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For fans of Caraval and The Night Circus, this decadent and darkly enchanting YA fantasy, set against the backdrop of a Belle Époque-inspired hotel, 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 For fans of Caraval and The Night Circus, this decadent and darkly enchanting YA fantasy, set against the backdrop of a Belle Époque-inspired hotel, 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.


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For fans of Caraval and The Night Circus, this decadent and darkly enchanting YA fantasy, set against the backdrop of a Belle Époque-inspired hotel, 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 For fans of Caraval and The Night Circus, this decadent and darkly enchanting YA fantasy, set against the backdrop of a Belle Époque-inspired hotel, 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.

30 review for Hotel Magnifique

  1. 5 out of 5

    Elle

    My first impression after reading blurbs and the synopsis was that Hotel Magnifique was essentially The Night Circus, but make it ✨hotel✨. And for the first third or so it was pretty much exactly that. Two sisters, Jani and Zosa, are trying to escape their difficult lives in the town of Durc, and finally get the opportunity to when the famous, magical Hotel Magnifique makes an appearance. They each take jobs in the hotel, which is as bizarre as it is enchanting, and can hardly believe they could My first impression after reading blurbs and the synopsis was that Hotel Magnifique was essentially The Night Circus, but make it ✨hotel✨. And for the first third or so it was pretty much exactly that. Two sisters, Jani and Zosa, are trying to escape their difficult lives in the town of Durc, and finally get the opportunity to when the famous, magical Hotel Magnifique makes an appearance. They each take jobs in the hotel, which is as bizarre as it is enchanting, and can hardly believe they could be so lucky. I’d read The Night Circus years ago and while I enjoyed it I wasn’t super interested in reading a re-hash of it. As a result the beginning of this story was kind of boring for me. Eventually, though, the book took a darker turn, with everything that glittered before starting to look a little more nefarious under a different light. For the next two-thirds of the novel the author relished prying off the story’s shiny paneling to reveal the rot hiding beneath. And at first I really loved this too, but after a while even that started to take on a repetitive quality. I don’t want to get too into the specifics of what went on, but for the most part we followed Jani and her attempts to uncover secrets of the hotel and its employees. I liked a lot of pieces of the story, but some of how it was fitted together didn’t quite make a complete whole for me. The magic veered into vague and there wasn’t much in the way of explanations on how it all worked—it felt like a lot of hand-waving ~magic~ instead of a tangible system. The story just wasn’t as dazzling or dreamy as I think it wishes it was. I kind of wish I had more to say on my experience with Hotel Magnifique. The ending wrapped up a little quickly, given how long it took us to get to the interesting parts in the beginning. But other than that, I’ve got nothing else! It didn’t leave as much of an impression as I was hoping it would, especially since there was plenty of good material to work with. But for a fantasy that’s a bit off the beaten path, it does its job. *Thanks to Penguin Teen for an advance review copy! **For more book talk & reviews, follow me on Instagram at @elle_mentbooks!

  2. 4 out of 5

    ʙᴇʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.

    Did someone say: "the magical hotel that appears in a new location each morning" "beneath the mysterious glamour, the hotel is hiding dangerous secrets" "she’ll need to harness a power she never knew she had" "and an intervention by the vexingly handsome bellhop" This is giving me Hotel Del Luna vibes and I need this now. Did someone say: "the magical hotel that appears in a new location each morning" "beneath the mysterious glamour, the hotel is hiding dangerous secrets" "she’ll need to harness a power she never knew she had" "and an intervention by the vexingly handsome bellhop" This is giving me Hotel Del Luna vibes and I need this now.

  3. 5 out of 5

    RoshReviews

    In a Nutshell: This could have been outstanding. It ends up above average. But as it is a debut work and aimed at the Teen/YA crowd, I’ll cut it some slack. Story: 17 year old Jani is doing all she can to take care of her 13 year old sister Zosa after the death of her mother a few years ago. But even her best efforts lead to a minimally fulfilling existence. When she hears that the legendary Hotel Magnifique is going to be in town and hiring new staff, Jani decides that she will secure a job for In a Nutshell: This could have been outstanding. It ends up above average. But as it is a debut work and aimed at the Teen/YA crowd, I’ll cut it some slack. Story: 17 year old Jani is doing all she can to take care of her 13 year old sister Zosa after the death of her mother a few years ago. But even her best efforts lead to a minimally fulfilling existence. When she hears that the legendary Hotel Magnifique is going to be in town and hiring new staff, Jani decides that she will secure a job for them both there, no matter how. After all, the hotel appears just for one night in a decade and she can’t miss this chance. Luck works in her favour and she somehow finds herself on the staff of the hotel. But while the hotel is as opulent as outsiders claimed, there seems to be something sinister and dangerous underlying its magic. What has Jani got herself and Zosa into? What’s the secret behind the mystical maître who runs the hotel? The story is written in the first person perspective of Jani. First things first. The blurb proudly declares: “perfect for fans of Caraval and The Night Circus.” I have read neither of these books yet, so don’t expect any comparisons in this review. My thoughts are of this book on its own merit as a YA Dark Fantasy. One of the main qualities that a fantasy book ought to have is extraordinary world-building. And this book fulfils the criterion really well. The magical details of the hotel and its various rooms, the info about how the magic is used/contained, the various magicians and their techniques – I enjoyed all of these embellishments. The use of French words/names enhanced the mystical feel of the hotel. The story is set in a fictional country named “Verdanne” and moves across Verdanne and other made-up locations. Each of the places is well-carved and distinct, adding to the fantastical feel of the book. The characters were either striking or insipid. The maître of the hotel is an intriguing character and serves his purpose in the story well. Unfortunately, most of the remaining striking characters are secondary in the story, getting only a few pages of focus. I would have loved to learn more about Beatrice the gear-spinning ‘mechanique’, Issig the ice blaster, and even Jani’s sister Zosa, whose few appearances livened up the story. Jani’s love interest is a character named Bel, who is appealing but unvarying. He generates a vibe that makes you want to know more about him but the book leaves him as a somewhat flatly-developed character, coming in only when the plot needs him. He is severely underutilised in the narrative, though he gets the most page space next to Jani. This leaves me with Jani. Now what do I say about her?! Jani’s character is the most fleshed out in the story. Unfortunately, this doesn’t necessarily translate to making her likeable or relatable. Jani is irritating, naïve and impulsive. She doesn’t use her head before jumping into a situation and loves jumping to conclusions without understanding all the facts. She also demands that things go as per her wishes, even if circumstances demand a more restrained approach. In other words, Jani reminded me of many teenagers I know in real life. You see my conundrum here? The author nailed Jani’s character as per her age, but this didn’t lead to an enjoyable reading experience for me because for a major chunk of the book, all I wanted to do was give Jani a whack out of frustration. I simply couldn’t see how Bel tolerated her uneven personality. Well, they don’t say ‘love is blind’ for nothing! That said, the romance part of the book is cute and doesn’t overwhelm the main story. Plus, Jani redeems herself and saves everyone in the end, like all main characters are supposed to do. The writing style is where the author’s inexperience clearly shows. The prologue and the epilogue (and the last few chapters of the climax) are outstanding. If the entire book had maintained this level of engagement on my attention, this would have been a 4.5 star book at the minimum. Sadly, it doesn’t. The initial chapters after the girls’ entry into the hotel follow a similar pattern. Jani has this insatiable curiosity that leads her to new places/rooms in the hotel, then there’s a description of what she finds there, and/or how she escapes when she isn't supposed to do what she did or be where she was. This starts dragging the story down as there was a constant feeling of déjà vu. The second half turns the tables and incorporates a lot more action and mystique into the narrative. The pace is also much faster in the latter half. There are a few plot holes but nothing major. All in all, I found the first half of the book (except for the prologue) slow and repetitive and enjoyed only the details of the Hotel Magnifique. This half rates at 3 stars for me. The second half was much more delightful and I liked it to a great extent. This portion gets 4 stars. Thus, 3.5 stars for the book, rounding up though I feel there was a lot of potential here that went to waste. Recommended to readers who want a dash of light romance, an outstanding fantastical world, and are indifferent about a slow start or the lack of a loveable main character. Trigger note: There are a few gruesome scenes in the story. If you are squeamish about such content, stay away. My thanks to Pushkin Press and NetGalley for the DRC of “Hotel Magnifique”. This review is voluntary and contains my honest opinion about the book. *********************** Join me on the Facebook group, Readers Forever! , for more reviews, book-related discussions and fun.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joan He

    hi I've been waiting to 5 star this book since 2017! obviously biased but the version I read back then was amazing--dark, luxuriant, enchanting and everything you could wish for in a fantasy. hi I've been waiting to 5 star this book since 2017! obviously biased but the version I read back then was amazing--dark, luxuriant, enchanting and everything you could wish for in a fantasy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    This was exactly the kind of magical fun I want from YA fantasy, albeit with a dark side. "Like Caraval" gets overused, but in this case I think it genuinely fits the vibes of the book. Hotel Magnifique is about a mysterious magical hotel that shows up for just one day every 10 years, and the two sisters who get swept into its deceptively beautiful hallways. What will a girl do to save her little sister? Just about anything, even if it means uncovering dangerous secrets and confronting power-hun This was exactly the kind of magical fun I want from YA fantasy, albeit with a dark side. "Like Caraval" gets overused, but in this case I think it genuinely fits the vibes of the book. Hotel Magnifique is about a mysterious magical hotel that shows up for just one day every 10 years, and the two sisters who get swept into its deceptively beautiful hallways. What will a girl do to save her little sister? Just about anything, even if it means uncovering dangerous secrets and confronting power-hungry magicians... I had a fabulous time reading this. I needed something that would sweep me away and this did just that. I flew through the story and loved all the whimsical magic, the dark twists and turns, the romance, and the coming of age of a determined young woman. There is a portion toward the end where we get a bunch of revelations dropped in an info-dump sort of way from a character. That bit felt clunky and indicative of this being a debut novel in a way other parts of the book did not. That said, I had a good enough time with the rest of the book that it didn't significantly detract from the overall enjoyment. Note that while I never found this to be a heavy book, it does end up having darker elements, so check content warnings if you need them. Overall though, I was a fan! I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher, all opinions are my own. Content warnings include violence, murder, enslavement, drugging, threat of violence, and loss of loved ones.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    3.5*** rounded up The writing of the illusions in this was decadent and intriguing. The mystery and world building similar to that of Christelle Dabos’ “a winters promise” (which I love!!). Despite these lovely illusions, the hotel and magic is much more dark and sinister underneath, and our MC, Jani, finds this out. This is the tale of two sisters wanting to escape their life and get jobs at the illustrious “Hotel Magnifique” - a magical type of hotel that disappears and arrives after midnight, 3.5*** rounded up The writing of the illusions in this was decadent and intriguing. The mystery and world building similar to that of Christelle Dabos’ “a winters promise” (which I love!!). Despite these lovely illusions, the hotel and magic is much more dark and sinister underneath, and our MC, Jani, finds this out. This is the tale of two sisters wanting to escape their life and get jobs at the illustrious “Hotel Magnifique” - a magical type of hotel that disappears and arrives after midnight, and a rare few are offered a glimpse inside. I enjoyed Jani and Zosa’s sister relationship and strong bond throughout this book. I also enjoyed Jani’s flirty behaviour with Bel too, a mysterious young man she meets involved with the hotel. This book had the right amount of fantasy romance for me- with wittiness and snark that I just LOVE in love interests: sort of like enemies to lovers. Despite the romance, this never detracted from the main plot of the book which is good for me. Overall, I really enjoyed the descriptions of the magic and this hotel. I especially enjoyed reading all of the illusions and magic that summinaires could conjour up and their “power”. I also liked how the author described the darker and sinister elements of the magic, so you could tell the consequences and punishments were grave. This also had a fantastic sisterly bond and a cute romance. My issue with this book is that Jani just continuously got herself into awkward or bad situations which always had negative effects- and this just got way too repetitive. It had me thinking “honestly, how much trouble can one character inadvertently get themselves into!?” Thank you to NetGalley for the e-Arc!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    I don't know about you but I am feeling the idea of a magic hotel with evol secrets I don't know about you but I am feeling the idea of a magic hotel with evol secrets

  8. 5 out of 5

    Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)

    "For fans of The Night Circus and Caraval" um, yes please! "For fans of The Night Circus and Caraval" um, yes please!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Noah

    You know the saying, “I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy?” Well… I’d probably wish this book on my worst enemy.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Fizah(Books tales by me)

    Actual rating 1.5 or 1.75 THANKS TO NETGALLEY AND THE PUBLISHER FOR THIS REVIEW COPY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. I loved the Caraval when I read it a few years back. Although with time I started to see the flaws it didn't make me hate it. I might not like the characters of Caraval or that writing style anymore, but I can't deny that the world is magical and one of my favorite. As a Caraval fan, I was pumped to see this book and requested it right away. From the first page, I started to see th Actual rating 1.5 or 1.75 THANKS TO NETGALLEY AND THE PUBLISHER FOR THIS REVIEW COPY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. I loved the Caraval when I read it a few years back. Although with time I started to see the flaws it didn't make me hate it. I might not like the characters of Caraval or that writing style anymore, but I can't deny that the world is magical and one of my favorite. As a Caraval fan, I was pumped to see this book and requested it right away. From the first page, I started to see the resemblance of Caraval in everything, from world-building (islands and traveling ehm ehm), stupid characters (more than Caraval one's), poetic or should I say stupid writing(laughing that made MC toe curl? I mean Whatttt?). So it was just a knock-off cheap version of Caraval and It was BAD. The only good thing was I guess magical world. The hotel which traveled from one place to another at midnight, sounds interesting right? I thought too. Whenever I start to think that YA Heroines are getting mature, some book throws a whiny, self-absorbed, stupid, and more stupid character in my face. Jani was such a pain in my brain. She is everything a  character should not be. Her sister was that character who acts as fuel to move to the story but doesn't really have any part in the main story. The romance was forced and other characters were bland (read fillers). The whole book made me really angry. It could've been a little bit better if Jani wasn't that STUPID.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Leonie

    2.5 stars. This could have been such an amazing book. A magical Hotel travelling to different destinations each morning? How intriguing! To my disappointment, the book failed to deliver. The plot wasn’t all that strong and while I wanted to enjoy it, I just couldn’t bring myself to care about it or about anything that happened to the characters. The characters were, to be frank, bland. We got Jani, the protagonist, who loves her sister and who other than that doesn’t have much more of a personali 2.5 stars. This could have been such an amazing book. A magical Hotel travelling to different destinations each morning? How intriguing! To my disappointment, the book failed to deliver. The plot wasn’t all that strong and while I wanted to enjoy it, I just couldn’t bring myself to care about it or about anything that happened to the characters. The characters were, to be frank, bland. We got Jani, the protagonist, who loves her sister and who other than that doesn’t have much more of a personality. I personally would’ve liked seeing more interactions between the sisters. We as readers get told that they have this great sibling bond, but it’s not actually shown within the story. Then there’s the love interest Bel, who mainly just exist. Really, I can't come up with any character traits for him. Overall this was just an extremely mediocre read that could have been great had it been better executed. [I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.]

  12. 4 out of 5

    Srivalli Rekha

    Publication Date: 05th May 2022 3.7 Stars One Liner: Great world-building; characters need work Jani and her younger sister, Zosa, are barely scraping by in Durc. Jani knows that the only way to escape fast and earn enough to back home would be by finding a job at the mysterious and magical Hotel Magnifique. Of course, no one really knows where the hotel comes from or how it travels. But no one denies its magic and allure. Jani and Zosa do find a job as the staff. Jani is delighted and amazed unt Publication Date: 05th May 2022 3.7 Stars One Liner: Great world-building; characters need work Jani and her younger sister, Zosa, are barely scraping by in Durc. Jani knows that the only way to escape fast and earn enough to back home would be by finding a job at the mysterious and magical Hotel Magnifique. Of course, no one really knows where the hotel comes from or how it travels. But no one denies its magic and allure. Jani and Zosa do find a job as the staff. Jani is delighted and amazed until she realizes that Hotel Magnifique hides sinister seamlessly behind smiles and whimsical enchantments. It doesn’t help that her every step causes some or the other trouble for her and Bel. Bel is the handsome doorman at Hotel Magnifique and the only ally Jani has. As things get complicated and dangerous, Jani has no choice but to risk everything to end the danger. That’s the only way to go home! Can Jani do what she needs to do to save her friends from evil? My Observations: The setting and world-building are wonderful. The hotel, its rooms, the enchantments, etc., are descriptive, detailed, and a treat to read. The fictitious setting matches the dark mood of the storyline. Jani is the narrator of the book, and we get to see her do more than a few stupid things. I’m glad I went into the book expecting it. That made it easy to enjoy the flow rather than think too much about her actions. That said, I probably need to visit the hospital if I bite the inside of my cheek as many times to stay silent. (Kuch zyada hi ho gaya!) Bel was a really cute character. I like how he has layers, though he needs more space to show his potential. In fact, almost every other character has the same issue. There isn’t enough to connect with them. The focus is on Jani stumbling through things she isn’t supposed to. The pacing is a little uneven too. The story seems to go in circles from 25% to 55%. The major breakthrough happens at 60%, and things rush from there. Moreover, a crucial part of the story is ‘told’, which dampens the impact. The reveal has to be stronger. The scenes that follow it are, which almost make up for this, but not fully. There’s some cute romance too appropriate for a YA book. I still think I like Bel more than Jani, but he loves her, so what can I say! He’ll survive (maybe). The climax felt a little rushed. There’s one good decision Jani took at that stage, but still, it kind of left me wanting. To sum up, Hotel Magnifique is a good debut with beautiful world-building and atmosphere. The characters and pacing need a little more work. It’s pretty much YA in narration, so be prepared for it. Thank you, NetGalley, Pushkin Press, and Pushkin Children's Books, for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. #NetGalley #HotelMagnifique

  13. 4 out of 5

    Erin A. Craig

    Blurb coming soon but I loved it!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Natasha Leighton

    4.5 stars A beautifully lush and spellbindingly enchanting YA Fantasy, Hotel Magnifique is filled with gorgeous prose, immersive world building and an expansive cast of interesting (and eccentric) characters that fans of Caraval and The Night Circus are going to adore. Hotel Magnifique is a hotel like no other: it’s bursting with magic, of enchanting soirées and champagnes filled fountains, a hotel soo exclusive that only the extremely wealthly or extremely lucky have experienced a stay. It chan 4.5 stars A beautifully lush and spellbindingly enchanting YA Fantasy, Hotel Magnifique is filled with gorgeous prose, immersive world building and an expansive cast of interesting (and eccentric) characters that fans of Caraval and The Night Circus are going to adore. Hotel Magnifique is a hotel like no other: it’s bursting with magic, of enchanting soirées and champagnes filled fountains, a hotel soo exclusive that only the extremely wealthly or extremely lucky have experienced a stay. It changes location every night, stopping in each place only once a decade. But when the Magnifique stops in her hometown, seventeen year old Jani hatches a plan to secure jobs there for herself and her younger sister—in hopes to escape their dreary life. Luck is on their side and with a single signature each the sisters are swept into a life of opulence, adventure and magic. But Jani begins to notice the sinister goings on beneath the hotel’s decadent facade. Who is the shadowy maître who runs the hotel? And can Jani uncover the true price paid by those who reside there—before it’s too late? As a fan of both Caraval and The Night Circus I was incredibly excited to delve into Hotel Magnifique and I’m glad to say it didn’t disappoint—every page is brimming with lush descriptions that I was easily found myself fully immersed in a world of midnight soirées, constantly shifting hallways and rooms that defy all sense of logic (in the best way imaginable.) I absolutely loved the Lore surrounding the Hotel which was really well developed and the suminaires (the magicians who live and work at the hotel) were super interesting too, of all the suminaires that we meet Bel, Béatrice and Frigga were probably my favourites. Jani was a really interesting protagonist and relatable protagonist, she’s stubborn and occasionally rash which leads her to regret many of her actions, but her devotion to saving the ones she loves is really admirable. I also loved her scenes with Bel that simmer with romantic tension. I did enjoy their budding friendship/relationship but I do wish it was explored a little more as it did feel a tiny bit too fast pacing wise. I did however, absolutely love the backstories of almost all of the characters (that we encounter, including the antagonists ), they were phenomenally written and really well developed—the little clues dotted throughout were absolutely amazing, I know I’ll definitely have to reread this at some point to catch the all the details I missed. There’s not much else I can say without possibly spoiling the plot but I do highly recommend reading this, especially if you loved the whimsy and magic of Caraval or The Night Circus. Also, a huge thank you to Pushkin Press and NetGalley for the e-arc.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Whispering Stories

    Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.com After the death of their mother, sisters Jani and Zosa travelled to the town of Durc hoping for a better life for them, but unfortunately, one couldn’t be found and they ended up working in a tannery. Upon hearing that the mysterious Hotel Magnifique is in town and they are looking for staff, the girls apply for jobs. This is a book that is hard to review without giving any spoilers away, but I will try, hence I haven’t told you any more about it above. W Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.com After the death of their mother, sisters Jani and Zosa travelled to the town of Durc hoping for a better life for them, but unfortunately, one couldn’t be found and they ended up working in a tannery. Upon hearing that the mysterious Hotel Magnifique is in town and they are looking for staff, the girls apply for jobs. This is a book that is hard to review without giving any spoilers away, but I will try, hence I haven’t told you any more about it above. What I will say is that it is a truly amazing YA adventure novel. It is filled with magic, mystery, and mayhem. There is good and evil both at play and characters you will love and hate. The hotel is unlike you will ever know, in that each day it lands in a different place in the fantasy world that has been created by the author. The guests pay a lot of money to stay there and are treated to the most enjoyable, out-of-this-world time whilst they are there. The staff though is a different kettle of fish and not everything is as it first seems, something more sinister is at play and Jani is determined to discover the truth. I adored this book. It is fast-paced, exciting, unputdownable, enchanting, and totally unique. The hotel is brought to life on the pages and the descriptions make it easy for you to visualise what is happening. Essentially this is a book of love, the bond between two sisters and the courage it takes to face anything or anyone, whether real or magical, who tries to come between them. It is a fabulous story and anyone who loves books filled with fantasy and magic should give it a read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Maye Holiday

    Beauty and the Beast and Hazbin Hotel meet Howl's Moving Castle in this engaging, unforgettable fantasy novel, and I got the OwlCrate exclusive edition! It's such an aesthetically beautiful book that it was difficult to read it for fear that I might damage it or something (a peril of buying a pretty book), but it's a wonderful story with some truly interesting and mysterious characters, strong character development, and an enigmatic setting that never lets up on the magical intrigue. Hotel Magni Beauty and the Beast and Hazbin Hotel meet Howl's Moving Castle in this engaging, unforgettable fantasy novel, and I got the OwlCrate exclusive edition! It's such an aesthetically beautiful book that it was difficult to read it for fear that I might damage it or something (a peril of buying a pretty book), but it's a wonderful story with some truly interesting and mysterious characters, strong character development, and an enigmatic setting that never lets up on the magical intrigue. Hotel Magnifique is an excellent dark fantasy, and while I've seen many readers complaining that it ripped off The Night Circus , I would argue that while there are similarities, Hotel Magnifique is absolutely its very own story. The book follows protagonist Jani, who hopes to break herself and her sister Zosa out of a dismal life by stepping foot into a mysterious, lavish hotel that appears just when they need it to. The dazzling employees and the mysterious maître add class and charm to this new world, but the adventure turns dark when it's revealed that there may be something more sinister behind the glamour. On top of that, Jani is drawn to Bel, the hotel's bellhop with a grim past and perhaps more awareness of the darkness behind the hotel than he's willing to let on. This is ultimately a book invested more in its aesthetics than its characters, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Hotel Magnifique has no pretensions about being anything beyond what it already claims to be, and as a dark fantasy novel, it works very well. It's not a story for everyone, and the romance aspect can at times be cumbersome, but not to any great detriment. All in all, a very good story.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Yeganeh

    DNF at 48% One of my anticipated books is now a DNF. Nice!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mallory

    This book definitely intrigued me with it’s beautiful cover and promise of wondrous magic. The story took a bit to get into and I think part of it is that the characters weren’t developed quite as much as I would like, but it definitely picked up. In this world magic is dangerous and without assistance those that have magic can cause great harm. Only one place is safe for magic Hotel Magnifique which comes to a different city every night at midnight. Guests pay extraordinary amounts to stay but This book definitely intrigued me with it’s beautiful cover and promise of wondrous magic. The story took a bit to get into and I think part of it is that the characters weren’t developed quite as much as I would like, but it definitely picked up. In this world magic is dangerous and without assistance those that have magic can cause great harm. Only one place is safe for magic Hotel Magnifique which comes to a different city every night at midnight. Guests pay extraordinary amounts to stay but when they enter they agree to forget all the details when they leave and only be left with the feelings of joy. Jani and her little sister Zorsa are barely scraping by in their small fishing city when the hotel comes and they both apply for jobs to change their fortunes. But all the magic in the hotel isn’t quite what it seems and Jani will discover what she thought she wanted isn’t what she thought it was.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kalena W

    4/5 stars, a magical and interesting story Thank you to Penguin Teen for the arc through netgalley in exchange for an honest review! Everyone who is saying that this gives Night Circus and Caraval vibes, they are absolutely correct. In my experience, I felt that this was more Caraval, because of the sisters and working with the hotel and etc. The premise of the story is that Jani has had a terrible life, longing to go elsewhere, taking care of her younger sister Zosa for her whole life. That is 4/5 stars, a magical and interesting story Thank you to Penguin Teen for the arc through netgalley in exchange for an honest review! Everyone who is saying that this gives Night Circus and Caraval vibes, they are absolutely correct. In my experience, I felt that this was more Caraval, because of the sisters and working with the hotel and etc. The premise of the story is that Jani has had a terrible life, longing to go elsewhere, taking care of her younger sister Zosa for her whole life. That is until the Hotel Magnifique arrives in town. The hotel is legendary for its magic and ability to travel across the world in a single night. The sisters have been whisked away when Zosa is chosen as one of the singers, and Jani is taken on as one of the maids. Jani soon discovers that there are dark secrets lying under the magic and ink of their contracts, and she must unravel the mystery before it is too late for them. I think the premise sounded fun and I was so looking forward to this, I had a fun time reading it but there were definitely parts that threw me off a bit. One of those is that while the magic and most things within the hotel felt whimsical and wonderfully dark, there wasn't much worldbuilding. There were simply location names thrown at the reader that I definitely don't remember now, and I just wish there had been a bit more substance. I know this is about the hotel, but it didn't help that I had no idea about where it traveled. There were also times when I felt that the plot dragged its feet a little, I can really enjoy slow-paced stories but this just felt a little off from the plot that had been established. Throughout this book, there were many characters introduced, and all of them had a different part to play in the hotel and the story. Jani was the main character of the story, but there was nothing very surprising about her. She felt sort of like a typical young adult heroine, which there is nothing wrong with, I just wish she had made different decisions sometimes. The plot twists that surround her story as well were also not surprising, I was able to guess them from very early on in the book. Her sister Zosa doesn't get much page time, but I really loved her. She was kind and courageous even when she wasn't able to help as much as she wanted to. Bel was the other main-ish character and I found him quite interesting as well. He didn't have the biggest plot twists either, but it was still fun to read him. The romance was going to be something hard to weave into a story like this, and at least in my opinion doesn't always need to be present. However, the romance in this story was quite intriguing, I think it just came on a bit too fast. I didn't see that much chemistry between Bel and Jani, especially because they didn't spend much time together. I enjoyed the interactions we did see, I would've just liked it if they had a bit more interactions to really sell the romance. I think the only other thing that sort of bothered me was the ending, I saw part of the twist coming but the rest was just like conjured out of thin air. Not in a good way. It just felt sort of disjointed from the story and while there was a solid ending for some characters, I just didn't love it overall. I don't think it was necessarily bad, just left me wishing for a little more surprise or change in the ending. Overall, the negatives I have about this book didn't largely outweigh the positives. It was still a very unique and interesting story to follow, just felt a little bit mediocre at some parts. I do highly recommend it to fans of Caraval or The Night Circus, or anyone who loves traveling hotels and magic. This is one that took me a while but that might've just been the situation I was in at the time. [TW: eye mutilation, death of a loved one, grief, bodily mutilation, blood and gore, loss of memory]

  20. 5 out of 5

    Beenish

    3★ | “I’m sorry you didn’t learn sooner that caring about anyone here only causes pain.” REVIEW The vibe this book gave me in the start was very mysterious and magical, and the premise also seemed full of potential. The way it started, it reminded me a lot of The Night Circus, which was a bit annoying but I tried to not compare the books. It's just that there were quite a few similarities in the beginning but as the book progressed, I realized that where The Night Circus was all fun, enchantin 3★ | “I’m sorry you didn’t learn sooner that caring about anyone here only causes pain.” REVIEW The vibe this book gave me in the start was very mysterious and magical, and the premise also seemed full of potential. The way it started, it reminded me a lot of The Night Circus, which was a bit annoying but I tried to not compare the books. It's just that there were quite a few similarities in the beginning but as the book progressed, I realized that where The Night Circus was all fun, enchanting and atmospheric (while having its own mystery), this book was less fun in terms of the magical stuff, partly because it was taking a darker turn and got more focused on the protagonist finding out answers and uncovering secrets, and partly because the author didn't elaborate more about the "oh-so-magical" experiences the guests staying at the hotel were having. I thought from time to time: why isn't this book giving me what I want? Like a magical hotel offering a chance to see a different place in the world each day, the Suites all having such fun names • A Taste of Sin and Chocolate Suite. • A Breath of Blooms Suite. • Ode to a Fabled Forest Suite. • Of Mischief and Masquerade Suite • To Traverse a Forgotten Ocean Suite. etc. and said to give the guests such wonderful and magical experiences? That's what I was looking forward to. But as the book started getting darker, I found myself more interested in it—not wanting to stop reading or caring about the enchantments of the hotel—but at the same time, I felt that it dragged. Either that or it was the writing, idk. It just felt odd that on one hand, so much was happening and on the other, nothing; I felt I'm still in the same place (plot wise). It seemed the potential the dark side of the story had was simply wasted, as if it lacked something. I think the way it was delivered could have been done better. CHARACTERS and RELATIONSHIPS I'm not talking about any side characters and I'm not going in detail. I'm just sharing how I felt and what I thought. Jani The overprotective elder sister who felt responsible for her younger sister. All she wanted was for her sister to be fine and happy but it's no secret how jealous Jani gets when it comes to really letting her sister have what she wanted. I kind of liked this in the start because I'd never read from the pov of a jealous sibling as a MC and was curious to find out how this goes coz usually, it's the side characters who get such roles (ehm ehm: Cinderella's sisters, ehm, Feyre's sisters from Acotar, lol) Jani and Zosa —the sisters Tbh, I felt no emotion between these two sisters. Not until the very end, at least. Since we only get Jani's pov, I'll only talk about it from her side. When she wanted to stick by her sister's side, it seemed to me that she cared less for her sister as a person and more about her responsibility. It also seemed she didn't care about her as long as she, too, got what she wanted. Even when it's written and shown that Jani worries about Zosa countless times, it doesn't feel real. Jani's concern about Zosa's safety and wanting to see her sister to make sure she's fine felt like the only thing about her life (which kind of was, given the story of their life), I just didn't have any interest in her, I was more interested in the hotel's secrets and the little romance. Anyways, I love reading about sibling bonds, but their relationship didn't have any depth at all. Bel The handsome boy keeping the world at a distance and not letting anyone in, showing he's always cold and everything he does is for a reason, and of course, having the first few impressionable encounters with the MC starting off with banter and then having a knife to his throat. You know, a Classic YA boy. The one thing I was glad of was that he didn't become a major jerk even tho he remained one for the most part. I actually liked him (despite not wanting to). Jani and Bel —romance Can't say it's enemies-to-lovers but they definitely go from the MC disliking him a lot to liking him a lot. It's obvious the guy has fallen for her first but ofc. our protagonist stays blind (or in denial). I'm glad their romance wasn't rushed but again, if it was slow-burn, I didn't like it. The emotions just were NOT there. While I crave romance in books, I think it would have been great if Bel and Jani became close friends and remained like that or that they went onto the romance stage after that. do I recommend this book? • For anyone who doesn't really expect much from a fantasy book except magic and some light romance filled with a bit of banter, I would recommend it. I think you'll enjoy it and have a nice time. • But any Fantasy reader looking forward to having a great time exploring a new world and following the MC through it, discovering and exploring something and expecting it to be at least 4★ good, no. ___________________ THAT COVER? 💜🖤

  21. 5 out of 5

    if i had a nickel for every time i read a story with this same premise and plot, i’d have three nickels- which isn’t a lot, but it’s weird that it happened thrice. that being said, i did enjoy the read! i’d maybe give it a 3.6 objectively, but a solid 4 on my enjoyment scale.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Permanently_Booked

    Thank you PRH Audio for the complimentary audiobook! Do you ever have the desire to grab people by the face and as they fish lip at you in shock, shove your latest finished read at them demanding they read it? That is exactly how I feel with Hotel Magnifique. I am probably one of the rare few that has not read Caraval yet, but I did love The Night Circus and can see why this is recommended to lovers of that novel. Richly atmospheric with a luxurious dark undertow that keeps you glued from start Thank you PRH Audio for the complimentary audiobook! Do you ever have the desire to grab people by the face and as they fish lip at you in shock, shove your latest finished read at them demanding they read it? That is exactly how I feel with Hotel Magnifique. I am probably one of the rare few that has not read Caraval yet, but I did love The Night Circus and can see why this is recommended to lovers of that novel. Richly atmospheric with a luxurious dark undertow that keeps you glued from start to finish. There is so much packed into this gem and has rekindled my love affair with young adult fantasy. The characters are well developed and downright loveable or easily dislikable. Taylor did an excellent job crafting a hotel full of characters with unique ‘talents’ and painting backstories intricately for each one. Typically, I go into a little about the MCs but I honestly can’t think of enough words to describe how much I just utterly adored the heck out of Jani and Bel. Taylor ties in character growth, a slow build romance with excellent chemistry and tastefully done intimate moments and feeling into the heart of each one from main to side. The characters made this novel for me. The magic was splendid. Well thought out in my opinion and easy to follow with a few good twists that I didn’t pick up on right away. I appreciated how the plot pieces kept falling into place and how the narrative was not filled with excess filler. I can’t forget to mention Taylor’s beautifully descriptive writing and how it translated perfectly through audio as well. The introduction and epilogue are read by Simon Hedger. Can I just point out that I could spend my day listening to that man narrate and swoon every time he annunciates any word… ever. He could read ingredients to me, and I’d die happy. Excellent choice to open and close the audio. Suzy Jackosn narrates the meat and potatoes and does an absolutely splendid job. She made Jani come to life in my mind as she struggles to free her sister. She keeps true to character voices and carries emotional tones at the perfect moments. An audio book I would highly recommend if you can’t tell already. Honestly, any format I’d recommend. This is truly a novel that I can tie the words darkly enchanting too happily. Another thank you to Razorbill for the gifted digital copy! All thoughts are my own. Rating 4.5/5.

  23. 4 out of 5

    tellacnders

    OH???????? I AM LOOKING RESPECTFULLY,,,, APRIL 5TH HERE I COME

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Magical, haunting, romantic. Everything you want in a twisty, unique YA fantasy. I need more from this author ASAP

  25. 5 out of 5

    kashvi⁷

    ahh tysm to pushkin press for the ARC!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shaked Reads

    This book is advertised for fans of Caraval and The Night Circus. While I have not read The Night Circus (yet), I have read Caraval- which I enjoyed!! I would say the equivalence is perfect in this case. I would 100% recommend this book for fans of Caraval. It has the same mysterious magic vibes and creepy yet not scary thing going for it. Both are pretty quick and fun books filled with an adventure of sorts. I loved the magic and plot. I also really enjoyed the road to figuring out all the secre This book is advertised for fans of Caraval and The Night Circus. While I have not read The Night Circus (yet), I have read Caraval- which I enjoyed!! I would say the equivalence is perfect in this case. I would 100% recommend this book for fans of Caraval. It has the same mysterious magic vibes and creepy yet not scary thing going for it. Both are pretty quick and fun books filled with an adventure of sorts. I loved the magic and plot. I also really enjoyed the road to figuring out all the secrets of the hotel and it’s maître. It was absolutely captivating at times, and I found myself reaching for the book to read more often than not. At the beginning of the book, the hotel and magic in general are very much shrouded in mystery. We don’t know much about either. We don’t know how the magic works in this world for about half of the book, which really contributes to the feeling of suspicion that arises in Jani as well as the reader. But slowly we learn more, and while some things start to make more sense, others become curious and curiouser. The romance was also a really fun aspect of the book. I thought Jani and Bel worked well together, and their dynamic was really interesting to read about! The ending!!! I loved the way it all tied down at the end. There was a sort of closure feeling to it. I loved all the action and edge-of-your-seat scenes in the last 50 or so pages! Some of the problems that I’ve had with the book… the prologue really gives off a creepy atmosphere, and while the hotel, magic, and the circumstances of it all IS creepy- the writing of the entire book is very much not so!! Except, that is, the prologue. I just feel as though the prologue gave different expectations for the book than what it delivered by the end of it all. There were a lot of dark and spooky themes in the book, yet the book was written in classic YA Fantasy type writing rather than more chilly horror-esque style. Which was good, but also not my expectation after reading that prologue. I also think the female main character, Jani, was annoying at times. I loved her devotion to her sister and the people that she loved, but dang she was acting foolish every now and then… I’d definitely recommend this one!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bright Star

    I received an ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for a honest review. 4.5 stars Hotel Magnifique was truly an incredible, magical story! I didn't know what to expect but I ended up loving it! I was captivated from the first page and I devoured the book in 4 days. I couldn't put it down! Once you step into this unique and mysterious hotel, you'll start wandering through its lavish halls and rooms, and wondering what it truly conceals. Because not all that glitters is gold. I don't want to spoil too muc I received an ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for a honest review. 4.5 stars Hotel Magnifique was truly an incredible, magical story! I didn't know what to expect but I ended up loving it! I was captivated from the first page and I devoured the book in 4 days. I couldn't put it down! Once you step into this unique and mysterious hotel, you'll start wandering through its lavish halls and rooms, and wondering what it truly conceals. Because not all that glitters is gold. I don't want to spoil too much, but be ready to some twists I didn't see coming. The characters were well developed, and I particularly loved Jani. She was stubborn, smart, brave and she would do anything for her sister. The romance was another great aspect. Jani and Bel's banters were absolutely my fave parts! I really loved their moments and the ending was very satisfying. So, I totally recommend this book if you want a marvellous and original story.

  28. 5 out of 5

    cossette

    2.5 rounded up :/

  29. 4 out of 5

    CYIReadBooks (Claire)

    I’ve read a number of mixed reviews for Hotel Magnifique. Especially from those that have read Caraval and The Night Circus. Since I have not read any of the aforementioned novels, I probably didn’t have as much of a bias. Not having any preconceived notions or expectations of the book, allowed me to thoroughly enjoy the journey and wonderment of the narrative. The characters are well developed and consists of a nice blend of mysteriousness, eeriness, innocence and elegance. Like any good novel, I’ve read a number of mixed reviews for Hotel Magnifique. Especially from those that have read Caraval and The Night Circus. Since I have not read any of the aforementioned novels, I probably didn’t have as much of a bias. Not having any preconceived notions or expectations of the book, allowed me to thoroughly enjoy the journey and wonderment of the narrative. The characters are well developed and consists of a nice blend of mysteriousness, eeriness, innocence and elegance. Like any good novel, there are the good actors and the bad actors. And Hotel Magnifique has a nice balance of good and bad. The pace of the novel is just right. It flows slowly at the beginning since there is quite a bit of world building. The pace then takes off with magic and mystery. I was amazed at the imaginative plot — combining a belle-epoque fantasy world filled with magicians and magical artifacts. Author, Emily J. Taylor has crafted a stunning masterpiece that is not to be missed. Five outstanding stars.

  30. 4 out of 5

    joy (elend’s version)

    I feel like this is a book that’s better to go into with as little information as possible. BUT one of the characters has a wooden finger that also happens to be a switchblade. Yeah. CONTENT WARNINGS: (Scale of 0-5) Language: 0 - No profanities present that I can recall. Kissing/Sexual content: 2 - A couple kissing scenes, but nothing explicit or graphic. Violence: 3.5 - Some fighting; multiple characters have their eyeballs removed; mild mentions of other forms of torture. Alcohol/Addictive Substan I feel like this is a book that’s better to go into with as little information as possible. BUT one of the characters has a wooden finger that also happens to be a switchblade. Yeah. CONTENT WARNINGS: (Scale of 0-5) Language: 0 - No profanities present that I can recall. Kissing/Sexual content: 2 - A couple kissing scenes, but nothing explicit or graphic. Violence: 3.5 - Some fighting; multiple characters have their eyeballs removed; mild mentions of other forms of torture. Alcohol/Addictive Substances: 1 - Descriptive mentions of flutes of champagne. Trigger Warnings: mention of suicide; death; blood; torture.

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