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Hotel Ruby Hardcover – November 3, 2015
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Gr 9 Up--Grief-stricken Audrey Casella and her familyarrive at the glamorous Hotel Ruby after an exhausting, strained carride. The recent death of Audrey's mother has devastated her father.Audrey and her brother try to watch out for each other, but the journeyhas been an arduous one. They are not happy about being sent to livewith their grandmother. When a sign announces that a hotel is close by,their father decides that they will stay one night and continue on inthe morning. However, there is more to the Ruby than they expected, andas one night turns into several days, Audrey and what's left of herfamily seem to begin to heal. The place is restful, engaging, glamorous, and strange. It has a ghostly past. Every night certain guests areinvited to an elegant party commemorating a fire that killed dozens ofpeople. Audrey is not invited, but her father and her brother bothreceive invitations. She spends her time exploring and making friends.The sweet housekeeper, Lourdes, and the intriguing Elias Lange take herin and show her around. Unfortunately, the more she learns, the morethreatening the hotel becomes, which culminates in a bone-chillingrevelation. Despite some choppy phrasing, this novel is a fast and funread. VERDICT A great purchase for libraries where paranormal mysteriescirculate well.--Claire Covington, Broadway High School, VA
"Prepare to be spooked and romanced as you attempt to unravel the mysteries of Hotel Ruby!" (Wendy Higgins, NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series)
About the Author
Suzanne Young is the New York Times bestselling author of the Program series. Originally from Utica, New York, Suzanne moved to Arizona to pursue her dream of not freezing to death. She is a novelist and an English teacher, but not always in that order. Suzanne is the author of The Program, The Treatment, The Remedy, The Epidemic, The Adjustment, The Complication, A Need So Beautiful, and Hotel Ruby. You can visit her online at Suzanne-Young.Blogspot.com.
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This was my first book by Suzanne Young, but it will definitely not be my last!!!
This morning I finished the book. Read it in nearly one sitting. The writing is smooth, and crisp. Young keeps her sentences simple, and the pace fast. There is not an abundance of description. It wasn't needed. She focused instead on the characters. They were so well developed, I knew each and every one of them.
While the mystery of the Hotel Ruby was obvious (at least to me) from the beginning of their stay, it didn't matter that there was no surprise twist. I enjoyed the telling of the tale. Very much. (There is still unexpected This & That, Here & There). The very end was emotional. Touching. And despite the norm and generally acceptable in fiction, I liked the direction Young went.
This book kind of made me think of Stephen King's Overlook Hotel with more weight given to the ghosts. My daughter did me a favor. She has introduced me to a new author. I definitely plan to check out more for Suzanne Young.
Author of WIZARD'S RISE and VACCINATION
This book was full of glittering facades with dark realities waiting just around the corner and kept me guessing until the very end. What happens when a family checks into a hotel that seems to make them want to stay forever? What secrets could be lurking in the shadows and why is it that everyone is invited to the party in the ballroom except for our main character Audrey? Well you better hold on tight because the truth behind The Hotel Ruby will leave you reeling. I loved how this book really gets in your head and almost makes you feel like you are a part of the story! As the story progresses, we learn more are more about pasts that everyone seems to want to hide, making to big reveal in the end all the more satisfying.
However, the twists were somewhat……predictable, at least if your horror fan like myself, and the end was a bit expected. Despite that, the author still does a good job of keeping you on your toes and I was still able to find the story very enjoyable! I would definitely recommend this if you are a fan of thrillers or if you just want something that will get in your head and make you think. Overall, I give Hotel Ruby a solid B+ and I’m looking forward to reading more from this author!
The story/plot itself was interesting, but it was very predictable. I figured out the "twist" long before it was revealed, and I will admit that the story became a bit tedious after awhile. The pacing for the first 80% of this story was pretty slow, but the last 20% did pick up quite a bit, and honestly this was my favorite part of the entire book (even though I did figure everything out beforehand). There were definitely some good twists throughout the story that I didn't see coming, but the ultimate twist was much too predictable, and it left me feeling at a loss since I was hoping that there would be a bit more to it.
My ultimate problem with this novel was in the characters. There were times I liked them, and then there were times I didn't. By the end, I was almost indifferent to what would happen. This was due to the fact that I felt they weren't developed enough throughout the story, even though there was ample opportunity to do so. It surprised me because Suzanne Young's writing in regards to other areas of the story was flawless, and I kept waiting for some of that skill to show up in her characters. But it never came. For the majority of the book I couldn't really stand Audrey that much. I found her annoying and very very naive. Nevertheless, toward the end of the book, I started liking her a bit more because she finally showed more emotion and a bit of growth. One thing that bothered me a lot is the fact that I had no clue how she acted prior to her mother's death. I had nothing to compare her current behavior to, and her past in general was extremely vague. I just found myself wanting more. Elias was okay as the "love interest" but he wasn't anything spectacular to me. Again, this was because I felt as if I didn't know him at all. Even at the end, I still had no feelings toward him. There's also the whole insta-love thing between Elias and Audrey which I couldn't stand at all (anyone who knows me knows just how much I hate insta-love).
I know it seems like I absolutely hated this book, but I didn't. I never wanted to DNF it because I was interested in seeing how everything would end. The one aspect of this book that I did enjoy a great deal was the "character" of the Hotel Ruby, and the setting/atmosphere of the novel. The hotel is foreboding, and I loved how Suzanne Young weaved the haunting atmosphere into the story. She did this effortlessly, and it was something that kept me enthralled with the story. Ms. Young made the hotel alive, and you could almost feel the history of the hotel seeping off the pages of the book.
While this novel wasn't my favorite book, it wasn't a terrible book by any means. There were many areas that could have used some improvement, and I expected a bit more. Ultimately, I think it's up to you whether or not you want to read this one or skip it. This will be a great story for some, and terrible for others. For me, I'm in the middle of the road, not totally hating it, but not totally loving it either.
Happy reading :)