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The Hotel Between

(The Hotel Between #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  458 ratings  ·  125 reviews
For the hardback, see ISBN13: 9781534416970.

Twins Cameron and Cassia Kuhn have never known their parents. They’ve been told their mother died, but their father’s fate remains a mystery. Cass is certain their father abandoned them, but Cam isn’t so sure. He wants to prove her wrong; he must, because they need a father to help them battle the surgeries Cass faces due to her
ebook, 352 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Jan 12, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Hi all! I'm taking the lead of so many other authors and using this space to leave updates on my upcoming book, THE HOTEL BETWEEN. I can't tell you all how excited I am to share these characters and this journey with you. This book is me, and by sending it out I feel almost like I'm breaking off pieces of me and mailing them out into the world.

Anyway, the updates:

✔️ The book finally has a release date! September 4th, 2018. Mark your calendars!!
✔️ The cover's been revealed, and it's up everywher
Amanda Rawson Hill
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I got to read an early version of this book and it was so fun aND original that I'm seriously just waiting for the movie rights to sell. Fast paced, full of heart, and socially conscious. It's amazing!
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read a couple of versions of this story as it evolved and it is such a fantastically fun adventure! Grand Budapest Hotel for middle-grade with a big helping of heartfelt family mystery and very cool magic.
Book Hunter
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Hotel Between is a magical place with doors opening up to places all around the world, and twins Cameron and Cassia are drawn into it on a quest to find out what happened to their parents. This book is a fast read with gorgeous settings, fun characters, and many twists and turns. The only thing I had trouble with was that hinges and pins and a concept called binding never did sort themselves out in my mind. But that being said, this book is a great adventure and has a lot of heart. I have ev ...more
Valerie McEnroe
I will give this author 2 stars for imagination, but honestly this book left me thoroughly confused. I absolutely did not get it, and I don't expect middle grade readers will either. Kudos to the cover. It's a work of art. Title, font, gold lettering. I don't know how you can pass up the opportunity to read this once you've seen the cover.

The opening is intriguing too. Cam is walking home from school and sees a grand hotel occupying an empty strip mall. The bell boy does a trick, and low and be
Gerardo Delgadillo
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 out of 5 stars!

I received an ARC ebook from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

Yikes! Where to start? This novel blew my mind. I mean, I really like the concept–a hotel with magic doors that open to exotic destinations all around the world. Imagine if that existed? You could drive to the nearest Hotel Between’s door, and have dinner in Paris, or Cancun, or wherever you wished to go! On the other hand, airlines would take a big hit if this were real. So, let’s stick with fantasy.

Okay. On
Brad McLelland
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-fantasy
I had been keeping my eye on this debut novel for some time, waiting my turn to snatch an ARC so I could find out what the incredible hype was all about. Suffice it to say, I was utterly blown away. Sean Easley creates a world like none I've ever seen, filled with magic and intrigue and action and all the things that make a great Middle Grade novel ... well ... GREAT. The world-building is just exceptional, and the rules of the beautiful and magical (and many times dangerous!) Hotel Between are ...more
Derek Milman
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I simply loved this spirited adventure of twins Cameron and Cassia, facing very real conflict with their missing father, and encountering a mysterious, magical hotel, with doors opening up to places around the world! I appreciated the touching relationship between the twins, and the rather gently buried yet subversive message that not everything is what it seems--including people, places, hopes, and dreams.

Easley's writing is at once whimsical and energetic, perfectly paced, and the book is see
Jessica Bayliss
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Super fun and original MG portal fantasy. This was such a unique premise with a truly original world. I loved the characters, especially the tricksy Nico. This book was full of twists, but none so complex that an MG-aged reader would struggle. I can't wait to see what happens next!
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Hotel Between by Sean Easley is a fun, suspenseful adventure! Dripping with magic and mystery, it’s also a story about family, friendship, trust, and the choices we make to get what we think we want. This book asks the reader to think about whether ends justify the means, and is it okay to sacrifice the many for one person vs one person for the many? Also, should the needs of others come before our own desires? This story had me hooked, trying to find out who was right/good or wrong/evil. Ku ...more
Anne O'Brien Carelli
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this MG adventure-fantasy story. I don't usually read fantasy books, but this one has convinced me I should read more of them because it was delightful! Middle Grade kids will love this book. It's full of intriguing characters (including Nico, my favorite, the sort of "tour guide") and one surprise after another. The underlying premise is serious (twins Cam and Cass want to find their missing father), but there's humor that this age group will thoroughly enjoy. The cover of ...more
Lija Fisher
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book has it all. Adventure, family, mystery, betrayal, and magic, all wrapped up in a fantastic setting. As a kid, I was always certain that someday a door would open and I'd be transported to another world, like Narnia through the wardrobe. This book captures just that feeling, but instead of a wardrobe readers are sent to a magical hotel where you never know where each door will lead and you're not quite sure who on staff is there to help, or hinder, the characters. Just watch out for the ...more
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There’s so much to love about this book! The magic system is fascinating, the characters are complex, and I just adored all the exotic locales and adventures! There is a mystery and an intricate plot that will keep you glued to the page to find out just what exactly is going on—I loved all the twists. But at its heart, it’s a story about the magic and powerful bonds of family. And that cover!!! Highly recommended!
Cam discovers a mysterious Hotel Between one day in a place that never had a hotel before. The Hotel is a magical doorway that connects all over the world through a central hub. Cam's mother and father used to work for the Hotel but never told Cam or his twin sister Cassia. Mom died and dad disappeared leaving only wooden coins for the twins. They are being raised by their grandmother Oma who has to deal with Cassia's medical issues. Cam takes a job with the Hotel in the hopes that it will help ...more
Mrs. Mazzola
**Thank you to Edelweiss for the copy to read and review.**

I wanted to like this book more than I did, but in the end, it left me feeling more confused than intrigued. The world building is interesting and the plot moves quickly, but I thought Cassia was a plot device instead of a thoroughly fleshed out character and the mechanics of the magic could be better explained. Overall, while it might appeal to a few of my students, I don't think I will be adding it to my library at this time.
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
I don't know why I picked this book up. I think I read that one of the children involved has spina bifida and I'm interested in that. She didn't have a very big part and I thought about quitting a few times but chugged on. I didn't know who the bad guys were or what the magical pins and keys were doing, but my 11 and 12 year old grand kids would probably know and like the book more that I did.
Jennifer Myers
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing! If you want a story that will sweep you off your feet and immerse you in magic right from the very first pages, then look no further. Pack your bags and get ready to enjoy the trip of a lifetime!
Such a fun book that will appeal to readers enamored of the wide world, magic, social justice, and the deep roots of family love. Ironically, I finished reading it in a hotel, but it was not nearly as exciting as the Hotel Between.
Liz Friend
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it
The story: Their parents disappeared years ago, and Oma takes care of Cameron and Cassie. He's worried about everything and even keeps a list of Worst Ways to Die--but when he has a chance to figure out what happened to Mom and Dad, Cam knows he has to take it...even if it means stepping into the Hotel Between. It's a place where rich travelers can take magical vacations--but where the unwary can find themselves overcome by magical mayhem. Cam doesn't know who to trust--the smiling Nico? Suspici ...more
A.M. Morgen
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book has forever ruined vacations for me. Why even bother staying at a hotel if it's not a magical hotel whose doors can open to any spot on the globe?

But until I get my own invitation to the Hotel, I'm glad I can enjoy reading about it. The Hotel Between is a very cool magical place that is stitched together with a unique kind of magic. The main character, Cameron, is drawn to the hotel because of his family's history with it. Throughout the book, there are lots of unexpected twists and tu
Michele Knott
You’ll want to pour over this one slowly because you’ll miss one of the crazy twists and turns this book brings along with it!
Perfect for readers who enjoy world building and fast adventure. I’m already ready for more!
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cameron worries a lot. He worries about his twin sister Cassia, who is physically disabled and has lots of health problems. He worries so often about his list of Worst Ways to Die that he doesn't go anywhere or do anything. He would do anything to get his father back. All he knows about his parents is that, one day when they were babies, his dad left him and Cass with their Oma along with two carved wooden coins, claiming that their mother was gone and that he had to go on the run. He never retu ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

Cameron lives with his Oma, who works at his school as a substitute teacher, and sister Cassia, who has been challenged all of her life with the complications of spina bifida. His mother is dead, and his father has disappeared, although Oma says he was stolen and didn't abandon them. One day, Cam is coming home from school and see a mysterious building; the Hotel Between. He meets the mysterious Nico, and finds out that the amulet on the necklace he wears that belonged t
Intermediate Junior Fiction Fantasy Novel

Another book with diverse characters! I just can't get enough of that.
Diverse Characters:
Rahki - Middle Eastern
Nico - Honduran
Sev - Russian
Cass and Cameron - twins, call their grandmother Oma which is the German word for that relation
Cass has spina bifida and is confined to a wheel chair.

In this book Cam and Cass are dropped off at their grandmother's doorstep by their father who mysteriously says that their mother has died, he's being chased, he le
Mark Buxton
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
My name is Cam, and Nico allowed me to enter a hotel that can transport me anywhere in the world. My father worked at the Hotel before he disappeared when I was little. I just want to bring him home, so he can help care for my younger sister's spina bifada. However, Nico says I can't trust anyone else at the Hotel, except for Sev, and I can't let anyone know why I'm here, especially the Old Man. I've agreed to become an employee, so I can do some searching during my ten-day probation. I've learn ...more
Sara Wray
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The plot kept me hooked the entire time. I honestly couldn't decipher who the good guys and bad guys were, which kept me wanting to read more and more. The world of The Hotel Between is full of mystery and intrigue. I mean, a magical hotel that can just about take you anywhere in the world you want to go? Sign me up! But there was also a great mix of danger and excitement. It was definitely unlike anything I've ever read before.

This book is also filled with diver
Eliot Sappingfield
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Kids who love adventure, magic, or mystery
"The Hotel Between" is...magical. Absolutely loved it.

Whatever you're expecting- The Hotel Between somehow manages to surprise and delight. It's a story of magic, the world it takes place in is filled with a unique type of magic that has a kind of consistent logic to it while still managing to exciting the imagination. There are rules, contracts, totems, and all kinds of tricks to keep the reader guessing.

It's a family story- Hotel Between is deeply rooted in family relationships and the entwi
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The Hotel Between by Sean Easley, 352 pages. Simon Schuster, 2018. $16.99.

Content: G



Walking home from school Cam happens upon a glamorous hotel in an otherwise empty strip mall. The emblem on the door matches the coin given to him by his father before disappearing many years ago. Cam knows there’s a connection between the hotel and his father’s disappearance. When Nico, the bellboy, invites him into the Hotel Between, Cam has no idea wh
Duke Droste
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Hotel Between Delivers

The Hotel Between is book for Middle grade readers but is suitable for Middle Age readers. The story has the familiar archetypes to which young readers will respond: the good, the bad, the ugly, the mysterious, the confusing ....

Cam is a twelve-year-old worry-wart about everything. He lives with his grandmother and disabled twin sister Cass. The only memories of his parents are shadows he dreams about. The Hotel reveals itself to those who need it. The Hotel invites him
"The Hotel Between" really took me by surprise with its creativity and magic - middle-grade fantasy adventure stories are a dime a dozen these days, so I wasn't expecting to be as impressed as I was. The Hotel itself is a wonderful setting, full of secrets and dazzling surprises. And the magic is, well, pretty awesome once you figure it out. I found the whole system and the rules a little hard to follow, but that could just be me.

I often found myself wishing the characters had a little more dep
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Sean Easley is the author of the middle grade fantasy adventure series THE HOTEL BETWEEN from Simon & Schuster BFYR.

Sean was born and raised in North Texas, but he's never owned a pair of cowboy boots or a ten-gallon hat. He can definitely tell you where to find those things, though.

Today Sean writes books full-time in his little office in Texas, where he lives with his wife and son. There may or

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