We think the book was part of a series. The first book had a black flocked cover, so it had a soft feel like a velvet fabric. Possibly with a gold castle on the front with stars coming up from it. It was a young adult book, it involved magic.

We think there was a dark green sequel, flocked cover again. Possibly with a silver inlay design this time instead of gold.

Memories of a possible plot include a family, Addams Family vibes, and possibly a squid in a cave at some point....but honestly we read so many that we could be jumbling plots.

  • Hi, welcome to SF&F. So this was a hardcover then? Standard size? Do you recall any character or place names?
    – DavidW
    Nov 16, 2022 at 20:59
  • Hi, thank you for the welcome 😊 Yes both books were hardbacks, standard size. Frustratingly we can't remember any specific names, it was around 20 years ago that we read them. I think we're just really hoping someone will recognise the cover description and have an aha moment! Nov 16, 2022 at 21:18
  • Hm, I think I know the series you mean... Need to try and remember what it's called, though...
    – Showsni
    Nov 17, 2022 at 0:33

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Could this be the "Pure Dead" series by Debi Gliori? The first book in the series has a purple velvety cover rather than black, but does have the castle on it you remember:

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Interestingly, it's the paperback version that had the gold and stars you remember (no flock effect here):

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Other entries in the series did indeed have different colours. The third in the series has the green cover:

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    Oh my goodness oh my goodness! Those are the ones! You're incredible, that was so fast, I knew it was a good idea to post here. Thank you so much ❤️❤️❤️ Nov 17, 2022 at 12:58

The "Pure Dead" series by Debi Gliori?

  • Yes thank you so much! What a fantastic community, so fast. My brother has been trying to work it out for two years and finally involved me yesterday, he's going to be kicking himself 😁 Thank you! Nov 17, 2022 at 13:00
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    Can you explain why your answer is correct?
    – FuzzyBoots
    Nov 17, 2022 at 14:41
  • Their answer is correct because they accurately named the book title and the author that I was looking for, with a link to the Wikipedia page describing the plot. Also I didn't realise you could only mark one answer as correct, which seems unfair! 😁 Nov 17, 2022 at 20:11

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