Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: Novermber 3, 2015
“Sometimes the beautiful memories are the saddest ones of all.”
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 fooled by the synopsis of this book, and I might as well tell you to not let yourself be fooled. I am a sucker for horror, mystery and thriller genre and I expected this book to be as such. However, it is not as horrifying as it seems. It has a tiny spec of mystery which, half the book I’m sure, you can predict what is the secret of Hotel Ruby. Yet it will also give you a bit of surprise about the plot.
With the expectation that it is a different genre, I fly through this book knowing that it would scare me. However, even though it does not offer such I truly enjoy this book. And the romance aspect of the story does not annoy me unlike another love-at-first-sight kind of love. There is something about the characters that gets the best of me. Maybe because I love the character and their own issues make them who they are.
I would not say that this book was perfect and well-written. Yet I find it rare to rate books for my satisfaction and enjoyment alone. Although there are indeed flaws in the plot. I really like the plot as a whole and especially the ending. I like the characters because even though they have some issues in their life outside the Ruby, it adds up to the story quite well.
I truly enjoy this book but I only rated it 3.5 to 4 stars out of 5. It is not perfect, but it is one of those rare books in which you will not notice the time while you’re reading. Highly recommending it for the sake of enjoyment. Definitely give it a try!