Books with hotel settings always call out to me as I love going to stay in hotels. And a book with a hotel setting feels like the next best thing to me actually going to one for little luxury in my life! So Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young was must read for me.Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young
Published by Simon and Schuster on November 3rd 2015
Genres: Emotions & Feelings, Horror & Ghost Stories, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
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 in a place that is so much more than it seems…
Welcome to the Ruby.
First Line of Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young:
“The treetops curve about the road like an archway, blotting out the moon and the stars.”
My Thoughts on Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young:
There was a lot to really enjoy in this book. Audrey, her brother and her father check into the Hotel Ruby on a trip to their grandmother’s house. Her father is unable to cope with life after the untimely and sudden death of his wife and is leaving Audrey and Daniel in the care of their grandmother for the summer. I laughed out loud when I saw Audrey’s reaction to the attic bedroom that her grandmother was giving her:
“Locking me in an attic like a character from a V.C. Andrews novel.”
I always love when books reference other books that I’ve loved in the past and it immediately makes me connect with the character as we’ve obviously read the same books! The book focuses a lot on the relationships between the brother and sister and their father and I enjoyed that a lot.
My favourite part though was the Hotel Ruby who felt just like another character in the book. The setting is opulent, the descriptions of the hotel are great and I could picture the grandness of the dazzling interior. But it was also spooky as hell! Things are far from normal in the Ruby and I felt a little creeped out at times
From the language used, you get a pretty good idea what direction this book will take. The foreshadowing through the words used was clever but it does take some of the guess-work out of the plot as it wasn’t at all subtle. I didn’t one hundred percent guess what was happening until it was revealed however I was fairly close.
I liked Audrey a lot especially for her loyalty to her family. There is a lot of unresolved tension between them all but Audrey is willing to make allowances and tries to glue them all back together again into a new unit. I also love how brave she is at times during the book. Despite quivering with fear, she stands up for the underdog. And there are a lot of underdogs as Kenneth (the concierge) terrorises the staff which is pretty horrible to read about so I was delighted when Audrey challenged him time after time.
There was something that I didn’t love though. There is a huge case of insta-love in the book between Audrey and Elias and I was a bit indifferent to the whole romance element. It didn’t overly bother me as I was more interested in the creepy happenings anyway. I thought they were cute together but they never wowed me and or made me fully believe that they were kindred spirits.
Overall this though was more win than fail. Suzanne Young has a great way with words and the plot felt both spine-chilling and tragic which I really enjoyed.
|Did I feel it?|
Who should read Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young?
I’d recommend this to those who like creepy atmospheric reads, family focused storylines and hotel settings. Haters of insta-love need not apply! Fans of Suzanne’s previous books such as The Program should also enjoy. If you liked Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout or When by Victoria Laurie then you might also appreciate this one.
Thanks to Edelweis and Simon Pulse for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.