Hotel Magnifique By Emily J. Taylor

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“Hotel Magnifique opened the door to a sumptuous and glittering world of magic and mysteries and left me enchanted. Perfect for fans of Caraval and The Night Circus.” –Erin A. Craig, New York Times bestselling author of House of Salt and Sorrows and Small Favors 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.
Pack a bag for Elsewhere & prepare to depart by midnight.Hotel Magnifique is wicked, stylish, and darkly whimsical. Sisterly love, romance, magic, mysteries, and secrets lurk within the legendary hotel. This story’s aesthetic and bizarre imaginations captivated me like a Tim Burton film. I liked how the hotel appeared in a new city every midnight. How the rooms were enchanted to change. Some of the characters were odd, dark, and enigmatic. The unraveling of the mystery surrounding the hotel was sad and heartbreaking. At the heart of the story is sisterly love, and home is wherever you are with the people you love.The first half was repetitive and, at times, disjointed for me. However, it kept me turning the pages, I loved how the prologue tied in and how it ended perfectly and happily as a standalone.His attention shifted to my mouth. “You know… I think I’m growing fond of your scowls.”• YA fantasy + standalone• French inspired fantasy world• the magic keeps getting more interesting & dark • strong sisterly love• found family• loathe to friends to lovers• a morally grey love interest• the banter between Jani & Bel• mystery & dark secrets• magical travelling hotel• one murderous/romantic bed YA sweet kisses
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)Hotel Magnifique begins as an escape. As two sisters who see the Hotel as a way to experience adventure, to find their ways eventually back home. And Jani will do anything to stay with her sister. From the beginning, it’s clear that Hotel Magnifique is a story about sisterhood. About what she will do to keep them together – us against the world. So when they enter the Hotel, Jani discovers that something sinister is wrong. That even as she’s exposted to a new world of magic, there’s something off about it.That while the magic is fascinating and whimsical, there’s also a danger to it. To the atmosphere in the hotel where there’s a wealth of magic, but also rules. The punishments that make it seem more like a nightmare of complacency and consequences. But in their wildest dreams, will Jani be able to stick with Zosa? Hotel Magnifique turns into a story about sacrifice. About fighting the odds and uncovering secrets for the ones we love.
I’ve never read Caraval or Night Circus, so this review will not reference either of those books.Hotel Magnifique had a lot of potential. A magical hotel that moves from city to city. A dark, sinister truth hidden under the magic. A sister bond and a beautiful love story. Somehow it never quite lives up to any of these ideas.Overall Hotel Magnifique was fine. But nothing really stands out. It’s Emily J. Taylor’s debut and as a debut, it’s pretty good. The magic in practice was decadent and beautiful, but it also didn’t feel fully explained. Or, more truly it felt overly convenient. The characters were fine. The plot, was definitely lacking. I finished this book 2 days ago and am already starting to forget what happened so that says a lot. I think it felt repetitive and like it dragged on. There’s also one very long info dump towards the end of the second act.I don’t know. I mean, it was fine. It read young and was a little tedious, but I could see where people might love it. I just didn’t.
I really enjoyed this book. I fell in love with all the characters and loved the entire concept of a magical hotel. Would definitely recommend!
This was so unusual and so intriguing it was amazing. The characters, especially the main heroine were so clearly drawn. An epic journey of self discovery and courage and magic
{3.5 stars}Another fabulous Chanel Cleeton novel which dives more deeply into the history of the Perez sisters. This time we get the eldest sister Isabel’s story as she heads to Barcelona to check on Beatriz’s unusual new hobbies. When she arrives she finds that her own life is wanting and she immerses herself in the new city, painting and dancing her way through it with Beatriz’s friend, Diego. They find themselves immersed in both local and Cuban politics where their lives are at risk several times. There is lots of action as well as an understanding of the roles women were forced to play and lives they were forced to live under the expectations of others. We see their mother Alicia’s sacrifices in the 1930’s and how that has echoed through the generations.I love all of Cleeton’s works but this one had the least for me in it. I wanted more passion and intrigue, that’s not to say that this story didn’t have it, but compared to The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba, this story felt light. I wanted more of Alicia’s story (maybe we’ll get that in a future book??) and Rosa’s story. Having all three stories in this one book but it only being 300 pages felt like we didn’t get the deep dives they all deserve. Of all the stories, this one felt the most like it could have been read as a standalone.

 

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