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Today, we're packing our bags and taking a trip to the...last hotel you ever want to stay at. *-* Ominous enough for you? Perfect! Then you have been adequately warned because a stay here is like a stay at no other hotel and though you've never seen the likes of them, if you arrive they will have been expecting you. *gulp* -cue the creepy organ music- So ladies and gents, if you'd be so kind as to gather your belongings and step gaily to the virtual desk, an attendant will be with you shortly. In the mean time, may I introduce today's book of choice...
About the book...
Eleven-year-old Quinn has had some bad experiences lately. She was caught cheating in school, and then one day, her little sister Emma disappeared while walking home from school. She never returned.
When Quinn's best friend Kara has to move away, she goes on one last trip with Kara and her family. They stop over at the first hotel they see, a Victorian inn that instantly gives Quinn the creeps, and she begins to notice strange things happening around them. When Kara's parents and then brother disappear without a trace, the girls are stranded in a hotel full of strange guests, hallways that twist back in on themselves, and a particularly nasty surprise lurking beneath the floorboards. Will the girls be able to solve the mystery of what happened to Kara's family before it's too late?
I'm not one to believe the hype easily, especially when they contain references to two rather famous works from other areas of the entertainment industry. In this case however, the hype is FOR REAL.
I really enjoyed this novel much more than I anticipated. The family hardships, the close knit friendship, even the annoying brother, were all heartfelt and thoroughly captured. The creepiness of the inn itself was just right, allowing readers to settle in without ever really getting comfortable. I mean really, if they have that many locations, why have they never heard of them? What's with the odd assortment of attire and the airline stewardess that operates the elevator? You have a feeling there is something bigger than what you're seeing, and as the recollections dance closer to the truth, it seems to be right in your grasp...until it slips away like a distant dream and you're left with nothing but the TRUTH. I'm telling you, the ending...you're gonna need tissues. Be prepared.
To conclude, a great read perfect for the Middle Grade set that spins a story easy to relate to while still remaining in the realm of fantasy. You'll become fast friends with these besties and feel their apprehension as they approach the final destination that's meant to sever their bond...but they won't go down without a fight.
About the author...
Marina Cohen grew up in Scarborough, Ontario, where she spent far too much time asking herself what if... In elementary school, her favorite author was Edgar Allen Poe. She loved "The Tell-Tale Heart" and aspired to write similar stories. She is a love of the fantastical, the bizarre, and all things creepy.
Special thanks to the team at MacMillan Publishing for the ARC for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now via Roaring Brook Press, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.
Until next time...happy reading!