24465518Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Edelweiss
Rating: starstarstarstarblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

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.  – Goodreads

Review:

Audrey Casella is on her way to her grandmother’s when her father decides to stop and spend the night at the Hotel Ruby. The Hotel Ruby though is far more than meets the eye. It’s creepy, it’s weird, it host mysterious parties where one is required to have an invited–and everyone seems to have an invite but Audrey.

What Audrey, her dad and her brother don’t expect is the Hotel Ruby to change them. The three of them have been dealing with the death of their mother and wife and the void that she has left. It’s painful and not once does Young hide the feeling that grief hits you in waves and stages. It may not be constant, it may hit you at the most unexpected times and it isn’t always easy.

The Hotel Ruby also showed how grief broke the Casella family because they weren’t handling it well, they broke apart when they needed each other the most. But, if anything the Hotel Ruby brought them closer together. The Hotel Ruby has a dark past of its own, full of its own grief that is painful and hurts.  It’s hard to talk about Hotel Ruby without giving too much away, but here’s the thing. It works. Not once was I taken out of the story, the prose and the imagery kept me turning the pages even when I was far too sleepy to stay awake.

At its heart Hotel Ruby is a story about grief and family and it’s a beautiful story. Hotel Ruby is my type of horror novel, it’s more of a mind game then scary scary. It’s also a good mix of Hotel California and The Shinning which left me wanting more in this genre.