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Parents' Guide to

The Splendor

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Teen braves creepy mind manipulators in perilous tale.

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Truth, illusion, mind control and more loom large in a spooky tale of a hotel that fulfills its guests' every wish, the dark goings-on that make it possible, and a teen trying to save her sister. Emotions are high and the world-building gets more than a bit confusing at The Splendor, especially since it's very hard to tell the real from the imaginary. Navigating a world in which everything is an illusion planted by the hotel's staff to ensure the perfect experience is only one of the difficulties heroine Juliette faces -- she also grapples with the possibility that her beloved sister doesn't want her around any more, with or without any help from the mind-manipulators.

"'You thought telling me my sister didn't love me enough to keep her memories of me would make me happy?' Her voice was brittle, shrill.

"'No, of course not.' Henri's hair had fallen across his forehead and he shoved it out of his eyes. 'But I thought knowing the truth would help you be happy. Eventually.'

"She fixed him with a withering glare. 'Look around, Henri. No one comes here for the truth.'"

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