Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: November 3rd, 2015
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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…
Welcome to the Ruby.
Suzanne Young always keeps me on my feet, wanting to try and help her characters out of their situations. It was no different when it came to Hotel Ruby. What a marvelous idea this book was! All the aspects, the scenery, the characters, the plot - Young led me through twists and turns of the grand Hotel Ruby until all the secrets could be revealed.
Perfect for Halloween season, Hotel Ruby introduces us to the Casella family. They arrive to this beautiful, glamorous old hotel. The siblings, Audrey and Daniel, are off to live with their grandmother after a terrible incident. But before this, they stop for the night at Hotel Ruby.
It's clear something is fishy and creepy about this hotel. The staff acts weird, the guests are oblivious to this and there's parties that are invite-only. And it seems that Audrey is the only one who is not invited. The story starts off well. It interested me to the point I couldn't stop reading even if I wanted to try (which I didn't). Audrey led me to beautiful corridors and big mysterious rooms. She introduced me to Elias and the Ruby staff. It all was so mysterious but I just wanted to KNOW. ALL.
Even if I wanted to, I couldn't tell what was going to happen. I tried and tried again to come up with ideas of what was happening but I came up with ZERO. Everything was a surprise to me and it made me feel so many emotions. I cried (LOTS!) throughout the book. I smile knowingly when Elias and Audrey were together. I enjoyed way too much this book and it truly was perfect for this time of year. If people ask me which one I'd recommend for this holiday, Hotel Ruby would definitely be up in my list. Suzanne Young has always known how to break me apart - her books impact me and throw me into waves of pure, raw emotions. Her books are just simply magnificent!