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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 cente 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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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 cente 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.

30 review for The Storm Runner

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rick Riordan

    Welcome to the Volcano! Zane Obispo has a pretty sweet life. Since last year, he’s been homeschooled, which means the other kids can’t pick on him anymore. He gets to spend a lot of his time out in the desert of New Mexico, wandering and exploring with his faithful boxer-dalmatian, Rosie. His mom loves him like crazy. His uncle Hondo is a fun housemate, even though he’s maybe a little too addicted to pro wrestling and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. As for the neighbors, Zane only has two: friendly Mr. Ort Welcome to the Volcano! Zane Obispo has a pretty sweet life. Since last year, he’s been homeschooled, which means the other kids can’t pick on him anymore. He gets to spend a lot of his time out in the desert of New Mexico, wandering and exploring with his faithful boxer-dalmatian, Rosie. His mom loves him like crazy. His uncle Hondo is a fun housemate, even though he’s maybe a little too addicted to pro wrestling and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. As for the neighbors, Zane only has two: friendly Mr. Ortiz, who grows top secret chile-pepper varieties in his garden, and Ms. Cab, who works as a phone psychic and pays Zane to help her out. What’s not to like? And did I mention the volcano in Zane’s backyard? That’s right. Zane has his very own volcano. He and Rosie spend a lot of time climbing around on it. Recently, they even found a secret entrance that leads inside. . . . Yep, life is good! Er, except that Zane was born with mismatched legs. One has always been shorter than the other, so he walks with a limp and uses a cane. He’s learning to deal, though, and is a crazy-fast hobbler. Oh, and also . . .Zane just got accepted to a new private school. He doesn’t want to go, but his mom is insisting. Class starts tomorrow. Then there’s the accident—Zane sees a small plane crash into the mouth of his volcano. He was close enough to glimpse the pilot’s face . . . and either it was a very good Halloween mask, or the pilot was an alien zombie monster. On top of all this, there’s a pretty new girl in town— Brooks—who warns Zane he’s in mortal danger. But Brooks doesn’t exist, according to the school records. And how does she know who he is, anyway? Soon, Zane discovers that nothing in his life is what he thought. There’s a reason he was born with a limp. There’s a reason he’s never met his father—a mysterious guy his mom fell in love with on a trip to the Yucatán. Something very strange is going on in Zane’s volcano, and Brooks claims it’s all tied to some ancient prophecy. How much do you know about the Maya myths? Did you know the Maya have a goddess of chocolate? (Dude, how come the Greeks don’t get a goddess of chocolate? No fair.) The Maya also have shape-shifters, demons, magicians, giants, demigods, and an underworld that may or may not be accessible from the back of a local taco shop. J. C. Cervantes is about to take you on a trip you will never forget, through the darkest, strangest, and funniest twists and turns of Maya myth. You will meet the scariest gods you can imagine, the creepiest denizens of the underworld, and the most amazing and unlikely heroes, who have to save our world from being ripped apart. Maya myth and magic is closer than you think. In fact, it’s right in our backyard. Welcome to the volcano. Welcome to The Storm Runner.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Nuckles

    This book was SO GOOD!!!!! Zane was absolutely adorable and had such a great voice, and although there’s so much more to be explored I learned so much about Mayan mythology that I didn’t know before. There was so much about this book that I loved and just can’t formulate into words now, but if you enjoy Rick’s books you guys definitely have to pick this one up! (ALSO: Hispanic AND Disabled rep?? I CANT SAY BETTER THINGS!) (This is not a huge spoiler, but I will warn those who are weary of these t This book was SO GOOD!!!!! Zane was absolutely adorable and had such a great voice, and although there’s so much more to be explored I learned so much about Mayan mythology that I didn’t know before. There was so much about this book that I loved and just can’t formulate into words now, but if you enjoy Rick’s books you guys definitely have to pick this one up! (ALSO: Hispanic AND Disabled rep?? I CANT SAY BETTER THINGS!) (This is not a huge spoiler, but I will warn those who are weary of these things that an animal does die in the beginning of the story. But, as with all middle grades I’ve read so far, things turn out okay in the end :) )

  3. 5 out of 5

    destiny ♎ [howling libraries]

    Mayan mythology, disabled rep, and this cover... thanks to the Rick Riordan Presents books, I'm pretty sure Rick is now the honorary Best White Dude Ever™, and I cannot wait for this book!

  4. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Prepare for a gush fest people because I LOVED this book! The Storm Runner is a new middle grade fantasy novel that is being published through the Rick Riordan Presents imprint. If you aren't aware, sort of the purpose of this imprint is to provide a stage for diverse voices to tell stories based upon myths and folklore from various cultures around the world. This book is based upon Mayan Mythology and is full of angry gods, magic, mythological creatures and a ton of action and adventure. Our main Prepare for a gush fest people because I LOVED this book! The Storm Runner is a new middle grade fantasy novel that is being published through the Rick Riordan Presents imprint. If you aren't aware, sort of the purpose of this imprint is to provide a stage for diverse voices to tell stories based upon myths and folklore from various cultures around the world. This book is based upon Mayan Mythology and is full of angry gods, magic, mythological creatures and a ton of action and adventure. Our main character, Zane Obispo, is a kid who has struggled a bit in his social life due to a limp caused by the fact that one of his legs is a little bit shorter than the other. Throughout school, Zane has had to deal with bullies and the feelings of inadequacy that can come when you feel like people are only seeing your faults, as opposed to the rest of you. Despite this, Zane is a sweet baby cinnamon roll who is full of good humor, love for his family and respect for his elders. I truly fell in love with Zane's character. I think he is an incredible role model for young readers and, heck, even adult readers. Not only is Zane a great character but he is surrounded by a whole flock of amazing side characters who bring humor, love, depth and drama to this adventurous tale. After witnessing a demon crash a plane into a volcano near his house, Zane ends up heading out on a quest to save the world with his new friend, Brooks (who also happens to be a shape-shifter) and his lovable Uncle, Hondo. Together these three battle scary enemies and plot incredible schemes to save all of humanity. Through his travels with his Uncle and friends, Zane discovers who he truly is and how powerful he can be. There was so much action in this book. Literally, scene after scene of edge of your seat moments that keep you glued to the pages long after 'lights out' time has come! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves middle grade stories and/or books based upon mythology. Additionally, I think this would be a great book for parents or guardians to read with the kids in their life. I think there are a lot of great discussions to be drawn from this book and a lot of fun that can be shared as well. Overall, this is a fantastic story that will leave you feeling like magic is not only possible, but real. Thank you so much to Rick Riordan presents and Disney Hyperion for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. It was such a wonderful experience, one I will be thinking about and dreaming about for some time to come. I really appreciate the opportunity and hope that this series is a big success and continues on! Initial Review: YEEESSSSSS! ARC received - this story sounds amazing - I cannot wait to dive in!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jocelyn

    okay but a Rick Riordan Presents series with a Mayan kid that uses a cane?! people should really be talking about this more

  6. 5 out of 5

    Fafa's Book Corner

    Mini review: Trigger warnings: None up until the point I read. DNF I received an E-ARC via Netgalley and Disney Book Group. However this review is based on the final version of the book. I was really excited when I heard about this book! And so happy when I got it on Netgalley. Unfortunately I didn't have the time to read it earlier. Then the final version released and I opted to read that. The beginning was pretty enjoyable. As the story continued I found the writing style a bit annoying. The Storm Mini review: Trigger warnings: None up until the point I read. DNF I received an E-ARC via Netgalley and Disney Book Group. However this review is based on the final version of the book. I was really excited when I heard about this book! And so happy when I got it on Netgalley. Unfortunately I didn't have the time to read it earlier. Then the final version released and I opted to read that. The beginning was pretty enjoyable. As the story continued I found the writing style a bit annoying. The Storm Runner was also too similar to Percy Jackson. It just didn't stand on it's own. Overall this wasn't for me. Still recommend.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    If you can read this, you've got magic in your blood. Only another godborn would be able to see the words on these last few pages. Which is why I took the risk to write down the whole truth. I was hoping to find you. Hoping I could trust you with the secret. If you wait long enough, your destiny will come knocking. Take it from me-- someday, when you least expect it, the magic will call to you." These are Zane's last words to his readers. After reading this I was legit emotional. I just kep If you can read this, you've got magic in your blood. Only another godborn would be able to see the words on these last few pages. Which is why I took the risk to write down the whole truth. I was hoping to find you. Hoping I could trust you with the secret. If you wait long enough, your destiny will come knocking. Take it from me-- someday, when you least expect it, the magic will call to you." These are Zane's last words to his readers. After reading this I was legit emotional. I just kept thinking that after young readers experience Zane's story and read these words they will think, "I am more than the some of my flaws", and that is such a POWERFUL message! And I loved the way the author switched to second person POV to really suck the reader even further into the story! I loved learning about the Maya mythology. It's so amazing that more authors are publishing books with diverse characters and diverse mythologies. I can't wait to read the next one. Not a full review just a quick summary of my initial thoughts after reading. This book is A M A Z I N G!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The countdown has begun and I am so excited to share Zane and crew with the world. I so hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it!

  9. 5 out of 5

    autumn

    i was really into this!! i thought the plot was just a touch overcomplicated and had more gore than i expected from a middle grade book, but overall very fun and exciting!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Renata

    ok so first of all: THE DOG DIES ((view spoiler)[but comes back as a hellhound so that's OK I GUESS (hide spoiler)] ) OVERALL this fits in the same formula as Rick Riordan's books and also the first RR Presents book, Aru Shah and the End of Time. I didn't love it as much as Aru Shah and I think a big part of it was this recurring subplot with Zane's two older neighbors, the seer Ms. Cab and the mortal gardener Mr. Ortiz, who kept persistently asking out Ms. Cab even though she kept saying no, and Z ok so first of all: THE DOG DIES ((view spoiler)[but comes back as a hellhound so that's OK I GUESS (hide spoiler)] ) OVERALL this fits in the same formula as Rick Riordan's books and also the first RR Presents book, Aru Shah and the End of Time. I didn't love it as much as Aru Shah and I think a big part of it was this recurring subplot with Zane's two older neighbors, the seer Ms. Cab and the mortal gardener Mr. Ortiz, who kept persistently asking out Ms. Cab even though she kept saying no, and Zane kept saying how much he admired how "persistent" Mr. Ortiz was about asking out Ms. Cab and I was like NO WAY MAN BACK OFF. ((view spoiler)[and then it fuckin worked and at the end Ms. Cab went out to dinner with Mr. Ortiz (hide spoiler)] ) That's not necessarily something that's going to be on the radar of most of the middle-grade kids reading this but still, seems like it's just contributing to some generally kind of gross background radiation. THAT ASIDE, hell ya disabled Latino kid going on fantasy adventures! The meat of the book is cool and the Mayan myths are definitely a compelling basis for Percy Jackson-style shenanigans.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dejanira Dawn

    I need to read this omg. I'm currently taking Mesoamerican archeology and we're learning about the Mayans!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Breanna

    ★★★★ Zane Obispo and his dog Rosie love to hike their volcano, even though Rosie only has three legs and Zane needs a cane to walk. Then a plane driven by a pilot demon crashes right by Zane’s head and he is thrown into a new and unknown world and a prophecy he doesn’t want to be a part of. This book is centered on Mayan mythology and is an amazing way to start learning about this new language. It has Gods and Giants and Magicians and Shape-Shifters. There are magical items that make you soul-trav ★★★★½ Zane Obispo and his dog Rosie love to hike their volcano, even though Rosie only has three legs and Zane needs a cane to walk. Then a plane driven by a pilot demon crashes right by Zane’s head and he is thrown into a new and unknown world and a prophecy he doesn’t want to be a part of. This book is centered on Mayan mythology and is an amazing way to start learning about this new language. It has Gods and Giants and Magicians and Shape-Shifters. There are magical items that make you soul-travel and some that look completely flawless. Also there’s a goddess of Chocolate who apparently makes the best hot chocolate healing juice ever, which sounds amazing but also I’m a human and completely normal so of course it would completely destroy me. Storm Runner is a fast paced, magical book following our characters as they fight demons and try to stop the world from ending. Obviously if you like Rick Riordan’s books or learning about mythology, this book would be perfect for you. And even if you don’t and you just like magical books that take place in the real world and follow a hero then you will also like this book. I will say that it was more serious than I was expecting, and didn’t have that normal Rick Riordan humor (which makes sense because it’s obviously not written by him). And it took me a couple of days to get into it, just because you were being introduced into the story. But this book was amazing. The characters were all unique and it was interesting to read about all of them. The way the book was written, aka the formatting was interesting, especially with it being an almost frame story (it’s sort of one but kind of not really cause you don’t see much of the frame). Also the ending was amazing. I thought I knew how it was going to end but I had absolutely no idea, and it left me really excited to read the next book. It was even better than I thought it was going to be. Definitely recommend!

  13. 4 out of 5

    ambsreads

    full review to come

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cori Reed

    This was so much fun! If you love Percy Jackson, definitely check this out!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kath (Read Forevermore)

    An arc of this book was sent to me by Disney Books/Rick Riordan Presents in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Rating: 4.5/5 The Storm Runner is quite the book. It has characters that are very likable and humorous. They easily grew on me and I found myself having favorites quite early on in the book. And a plus, there was an adorable dog in this book, who (view spoiler)[ dies! but comes back, don't worry! (hide spoiler)] This story fits among Rick Riordan's books, An arc of this book was sent to me by Disney Books/Rick Riordan Presents in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Rating: 4.5/5 The Storm Runner is quite the book. It has characters that are very likable and humorous. They easily grew on me and I found myself having favorites quite early on in the book. And a plus, there was an adorable dog in this book, who (view spoiler)[ dies! but comes back, don't worry! (hide spoiler)] This story fits among Rick Riordan's books, as well as the previous book in the RR Presents series, Aru Shah. It is an amazing, adventurous story with high stakes that kept me on the edge of my seat during the entire time reading this. I learned much about the Mayan myths and legends, which I found so fascinating and intriguing. I loved following the quest of Zane Obispo, a disabled Latino boy. I found the plot fast-paced, but still laying all of the information that is needed. I love all of the details to this book, and everything was described wonderfully. I felt like I was following along with this adventure as if I was in the book myself. Cervantes's writing style is definitely amazing, her prose is incredible. I found her imagination to be bright and vivid, and it definitely shows in this story. I also found the dialogue of this book to be HILARIOUS! I definitely recommend this book, it definitely seems like a middle grade to me, but it can be enjoyable to anyone and everyone of all ages. If you loved any of Rick Riordan's books, you will definitely love this one too!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lucia DiStefano

    THE STORM RUNNER, quite literally, has it all: characters you fall in love with (characters who are easy to root for, who are authentically human, who make you laugh and think and hold your breath…including the most endearing literary pooch I’ve encountered in a long while!); an amazing, high-stakes story that engages you from page one and keeps you guessing and holding onto your seat; and all that with a rich backdrop of fascinating, intriguing Maya myths and legends, expertly braided into Zane THE STORM RUNNER, quite literally, has it all: characters you fall in love with (characters who are easy to root for, who are authentically human, who make you laugh and think and hold your breath…including the most endearing literary pooch I’ve encountered in a long while!); an amazing, high-stakes story that engages you from page one and keeps you guessing and holding onto your seat; and all that with a rich backdrop of fascinating, intriguing Maya myths and legends, expertly braided into Zane Obispo’s compelling and twisty quest. The plot is delightfully fast-paced, nuanced, and surprising. The vivid details throughout call upon all your senses and really make you feel like you’re right there with Zane and the unique, memorable characters (human and non-human, too!) in his orbit, both friends and foes. And on the sentence level, Cervantes’s writing is consistently superlative. Her use of setting to enrich the story is as good as any I’ve ever seen (real-life settings as well as the settings that spring from her radiant imagination, which she ends up describing so expertly that they feel as real to me as places that you can find on a map!). And her dialogue, too, is second-to-none. I don’t make many guarantees in life, but I love this book so much that I am willing to make one now: this story and this prose and these characters are all so absorbing and so entertaining that it’s impossible to get bored while you’re reading. Really! I was one of the lucky few to have gotten the opportunity to read an advance reader’s copy, and it has only made me more excited about the book’s release, since I know there will be many happy kids (of all ages, even “kids” my age!) who find their way to this book. And best of all, we don’t have to be sad when we reach the end of THE STORM RUNNER, because there will be a Book Two of Zane’s story (THE FIRE KEEPER). Hooray!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Oda Renate

    OooOOOooo Nice cover!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lena

    IDUBFUEYDGDGWWIEJFG Rick Riordan presents is honestly one of the greatest things I have ever heard of, it literally made my day, evening, night, and probably my entire month I’m so happy

  19. 4 out of 5

    Irena

    I was never Miss-Know-It-All when it comes to mythology. I barely know basics about Greek mythology, know even less about Scandinavian one, and when it comes to Maya, before I came across this book, I had no idea it even exists. Here is what come books for, to make us learn, end even though I can’t say that I am an expert in Maya mythology after finishing The Storm Runner, I can say that I know at least little about it. The Storm Runner is a middle grade fantasy book that follows a 13 years old boy I was never Miss-Know-It-All when it comes to mythology. I barely know basics about Greek mythology, know even less about Scandinavian one, and when it comes to Maya, before I came across this book, I had no idea it even exists. Here is what come books for, to make us learn, end even though I can’t say that I am an expert in Maya mythology after finishing The Storm Runner, I can say that I know at least little about it. The Storm Runner is a middle grade fantasy book that follows a 13 years old boy Zane. Along with Zane, readers can discover gods, creatures and legends that are part of Maya mythology. This is own voices novel because the author’s origin, and it also represents diversity because our main character is Hispanic, and he is also disabled person (one of his legs is smaller then the other one). The story is written in first person, from Zane’s POV. I loved following Zane through the story, he was really interesting and had good sense of humour. I even laughed out loud couple of times, despite this not being a comedy. Discovering ancient Maya gods and legends was exciting, even though the names (as they are so much different from my native language) often made me confused, and I would forget who was who in a very short time. However, because the author did a good job in bringing us a story, it was easy to keep up. The characters of the book were fascinating and I can see them being someone’s favorite characters. I surely liked them, especially Zane. I can also easily imagine The Storm Runner being turned into movie or tv show. I’ve read some reviews for this novels that compare it to Percy Jackson saying it is very similar to it. Since I haven’t read that series yet, I can’t tell you if that is the case, but I can tell you that the atmosphere in the book did remind me of the second Percy Jackson movie (and I love those movies, in case you didn’t know (and yes, I know it’s an unpopular opinion)). I would recommend this book to fans of middle grade and young adult fantasy, but also to everyone who’d like to read a story that talks about Maya mythology. Since this is a middle grade book, it will be easy to follow to everyone who know nothing about it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Anniek

    Middlegrade novels are pretty much guaranteed to be fun if Rick Riordan is involved, and this didn't disappoint! I really enjoyed reading about Mayan mythology, as I previously knew next to nothing about it, and Zane was a very lovable main character.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lilly (Lair Of Books)

    6/13/2018: My heart skipped beats when I saw this book advert in my inbox & read the blurb...Legends, Myths, Fables/ Caribbean & Latin American?!?! YES PLEASE! the well runs deep with Latinx & Caribbean stories, LOVE seeing Own Voices authors sharing our myths & fables with the world <3 <3 <3!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Hewitt

    This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction There’s a whole lot to love about this little gem of a book. It’s an action-packed introduction to a little-known mythological system that features a hispanic, disabled MC. This sounds like a lot of rep and you might be wondering if the inclusion of the disability might seem like too much, but it’s all woven together seamlessly and given its due weight. What Fed My Addiction: Maya mythology. I knew absolutely nothing abo This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction There’s a whole lot to love about this little gem of a book. It’s an action-packed introduction to a little-known mythological system that features a hispanic, disabled MC. This sounds like a lot of rep and you might be wondering if the inclusion of the disability might seem like too much, but it’s all woven together seamlessly and given its due weight. What Fed My Addiction: Maya mythology. I knew absolutely nothing about Maya mythology going into this, and the book made me want to delve into it and learn more. I hope it encourages many kids to do the same! Of course, we only get a taste of the mythology in this book, but we’re introduced to some of the major gods and we learn about several of the myths associated with them. And, of course, it’s all done in a really fun and engaging way as we’re led on Zane’s quest to save humanity. Disability rep. Zane’s disability is eventually proven to be his greatest strength! I won’t tell you all the details because I don’t want to spoil things, but his too-short leg is actually his tie to his mythological father, and it is the source of his true power. I loved that Zane didn’t end up “overcoming” his disability—it didn’t go away—he just learned that it was an essential part of him. Fabulous pacing and engaging characters. This is the type of book that keeps you turning the pages. I was fully invested in Zane’s journey, and I loved the ragtag group of crazy people who joined him along the way! (I think Hondo, his wrestling-loving uncle, was my favorite—and I loved that Hondo sort of found himself on this quest as well). The ending. The final page of the book actually sent shivers down my spine (not kidding) because it was so perfect. What a fantastic way to get kids invested in the series!!!! What Left Me Hungry for More: You’ve probably read similar books. It’s been a very long time since I’ve read Riordan’s Lightning Thief Series, but I feel like this has a lot of similarities—just using Maya mythology instead of Greek. And honestly, some of the plot points were predictable. But the whole story was told in such an engaging way that I didn’t mind having a good idea how a lot of it was going to play out. So far, the Rick Riordan Presents imprint has been a total win for me. I can’t wait to read more! ***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    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 to 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. 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!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Falkenstein

    I liked it, I'm interested in checking out the next book

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alex Salmeron

    I was so hyped for this book and I loved it!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie (A Backwards Story)

    "Are you understanding what I'm telling you, Storm Runner? You are the storm. And the storm is you." ~THE STORM RUNNER This past spring, I read and fell in love with the first title under the Rick Riordan Presents umbrella, ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME by Roshani Chokshi. It's one of my favorite middle-grade releases of the year, and if you haven't read it yet, hopefully my review will encourage you to do so! THE STORM RUNNER by J.C. Cervantes came out last week and is another series starter in th "Are you understanding what I'm telling you, Storm Runner? You are the storm. And the storm is you." ~THE STORM RUNNER This past spring, I read and fell in love with the first title under the Rick Riordan Presents umbrella, ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME by Roshani Chokshi. It's one of my favorite middle-grade releases of the year, and if you haven't read it yet, hopefully my review will encourage you to do so! THE STORM RUNNER by J.C. Cervantes came out last week and is another series starter in the line. I am obsessed with the fact that Disney and Riordan put together this imprint, hired diverse writers who grew up with the myths from their own cultures, and are now turning out these incredible novels. ARU SHAH had all of the questing and the way ordinary objects and places can transform into something entirely different that I loved so much in the Percy Jackson series. THE STORM RUNNER has all the snark and mysterious people who are more than they appear. Oh, and Brooks reminds me a lot of Annabeth, so PJ fans will really embrace her! Also, something that's completely spoilery that happens toward the end that throws me back all the way to THE LIGHTNING THIEF in the most endearing way! The new series centers around Mayan mythology and stars Zane Obispo. Zane is an ordinary kid...mostly. He doesn't have a lot of friends; they think he's a freak because one leg is shorter than the other and he has to use a cane. But he has his own volcano in his backyard, so that has to count for something, right? One night, he is the sole witness to a plane crashing into his volcano, causing a massive explosion. But who would believe him if he said he saw an alien-like creature pretending to be a pilot? Especially when they can't find the plane? Next, the most beautiful girl he's ever seen starts following him around--and pretty girls never talk to him. She knows way more about what's going on than she's letting on, and somehow, myths that were always just fiction seem to be true. War is on the horizon, and Zane is about to find out he's standing in the eye of the storm... There are so many amazing talking points in THE STORM RUNNER. First off: Zane is disabled! We very rarely see disabled heroes having amazing adventures and being able to save the world. Zane is going to be a hero to so many kids and help them see that their disability doesn't definite them. Next up: the adults! So many books for kids and teens have kids going off to explore on their own, or questing on their own. While THE STORM RUNNER could have easily gone this way because Zane doesn't confide in his mother, he finds an unlikely ally in his Uncle Hondo. I LOVE that Hondo believes Zane despite being completely human and ordinary. I love that he instantly offers up his savings and takes Zane and the mysterious Brooks on a quest. He is one of my favorite characters in the book, a true stand-out. I also think the fact that part of Zane's quest involves saving his beloved dog, who perishes trying to save him, will appeal to kids who love books featuring animals. This isn't one of those "the dog dies at the end of the book" books. Instead, the dog dies toward the beginning, but its soul can still be reclaimed, so kids will be rooting for a reunion! Mayan Mythology is introduced seamlessly, and I came out of the novel knowing so much more than I went into it with. For example, did you know there's a goddess of chocolate? Delicious! These gods and goddesses are more brutal than the Greek gods readers were introduced to in Percy Jackson. It's spoilery to talk to much about them and their goals, but will really heighten the suspense for readers! Going into THE STORM RUNNER, I wasn't sure if it was a series or a stand-alone. I thought it was a series, but it wasn't marked as such online. But one book just isn't enough to seep oneself into another culture and, thankfully, there will be at least one book in the series. I was so desolate as the book came to a close--this can't end here; I want more--and then the final segment alleviated all of my fears. I'm already eager to hold the sequel in my hands next fall!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Zemaitis

    The Storm Runner By J.C. Cervantes (received e-copy from NetGalley) Wow! This book is going to be very popular among my middle school students! The main character is very well developed and the book has so many twists and turns that really keep you on the edge of your seat. The author’s style is similar to Riordan’s to give you that familiarity that we all love about Percy, but it is unique in its own right. While some readers may critique these similarities, they need to take a deeper look and r The Storm Runner By J.C. Cervantes (received e-copy from NetGalley) Wow! This book is going to be very popular among my middle school students! The main character is very well developed and the book has so many twists and turns that really keep you on the edge of your seat. The author’s style is similar to Riordan’s to give you that familiarity that we all love about Percy, but it is unique in its own right. While some readers may critique these similarities, they need to take a deeper look and realize that the author is paying respect to Riordan who really made this mythology genre popular. Note: My professional goal for this year is to read 50+ diverse books. As I attempt to read and review these books, I will be answering the following questions for each book: Brief plot summary - Zane is a boy who is homeschooled because other kids have bullied him. One of his legs is shorter than the other one causing him to walk with a cane, and he is a bit down in life until a mysterious girl enters. Everything he has ever known about the world and his life changes as he learns that Mayan myths are real. How is the book diverse? The author and the characters are nonwhite. The main character also has a physical disability. Opinion & reason for rating - This book deserves five stars! I have read many books in the mythology genre, and this is one of the best. The Lightning Thief has been my favorite one for over a decade, and I even had the opportunity to teach the book for multiple years. Please know that I do not say this lightly, but The Storm Runner is a close second to The Lightning Thief. Zane is a fun and likeable character and the plot is very well developed. One reason this book is so strong is because it has great secondary character that are complex and sympathetic characters. In addition, the gods, supernatural being, etc. are interesting and unique, and the way she introduces the reader to this world is very exciting. Cervantes does a great job explaining the basics of the gods and their creation story as well as interweaving multiple myth-based stories, which will give everyone a greater knowledge base in Mayan mythology. How does the book impact me personally? I absolutely love Greek mythology and tend to shy away from the other types of mythology. However, the author introduced Mayan mythology in such an interesting and easy way, which has made me excited about other cultures. The personalities and various types of the gods (there is a god of chocolate!) also opened me up to new thinking as I read, and it gave me a broader view of our world. This book matters because it allows students and adults to view the world through a new lens and become more empathetic human beings. How will the book impact my teaching? This book has given me the knowledge and confidence to explore Mayan mythology so that I can incorporate some stories into my brief unit on mythology. I tend to focus on Greek mythology, so now I am ready to read more about Mayan mythology and teach about something new. Incorporating Mayan mythology into my lessons will then expose my students to new ideas in literature and get them to take risks in their reading and thinking. Why does this book matter? This book matters because it allows students and adults to view the world through a new lens and become more empathetic human beings. I would recommend this book to fans of Rick Riordan and anyone looking to explore the world past the Greek myths.

  28. 5 out of 5

    joana

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. "Part human? "Yes," Ms. Cab said. "Your father is a supernatural. And your leg? Its defective for one reason only. Supernaturals and humans don't mix-- it often ends badly. Bum legs, terrible eyesight, missing fingers or toes, anger-management issues." An adventure based on Maya mythology about a protagonist with a physical disability? Sign me up! Zane Obispo has a disability, he has mismatched legs as one is shorter than the other. Yet see that title again: storm RUNNER. This is probably the best "Part human? "Yes," Ms. Cab said. "Your father is a supernatural. And your leg? Its defective for one reason only. Supernaturals and humans don't mix-- it often ends badly. Bum legs, terrible eyesight, missing fingers or toes, anger-management issues." An adventure based on Maya mythology about a protagonist with a physical disability? Sign me up! Zane Obispo has a disability, he has mismatched legs as one is shorter than the other. Yet see that title again: storm RUNNER. This is probably the best thing about this book: the representation. Zane's disability wasn't his weakness, it was his strength. His disability was not a burden, it was a sign that he can be someone great, that he is a hero. I'll leave the rest of this review hidden because of possible spoilers. However, I implore you to go read the book and see it for yourself!! (view spoiler)[ I don't often give low ratings here in goodreads, probably because (1) if I don't like the book from its very first chapters I either drop it already so no rating since I didn't finish, or (2) I generally turn away from books who are simply getting too many bad reviews. I'll say this simply: this book disappointed me. Let me break it down to a few points: I. The characters. Zane is not likable. In fact, he is incredibly and annoyingly rash and (I don't want to use this word but) stupid. Let's make a comparison here. Percy (yes, from the PJO books) does a lot of stupid things, he does a lot of stupid decisions. But often if not always, his actions aren't really stupid, more of surprising or unconventional. Either way, the stupid things he did actually help him a lot because they always end up being successful. Now. Zane is on another level. He stressed me out, several times that I actually wanted to drop this book already. The unfortunate events that happened in the book did not even need to happen at all. This is the crazy part- they can be easily prevented if not for Zane's decisions. I'll give a few examples: 1. Brooks. Zane trusted her immediately after seeing her like twice? Nevermind that he doesn't even know who the hell this girl is. Why? Because Brooks is pretty. Way to go, Zane! 2. Zane loves his dog Rosie so much but nooo he did not think twice in entering a volcano again even though he saw a possibly dangerous monster inside before. Because why not? Brooks says they have to go in (see 1.) Nevermind that they are not prepared at all! And that they are actually discussing all the important details (like the monster that Zane saw is actually a demon runner out to harm him WHICH IS PROBABLY ALSO STILL THERE INSIDE) while they are going further in the volcano. I don't know, Brooks? Maybe talk about it before you guys go in just so Zane has an idea?? Being mysterious (which I think is the quality that the author wanted the readers to feel about Brooks,) right now is not a cool (it actually just annoyed me) thing to do. And so Rosie was killed by a demon runner. Wow! Shocking. 3. I think most who read this book totally agree that Zane did not need to do that pledge. I don't need to explain why. Also, I am pretty sure that Rosie wouldn't want her owner and beloved friend to sacrifice his life for her. It annoys me very much every time Zane says "Brooks saved my life!" because (Are you kidding me?) she's totally the reason why your life was endangered in the first place and why Rosie died. But what am I saying, everyone will not think it twice and just carelessly enter a place even though inside are monsters that can harm (kill) you. Who cares? You're with a pretty girl! II. The writing style I enjoyed Aru Shah and the End of Time a looot! I love that book. Cervantes is probably trying to have the same audience with Riordan's books. There's nothing wrong with that, Riordan is basically using his influence to promote these diverse books on the same readers that love his works. But I don't think Cervantes did it right. Aru Shah has a totally different vibe with the PJO books and I absolutely loved it. The Magnus Chase trilogy, even within the same universe, has a totally different vibe with PJO. In the Storm Runner, I awfully keep on feeling a downgraded version of Percy's narrative through Zane. The sarcasm is off, sometimes the humor is off too. And with the characterization (see I.), I think it just reflects poorly on the author if your characters will make such bad decisions just so the plot will flow. Am I gonna read the second book? I will try. The Storm Runner is not a bad book. It contains the right elements, I think the author just did not play it right. I hope all of you have a better reading experience. (hide spoiler)]

  29. 4 out of 5

    Zachary Flye (Zach's YA Reviews)

    Review: Protagonist: Zane Obispo was born with one leg shorter than the other, thus he has to use a cane and limps around. Still, he likes going hiking on the volcano in his backyard with his three-legged dog Rosie. That is until one day he meets a girl named Brooks who tells him that he's the catalyst for an ancient prophecy that will lead to the release of Ah Puch, the Mayan god of death, darkness, and destruction. From there, Zane is pulled into a world of magic, gods, and secrets as he tries Review: Protagonist: Zane Obispo was born with one leg shorter than the other, thus he has to use a cane and limps around. Still, he likes going hiking on the volcano in his backyard with his three-legged dog Rosie. That is until one day he meets a girl named Brooks who tells him that he's the catalyst for an ancient prophecy that will lead to the release of Ah Puch, the Mayan god of death, darkness, and destruction. From there, Zane is pulled into a world of magic, gods, and secrets as he tries to make sure that Ah Puch doesn't end up destroying the world and those he loves along with it. I really love the character of Zane. He's not your run into danger first, ask questions later kind of protagonist, in fact, he asks quite a lot of questions, even when he probably shouldn't. He's apprehensive to go into danger, but he's kind and loyal and would face down any number of villains to protect those he loves. He can get a bit angsty and broody as the story unfolds, but it never felt unwarranted or forced in any way, it all felt like a natural extension of the story. World Building: So, I'm just going to level with you, I knew next to nothing about Mayan mythology going into this story. Still, the world built in this story, the mix of modern day with ancient Mayan lore, felt so rich and vibrant. I'm not going to sit here and claim to have learned a great deal of Mayan mythology from this story because at the end of the day that's what it is, a story, and the mythology was used to enhance the story, not the other way around. There's still a lot to learn about Mayan gods, monsters, and magic and I loved every minute of it, but I can still feel there's a lot more to learn. In regards to the pacing of this book, well that's the only place I personally had a problem, and it's not even a big problem, see the pacing and story structure for this book ended up being very different than I had expected and so when things weren't unfolding at the rate I had expected them to, I had to adjust and get used to it, which took a little time, but in the end was completely worth it. Again, that might only have been a problem for me. Predictability: As I said, since the story structure and pacing were different than expected, well, things didn't exactly go how I thought they would regardless. Looking back on the book as I whole, I can't remember predicting many of the twists that happened, save one or two that weren't that big. There are some mysteries that had a lot of build up, like who Zane's father is, maybe those with more knowledge of Mayan mythology could have guessed it before the reveal, but I certainly didn't know, and those mysteries were a lot of fun because you know a reveal is coming and having those questions finally answered is always so satisfying. Ending: The ending of this book is pretty evil. The final climax didn't quite go down how I expected it to, but it was a very intense scene brimming with excitement and action, then there's the cooldown period before the epilogue/postscript, which would have included a very, VERY evil cliffhanger if not for the epilogue. The epilogue plays out as a final cooldown, tying up quite a few loose ends while hinting at, and sometimes straight up announcing, how the sequel will be set up without leaving a whole lot of room for that need for the next installment. Rating: I love this book so much, even with the pacing/story structure issue I faced, once I got a feel for the story everything was as right as rain and I could barely put this book down. If you're looking for a fun Middle-Grade adventure, a story with a disabled (Differently abled? Seriously, can someone help me out I'm not sure of the correct terminology) protagonist, and a rich and vibrant mythological tale, then look no further!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ric

    I enjoyed this, but it was basically Percy Jackson all over again. A boy who doesn’t know he’s part god until a beautiful and all around superior girl comes into his life and tells him of a prophecy that he’s the center of? And he’s a child of one of the most powerful gods? And the god of war is a biker and there’s a building that has floors that aren’t accessible unless you’re some sort of demigod? And everyone intentionally gives him as little information as possible? Look, it was good and I r I enjoyed this, but it was basically Percy Jackson all over again. A boy who doesn’t know he’s part god until a beautiful and all around superior girl comes into his life and tells him of a prophecy that he’s the center of? And he’s a child of one of the most powerful gods? And the god of war is a biker and there’s a building that has floors that aren’t accessible unless you’re some sort of demigod? And everyone intentionally gives him as little information as possible? Look, it was good and I really had a good time reading this, but there’s way too many similarities to PJO for it to just go unnoticed. Zane and Brooks were good characters (no Percy and Annabeth, though nobody can be) and they made the story a lot of fun. I’ll continue through the series, but it was basically Percy Jackson: Mayan Edition.

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