019
PublisherKaBOOM!
ISBN-139781684152056
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Young Adult, Comics, Childrens, Middle Grade

Hotel Dare Review

  • Schizanthus
    January 1, 1970
    Portals! Space pirates! Wizards! Woohoo!After my initial read I gave this graphic novel ⭐⭐⭐⭐. I enjoyed it more when I reread it yesterday and got even more out of the story during today’s third read. It has mystery, adventure and heart, plus there’s a badass granny! Charlotte is the newest member of the Dare family. She goes with Darwin, who has a female rat called Donut, and Olive, who identifies as queer and loves organising, to Mamá Lupe’s hotel in Mexico for the summer. Mamá Lupe has Portals! Space pirates! Wizards! Woohoo!After my initial read I gave this graphic novel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. I enjoyed it more when I reread it yesterday and got even more out of the story during today’s third read. It has mystery, adventure and heart, plus there’s a badass granny! Charlotte is the newest member of the Dare family. She goes with Darwin, who has a female rat called Donut, and Olive, who identifies as queer and loves organising, to Mamá Lupe’s hotel in Mexico for the summer. Mamá Lupe has warned them to stay out of her office but these are three kids spending their summer cleaning rooms in a hotel; naturally the allure of the forbidden is too interesting to ignore. Soon they learn that this isn’t an ordinary hotel and Mamá Lupe is not your typical granny. There are hidden worlds to explore and between them, these adopted siblings meet wizards, space pirates and cuddlemuffins. I adored Sunny the Cuddlemuffin! Along the way Charlotte learns about belonging and family, and what home really means. I loved how Claudia Aguirre brought Terry Blas’ story to life, with plenty of detail and vibrant colours. The Land of the Dead was always going to be my favourite portal destination but I enjoyed them all. I did Google some Spanish to figure out some small sections of dialogue but I would have still known what was happening if I hadn’t.I could easily keep rereading this story and I would happily visit other portals with these kids if there was a sequel. Thank you so much to NetGalley and KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, for granting my wish to read this graphic novel.
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  • ✨Brithanie Faith✨
    January 1, 1970
    5/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ HUGE thanks to Netgalley and BOOM! Studios for granting my wish and allowing me to read this work of art early! Hotel Dare, written by Terry Blas, and illustrated by Claudia Aguirre, is the story of Olive and her adopted siblings Darwin and Charlotte who find themselves being thrust into worlds unlike their own while exploring their grandma's hotel! What I liked most about this was the fact that it talks about the importance of family; biological and chosen! The artwork was stunn 5/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ HUGE thanks to Netgalley and BOOM! Studios for granting my wish and allowing me to read this work of art early! Hotel Dare, written by Terry Blas, and illustrated by Claudia Aguirre, is the story of Olive and her adopted siblings Darwin and Charlotte who find themselves being thrust into worlds unlike their own while exploring their grandma's hotel! What I liked most about this was the fact that it talks about the importance of family; biological and chosen! The artwork was stunning, and I had an incredible time exploring the different worlds that popped up! I don't read nearly enough graphic novels/comics for my liking, but this one was a win for me, and I couldn't recommend it enough! The expected publication for Hotel Dare is the 11th of June, 2019, so if this sounds like something you'd enjoy, you wont have to wait long before getting your hands on a copy!
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  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    A great fantastical story about a blended family who discover a hotel that transports them to different worlds. I really enjoyed the message of your family is who you choose it to be. The different mystical and sci-fi worlds were fun. The art was solid as well.Received a review copy from KaBoom and NetGalley. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.
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  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    January 1, 1970
    This was really lovely! The art was fun, the characters were likable, and I thought the world was remarkably well-developed for such a short story. I especially loved how effortlessly diverse the cast was, with the Dares being Latinx, the oldest sibling being a queer girl, and the awesome themes revolving around adoption and recognizing that family is what you make of it. Oh, and Sunny? I need a Sunny in my life. ♥Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this ARC in exchange for This was really lovely! The art was fun, the characters were likable, and I thought the world was remarkably well-developed for such a short story. I especially loved how effortlessly diverse the cast was, with the Dares being Latinx, the oldest sibling being a queer girl, and the awesome themes revolving around adoption and recognizing that family is what you make of it. Oh, and Sunny? I need a Sunny in my life. ♥Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Etienne
    January 1, 1970
    2,5/5. Hotel Dare is a well illustrated comic book that mixed various elements trying to build an epic storyline. Unfortunately, for me, that didn’t work. The story is okay, not the most original, adapting/playing with elements seen many time (the old house/hotel, the magical doors, other world/plan of existence, etc..) and some part of it remind me a Lock and Key actually but that was the characters that failed this one. I didn’t like them, didn’t feel anything for them, and finally didn’t care 2,5/5. Hotel Dare is a well illustrated comic book that mixed various elements trying to build an epic storyline. Unfortunately, for me, that didn’t work. The story is okay, not the most original, adapting/playing with elements seen many time (the old house/hotel, the magical doors, other world/plan of existence, etc..) and some part of it remind me a Lock and Key actually but that was the characters that failed this one. I didn’t like them, didn’t feel anything for them, and finally didn’t care much for them. I’ve no doubt that some reader will enjoy this one (it already have some love on Goodreads) but I’m not one of them, having read too many similar thing maybe... Not bad, but not for me!
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  • Devann
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalleyThis was a really fun read. The art is great and I liked all the different designs for the characters and scenery. There are a ton of great characters in this story and I liked the focus on family and friend relationships. The different worlds they travel to are interesting as well and I liked how they were all different. Overall a nice blend of fantasy and sci-fi.
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  • Jill Kenna
    January 1, 1970
    This graphic novel is fantastic! I don't even know where to begin, honestly. The story is about adopted siblings, Olive, Darwin, and Charlotte. They are spending the summer with their grandma at her hotel. They think the summer is going to be cleaning all day and being bored but it soon turns into something more. While at the hotel the discover that there are portals to other worlds inside the hotel. They each explore a new amazing world behind one of the doors of the hotel rooms. Thus begins th This graphic novel is fantastic! I don't even know where to begin, honestly. The story is about adopted siblings, Olive, Darwin, and Charlotte. They are spending the summer with their grandma at her hotel. They think the summer is going to be cleaning all day and being bored but it soon turns into something more. While at the hotel the discover that there are portals to other worlds inside the hotel. They each explore a new amazing world behind one of the doors of the hotel rooms. Thus begins their journey to right wrongs and reunite family members.I really liked the fact that this book focuses on family. Not just biological family but found family as well. The characters are all nicely fleshed out and all have their own distinct personalities. There are a few different story lines going on throughout the book but I had no problems keeping track of who was who. The artwork is also very, very good and I really enjoyed all the amazing bright colors throughout the book. I would highly recommend this to any fans of graphic novels and I know a few kids at my library that I will definitely be recommending this to!
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  • Václav
    January 1, 1970
    Well, this is one of BOOM!'s agitated LGBT+ comics, where you can guess the author is queer/LGBT+ proactive person from first few pages. Well, that kind of spoils it for me because it's annoying when comics are like "I take a fine story and make it so much LGBT hate free as I can imagine". Which is quite sad, because the story and the universe are very nice (nothing creative, but well composed). It's very similar to Lumberjanes, but at least for a first few books, Lumberjanes wasn't so pushy in Well, this is one of BOOM!'s agitated LGBT+ comics, where you can guess the author is queer/LGBT+ proactive person from first few pages. Well, that kind of spoils it for me because it's annoying when comics are like "I take a fine story and make it so much LGBT hate free as I can imagine". Which is quite sad, because the story and the universe are very nice (nothing creative, but well composed). It's very similar to Lumberjanes, but at least for a first few books, Lumberjanes wasn't so pushy in this topics. But hey, it's me who dislike when author spoils a good story with pushing his agenda without any finesse. On the other hand, kids could actually enjoy this adventurous story, which is actually not bad. Simple, but good. The art is again Luberjane-ish, kind of KaBoom/Boom Box generic artist style. If you like Lumberjanes in ar or/and style of adventure, where kids with attitude stick their noses where they do not belong and wreak havoc to eventually make everything right, you probably will like Hotel Dare.Thanks to BOOM! Studios and NetGalley.net to provide the free digital crappy quality copy. #HotelDare #NetGalley
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  • Niki
    January 1, 1970
    A pretty cute graphic novel. Not really what I expected, and that's both good and bad.I expected more of a horror story taking place in the hotel, not dimension- hopping to fantasy worlds. And that's the "bad" part of my review: I'm not a fan of those stories. I don't like fantasy worlds, I don't like dimension- travelling, I'm not interested in that kind of worldbuilding, and definitely not when it's based on "A family has hidden depths and secrets that kids stumble on and then they all work it A pretty cute graphic novel. Not really what I expected, and that's both good and bad.I expected more of a horror story taking place in the hotel, not dimension- hopping to fantasy worlds. And that's the "bad" part of my review: I'm not a fan of those stories. I don't like fantasy worlds, I don't like dimension- travelling, I'm not interested in that kind of worldbuilding, and definitely not when it's based on "A family has hidden depths and secrets that kids stumble on and then they all work it out by cooperating". WOW, never seen THAT before. Not to mention that the writing was pretty cliche. For example, Charlotte, the blonde kid on the cover, is adopted, and she gets to say "You're not my real sibling!" pretty early on... it was uncalled for and extremely cliche, especially because this is one of those "Your family is the people you choose and home is where those people are" stories.On the other hand, the art is pretty great (apart from some clearly rushed panels), and I liked that Grandma Lupé got to kick ass. You don't see old women being badass a lot. Also, the fact that (view spoiler)[Grandpa Lupé was the "damsel in distress" in this one, and not his wife. (hide spoiler)] Now THAT was a cliche that the story completely subverted, I was very happy about that.All in all, not a bad story, just not the story for me.**Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book**
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  • Hâf
    January 1, 1970
    This graphic novel was so fun, it was full of space pirates, bearded wizards, space portals, an evil queen, other world adventures and even a unicorn! It took a little while to figure out the story and the direction it was going in but once that was clear I found it really enjoyable. I loved the characters, Mama Lupé in paticular was one fierce Grandmother! One thing I really liked was the importance on family, both biological and chosen. The illustrations were amazing too! Would definitely reco This graphic novel was so fun, it was full of space pirates, bearded wizards, space portals, an evil queen, other world adventures and even a unicorn! It took a little while to figure out the story and the direction it was going in but once that was clear I found it really enjoyable. I loved the characters, Mama Lupé in paticular was one fierce Grandmother! One thing I really liked was the importance on family, both biological and chosen. The illustrations were amazing too! Would definitely recommend.
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  • Aycan
    January 1, 1970
    If you have people who love you, treasure them. And not just your blood kin. Family are people who treat you like family. Even when it's difficult and there's problems. Especially then. When you don't have much you learn to fix what you do have, to make it better, right? ben bunu tekrar okurum ya çok güzeldi ehhe
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  • Kelly Schnorrbusch
    January 1, 1970
    The following is my honest & voluntary review for Hotel Dare. Thank you Boom! Studios for an advance copy of this book. I truly believe family isn't always a blood relative and this book just illustrates that well. I spend more birthdays and holidays celebrating with close friends who have become family than I do with those who share my DNA. Whether it is through proximity, loss, acceptance, or similarities, family looks different to everyone, and the family we see in Hotel Dare proves that The following is my honest & voluntary review for Hotel Dare. Thank you Boom! Studios for an advance copy of this book. I truly believe family isn't always a blood relative and this book just illustrates that well. I spend more birthdays and holidays celebrating with close friends who have become family than I do with those who share my DNA. Whether it is through proximity, loss, acceptance, or similarities, family looks different to everyone, and the family we see in Hotel Dare proves that point. Olive Dare and her adopted siblings, Darwin and the new family addition Charlotte, are going to Mexico to visit their Mama Lupe at her hotel. What initially seems to be a boring summer of cleaning guest rooms gets a large dose of adventure and upheaval! Olive is hoping to uncover the reason why her father and his mother, Mama Lupe, barely speak. When the teens start snooping around, they come across some interesting artifacts that suddenly open the door to many possibilities. As the siblings start on their new adventures, we are introduced to new characters that feel like family but aren't in the same world as the Dare family...literally. The art work is clean & bright with bright colors and easily distinguishable characters. Once we see the possibilities that lie behind closed doors, the difference in the worlds was noticeable, as well. The storyline is well fleshed out and explained, as well as being appropriate for what I would assume is middle grade and above. There is some Spanish phrases that I had to look up, but not so many that it was daunting. For a young person learning Spanish, this seems like a good opportunity to practice those translation skills over summer break. I enjoyed the story and the lesson reiterated here because it wasn't like a giant anvil crashing on my head. It was sweet & subtle, just how I, fully grown adult who enjoys middle grade stories, likes her lessons. I would absolutely read another book in this series, should there be one. My only hope is that we see a bit more of the Dare parents and learn how they came to adopt Darwin & Charlotte.
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  • Mari Johnston
    January 1, 1970
    This review and many others can be found on Musings of a (Book) Girl.Hotel Dare was definitely not like the typical graphic novel I read and I’m so glad I gave it a chance! Terry Blas and Claudia Aguirre gave us such a diverse cast of truly likable people. We saw characters that were Latinx, queer, and one that was adopted. Each person had a specific struggle that was unique to them and I loved that I was able to see them all learn and grow throughout the story.One of the things that really impr This review and many others can be found on Musings of a (Book) Girl.Hotel Dare was definitely not like the typical graphic novel I read and I’m so glad I gave it a chance! Terry Blas and Claudia Aguirre gave us such a diverse cast of truly likable people. We saw characters that were Latinx, queer, and one that was adopted. Each person had a specific struggle that was unique to them and I loved that I was able to see them all learn and grow throughout the story.One of the things that really impressed me with Hotel Dare was how well the world was developed. Coming in at less than 150 pages this is a pretty short story, but the authors managed to develop their fantasy worlds perfectly without it ever feeling like an info dump. Each location was unique and had it’s own characteristics and characters which is hugely important.The only thing I wasn’t a huge fan of was at times the story was convoluted. There were points when I would be so confused by how we were getting from point A to point B, it’s almost like there were weird passages of time maybe that I just wasn’t following. And honestly this could absolutely be a just me problem; I have a hard time following things that aren’t explicitly direct and to the point. I did actually read some other reviews of this on Goodreads to see if anybody else had mentioned it and, at least at the time that I wrote this review, nobody had.Claudia Aguirre’s art was to die for and so perfect for the story that Terry Blas came up with. The two worked so well together and it really shows within these pages. Hotel Dare is absolutely worth your time whether world hopping comics are your thing or not. There was a little bit in here for everybody and I loved that.TL;DR: A great graphic novel about the meaning of family with a widely diverse set of characters.A digital ARC was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    *thank you to Netgalley and BOOM! Studios for granting my wish for this book in exchange for an honest review*4 stars.I really find myself enjoying this author's work and the illustrations are so well done as well. There are 3 separate stories going on here and I'm having a hard time figuring out which is my favourite. I absolutely love stories where there are alternative worlds/magical portals present, so I found that once this story got going, (which I admit was in the first couple of pages) I *thank you to Netgalley and BOOM! Studios for granting my wish for this book in exchange for an honest review*4 stars.I really find myself enjoying this author's work and the illustrations are so well done as well. There are 3 separate stories going on here and I'm having a hard time figuring out which is my favourite. I absolutely love stories where there are alternative worlds/magical portals present, so I found that once this story got going, (which I admit was in the first couple of pages) I was hooked. All 3 stories came together at the end and did not disappoint at all. There was just the right amount of creepiness and fantasy mixture as well which I thought might be an issue but it wasn't. Definitely recommend if your in the mood for a story like this one.
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  • Lexy
    January 1, 1970
    This is what I never knew I wanted until I started reading It!!If you’re looking for a graphic novel that’s more deep and amazing that whatever you could imagine, this is it: the art it’s outstanding, colorful and super cute, but that’s not even the best part. Magic, traveling between fantasy and sci-fi worlds. I mean, I had an awesome time while I was enjoying my time with the Dare family. A vacation that turns out epic because your grandma owns an hotel where basically everything can happen? S This is what I never knew I wanted until I started reading It!!If you’re looking for a graphic novel that’s more deep and amazing that whatever you could imagine, this is it: the art it’s outstanding, colorful and super cute, but that’s not even the best part. Magic, traveling between fantasy and sci-fi worlds. I mean, I had an awesome time while I was enjoying my time with the Dare family. A vacation that turns out epic because your grandma owns an hotel where basically everything can happen? Sign me up. And the family dynamics?? Lovely. I need more of this, please. Thank you, Netgalley!!
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  • Sierra
    January 1, 1970
    What it really means to be family.Three adopted siblings go to visit their estranged gandmama at the family hotel in Mexico. While cleaning they find a key to other worlds. Theres magic, sci-fi, and even a few monsters. Really liked this book! The story was more complex than I was expecting. There was never a moment where it felt like a kids book. The art was nice, clean cut but still fairly animated. It tackled (and crushed) the whole family/belonging theme. It was clever and cute, I don't even What it really means to be family.Three adopted siblings go to visit their estranged gandmama at the family hotel in Mexico. While cleaning they find a key to other worlds. Theres magic, sci-fi, and even a few monsters. Really liked this book! The story was more complex than I was expecting. There was never a moment where it felt like a kids book. The art was nice, clean cut but still fairly animated. It tackled (and crushed) the whole family/belonging theme. It was clever and cute, I don't even really have any complaints about it. Great read.
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  • Anniek
    January 1, 1970
    "We all come from different worlds, but as long as there's people who love you where you're at, you'll always be fine."This is such a fun, diverse, heartwarming read about found/chosen family. The story is inspired by Aztec mythology, and the art work is beautiful. I absolutely loved the characters, and even though it took me some time to figure out the story, I ended up really enjoying that as well.
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  • Francina Simone
    January 1, 1970
    Loved the art, the story was fulfilling and fleshed out. A great fantasy! The illustrations conveyed just as much story as the writing (which can be something hard to come by sometimes) There might be a sequel?!
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Cute blended family adventure into weird magical worlds. Lots of interesting references to Mexican/Aztec mythology and culture, and queer rep. Enjoyable and exciting! Took me a little bit to get into it, but recommend.Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC!
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  • Becky B
    January 1, 1970
    The three Dare kids, all adopted siblings, are visiting their grandmother, Mamá Lupe at her weird old house in Mexico, Hotel Dare. After a few days of hanging out and relaxing, Mamá Lupe puts them to work cleaning the rooms in her huge house with instructions to stay away from her office while she runs to the market. Of course, that’s where they want to explore first after she says that. There, Charlotte, the youngest and newest to the family finds a weird mask with a button she clicks. Later, o The three Dare kids, all adopted siblings, are visiting their grandmother, Mamá Lupe at her weird old house in Mexico, Hotel Dare. After a few days of hanging out and relaxing, Mamá Lupe puts them to work cleaning the rooms in her huge house with instructions to stay away from her office while she runs to the market. Of course, that’s where they want to explore first after she says that. There, Charlotte, the youngest and newest to the family finds a weird mask with a button she clicks. Later, once the three actually get to cleaning, they all find portals to other worlds in the rooms they are cleaning. Olive goes to a fantasy world where she finds a magician who feels like a reject. Darwin goes to a fantasy cloud world and meets a cute creature called Sunny. Both of them return to the real world after just a little while, but Charlotte remains on the spaceship she found herself on, and when Mamá Lupe finds out she gets very worried. The portals are part of something big, part of buried family secrets, and potentially very dangerous.I have mixed feelings about this one. I’d like to rate it 2.5, but since GoodReads doesn’t do half stars I’ll round it up. I like the touches of Aztec mythology and the imaginative worlds included. In some ways it is nice to have a self-contained, single volume fantasy adventure, but on the other hand I think the story as a whole suffered a bit from needing to be wrapped up so quickly. Some parts that needed further exploration or more character development felt really rushed (especially things between Xochitl and Mamá Lupe, and Charlotte’s personal growth). I would have liked the story better with more explanation about changes of heart and further character development. I liked the inclusion of dialogue in Spanish without translation. I don’t speak or read Spanish well at all, but I was able to follow along fine and it helped with the atmosphere of the story. Many will like this story for the message about found families and family being a matter of the heart rather than blood, but it almost got emphasized a little too much and tipped over into the preachy/agenda-ish area I felt. But that’s just me. I know many will absolutely love the story for those points. Those looking for a fantasy graphic novel for upper middle grades/young adult readers with diversity representation and a single volume fantasy adventure, or stories with some Aztec influence should like this.Notes on content [based on the ARC]: No language issues (at least in English). No sex scenes or decency issues. One of the Dare siblings says she is queer; she has no love interest. Some characters in the space world of different alien species are said to be in a married-like relationship and both have female-sounding names. (It also seemed to be hinted the relationship included a third member but that wasn’t super clear.) No displays of affection between anyone beyond a hug. Many characters visit the land of the dead, which may creep some readers out. There are some battles, most of which are magical/fantasy/scifi violence. One being loses an eye with some blood shown but later says it will grow back. Some mental damage of one character but there’s hope that can be cured.I received an ARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I have voluntarily reviewed this book after receiving a free copy from NetGalley, thank you!I’ve seen Hotel Dare on a few Goodreads lists and one of the booktubers I watch talked about it in her video so when I see it available for request on NetGalley couldn’t believe my luck. I was super excited when I got accepted and got down to read as soon as I could.Hotel Dare is a story about three adopted siblings, Olive, Darwin and Charlotte who go to spend their vacation in their grandma’s Disclaimer: I have voluntarily reviewed this book after receiving a free copy from NetGalley, thank you!I’ve seen Hotel Dare on a few Goodreads lists and one of the booktubers I watch talked about it in her video so when I see it available for request on NetGalley couldn’t believe my luck. I was super excited when I got accepted and got down to read as soon as I could.Hotel Dare is a story about three adopted siblings, Olive, Darwin and Charlotte who go to spend their vacation in their grandma’s hotel in Mexico. Olive has a secret purpose in that - she wants to learn what happened in the past that made their father and grandma stop talking to each other. In the meantime, however, they discover that doors to the rooms in the hotel lead to different worlds.I absolutely love the idea of Hotel Dare. It reminds me of the books I’ve read when I was a kid with buildings full of mysteries and magic. Different worlds give a possibility of many different settings, each of the creative, quirky and colorful. I would love to see some more of the space pirate world and the Land of the Dead. The characters are lovely, every single one of them unique and fun. Olive is trying her best to be a responsible older sister and keep her family together. Darwin is a little quiet and anxious but he always wants to see the best in people. Charlotte is uncertain about her place in the family and very temperamental. Mama Lupe is absolutely badass. From other characters, I absolutely loved Brad, the beardless mage, and Benjamina, the captain of the space pirates. The relationships between the characters were heartwarming and wholesome with quirky banter. I could go on about art style in this comic for ages. It’s so beautiful, vibrant and colorful. Each character is easily distinguishable from the others. The backgrounds are detailed and create a wonderful atmosphere. Just looking at the pages makes you want to be there with the characters and explore those fascinating new worlds. In conclusion, Hotel Dare is a wonderful read with a cast of diverse characters and beautiful graphics. It’s a story about finding one’s place in the world and how family doesn’t end with blood. I’m sure many teenage readers would see themselves in the characters but it’s also a great read for older graphic novel enthusiasts. I personally will keep an eye for the next volumes if there ever will be any.
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  • Pop Bop
    January 1, 1970
    This Book Contains MultitudesThis book is so jam packed with characters and settings it takes a little bit of effort to keep it all straight. But it's worth it.Grandmother owns a weird old hotel-ish house. Three grandchildren come to visit and to help restore/clean up the house. We have a mysteriously absent grandfather. Grandma is pretty close mouthed. Father isn't around either. One of the three kids is adopted. Lots of chat about what makes up a family, which is a theme that will be revisited This Book Contains MultitudesThis book is so jam packed with characters and settings it takes a little bit of effort to keep it all straight. But it's worth it.Grandmother owns a weird old hotel-ish house. Three grandchildren come to visit and to help restore/clean up the house. We have a mysteriously absent grandfather. Grandma is pretty close mouthed. Father isn't around either. One of the three kids is adopted. Lots of chat about what makes up a family, which is a theme that will be revisited in many ways as the story progresses.Mild Spoiler, But Not Really, Because it Appears Early and in the Blurbs and Makes the Story Go -- Hotel is loaded with portals operated by a weird artifact. We end up in three different parallel worlds, (one for each kid). Pirate ship, wizard world, fluffy bunny world. All three are connected. We all start to run around in each overlapping world; we make friends; we look for and find other new relatives; we search for more artifact pieces; we fight a variety of villains. The whole thing is action-packed and sort of breathless. By the end we have a much bigger family - made, found, adopted - and the return of all sorts of prodigals. Half a dozen characters have grown and changed and had epiphanies. And yet somehow almost every loose end gets tied up by the wrap, except for a few threads left hanging for the next volume.The art is colorful and the characters and action are easy to follow, which is important when you have so much going on. The book occasionally pauses for a bit of preaching about the wonder of made up families, but not to the point that it gets in the way, and the message is a good one anyway. Everyone ends up better off than they started, so it's certainly an upbeat larky adventure.This ended up as a nice change of pace, and more ambitious, in a way, than your usual superhero sort of graphic novel; it seems to me that it would appeal to a younger reader who likes his adventure mixed in with a little family drama. An interesting find.(Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
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  • Laurie
    January 1, 1970
    Interest Level: 5-8Imagine that you have to go visit a grandmother that you don't know and she lives in an old, creepy hotel. Would you be excited? Olive, Darwin, and Charlotte are not thrilled to say the least. Charlotte was adopted and she doesn't look like her siblings and she doesn't feel like she belongs. Grandmother tells them to go clean some of the guest rooms but before they do they decide to sneak in her office to see if they can find out why their father doesn't talk to his mother any Interest Level: 5-8Imagine that you have to go visit a grandmother that you don't know and she lives in an old, creepy hotel. Would you be excited? Olive, Darwin, and Charlotte are not thrilled to say the least. Charlotte was adopted and she doesn't look like her siblings and she doesn't feel like she belongs. Grandmother tells them to go clean some of the guest rooms but before they do they decide to sneak in her office to see if they can find out why their father doesn't talk to his mother anymore. Little do they know that when they go snooping they are about to open up new worlds. Each of the grandkids go into a different room to clean and each discover a door that transport them into a magical world. Olive meets Brad who is looked down on because he can't grow a beard, which indicates how magical you are. Darwin meets a cuddlemuffin who he names Sunny. Charlotte meets some space pirates and she feels more at home with them and decides not to go back. But... what happens when these worlds begin to collide? What happens when Olive and Darwin go back but they know they can't close off the magic doors or they will lose Charlotte forever? And what part does their grandmother play in this? Read this awesome graphic novel to find out what happens!This was a great book! It started off a little slow but once the action started I could not put it down! This book is full of fantasy, magic, action, and lots of imagination. It also has a great message about how families have to pull together to overcome unbelievable odds. The illustrations are fantastic - full of color and the action just jumps off of the page. Kids will love this graphic novel!!Follow me:Blog - Blazer Tales - https://blazertales.com/Facebook - Laurie’s Library Place - https://www.facebook.com/LauriesLibra...Instagram - laurieslibrary - https://www.instagram.com/laurieslibr...Twitter - @laurieevans27 https://twitter.com/laurieevans27?lan...Goodreads - Laurie Purser - https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1...Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/auburngirl2...YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCulD...Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurie-ev...
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  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    E ARC Provided by Edelweiss PlusOlive doesn't know her Abuela Lupé well, so when she and her adopted siblings Darwin and Charlotte go to help her clean her ramshackle hotel, she hopes to find out more about her, especially why her grandmother and father don't talk much. There is a lot of work to be done, but while cleaning the rooms, the children find a mask. This seems to be a portal to other worlds. Charlotte explores a futuristic space ship, Darwin is plunges into a weird, cartoonish world wi E ARC Provided by Edelweiss PlusOlive doesn't know her Abuela Lupé well, so when she and her adopted siblings Darwin and Charlotte go to help her clean her ramshackle hotel, she hopes to find out more about her, especially why her grandmother and father don't talk much. There is a lot of work to be done, but while cleaning the rooms, the children find a mask. This seems to be a portal to other worlds. Charlotte explores a futuristic space ship, Darwin is plunges into a weird, cartoonish world with a cuddle muffin he names Sunny, and Olive meets up with Brad, a wizard in training in a medieval world. When they eventuall talk to their abuela about it, they find that shortly after Olive's father was born, her husband disappeared, and she is estranged from her son because she spent so much time looking for him. Her daughter also went into the alternate universes to look for her father and found him, but is still having trouble getting him out. Can Olive and her siblings work together to solve the puzzle and retrieve their grandfather?Strengths: This had a good original story and interesting illustrations. The three different worlds were distinct enough that I never got confused. There was some character development, which is hard to accomplish in many graphic novels. I liked the inclusion of Latinx culture. Olive says at the beginning that she is queer, but this is never developed further. Weaknesses: Reading an e ARC on my 2011 Nook meant that I had to read this in 4 point font. I apologize for having missed crucial plot points during my struggle! I feel like I missed something crucial about Darwin's and Charlotte's adoption; this felt almost like book two of a series. What I really think: This is similar to Aldridge's Estranged or Hicks' The Nameless City. Neither one (and fantasy in general, whether novels or graphic novels )circulate very well in my library, so I am debating about this one.
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Olive Dare and adopted siblings Darwin and Charlotte are forced to spend their summer with their estranged Grandmother at her run down and very creepy hotel, in Hotel Dare a graphic novel from Boom! Studios. The trio of kids is bored out of their mind doing chores. Young Charlotte isn’t taking well to her new family bonds, and older sister Olive is dead set on figuring out why their father and grandmother’s relationship went sour. Thanks to inquisitive Charlotte, a simple dare of going into Mama Olive Dare and adopted siblings Darwin and Charlotte are forced to spend their summer with their estranged Grandmother at her run down and very creepy hotel, in Hotel Dare a graphic novel from Boom! Studios. The trio of kids is bored out of their mind doing chores. Young Charlotte isn’t taking well to her new family bonds, and older sister Olive is dead set on figuring out why their father and grandmother’s relationship went sour. Thanks to inquisitive Charlotte, a simple dare of going into Mama Lupe’s forbidden locked office has them stumbling upon an incredible secret… the hotel has rooms that can transport folks to other realms, other worlds. This activates a struggle across worlds and unearths a family secret that is an adventure in the making.With a satisfying, yet slightly rushed ending that wraps up a lot more plot threads then I expected, Hotel Dare is an all-new original graphic novel that delves into fantasy that is all ages appropriate and quite heartwarming. I’m glad that I took the chance and opened the door to this read that features a Mexican abuelita, space travel, weird creatures, and a diverse family that you’ll be rooting for. While Hotel Dare was a slow starter and took a minute for me to get immersed in, the plot twists helped give the book the emotionally depth that ties family and interdimensional travel together quite nicely with a bow.My full review here: https://blacknerdproblems.com/hotel-d...
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  • Rini Budihartati
    January 1, 1970
    I got the eARC from the publisher through Netgalley. All of the comments are mine and what I feel about the book..Hotel dare is a comic book about a diverse family. It was started by Darwin, Olive, and Charlotte's summer holiday in Hotel Dare owned by their very own grandmother Mama Lupe. Their first task was to help their grandma to clean the hotel. Mama Lupe had warned them to keep out of her office, but them with their curiosity went in to her office and did things that fascinated them, Olive I got the eARC from the publisher through Netgalley. All of the comments are mine and what I feel about the book..Hotel dare is a comic book about a diverse family. It was started by Darwin, Olive, and Charlotte's summer holiday in Hotel Dare owned by their very own grandmother Mama Lupe. Their first task was to help their grandma to clean the hotel. Mama Lupe had warned them to keep out of her office, but them with their curiosity went in to her office and did things that fascinated them, Olive with her organising skill, Darwin with his imagination, and Charlotte with her mechanical skill. Accidentally, they were sucked in to different portals with different worlds behind. Starting from that, their family history was unfolded one by one..The plot is well organised and interesting, sometimes the story puts me on the edge of my seat. Also, this book makes me wanting more. To know what will happen next as soon as possible. The characters are well developed, we can see their growth throughout the story. The places in the books are whole new worlds with unique characteristics..All in all, it is a good book for all ages, especially for middle graders. It taught you so many things about life and family. Thank you for writing this book, Terry!
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  • ☽¸¸.I am¸¸.•*¨ The ¸¸.•*¨*Phoenix¨*•♫♪ ☾
    January 1, 1970
    I want to thank NetGalley for sending me an advanced digital copy of this bookOlive has two adopted siblings, Darwin and Charlotte. All together, they are sent to their abuela to help her with managing her old hotel. What they don't know, is that the building hides much more than old furniture and dust: it might be that Hotel Dare is actually a very magical place.I am sorry to admit I didn't like this graphic novel very much: I was not into the story at all and, to be honest, I found it rather b I want to thank NetGalley for sending me an advanced digital copy of this bookOlive has two adopted siblings, Darwin and Charlotte. All together, they are sent to their abuela to help her with managing her old hotel. What they don't know, is that the building hides much more than old furniture and dust: it might be that Hotel Dare is actually a very magical place.I am sorry to admit I didn't like this graphic novel very much: I was not into the story at all and, to be honest, I found it rather boring. I appreciate the desire to tell a story about love in an adoptive family in which the siblings have different ethnic backgrounds, but that wasn't enough to keep we wanting to go on. The character design was actually really good, and it was probably my favourite thing in the volume. As for the art, it was appealing for the eye, but unfortunately not that original (I couldn't find any unique features that distinguish it from other contemporary comics). Overall, it wasn't bad but also not quite good. I am sorry for the negative review, and I still appreciated the possibility to read this as an advanced copy.
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  • Wayne McCoy
    January 1, 1970
    'Hotel Dare' by Terry Blas with art by Claudia Aquirre is a graphic novel about the importance of family, even if that family is from other worlds.Darwin, Charlotte and Olive find themselves spending a vacation at Grandma Lupe's hotel. Vacation here means cleaning the rooms. Along the way, they learn some strange secrets about the hotel. The rooms are portals to other dimensions with wizards and spaceships and carnivorous puffballs. They also find out that Grandma Lupe knows about this. They set 'Hotel Dare' by Terry Blas with art by Claudia Aquirre is a graphic novel about the importance of family, even if that family is from other worlds.Darwin, Charlotte and Olive find themselves spending a vacation at Grandma Lupe's hotel. Vacation here means cleaning the rooms. Along the way, they learn some strange secrets about the hotel. The rooms are portals to other dimensions with wizards and spaceships and carnivorous puffballs. They also find out that Grandma Lupe knows about this. They set out to help solve the biggest mystery.The story is just ok. It's a mystery door type story. I had a hard time feeling much for these characters. I didn't think the art was that great. I don't know why kid's books always get the short end on art. Also, one of the characters states she is queer, although I don't know why since that really goes nowhere in the story, and is basically stated in passing. I state it in case that is something you don't want in your kid's books.I received a review copy of this graphic novel from KaBOOM! and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review."Gravity Falls" meets "Coco" in this out-of-this-world adventure!Adopted siblings Olive, Darwin, and Charlotte Dare have been sent to spend time with their mysterious grandmother, Mama Lupe, whom their father isn't on the best of terms with. Mama Lupe lives in a run-down hotel in Mexico, and the three are quickly roped into cleaning the place up. However, Olive wants to know more about why her father and grandmother I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review."Gravity Falls" meets "Coco" in this out-of-this-world adventure!Adopted siblings Olive, Darwin, and Charlotte Dare have been sent to spend time with their mysterious grandmother, Mama Lupe, whom their father isn't on the best of terms with. Mama Lupe lives in a run-down hotel in Mexico, and the three are quickly roped into cleaning the place up. However, Olive wants to know more about why her father and grandmother don't get along. Could it have something to do with the mysterious portals that lead to other worlds in each of the hotel's rooms?A marvelous tale about found family--especially in relation to transracially adopting older kids--"Hotel Dare" is full of action, adventure, and magic. Beautifully illustrated and wonderfully written, I hope to see more from this duo and more adventures exploring alternate worlds.
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  • Meg
    January 1, 1970
    Hotel Dare is written by Terry Blas, and illustrated by Claudia Aguirre and for me, it was s pure delight! I loved every part of the story and especially the art. It tells the story of Olive and her adopted siblings Darwin and Charlotte who visit their grandma Lupé’s strange hotel for the summer but find themselves being transported into different mysterious worlds.The main point of the story is that family is important whether it's your own biological one or an adopted one. The worlds hiding be Hotel Dare is written by Terry Blas, and illustrated by Claudia Aguirre and for me, it was s pure delight! I loved every part of the story and especially the art. It tells the story of Olive and her adopted siblings Darwin and Charlotte who visit their grandma Lupé’s strange hotel for the summer but find themselves being transported into different mysterious worlds.The main point of the story is that family is important whether it's your own biological one or an adopted one. The worlds hiding behind the doors of the hotel are very interesting and fun to discover alongside the characters. The world building was spectacular for such a short story and the cast was wonderfully diverse. Overall this book offers a nice blend of fantasy and sci-fi suitable for every reader regardless of their age.*The book was provided to me from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.*
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