by Emily Taylor
Release date: April 5, 2022
Jani has always dreamed of Elsewhere. Her daily life, devoted to supporting her younger sister Zosa by working in a harsh tannery, is turned upside down when the Hotel Magnifique comes to town. The Hotel is magical not only in its marvelous enchantments, but also in its ability to appear in a new location every day. Jani and Zosa can’t afford to be guests at the Hotel, but they do apply for and receive coveted jobs that get them through the door. Once inside the Hotel Magnifique, though, Jani realizes that behind all the sparkly beauty, danger lurks.
Taylor’s world-building is both fantastical and enchanting, and the pace moves along quickly as readers are swept up in the grandeur and danger of the Hotel Magnifique.
Teens who enjoy fantasy, romance and magical mysteries like In the Ravenous Dark by A.M Strickland and The Splendor by Breeana Shields will root for Jani and Zosa as they navigate the smoke and mirrors of the Hotel Magnifique.
— Laura Phelps
Other Nominated Titles
Lakelore by Anna-Marie McLemore (March 8, 2022)
Squire by Sara Alfageeh (March 8, 2022)
The Selected Lists teams read throughout the year in search of the best titles published in their respective categories. Once a book is suggested (either internally or through the title suggestion form), it must pass through a review process to be designated an official nomination.
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