Review: 4 Stars for Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young

Hotel Ruby
by Suzanne Young
Publication: November 3rd, 2015
Category: YA
Genre: Paranormal
Source: Public Library

My Rating:

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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…

~My Thoughts~

I’ve been meaning to read more by Suzanne Young since reading The Program back in 2013, but anyone who reads a lot of books knows how easy it is to have good intentions and wind up wandering pretty far off the beaten path. So many books, only myself to read them! So many “shiny” covers and interesting stories to pull us in different directions. I was thrilled when I saw the lineup of Suzanne Young books on the shelf of my local library recently, and I grabbed The Treatment (book 2 in The Program series) as well as this one.

Hotel Ruby is such an easy book to read. Simple yet impactful writing that lures you into the story within a few pages. I read it in just 2 sittings, only separated by a few hours of sleep.

Audrey Casella’s mom died 3 months ago and her dad just couldn’t deal with the loss. He was dumping her and her brother, Daniel, off for the summer at grandma’s house–a woman they barely knew–and the kids knew he wasn’t coming back for them. The story begins with their dreaded car ride, but ends up at a beautiful and haunting hotel–Hotel Ruby. It’s not long before they meet new and interesting people who seem to be regulars there, and the layers of their history begin peeling away throughout this intriguing and eery tale.

There were no big surprises in this book. I knew what was going on throughout the story, but there were a few small twists that I couldn’t quite put my finger on ahead of time. The characters are developed well and story unfolds at a steady pace, keeping the pages constantly turning. I had a difficult time putting it down in the middle of the night, and picked it back up before my coffee had finished brewing the following morning.

After reading the last page, and being thoroughly satisfied with its conclusion, I feel like I know each character and would recognize the hotel if I walked into it someday. That’s a sure sign of outstanding writing!

I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to anyone who loves YA and enjoys a little bit of spooky, but not scary, and a well-developed plot. I’m really hoping Young delivers another stand-alone like this one!

~About the Author~

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Suzanne Young is the New York Times bestselling author of The Program, The Treatment, and several other novels. She currently lives in Tempe, Arizona where she teaches high school English and obsesses about books. Learn more about Suzanne at the links below!

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