So there's this book that I read years back (like 4th grade). Loved it to death, put it down, never picked it back up (also unfortunately never finished it). I forgot the book title and it's been years since I've read it, so please bear with me as I describe this book in the most horrific way a person could ever describe a book. (I also want to note that I have never actually met anyone who has heard of this book but maybe I'll get lucky here.)
I'll start with the cover, there's a girl in the middle of a forest (front facing) holding a candle🕯 (?? I think. Whether or not she was holding a candle is a little is still a bit of a blur) and I think the book may have come out between 2010-2014.
The small details of this book that I can remember are there is this girl and she has a cat (I think there were either 1 or 2) which stayed in like a library place that she would always visit...they may have also been talking but don't hold me to that minor detail.
In the back of my mind I want to say she is royalty...like her dad's a king or something but I'm really not sure if that's how the book actually went (her dad/mom may or may not have died. It was one of her parents, either mom or dad).
Anyway, she is forbidden from entering a forest/leaving beyond the castle walls but she really wants to so she does it anyway secretly. I'm pretty sure a book also plays a pretty large part in it, one that she finds from the library with the cats I THINK??? (Edit: by miracle I remembered. She discovers a book in the library with a map in it that helps guide her to the heart of the forest)
There's this one specific scene that I remember vividly though. She keeps this kaleidoscope that she got because one of her parents that either died or she can't see anymore gave it to her, and this boy that hates her breaks it.
This was an awful description, and it's highly unlikely many of you have even heard of the book, but SOMEBODY. ANYBODY. PLEASE HELP ME. I'm pulling my hair out.