The new title is HOTEL FOR THE LOST, one of the first titles I pitched when we were working on this book. It says a lot about the characters and their reasons for coming to The Ruby in the first place.
And now.... the new cover. Hope you love it!
About the book:
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.
The paperback edition will be released on October 4th! You can preorder it HERE.
Editorial Reviews (from Amazon)
"Prepare to be spooked and romanced as you attempt to unravel the mysteries of Hotel Ruby!" (Wendy Higgins, NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series)
Young follows up her New York Times best-selling series with a stand-alone title that straddles the line between suspense and horror. Three months after her mother’s death, Audrey is en route to her grandmother’s house, along with her brother, Daniel, because their dad just can’t handle them anymore. But their fractured family makes an unexpected stop at the historic, beautiful, and supposedly haunted Hotel Ruby. One night turns into two, as her family falls under the spell of the place, and Audrey falls for the dreamy Elias. But when Audrey learns the real reason people stay so long at Hotel Ruby, she’s forced to make a difficult decision: Does she want to stay forever, too? With an engrossing plot that keeps readers guessing and an enigmatic romantic lead, Young’s latest is sure to please her fan base. Audrey’s struggle to reconcile her life in the wake of losing her mother is palpable and adds weight to the story. Haunting and hard to put down. (Booklist)
"Young accurately captures each resident’s grief, thus populating her novel with three-dimensional characters whom readers will appreciate." (Kirkus)
Gr 9 Up–Grief-stricken Audrey Casella and her family arrive at the glamorous Hotel Ruby after an exhausting, strained car ride. The recent death of Audrey’s mother has devastated her father. Audrey and her brother try to watch out for each other, but the journey has been an arduous one. They are not happy about being sent to live with their grandmother. When a sign announces that a hotel is close by, their father decides that they will stay one night and continue on in the morning. However, there is more to the Ruby than they expected, and as one night turns into several days, Audrey and what’s left of her family seem to begin to heal. The place is restful,engaging, glamorous, and strange. It has a ghostly past. Every night certain guests are invited to an elegant party commemorating a fire that killed dozens of people. Audrey is not invited, but her father and her brother both receive invitations. She spends her time exploring and making friends. The sweet housekeeper, Lourdes, and the intriguing Elias Lange take her in and show her around. Unfortunately, the more she learns, the more threatening the hotel becomes, which culminates in a bone-chilling revelation. Despite some choppy phrasing, this novel is a fast and fun read. VERDICT A great purchase for libraries where paranormal mysteries circulate well.–Claire Covington, BroadwayHigh School, VA (School Library Journal)