I just finished reading Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young for an Around the World ARC Tour.
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.
This one was a super fast read. At the beginning, I remember thinking that things didn't really line up right and something was off, but I don't remember what. And then I got sucked in.
So I spent the whole time I was reading the book trying to figure out just what was going on in Hotel Ruby. I knew it had to be something suspicious. But I didn't even come close to figuring it out. And I should have!
It was both a horror story (man, two in a row--good thing it's Halloween weekend) and a tender, sad one combined. I really liked Audrey. I felt so bad for her and her loss. And I loved her big brother Daniel. He was everything an older brother is supposed to be. And then there was Elias. I loved his old-school gentlemanness (so not a word) and the way he treated those he cared about.
The only thing I didn't really like, or get, what the ending with Kenneth. I won't say more than that but how it happened confused me. Overall though, this was a great book if you're looking for something a little creepy but with a little heart too.
I gave this book a rating of 3.5/5.
Hotel Ruby will be released on November 3, 2015.
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.