Review: Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young

Hotel RubyHotel Ruby by Suzanne Young
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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…

And the 13th chapter will only add to the mystery behind the 13th floor of Hotel Ruby…and ultimately, what it means for Audrey.

Welcome to the Ruby.

Haunted hotels sounds like the perfect October read, so naturally when this book became available on Riveted Lit, I jumped at the chance. The basic part of the story is that a grieving dysfunctional family on the road makes a pit stop at the Hotel Ruby for a night, but then decide to stay until the end of the week, during which Audrey, our main character, starts noticing odd things happening at the hotel. The crux of All the Creepy is the concierge, who, while seemingly polite enough to others, is sort of rude to her, and keeps hovering and watching from the shadows. The plot twist, while predictable in a way, is awesome enough to blow your mind.

Audrey’s family – her brother and her father, haven’t spoken much to each other since the mother’s death. And now that her father is dumping the siblings off at their grandma’s because of her acting out, they are on thin ice with each other. But at the hotel, they seem to, on the surface at least, get along, which forms a big reason for their extending their stay. Audrey, though, is much more interested in hanging out with Elias, while her brother is interested in Elias’ ex. Weird horror stuff happens, but everyone is cryptic about it, including the staff. And if you already knew the plot twist (I was already spoiled before reading the book soooooo) you can see where the author cleverly places the clues. That reveal was interesting; it made sense and also drew upon the number 13. Basically, an interesting spooky book which makes it a good Halloween read.

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