Stay tonight. Stay forever.
When Audrey Casella arrives for an unplanned stay at the grand Hotel Ruby, she’s grateful for the detour. Read more...
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…
Welcome to the Ruby
- ISBN-13: 9781481423007
- ISBN-10: 1481423002
- Publisher: Simon Pulse
- Publish Date: November 2015
- Page Count: 288
- Reading Level: Ages 13-17
- Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-10-12
- Reviewer: Staff
Young's (The Remedy) unsubtle paranormal novel follows 17-year-old Audrey and what remains of her family after her mother's sudden death a few months earlier. Staying with her brother and father at the luxurious Hotel Ruby, en route to live with her grandmother, Audrey falls for charming fellow guest Elias and feels happiness for the first time in months. However, the hotel is rumored to be haunted, and the hostile concierge seems overly concerned with Audrey's every move. In a shocking climax, Audrey makes an irrevocable choice, and the narrative ignores conventional definitions of happy and unhappy endings. Audrey's unresolved guilt for her behavior toward her boyfriend Ryan, with whom she has fallen out of love while lacking the courage to break up with him, is handled well, but her first-person narrative is sometimes marred by on-the-nose descriptions of characters' motivations and emotional states ("My brother straightens in his chair, knocked sideways by the fact that our father would criticize him now"). A promising story that falls short. Ages 14up. Agent: Jim McCarthy, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (Nov.)