Book Review: Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young

November 2, 2015 Young Adult Book Reviews 1 ★★½

Book Review: Hotel Ruby by Suzanne YoungTitle: Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young
Published by: Simon Pulse on November 3, 2015
Genres: Horror & Ghost Stories, Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC
Pages: 288
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two-half-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 life in a place that is so much more than it seems…
Welcome to the Ruby.

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Also by this author: A Need So Beautiful, The Remedy

One Line: It wasn’t as spooky as I was hoping for.

In My Opinion: Worth a try!

I’m a fan of Young’s, I’ll admit, but this book missed the mark for me. My biggest struggle with this book was that it took entirely too long to get to the point and there wasn’t nearly enough of the ghostly/spooky variety that I was hoping for going into this book. I’m beginning to think that the YA horror genre just isn’t for me. It just doesn’t spook/excite me like I want it to. So yeah, it took more than half the book for any kind of action to happen. The first half of the book, Young was just dancing around the topic and it was a lot of frivolous teen drama.

I did appreciate the setting of the hotel and the eerie atmosphere that Young was trying to portray. The hotel felt like its own character and you could easily tell there was something otherworldly going on. I even liked some of the characters in the book, to an extent. I didn’t care for Audrey as much as I wanted to and I liked her brother and father even less. Yes, they’re all dealing with a tragedy and I sympathized, but I couldn’t connect with them as much. I definitely would’ve been more cognizant of my strange surroundings if in Audrey’s situation, so it threw me off how she reacted to everything at first.

It wasn’t until close to the end when things really picked up and you get more of the paranormal aspect of the story. I loved those parts. It was definitely those moments that turned this into a somewhat decent read for me. I was able to fly through those pages a lot faster and easier because they entertained and excited me. The rest of the story was just “meh” for me. In any case, it was a somewhat quick read and if you’re looking for a mild-mannered mystery/ghost story, then you might want to give this a try.

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