The Storm Runner / Lair of Dreams Reviews

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Zane has always enjoyed exploring the dormant volcano near his home in New Mexico, even though hiking it is challenging. He’d much rather hang out there with his dog, Rosie, than go to middle school, where kids call him Sir Limps a Lot, McGimpster, or Uno — for his one good leg. What Zane doesn’t know is that the volcano is a gateway to another world and he is at the center of a powerful prophecy.

A new girl at school, Brooks, informs him that he’s destined to release an evil god from the ancient Maya relic he is imprisoned in — unless she can find and remove it first. Together they return to the volcano, where all kinds of crazy happens. Brooks turns into a hawk, a demon attacks them in a cave, and Rosie gives her all while trying to protect Zane. When Zane decides to save his dog no matter the cost, he is thrust into an adventure full of surprising discoveries, dangerous secrets, and an all-out war between the gods, one of whom happens to be his father. To survive, Zane will have to become the Storm Runner. But how can he run when he can’t even walk well without a cane?

Feisty heroes, tricky gods, murderous demons, and spirited giants are just some of the pleasures that await in this fresh and funny take on Maya mythology, as rich and delicious as a mug of authentic hot chocolate.

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I think for those that haven’t read Percy Jackson, this could be a really good read. However, the formula of the story really followed almost too much like PJ. So while the story was enjoyable, it felt a little too much like a Percy story, that it was hard to stop drawing comparisons and not find some parts lacking.

The other issue that I had was the characters. There were some characters that I enjoyed – Hondo and Zane’s neighbors – but I really never connected with Zane or Brooks. They felt too distant for me, and I would squint at them, going, but do I really feel anything for you??? Brooks felt like far too much of a mystery for me that never really materialized into an answer.

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Belle is allllll about the mythology.

There were some things that I did love, and the biggest part of it was the Mayan mythology. The way that Cervantes wove in the tales and mythology was amazing. It was so enchanting, and I felt like I was transported into another world. I loved every second of it, and Cervantes did such such such an amazing job.

I also enjoyed the humor and spark that was brought to it. Cervantes had some great lines in the story, and it was light and dark and fun all the same time. Cervantes also created a diverse book with a main character having a shorter leg than his other and lots of Hispanic rep. The pacing got a little slow or dwindling at parts, but Cervantes would bring it back with a fun little spark.

3 crowns and a Belle rating!

three-stars

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After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to “read” objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners’ abilities…
Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?

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I think like a really high 3 crowns???? Like some parts were 5 crowns but this book was 500 years long so I forgot those moments.

There were things that I really enjoyed, and if I was a true Disney princess, I would sing about them in a musical number that was accompanied by adorable woodland creatures. Since I am not, I shall just list them in semi comma form: the mood the mood the mood; Henry and Ling aka the Dynamic Dreaming Duo who are the besttttttttttttt (separate and together); more characterization for dear, beloved Sam; Man in the Stovepipe Hat who just sat there like the creepy creeper he is; did I mention the atmosphere; the fact this book is 500 years long and I still rather enjoyed it; the whole ending sequence was amazingggggg; and creepy ghosts being creepy ghosts.

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Oh, look, another Belle!

Things that I wouldn’t include in the song because I didn’t have as much joy in my heart about it: wasn’t feeling as strongly about the main main characters in the first novel (hello, Memphis, to remind everyone since I swear you were only in this book for a hot second) since I didn’t quite vibe all of their decisions; the dream plot was good but I didn’t think it was great since it seemed like we would forget about the urgency/importance of it; I felt like it lost a little bit of spooks; and there were a few other things that I didn’t fully connect with overall.

3 crowns, a Belle rating, and I need book 3 in my life right this very instant.

three-stars

What do you think? Do you like creepy novels? Or do you stay far away from them? Let’s discuss in the comments below!

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4 thoughts on “The Storm Runner / Lair of Dreams Reviews

  1. I agree with you on Storm Runner. But I also felt the same way about Aru Shah too. I feel like both these books under the Rick Riordan imprint follow the Percy Jackson format almost to an indistinguishable degree, meaning, they end up not feeling as unique as they truly are. I loved the Mayan mythology, and I really enjoyed the humor as well. I felt like Cervantes did a great job and really did have some great lines that made it (for me) stand out against Percy Jackson.

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