Hotel Ruby

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From Goodreads: 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.

After Audrey’s mother dies suddenly, her family life spirals out of control. While she’s acting out, her father is closing himself off. After a wild party where Audrey loses control, her father decides to send her and her older brother Daniel to live with her grandmother. But first they stop at Hotel Ruby for the night. The hotel may be out in the middle of nowhere, but it’s far from boring. A one night stay turns into days as Audrey and her family get caught up in the hotel life and all it has to offer, including love. Maybe staying at Hotel Ruby wouldn’t be such a bad thing. After all, the motto there is Stay tonight. Stay Forever.  Continue reading

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The Haunting and Awakening of Sunshine Girl

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie

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The Haunting of Sunshine Girl is based on the YouTube web series of the same name.

Shortly after her sixteenth birthday, Sunshine Griffith and her mother, Kat, move from sunny Austin, Texas to the rain-drenched town of Ridgemont, Washington. Though Sunshine is adopted, she and her mother have always been close, sharing a special bond filled with laughter and inside jokes. But from the moment they arrive, Sunshine feels her world darken with an eeriness she cannot place. And even if Kat doesn’t recognize it, Sunshine knows that something about their new house is just… creepy.

— From the book jacket of The Haunting of Sunshine Girl

In The Haunting of Sunshine Girl, Sunshine and her mom have just moved into a house that Sunshine is convinced is haunted. It starts out as your average routine haunting– footsteps and laughter in the night, doors opening and closing, things moving on their own. But it soon escalates into a full-blown nightmare, with just enough creeptastic scenes to make you want to sleep with the lights on for a few days. Along the way, Sunshine meets a boy named Nolan– the only person who seems to believe Sunshine– who helps her try to figure out who is haunting her house, and why. What they learn, not just about the ghost, but Sunshine herself, changes everything. It wraps up with a terrifying finale as Sunshine attempts to free the ghost from her house, as well as the dark spirit that has also taken up residence.

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