Graphic Novel Review: Hotel Dare

Hotel Dare by Terry Blas, Claudia Aguirre (Illustrations)
Rating: 4 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 144 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

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

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. 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.

A group of three siblings visits their estranged grandma and her hotel during the summer. Immediately, something tells everyone that the hotel isn’t some ordinary everyday hotel everyone stops by during their vacations, there’s something different about this one. Olive is the newest addition to the family and even she knows something is up. After settling in, the group stumbles upon different words through different doors and adventure awaits.

Although this is just a short story, a lot is still packed here. Each world has a different story, yet overall, it feels like one. Through each world, there were different characters, and most of them are fully developed, even likeable. I really liked the wizards’ world the best, and the space one was cool as well. Each world offered something different and teaches something different as well. It all works together to make one big story.

I do hope there is going to be a sequel to Hotel Dare due to the fact I think there could be more told. I definitely want to see what happens after the ending, and want to see more of the possibilities the hotel has to offer. This was a fun, quick read, and I hope for more.

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