Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Age Group: Young Adult
Summary: 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.
My Thoughts: I am a huge fan of Suzanne Young. I usually devour her books pretty fast.
We are introduced to Audrey and her family. Her father, and her brother Daniel. Her mother passed away a little while ago. I keep reading books where one of the parents are dead and this really gets to me! As of now, both of my parents are gone and so it’s a bit of touchy subject but seems like a lot of YA books have that going on in the plot right now.
Audrey and her family are on the way to their grandmother’s house to stay for a bit. Audrey’s father has trouble being a real father with their mother gone and he doesn’t know what to do.
They stop at a hotel on the way and end up staying for a few days. While there, weird things start happening. Audrey’s brother and father are invited to the elusive party downstairs but Audrey is not. She wants to be invited so bad. She also meets a group of friends she can really relate too. I especially liked Elias. Elias has lived at the hotel for a while and everybody really likes him. Audrey starts to develop feelings for Elias even in this short amount of time.
Honestly, this one was a little bit weird. Not weird in a bad way, just weird. And I think as the book went on, it started to dawn on me what “could” be happening. It was a little confusing but then it just clicked with me and I had a feeling. And the ending, I thought things were going to go differently but that's okay.
Overall: This is one of those you have to read on your own to really get it. I debated between giving it a 3 or a 4 cupcake rating. It’s probably more of a 3.5 for me. I liked it, I did, but I didn’t love it like some of Young’s other books. And that's ok! It’s definitely creepy that’s for sure!
Cover: Like it! Love how she is looking out like that!
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