The Splendor by Breeana Shields

Posted July 30, 2021 by jrsbookr in Fantasy / 0 Comments

by Breeanna Shields
The Splendor by Breeana ShieldsThe Splendor Published by Page Street Source: Review copy
Genres: Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 330
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four-half-stars

The Splendor isn’t just a glamorous hotel, it’s a magical experience that gives its guests the fantasy fulfillment of their dreams. But The Splendor didn’t make Juliette’s dreams come true. It ruined her life.

After a weeklong stay, Juliette’s sister, Clare, returns from the hotel changed. Her connection to Juliette―the special bond they once shared―has vanished. In a moment of hurt and frustration, Juliette steals their meager savings and visits The Splendor herself.

When she arrives, she’s taken in by the lush and sumptuous hotel. But as she delves more deeply into the mystery of the place, and how they make their illusions work, she grows more and more uneasy. The Splendor has a seedy underbelly, but every time she gets close to discovering something real, she seems to hit a wall.

Meanwhile, Juliette meets Henri, an illusionist who lives and works at the hotel. Henri’s job is to provide Juliette with the same Signature Experience he gives all the guests―one tailored fantasy that will make her stay unforgettable. As he gets to know her, he realizes that not only is he ill-equipped to make her dreams come true, he’s the cause of her heartache

Review

A hotel that promises to give your heart a desire is a hotel I like to visit. Steeped in fantastic illusion, The Splendor is the fantasy trip of a lifetime. The book starts by showing us a genuine relationship between Juliette and her sister Clare. Clare has just returned from a week-long stay at this fabulous hotel, but something isn’t right, and Juliette is determined to find out what has happened at all costs. What Juliette discovers at the hotel is far from what she imagined. The book alternates chapters between Juliette and Henri, an illusionist who works at the hotel. Together the two develop a friendship and, in the process, undercover the absolute truth behind The Splendor hotel. Don’t miss the fantasy mystery out in September from Page Street Publishing.

four-half-stars

About Breeanna Shields

Breeana Shields is an award-winning author of fantasy novels for teens including The Bone Charmer duology (Page Street), the Poison’s Kiss duology (Random House BFYR), and The Splendor (coming September 2021 from Page Street).

When she’s not writing, Breeana loves reading, traveling, and playing board games with her extremely competitive family. She lives near Washington D.C. with her husband, her three children, and two adorable, but spoiled dogs.

Rating Report
Plot
4.5
Characters
4
Writing
4
Pacing
4
Cover
3.5
Overall: 4.5