The Best of Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young

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Today we bid farewell to our November 2015 Book of the Month — and our last book of the month until February! — Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young. Here’s a look back at highlights from this month’s features:

hotel ruby“Stay Tonight, Stay Forever” Writing Contest

We asked you to write a 250-500 word short story inspired by the Hotel Ruby tagline, “Stay Tonight, Stay Forever.” Submit your entry here for a chance to win a copy of Hotel Ruby. Be sure to check out the complete rules & details here first.

More from Suzanne Young

Beyond the Book

Book of the Month is going on hiatus until February 2016, but look for other great features and content here on Novel Novice throughout December and January!

More from Hotel Ruby author Suzanne Young

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Can’t get enough after reading Hotel Ruby? Here’s a look at some other great books from author Suzanne Young.

Program, TheThe Program

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.

treatment, theThe Treatment

Can Sloane and James survive the lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end? Find out in this sequel to The Program, which Publishers Weekly called “chilling and suspenseful.”

How do you stop an epidemic?

Sloane and James are on the run after barely surviving the suicide epidemic and The Program. But they’re not out of danger. Huge pieces of their memories are still missing, and although Sloane and James have found their way back to each other, The Program isn’t ready to let them go.

Escaping with a group of troubled rebels, Sloane and James will have to figure out who they can trust, and how to take down The Program. But for as far as they’ve come, there’s still a lot Sloane and James can’t remember. The key to unlocking their past lies with the Treatment—a pill that can bring back forgotten memories, but at a high cost. And there’s only one dose.

Ultimately when the stakes are at their highest, can Sloane and James survive the many lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end?

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In a world before The Program…

Quinlan McKee is a closer. Since the age of seven, Quinn has held the responsibility of providing closure to grieving families with a special skill—she can “become” anyone.

Recommended by grief counselors, Quinn is hired by families to take on the short-term role of a deceased loved one between the ages of fifteen and twenty. She’s not an exact copy, of course, but she wears their clothes and changes her hair, studies them through pictures and videos, and soon, Quinn can act like them, smell like them, and be them for all intents and purposes. But to do her job successfully, she can’t get attached.

Now seventeen, Quinn is deft at recreating herself, sometimes confusing her own past with those of the people she’s portrayed. When she’s given her longest assignment, playing the role of Catalina Barnes, Quinn begins to bond with the deceased girl’s boyfriend. But that’s only the beginning of the complications, especially when Quinn finds out the truth about Catalina’s death. And the epidemic it could start.

epidemic, theThe Epidemic (Coming Spring 2016)

Can one girl help others find closure by slipping into the identities of their loved ones? Find out in this riveting sequel to The Remedy and companion to the New York Times bestselling The Treatment and The Program.

In a world before The Program…

Quinlan McKee has spent her life acting as other people. She was a closer—a person hired to play the role of the recently deceased in order to give their families closure. Through this process, Quinn learned to read people and situations, even losing a bit of herself to do so. But she couldn’t have guessed how her last case would bring down her entire world.

The only person Quinn trusts is Deacon, her best friend and the love of her life. Except Deacon’s been keeping secrets of his one, so Quinn must set out alone to find Arthur Pritchard, the doctor who’s been trying to control her life. The journey brings Quinn to Arthur’s daughter, Virginia, who tells Quinn the truth about Pritchard’s motives. The former closer will start to see that she is the first step in fighting an epidemic.

But Quinlan doesn’t want to be a cure. And with all the lies surrounding her, she realizes she has no one left to rely on but herself—even if she doesn’t know who that is anymore.

a need so beautifulA Need So Beautiful

We all want to be remembered. Charlotte’s destiny is to be Forgotten…

Charlotte’s best friend thinks Charlotte might be psychic. Her boyfriend thinks she’s cheating on him. But Charlotte knows what’s really wrong: She is one of the Forgotten, a kind of angel on earth, who feels the Need—a powerful, uncontrollable draw to help someone, usually a stranger.

But Charlotte never wanted this responsibility. What she wants is to help her best friend, whose life is spiraling out of control. She wants to lie in her boyfriend’s arms forever. But as the Need grows stronger, it begins to take a dangerous toll on Charlotte. And who she was, is, and will become–her mark on this earth, her very existence–is in jeopardy of disappearing completely.

Charlotte will be forced to choose: Should she embrace her fate as a Forgotten, a fate that promises to rip her from the lives of those she loves forever? Or is she willing to fight against her destiny–no matter how dark the consequences.

A Want So WickedA Want So Wicked

Elise is a normal seventeen-year-old girl until the day she wakes up in a desert park, with no idea who she is.

After that episode, her life takes a bizarre turn. She’s experiencing unexpected flashes of insight into people’s lives—people she’s never met before. Strangers frighten her with warnings about the approaching Shadows. And although Elise has never had a boyfriend, she suddenly finds herself torn between two handsome but very different young men: Abe, the charming bad boy whose effect on her both seduces and frightens her, and the mysterious Harlin, who’s new to town but with whom Elise feels an urgent, elemental connection—almost as if they are soul mates.

Now Elise begins to question everything about her life. Why do these guys both want her so desperately? What are the Shadows? Why does the name Charlotte inspire a terrifying familiarity? And who is Elise, really?

Poet Cover Sept 17 2016Poet Anderson … Of Nightmares (co-authored with Tom DeLonge)

Jonas Anderson and his older brother Alan are Lucid Dreamers. But after a car accident lands Alan in a coma, Jonas sets out into the Dream World in an attempt to find his brother and wake him up. What he discovers instead is an entire shared consciousness where fear comes to life as a snarling beast called a Night Terror, and a creature named REM is bent on destruction and misery, devouring the souls of the strongest dreamers. With the help of a Dream Walker—a guardian of the dreamscape, Jonas must face his fears, save his brother, and become who he was always meant to be: Poet Anderson.

Beyond Hotel Ruby: Poet Anderson … Of Nightmares

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Suzanne Young has been a very busy author this year! Besides writing her own novels, she also teamed up with musician and creator Tom DeLonge on the recently released young adult novel, Poet Anderson … Of Nightmares.

Poet Cover Sept 17 2016The book is part of a larger, multimedia project dreamed up by DeLonge (you probably know him from Blink 182 or more recently Angels & Airwaves) — and takes readers from the real world, to the dream world.

Here’s more about the first young adult novel in the franchise, Poet Anderson … Of Nightmares, which DeLonge co-authored with Suzanne Young:

Jonas Anderson and his older brother Alan are Lucid Dreamers. But after a car accident lands Alan in a coma, Jonas sets out into the Dream World in an attempt to find his brother and wake him up. What he discovers instead is an entire shared consciousness where fear comes to life as a snarling beast called a Night Terror, and a creature named REM is bent on destruction and misery, devouring the souls of the strongest dreamers. With the help of a Dream Walker—a guardian of the dreamscape, Jonas must face his fears, save his brother, and become who he was always meant to be: Poet Anderson.

New YA Releases: November 24, 2015

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Here’s a look at today’s new YA releases:

light of dayLight of Day by Allison van Diepen

Like any other Saturday night, Gabby Perez and her best friend, Maria, are out dancing. But this isn’t just another night. When a mysterious stranger warns Gabby their drinks have been drugged, she hurries Maria home. Sure enough, the next day, Maria can’t remember a thing. Gabby’s shaken by their close call. And she’s not going to stay quiet about it.

She opens up the airwaves on her radio show and discovers an even worse truth: the guy who drugged them was going to force them into prostitution. Then Gabby’s friend Bree never makes it home from a party, and Gabby fears the worst.

Gabby reaches out to the guy who saved her, the gorgeous stranger she knows only as X. As they dive into the seedy underworld of Miami, searching for Bree, they can’t ignore their undeniable attraction. Until Gabby discovers the truth about who X really is and the danger that surrounds him. Can their love survive the light of day?

promises i madePromises I Made by Michelle Zink

In the thrilling sequel to Lies I Told, Grace learns that the most difficult thing about pulling off the perfect crime is living with the consequences.

Grace Fontaine was trained to carry out perfect crimes. But when a mistake was made the night her family tried to execute their biggest heist yet, her world fell apart. Now her brother is in jail, her mother has disappeared with the entire stolen fortune, and her father is determined to find a new mark, no matter the cost.

Haunted by the way she betrayed her friends—and Logan, the only boy she’s ever loved—as well as the role she played in her brother’s arrest, Grace decides she must return to the place every thief knows you should avoid: the scene of the crime.

Returning to Playa Hermosa as a wanted criminal is dangerous. But Grace has only one chance to make things right. To do it, she has to use everything she’s been taught about the art of the con to hunt down the very people who trained her: the only family she’s ever known.
Perfect for fans of Ally Carter, Cecily von Ziegesar, and Gail Carriger, this thrilling, high-stakes novel deftly explores the roles of identity and loyalty while offering a window into the world of the rich and fabulous.

reckless heartsReckless Hearts by Sean Olin

What do you do if you find yourself fantasizing about kissing your best friend? Sensitive guitarist Jake has been asking himself that same question for a long time, and there’s no easy answer. Telling his dream girl –talented anime artist Elena– about his feelings might lead to the ultimate rejection, but not telling her just might kill him.

Before Jake can make his move, though, a new mysterious guy enters the picture in an unexpected way. In Elena’s mind, Harlow is excitement-personified: a rebellious yet kindred spirit who she instantly connected with online. Jake’s gut is telling him that something about Harlow is off, and that Elena is in way over her head, but the more Jake pushes the issue, the more he pushes Elena right into Harlow’s arms –and into a tragedy that neither of them would ever see coming.

rules for 50-50 chancesRules for 50/50 Chances by Kate McGovern

A heartrending but ultimately uplifting debut novel about learning to accept life’s uncertainties; a perfect fit for the current trend in contemporary realistic novels that confront issues about life, death, and love.

Seventeen-year-old Rose Levenson has a decision to make: Does she want to know how she’s going to die? Because when Rose turns eighteen, she can take the test that will tell her if she carries the genetic mutation for Huntington’s disease, the degenerative condition that is slowly killing her mother. With a fifty-fifty shot at inheriting her family’s genetic curse, Rose is skeptical about pursuing anything that presumes she’ll live to be a healthy adult—including going to ballet school and the possibility of falling in love. But when she meets a boy from a similarly flawed genetic pool, and gets an audition for a dance scholarship in California, Rose begins to question her carefully-laid rules.

undeniableUndeniable by Liz Bankes

After Gabi’s relationship with her long-time boyfriend Max falls apart, she just needs to get away—and she finds the perfect escape in a summer internship for her favorite TV show in London. All the gorgeous actors in the cast will more than distract her from the Break-Up.

Then she meets Spencer Black: student, show extra, expert flirt. Spending time with him is fun, intoxicating, and uncertain. Their relationship is heating up when he lands a featured role on the show. Will his newly found fame break them apart, or is Spencer the one?

In this steamy love story, the drama is just as real off-screen as it is on.

For the comments: Which of today’s new releases are you most excited about?

Holiday Shopping Guide 2015: The Best Gifts for Book Lovers

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Shopping for gifts for the book lover in your life (or picking items for your own wish list) can sometimes be a challenge. You know they love books, but WHAT book do you buy them??? While we have a handy tool this year to help you out, we also suggest you consider non-book gifts. And we’ve compiled this year’s shopping guide to help you out!

Where to Shop:

We created an extensive shopping guide last year with specific items and ideas for buying non-book gifts for book lovers. Here are some of our favorite places to shop for those gifts, and what you can find at each retailer:

Icey Designs

Created by a fellow book blogger, the wares found in the Icey Designs shop are gorgeous. She has sets of pencils, journals, 2016 planners, and beautiful prints — all themed around books, writing, and various fandoms.

The goods are all extremely high quality, and they are just gorgeous. I bought some of these goodies for gifts these year, but I’m eager to shop again for myself.

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gone reading review has an extensive collection featuring just about anything a book lover could want:

  • Puzzles & games
  • Coffee mugs
  • T-shirts
  • Book-shaped dishes
  • Journals, bookmarks & bookplates
  • Reading lights
  • Cards & stationary
  • Literary action figures
  • Scented candles (I LOVE these!)
  • Posters & prints
  • And oh so much more!

Be sure to join their email list for a 10%-off coupon!


eyre-tee-6_1024x1024Check these guys out for beautiful posters, t-shirts, tote bags, and their original line of literary temporary tattoos.

Most of their designs use the text of ACTUAL books to create beautiful illustrated designs.


Similar to Litographs, these guys also create artwork using the text of books. Right now, they only offer posters. I have their Wind in the Willows poster, and it is really lovely.

Novel Novice Shop

Yes, a bit of self promotion — but we’re rather fond of the designs in our shop. Browse apparel, fashion accessories, drinkware, and goodies for your home.

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This shop offers beautiful scarves and gloves created from original screen-printed fabric featuring the text from some of the world’s most beloved books. The products are GORGEOUS and the quality is really superb. I have two scarves from this collection, and I love them both so much.

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Hebel Design

Vivian, the creator of Hebel Designs, has created an amazing collection of original jewelry inspired by some of the most beloved YA series out there. She started out focusing on The Mortal Instruments series, but her collection now includes The Grisha Trilogy, the Selection series, the Legend series, the Iron Fey series, and many more.

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Out of Print

Hit these guys up for a variety of cool products featuring some of the most beloved, classic books of all time:

  • Men’s, women & children’s clothing
  • Socks!
  • Tote bags & pouches
  • Coasters
  • Jewelry
  • Home accessories
  • & more.

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The Literary Gift Company

Much like, these guys offer a variety of literary-themed items:

  • Housewares
  • Fashion accessories
  • Clothing
  • Jewelry
  • Mugs
  • Stationary
  • Cards & games
  • And lots more!


Although not everything found here is book-related, much of the goods at the DFTBA store are — and there are especially a lot of choices if you’re a fan of John Green, as the store was co-founded by John and his brother Hank.

Black Milk

This fashion company has some fun literary-themed collections. Check out their Hogwarts and Middle Earth collections, in particular.


Boxed Sets & Special Editions

Okay, so technically, these are books … but even for readers who already own the individual copies of these books, a boxed set is a truly unique gift. It comes in pretty packaging, for one, and often features exclusive or bonus content. And the same can be said for some special editions of perennial favorites! Here are some of our favorite box sets to gift this year:


Let’s be honest, any true book lover NEVER has enough shelf space. Why not give them the gift of more. Even better than just giving them a new bookshelf? Help them build it.

And the best gift of all: help them find a place for it in their house which is, no doubt, probably already crammed with bookshelves.

2016 Buick Regal

Okay, I’m only sort of joking here. But let’s be honest: we’ve ALL seen those holiday car commercials where someone surprises a loved one with a new car for Christmas, complete with over-sized gift bow.

So if you’re thinking of giving such an over-the-top gift as a new car, and the recipient loves books, then I would seriously consider the 2016 Buick Regal — considering Buick is currently the only car maker catering to book lovers, what with their new in-car technology and partnership with 

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For the comments: What’s on your holiday wish list? What else would you recommend as a gift for book lovers?

Guest Post from Hotel Ruby author Suzanne Young: The Hardest Part About Writing

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Today, Hotel Ruby author Suzanne Young stops by with an exclusive guest post about the hardest part about writing. Thanks for stopping by, Suz!

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The Hardest Part About Writing
by Suzanne Young

Suzanne Young2Writing is hard. Not just mentally and emotionally. Physically. Though I’ve had other jobs, some of which required heavy lifting, nothing has taken a toll on my body like full-time writing has. Multiple urgent care and doctor visits to deal with muscle spasms and back pain. A regiment of anti-inflammatories. And some well-meaning advice like:

“Take more breaks!” Yeah, sure. Right after I miss this second deadline.

“Walk around more!” I bought a treadmill desk and it’s now my dog’s new nap spot.

“Yoga!” That would be great if I knew what I was doing, because again, leaving the house isn’t an option.

“Massage!” Great idea. I’ll set the appointment right after my personal chef tells me about dinner.

hotel rubyTo be honest, I do the above suggestions when I can—I’m not entirely clueless. But it doesn’t help me when I’m in agony at my desk with thirty pages and 14 hours to go. So what can I do?

“Smell bad.” Those Icy Hot patches and rubs? I’m all about them. I put them on my shoulder, neck, and low back.

“Change position.” Since I can’t actually unchain myself from the computer, I take it with me. Sometimes I’m at my desk, but I’m also on the floor, on the couch, in the bed. I try to hurt all parts of my body equally.

“Stay warm.” I live in Arizona, so this isn’t a huge problem for me. But when it gets kind of cold, I find my muscles locking up more and more. I have a heater and an array of professor sweaters.

“Netflix and cry.” Even on deadline, I do have the occasional day of crying on the couch while I watch Netflix. I count this as emotional exercise.

More than anything, I’ve learned to appreciate my days off. When I have them, I do what I can to prepare my body for the next book. I eat well, I leave the house to buy more Icy Hot patches. I even exercise. All of the well-meaning advice isn’t lost on me. But mostly, I spend time with my family, feeling grateful for the opportunities I have.

Hotel Ruby Author Suzanne Young’s Top 5 Horror Movies

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Today, Hotel Ruby author Suzanne Young stops by to share her top 5 favorite horror movies — in case her book just isn’t enough horror for you!

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I grew up watching horror movies. No, really—even when I was in second grade, my older brother would rent scary movies for us to watch. From Nightmare on Elm Street to Nightbreed, we’ve seen it all. And maybe that scarred me for life, because now, as an adult, I have to watch horror movies through my fingers with my ears plugged. But I still think they’re fun.

Here are a few of my favorites:

“The Shining”
(of course)

“The Babadook”

“Rosemary’s Baby”

“Shaun of the Dead”


Exclusive Cover Reveal: The Peculiar Haunting of Thelma Bee by Erin Petti

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Today, we are delighted to be hosting the exclusive cover reveal for a really charming new middle grade book coming out in 2016 – The Peculiar Haunting of Thelma Bee by Erin Petti.

But before we show you the gorgeous cover, here’s more about the book:

Ghost-story lover and debut author Erin Petti has written a quirky story for fans of The Goonies, Goosebumps, and Coraline.

In this fantastical adventure-mystery, where science and magic intertwine, eleven-year-old Thelma Bee is never bored. In fact, she has curiosity and adventure in her blood. She spends her time running science experiments, practicing Spanish, and daydreaming about exotic landscapes. But Thelma gets more than she bargained for when a strange woman sells a jewelry box at her father’s antique shop. That night, a ghost kidnaps her father, and the only clues are the jewelry box and a word the ghost whispered in her ear: “Return.” Now it’s up to Thelma to get her dad back, and it might be harder than she thought—there’s someone wielding dark magic, and they’re coming after her next.

Publisher: | @MightyPress
For Erin Petti, visit: | @empetti

Okay, are you ready? Here is the cover:

Isn’t it beautiful??? And here’s a fun book trailer to accompany it:

And don’t miss some exclusive content during the official blog tour next summer:

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Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young: Book Trailer

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Today, we turn the spotlight onto the chilling book trailer for our book of the month, Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young.

The trailer was made by some of Suzanne’s former students — how cool is that? Check it out for yourself below:

New YA Releases: November 17, 2015

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Here’s a look at today’s new YA releases:

calvinCalvin by Martine Leavitt

In this latest novel from National Book Award finalist Martine Leavitt, a schizophrenic teen believes that Bill Watterson can save him from his illness if he creates one more Calvin & Hobbes comic strip.

Seventeen-year-old Calvin has always known his fate is linked to the comic book character from Calvin & Hobbes. He was born on the day the last strip was published; his grandpa left a stuffed tiger named Hobbes in his crib; and he even has a best friend named Susie. As a child Calvin played with the toy Hobbes, controlling his every word and action, until Hobbes was washed to death. But now Calvin is a teenager who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, Hobbes is back—as a delusion—and Calvin can’t control him. Calvin decides that if he can convince Bill Watterson to draw one final comic strip, showing a normal teenaged Calvin, he will be cured. Calvin and Susie (and Hobbes) set out on a dangerous trek across frozen Lake Erie to track him down.

everything but the truthEverything but the Truth by Mandy Hubbard

Holly Mathews’ mom is the new manager of a ritzy retirement home, and they just moved in. But having super-rich retirees as her only neighbors isn’t a total bust, because the gorgeous, notorious Malik Buchannan is the grandson of a resident. Just one problem: when they meet, Malik assumes Holly is there to visit her own rich relative. She doesn’t correct him, and it probably doesn’t matter, because their flirtation could never turn into more than a superficial fling . . . right? But the longer she lives in his privileged world, the deeper Holly falls for Malik, and the harder it is to tell the truth . . . because coming clean might mean losing him.

For anyone who has dreamed of their own Cinderella story, this romance shows that when it comes to true love, the best person to be is yourself!

game of livesThe Game of Lives by James Dashner

Michael used to live to game, but the games he was playing have become all too real. Only weeks ago, sinking into the Sleep was fun. The VirtNet combined the most cutting-edge technology and the most sophisticated gaming for a full mind-body experience. And it was Michael’s passion. But now every time Michael sinks, he risks his life.

The games are over. The VirtNet has become a world of deadly consequences, and Kaine grows stronger by the day. The Mortality Doctrine—Kaine’s master plan—has nearly been realized, and little by little the line separating the virtual from the real is blurring. If Kaine succeeds, it will mean worldwide cyber domination. And it looks like Michael and his friends are the only ones who can put the monster back in the box—if Michael can figure out who his friends really are.

strange girlStrange Girl by Christopher Pike

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Christopher Pike comes a brand-new fascinating and seductive new novel about a girl with a mysterious ability—but one that carries an unimaginable cost.

From the moment Fred met Aja, he knew she was different. And she was.

Aja had a gift. But her gift came with a price.

After a shocking sequence of events, Fred must look back at their relationship, and piece together all of their shared moments, so he can finally understand Aja’s precious gift…and its devastating repercussions.

For the comments: Which of today’s new releases are you most excited about?