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Hotel Dare

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  614 ratings  ·  195 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. Th
Paperback, 144 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by KaBOOM!
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Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
This was really fun! Equal parts Coco and Fablehaven , this is definitely a story about how family goes beyond biology and love can be complicated. I will say I was expecting a bit more spookiness with the hotel, but it’s a fun dimension hopping adventure that I think a lot of kids will really enjoy. I would have adored this when I was a middle grade kid.

Representation: the entire family is Latinx and the story is initially set in a hotel in Mexico. Charlotte is adopted and Olive self-identi
Schizanthus Nerd
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
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 L
✨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
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I want to thank NetGalley for sending me an advanced digital copy of this book

Olive 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
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
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This world-hopping adventure story for kids teaches an awesome lesson about the importance of family. Family isn't about being biologically's about who you trust and who makes you feel loved and valued. Three teens go to visit their Grandma Lupe in her run-down, mysterious, old hotel. They discover a secret that sends them into several different magical fantasy worlds. Space pirates. Wizards. Aliens. This book has a little bit of everything!

I loved this story! The teens are learnin
Emily (Obsessed Reader)
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

We stan diverse characters and a diverse family!
This was SUCH a great adventure from beginning to end that I could not put down.
Some things were confusing at first, but it all wrapped up really nicely.
I really want more of this series very soon! Also the artwork is definitely worth mentioning - it was absolutely electric, so colorful, and totally eye catching. Loved all of it!
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
★★★★,5 | The many doors to finding a family.

Hotel Dare is a story about the family of Dares -- related by blood or acquired by other means. When three siblings visit their grandma in Mexico they stumble upon a certain family secret which will bring them on an adventure as well as bring them together.

It's a hilarious exploration of family relations -- growing together and apart and together again. The secrets and magic and Aztec beliefs all tie together in a magnificent way and nothing seems out
Hotel Dare was truly BEAUTIFUL--and I mean that in every aspect. The illustrations are vivid and so colorful, the story is incredibly unique and fun, and the characters are diverse and original. Set in a hotel whose rooms transport entrants to fantastical worlds, the Dare siblings learn the importance of family--even adoptive family--as well as friendship and love.
Francina Simone
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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?!
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.
Rafaela (dragonsandpaperbacks)
Firstly, I want to thank the publishers BOOM!Studios and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This will be a spoiler-free review.

Hotel Dare is a heartwarming tale of adventure and family, and I really enjoyed it.

It tells the story of the siblings Olive, Darwin, and Charlotte who are going to spend the summer with their grandma, Mama Lupe. They're expecting it to be boring, but what starts as a chore, turns into a journey into different world
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
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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
Rebecca Reviews
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Hotel Dare is a good and diverse read with great artwork, family feelings, and magical adventures. I would definitely support Terry Blas and Claudia Aguirre again. However, there is too much happening in this book and I really wish the plot and characters were better developed.

Adopted siblings Olive, Darwin, and Charlotte are spending the summer with their estranged grandmother Mamá Lupe. The kids are stuck inside doing chores at her creepy hotel. However, thanks to inquisitive Charlotte who is
I received a copy from BOOM! Studios through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

When Olive, Darwin, and Charlotte are dropped off at their Mamá Lupe’s place, they are quickly put to work. Of course, cleaning the creepy old hotel their grandmother lives in is not how they expected to spend their summer. One day, Mamá Lupe tells them to continue cleaning while she’s out and gives them strict instructions not to go near her office. Ignoring her grandma, Charlotte picks the lock and explores
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: x2019, digital
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 ...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
Lauren Paletta
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Magic, technology, fantasy lands, even the land of the dead!? This story had it all. Even real life family issues that morphed, melted and healed to create a diverse, unique story. This was just wonderful!
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
I thought the story was very engaging and I loved the art style. From the moment I picked up the book I was hooked until the very last page. Look forward to finding more about the Dare family!!
I thought I was gonna like this more, the story was promising but there is too much happening that I couldn't actually get into the story. While I was reading, it felt like some pages were missing, the panels changed really wierdly and that pulled me out of the story. The travelling though dimensions was a really good touch tho as I'm always in for parallel universes.
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my god! This graphic novel made me so happy. I loved reading all of it. The story is amazing, the characters are amazing and the worlds are just amazing!
Kelly Schnorrbusch
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 poin
The artwork is incredible, and honestly if this storyline had just been fleshed out over the course of two or three volumes, it would probably be 4 or even 5 stars for me. I just feel like Blas tried to fit too much plot into one volume.
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is delightful, and I'd like to stay at that hotel.
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
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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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