Published by Simon Pulse on November 3rd, 2015
Genres: paranormal, horror
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 was really excited about this book. I have really enjoyed and even loved Young’s previous books, and felt fully confident that I would love this one too. Reading the synopsis made me think of The Shinning, The Others & Sixth Sense. All movies I’ve loved. I was so ready to dive into this book. I was ready to be swept away in the story. I was ready to fly through the book at lightening speed.
Unfortunately that was not what happened. I don’t know if I was more disappointed by the characters that were underdeveloped or the plot which really didn’t get going until the last 75 pages of the book. Or the pace which sort of ties in with the plot issues. The pace was very slow and I found myself skimming the book because literally NOTHING was happening and I was bored out of my mind.
I wanted to love Audrey and her family but I didn’t. All I really know about them is that their mother/wife was dead and the kids were off to live with a relative they didn’t even know. Dad was so far into his own grief that he couldn’t take care of his kids the way they needed to be cared for. We also knew that Audrey had an ex boyfriend and Daniel was a bit of a ladies man already. But we never learn much else about them.
Things between Audrey & Elias felt insta-lovey to me, which really bothered me. It didn’t feel real, it felt forced. I found myself hating them even more. I didn’t ship them at all, and in fact, liked Audrey so much more when she was on her own, away from Elias As much as the concierge, Kenneth was creepy, so was Elias. I kept hoping Audrey would stay the heck away from him. I think he preyed on her. He could tell she was feeling lonely, sad & wracked with grief so he managed to weasel his way into her heart.
The best part of the book was the last 75 or so pages. The rest of it was boring and I just kept hoping it was going to improve and be more like the writing I’m used to reading by Young. I am glad I read this book, but it was a disappointment to me. I truly think I hyped it up too much in my mind and I really need to stop doing that because I hate being disappointed.