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Hotel Magnifique

Rating: 5 out of 5.


TITLE:  Hotel Magnifique 

AUTHOR: Emily J. Taylor

PUBLISHER: Razorbill Books (PenguinTeen)
RELEASE DATE: April 5, 2022

GENRES: YA Fantasy



Decadent and darkly enchanting, this lavish YA fantasy debut follows seventeen-year-old Jani as she uncovers the deeply disturbing secrets of the legendary Hotel Magnifique.

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.


This book was utterly captivating. From the magical hotel to the very story itself I was sucked in immediately. I have three sisters and would do practically anything to save them which is exact what happens in this story. Dangerous secrets, twists and turns, dark elements, and romance make this an All consuming fantasy story you will not be able to put down. From the moment the sisters ener these gorgeous halls of this mysterious hotel there is danger all around them. What is really going on in this hotel? What dark secrets will be uncovered?

The end feels slightly rushed with a reveal all the secrets in one swift blow kind of feel. I would have loved for these to have come a little slower and more drawn out. But that may be because I was not ready to leae this world just yet.

All in all I highly recommend this book!


Emily J Taylor was born and raised in California and has since refused to stay put. She’s lived in four states and two continents, all of which have conveniently given her an endless amount of story fodder. She currently works as a creative director in Minneapolis, where she spends the long winters dreaming up glittering worlds to spin into dark tales.  

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