Disclaimer: I received this e-arc and finished copy from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.
Book: Hotel Magnifique
Author: Emily J. Taylor
Book Series: Standalone
Diversity: Bisexual love interest, Lesbian side character
Recommended For…: young adult readers, fantasy, magic, disappearing places that reappear somewhere else
Publication Date: April 5, 2022
Genre: YA Fantasy
Age Relevance: 14+ (death, parental death, grief, violence, gore, language, romance)
Explanation of Above: The book mentions the main character’s mother’s death and the grief of it is mentioned here and there throughout the book. There is violence in the form of physical blows and knives shown in the book, as well as blood gore and death. There are only a handful of curse words in the book and there is some romance in the book.
Synopsis: All her life, Jani has dreamed of Elsewhere. Just barely scraping by with her job at a tannery, she’s resigned to a dreary life in the port town of Durc, caring for her younger sister Zosa. That is, until the Hotel Magnifique comes to town.
The hotel is legendary not only for its whimsical enchantments, but also for its ability to travel—appearing in a different destination every morning. While Jani and Zosa can’t afford the exorbitant costs of a guest’s stay, they can interview to join the staff, and are soon whisked away on the greatest adventure of their lives. But once inside, Jani quickly discovers their contracts are unbreakable and that beneath the marvelous glamour, the hotel is hiding dangerous secrets.
With the vexingly handsome doorman Bel as her only ally, Jani embarks on a mission to unravel the mystery of the magic at the heart of the hotel and free Zosa—and the other staff—from the cruelty of the ruthless maître d’hôtel. To succeed, she’ll have to risk everything she loves, but failure would mean a fate far worse than never returning home.
Review: I really liked this read! It felt so much like Caraval, but with a Spirited Away feel to it. I loved the concept and I thought the magic was super interesting. The book had a great moral to it about “grass is greener” and it’ll definitely be a reread of mine. I also loved the character development and world building.
The only issue I had with the book is that the book was a little slow in the beginning, but it quickly sped up and the action was non-stop after that!
Verdict: It was amazing!