Young, Suzanne Hotel for the Lost 281 pgs. Simon, 2015. $10.99. Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG13(Kissing/Lust/Suggestive Talk) Violence: R (Killing/Descriptive Car Crash)
Teenager Audrey’s life has taken a turn for the worse. Her mother recently died unexpectedly and it has sent her family into turmoil. On the way to a dump her and her older brother Daniel off at their grandmothers her dad decides to stop for a stay at the Ruby Hotel. Its very luxurious and grand, they even have fancy dances every night. She meets a handsome guy named Elias, makes friends with some of the staff and enjoys the pool. But things are not what they seem, the staff is terrorized, her brother is acting really strange, and there was stories of fire and death at the original Ruby Hotel. Will Audrey figure things out before her life unravels any further?
This is a very readable horror novel for teens and I read it straight through fairly quickly. The characters aren’t very memorable, though many attempts are made to build a foundation for the main character, I felt like it was all one step removed. Overall I did enjoy reading this book and I think teens will find it a fun read when they are in the mood for something really spooky. The romance wasn’t too much but there is a high level of violence.
HS – ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.