Release Date: November 3, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Young Adult | Mystery | Horror
Stay Tonight. Stay Forever.
When Audrey Casella arrives for an unplanned stay at the grand Hotel Ruby, she’s grateful for the detour. Just months after their mother’s death, Audrey and her brother, Daniel, are on their way to live with their grandmother, dumped on the doorstep of a DNA-matched stranger because their father is drowning in his grief.
Audrey and her family only plan to stay the night, but life in the Ruby can be intoxicating, extending their stay as it provides endless distractions—including handsome guest Elias Lange, who sends Audrey’s pulse racing. However, the hotel proves to be as strange as it is beautiful. Nightly fancy affairs in the ballroom are invitation only, and Audrey seems to be the one guest who doesn't have an invite. Instead, she joins the hotel staff on the rooftop, catching whispers about the hotel’s dark past.
The more Audrey learns about the new people she's met, the more her curiosity grows. She’s torn in different directions—the pull of her past with its overwhelming loss, the promise of a future that holds little joy, and an in-between life in a place that is so much more than it seems…
Welcome to the Ruby.
"Welcome to Hotel Ruby where you can stay the night, or stay forever!"
HOTEL RUBY by author Suzanne Young, is a standalone novel that is filled to the brim with mysteries, suspense, romance, and a girl's search for a way to get over the devastating loss of her mother, and for a way to keep her family together before it's too late to turn back the hands of time. 17-year old Audrey Casella and her family are on the way to Nevada to see their grandmother when they take a detour to HOTEL RUBY. For Ruby and her family, this detour is a respite from the past three months of acting out, ignoring each other, and throwing parties in order to perhaps hope for a bit of attention.
But, what Audrey doesn't plan for, is that she's separated from her family at check-in, and ends up on the thirteenth floor. (Author Suzanne Young teases that readers will need to be patient until the THIRTEENTH chapter of the story in order for her to reveal the significance.) She then meets Elias Lange whose very presence at the hotel turns things upside down and peaks her curiosity. Elias isn't one to hold back on his interest for Audrey, or the fact that he doesn't want her to leave. Elias is also not her ex-boyfriend who loved her but she lost interest in him. Elias isn't alone in catching Audrey's attention.
There is the tyrant named Kenneth who is capable of doing horrific things to the staff and guests if they step out of line, or they reveal too much about the Hotel to outsiders like Audrey. Kenneth isn't exactly a fan of Audrey's. He tries and tries to get her to leave, or shut up and behave herself, but she doesn't go quietly away. She continues to try to find a way to save her brother Daniel and her father. Although Audrey is perhaps a bit on the clueless side at times, she doesn't relent in her desire to keep her family safe and together. Perhaps that above all, is why I loved this girl so much. She could have made so many different other choices. But, the one major choice she made was unselfish.
Audrey has her ups and downs with the staff and guests which include Lourdes, Catherine, Joshua, and Tanya. Of the previous mentioned characters, I loved Lourdes the most, while I found Catherine to be arrogant, and just plain mean spirited. Lourdes was the most interesting because she never once backs down to Kenneth, which means she gets the most punishment. I loved Lourdes because she allowed Audrey into her circle of friends. She took Audrey's situation in hand and went against the Rules.
The first questions that started floating out of my brain were: Is this place a like the Hotel California where you can check in but never leave? Why do all the guests, including Elias, have to go to a party every single night? Why did Audrey never get an invitation to the party? Why did Audrey end up on a floor that technically doesn't exist due to superstitions? Is the Hotel Ruby a sort of weigh station for the dead? Why is Audrey different from the rest of the guests? Is the Hotel a character all its own?
Overall I have to say that I would definitely recommend this book to those who don't mind ghost stories, or horror flicks. I would have perhaps given this a higher rating had the romance not been a bit on the insta-love at first sight. I'm still OK with the romance.
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