|AUTHOR: Suzanne Young|
PUBLICATION DATE: November 3, 2015
GENRE: horror, suspense
SETTING: Hotel Ruby, present day
GIVE IT TO: HS, those who love ghost stories
REVIEW: This book will be SO EASY to booktalk! Picture "Hotel California" crossed with The Overlook Hotel in Stephen King's The Shining. And there you have Hotel Ruby.
I thoroughly enjoyed the mysteries of Hotel Ruby, and I love that I never quite knew exactly what was going on until pretty close to the big reveal. Though Audrey annoyed me as a character and Kenneth seemed to be evil for no particular reason, the suspense of the story kept me HOOKED. I talked about this story for days with my students, even doing a few booktalks on ghost stories just so I could talk more about Hotel Ruby. My students cannot wait for this book to come out--I know I'm going to need to order multiple copies.
I don't want to say too much about this book for fear I'll give something away. This story isn't perfect--Audrey is about as infuriating a girl as I've seen--but if you love a creepy-delicious, suspenseful ghost story, you must read Hotel Ruby.
THE BOTTOM LINE: A must-read for fans of ghost stories. Creepy, suspenseful, and so "Hotel California." Read it!
STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: Ordering multiples. Extremely easy to booktalk this one!
READALIKES: The Shining (King); Haunting Violet (Harvey)
- Overall: 4/5
- Creativity: 5/5
- Characters: 4/5
- Engrossing: 4/5
- Writing: 4/5
- Appeal to teens: 5/5
- Appropriate length to tell the story: 5/5
- Language: high--multiple F-bombs, sh**
- Sexuality: medium--some kissing, talk of sex
- Violence: high--murder, story of people killed in a fire, blood and gore
- Drugs/Alcohol: medium-high--nightly party where everyone (including teen guests) drink alcohol
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