Hotel Magnifique - Emily J. Taylor
Seventeen-year-old orphan Jani dreams of leaving the cramped, filthy port town of Durc, but she's resigned to the reality of her life: working second shifts at a tannery to make ends meet and caring for her younger sister Zosa. That is, until the legendary Hotel Magnifique-the magical hotel that appears in a new location each morning-comes to town.
While they can't afford the exorbitant cost of a guest's stay, Jani and Zosa can interview for jobs in the hotel. And luck is on their side-with just a stroke of ink on paper, and an intervention by the vexingly handsome bellhop, the two girls are hired and swept into a world of adventure and wonderment. But despite the allure, Jani quickly begins to realize that something isn't quite right. None of the staff seem to remember their homes, yet Jani's memory is perfectly intact. It's clear that beneath the mysterious glamour, the hotel is hiding dangerous secrets.
Most dangerous of all is the maître d'hôtel, a ruthless man who, Jani discovers, holds the hotel staff prisoner by the magical ink of the contracts they sign. But what Jani can't understand is why he won't let them leave. With Bel the bellhop as her guide and confidante, Jani embarks on a mission to uncover the secrets of the hotel and free Zosa and the other staff from the cruelty of the maître.
To succeed, she'll need to harness a power she never knew she had, but failure would mean a fate far worse than never returning home.
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