Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young
"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."- summary from Amazon
It's been a while since I've read a book by Young, though I've been following along on her journey since before her debut was out (I was lucky enough to read a manuscript copy of The Naughty List almost a year before it was published). It's so cool to see that she's branching out into so many different genres within YA. This was a really good, creepy, suspenseful read with a great emotional and satisfying climax. This was an awesome new book from Young, and it makes me wish to catch up on the rest of her back catalog.
FTC: Borrowed book from local library. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.