Review: Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young

Type: Stand-Alone
Genre: Mystery, Young Adult
Publication Date: November 3, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Hardcover // Library
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Summary: 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.


It's been a while since that I have read a book that has surprised me and this book definitely did. There is so much about this book that I really enjoyed starting from the premise to the characters to the setting.

On their way to Grandma's house, Audrey and her family ended up in the luxurious Hotel Ruby. There, she meet the mysterious Eli and other mysterious workers.

What really made me enjoy this book as much as I did was mostly the mystery aspect. The mystery of the hotel and the other characters are so captivating and it just makes you want to read to the very end to figure everything out.

The setting is interesting and the characters are just amazing. There is a unique set of characters in this book that I really liked as well as their relationship with other. Audrey and her brother, Daniel, have a relatively relatable sibling-relationship so I really liked that part. They fight and get annoyed with each other, but at the very end, they love each other and would anything to help each other.

Then there is Elias. Elias is the mysterious and kind guest at the hotel who Audrey keeps on seeing around. He is kind and very gentleman-ly, but he also haves this mysterious aura around him that you just cannot get enough of.

The ending is just not what I was expecting at all. It definitely surprised me in the best way possible and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves a good mystery. 

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