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Hotel Dare

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  46 reviews
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.


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. The
Paperback, 144 pages
Expected publication: June 11th 2019 by KaBOOM!
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✨Brithanie Faith✨
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
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
That was fun! Review to come after a reread.
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
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
Apr 01, 2019 rated it liked it
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 ...more
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley

This 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.
Jill Kenna
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
May 04, 2019 rated it liked 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
Mari Johnston
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
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
*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
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
"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.
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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!
Pop Bop
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This Book Contains Multitudes

This 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
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interest Level: 5-8

Imagine 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
The Book Consultant
I really enjoyed this! The story was engaging and entertaining, and the art was really beautiful!

Olive Dare and her two adopted siblings, Darwin and Charlotte, are spending the summer with their grandmother, Mama Lupe (who happens to live in a non-operating hotel). After some unauthorized snooping, the Dare siblings discover an amazing secret - opening certain doors of the hotel will take you to different worlds! Each sibling travels to a different world and inadvertently begins to collect puzzl
Arya Murdock
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
L'ho iniziato tanto per, solo perché mi ispirava molto la cover e devo dire che ne sono rimasta piacevolmente stupita!
In primis, ho adorato troppo i disegni: questo è lo stile che piace a me e poi i colori rendevano il tutto perfetto!
La storia, poi, è stata molto carina con questa faccenda dei "molti mondi" e con un gran pizzico di fantasy. Le creature erano la cosa più bella. ❤
Mi è dispiaciuto che fosse solo un unico volume e mi piacerebbe molto leggere altro di questi autori!

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
Kristie Elston
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
A heartwarming tale about learning who your real family can be. Olive and her adopted siblings Darwin and Charlotte are spending the summer with their estranged grandma in Mexico. Their grandma owns a creepy rundown hotel and they aren't entirely looking forward to fixing/cleaning it up. One day, the kids investigate the grandma's locked office and open up portals to new worlds. As Olive, Darwin and Charlotte undergo different journey's they begin to learn who their family truly is. Hotel Dare i ...more
Kaci Wilson
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First of all, thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this lovely comic a bit early!

What makes a family, and what lengths will one go to protect their loved ones? Hotel Dare explores the significance of these themes through the characters' adventures across multiple worlds, but what really sets this story apart from others is the diverse cast and the cultural references scattered throughout. The illustrations are warm and inviting, leaving a pleasant fuzzy
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This was a super interesting graphic novel. I absolutely loved the idea of it and the storyline.
I really liked all the characters but I feel like I didn’t get to know them very well. I feel like I say this a lot with graphic novels so maybe it’s just how they are, but I wish it went more in depth with both the story and the characters. I feel like everything happened boom boom boom and I was left feeling like I wanted more. But that is the only thing I disliked. It was still really fun and I wo
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher I was able to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Hotel Dare is a cute but fairly short graphic novel about 3 kids being sent to their grandmother’s hotel and discovering a secret about their family. Olive, Darwin, and Charlotte may not share blood but that’s not what makes family anyway they discover as they travel to distant worlds to save each other and new friends.
A fun, colorful, lively comic. It’s fairly fast paced and over before you kn
A beautifully illustrated graphic novel with mystery and humor and a deeper message about the bonds of family with this story focused on adopted families and belonging.

So when the family goes to visit a distant grandmother, they realize that there's magic inside the old house and the mask holds the key to traveling between these worlds. A fantastic adventure that has all of the elements of a great story with the illustrations and style as significant and substantial as the narrative.

Would like
Teresa Grabs
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
What an interesting graphic novel! Hotel Dare focuses on family by weaving four stories together to teach everyone just what family is and what it can do. For me, the pacing was too slow in the beginning and too fast at the end. It seemed everything was too convenient, but the story was still good. I would have loved to see more of the pirate's story though.

Thank you NetGalley and Boom! for the opportunity to read an advance reader copy.
Jessica Haider
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I won a copy of this book from a Book Riot giveaway.

A fun adventure filled graphic novel that is good for middle grade, young adults or adults. 3 kids are visiting their estranged grandmother at her run down hotel. The kids break into their grandmother's locked office and discover some mysterious artifacts. Soon after, they also discover portals to strange lands in 3 of the hotel rooms.
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. I was fortunate to read Terry's other graphic novel, Dead Weight: Murder at Camp Bloom through this site and thoroughly enjoyed it. This book was no exception, I enjoyed this one as well, the art is beautiful and you will enjoy the colourful cast of characters and what they will do for family. Terry if you're reading this, off topic, I so hope there is a second half to Dead Weight!
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read a digital copy of this book in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

The illustrations are fantastic and the concept behind the story was good, but I did not connect with the characters and it seemed very rushed. It could be so much better if it were expanded and had more backstory development and depth to the characters.
Glenn Rolfe
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved the message in this graphic novel. The art wok was good and the story was fun and heart-warming. A great bit of fantasy and and adventure. I was kind of hoping for some more scares, but this was a great surprise.

Deals with mixed families and being different. Great read for teens.

I give HOTEL DARE 4 stars!
Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to review.
Lillian Francis
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get a copy of this from Netgalley.

This was an excellent graphic novel with a diverse range of characters.
On the surface it's a tale of fantasy worlds, but it's main theme is the power of family, both born and chosen. It's also about belief in yourself and trust in others.
The story was entertaining and the artwork excellent.
Jelke Lenaerts

This was an absolutely beautiful graphic novel. I really liked the art style and the colouring of it. The story was also very interesting and I loved learning more about everything as the story continued. The cast of characters were also very interested and I loved following them. I just feel like this graphic novel was incomplete, like there was more to come. However, it is a stand-alone. It's just a bit dissapointing, because otherwise this would ha
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TERRY BLAS is an illustrator and writer based in Portland, Oregon. He is the writer behind the auto-bio comics Ghetto Swirl and You Say Latino (featured on NPR, OPB, and

Terry’s work has appeared in comics Bravest Warriors, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, Adventure Time, and Rick and Morty.

His first graphic novel, Dead Weight: Murder at Camp Bloom, is a murder myster
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