Hotel Ruby – book review

Hotel Ruby

Hotel Ruby is a thrilling and suspenseful book, written by Suzanne Young.

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 are on their way to live with their grandmother while their father drowns 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 finds out about the new people’s she’s met, the more her curiosity grows. She’s town in different directions – between the weight of her past and 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…Read More »

The Remedy – book review

The Remedy

The Remedy is the thrilling and intense prequel to The Program series, written by Suzanne Young.

Quinlan McKee is a closer. Since the age of seven, Quinn has held the responsibility of providing closure to grieving families. She has a special skill. She can ‘become’ anyone.

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

Now seventeen, Quinn has mastered the act of recreating herself, though sometimes it is confusing because of all the past 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 behind Catalina’s death. And the epidemic it could start.

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Oh my god. Oh. My. God. Okay, before y’all start thinking that I absolutely hated this book, let me set you straight. I loved this book. Mind-boggling, head-over-heels loved this book. When you love a book that much, where do you even begin? You would think that after blogging about books I love for two and a half years now, I’d have figured that out. Nope. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try…

First of all, The Remedy is the prequel to The Program and The Treatment. You definitely don’t have to read The Program duology before reading this one. You can read these books in any order you choose, though I’d advise reading the first Program book before the second one, but, ya know, it’s you’re life and I’m not going to tell you how to live it. All I’m going to do is tell you everything I loved about this book – and there wasn’t anything I hated about it so I can guarantee you there’s no secrets there – in the hopes that you might decide pick it up. And I definitely hope you either have or you will.

One of the things I absolutely adored about this book was its dystopian setting. I loved how it felt so real and I could imagine something like that occurring in the future, though it’s not something I would like to see. Man, that would be creepy. But you catch my drift. I fell in love with that world. Honestly, I don’t know how Suzanne Young comes up with these ideas. I feel like once you read the blurb, that’s it. You have to read the book, or else wondering what was going to happen in the book would plague your thoughts and infest your brain and leave you writhing around on the floor begging for answers with your last breath. Okay, maybe I went a bit far there. But this book I definitely addictive right from the first page. It’s impossible to put down, not that I’d even want to. This book was captivating from start to finish and I’m already excited for the next book, The Epidemic.

Another thing I loved about this book was the complexity of our main character, Quinn. She was most interesting because of what she was – a closer. She always has to change who she is for her work to help other people, but at times she forgets who she really is and she feels like she might lose herself. Her ‘identity crises’ of sorts were interesting to be a part of because they made her charter so much more deep and complex than we could have ever imagined at first glance. Quinn also changed a lot from the beginning of the book to the end. Of course, with a reveal like that (which we’ll move on to shortly, spoiler-free of course) she would have had to have changed, but we even saw it before that. In the beginning, Quinn seemed a little cold and emotionless at times. I loved seeing her vulnerable side and the times when she was most emotional were the most exciting and intense parts of the book.

I feel like there are two types of booklions in this world. Get my PolandBananasBooks reference? Awesome. I love you people. If you don’t, just click here and we’ll rectify that 😉 So, back to the types of booklions. There are those who like love triangles more and there are those who like forbidden love more. I love both of them, but if there’s a really great love triangle, I feel like there’s nothing better. What I absolutely love is being torn between two male leads. Take Will and Jem from Clockwork Angel. Or Peeta and Gale from The Hunger Games. Or Edward and Jacob from Twilight. You get it. And while you’re hear, tell me which guys you prefer from those three series down below – mine are Will, Gale and Jacob ❤

Aaaanyway… back to the review. This love triangle was amazing because I loved both of the guys and I was torn between them, like in all good books. There was the one who Quinn had history with, not to mention chemistry. And neither of those are the school subjects, just to be clear. And then there’s the guy who Quinn only just met, the guy who is kind but grieving and somewhat broken. Both guys were incredibly swoon-worthy. If you’ve read this book, I’d love to know who you preferred! For me, it’s impossible. It would be like making me choose between Buttercup (the cat from The Hunger Games) or Church (the cat from The Mortal Instruments). Wow, my similes are just getting weirder as time goes on.

Alright, it’s time for the ‘big reveal’ talk! No spoilers, I promise. If you haven’t read this book, just know that something incredible is revealed in the end and it makes you question everything you’ve been reading and just be prepared to be completely shocked. Got that? Awesome. And so if you’ve read this book, you’ll know what I’m talking about. You’ll know why I freaked out so much, and also why I loved it so much. There was kind of two big reveals at the end of this book, and because of that, I’m super super eager to get my hands on the next one asap. Publishers, I’m looking at you. Maybe a cheeky ARC? That’s a nerd’s version of ‘cheeky Nandos’, just so y’all know.

Okay, so there was only on tiny issue I had with this book. Is it weird that I never read the blurb to books before I read them? I just never turn to the back to read a paragraph about a book I’m about to read because I feel like it’s a waste of time and might spoil something. Instead, I jump on to Goodreads, take a sneaky look at the average ratings, skim the synopsis to make sure it doesn’t have my banned words, such as ‘trolls’ or ‘ancient’ – I don’t like trolls nor books that are set too far in the past, and then if it’s all good, I’ll go out and buy it. So far, my method hasn’t led me too far astray. But with this book, I think it would have been really handy to read he blurb before beginning. If you didn’t, the first six or so pages would be slightly confusing. However, I quickly realised my mistake, read the blurb, then understood completely. Tip number one – read this book after reading the blurb. Feel free to tell me I’m stupid for never reading blurbs. I’m sorry, blurb-writers.

Overall, this book was intense, dramatic and jaw-droppingly, heart-stoppingly (yeah, I know that’s not a word) amazing. You can read this either before The Program or after it, either way, you’ll still fall in love with it. It’s inevitable. Unless you’re as heartless as some of the closers, but I hope that’s not true. I think the best of all of you. So I’d give The Remedy by Suzanne Young a score of 10 out of 10. Bring on the next book!

P.S. – I love having a little chit chat with y’all down in the comments. So tell me, have you read this book? Are you planning on reading it? Have you read The Program? Will or Jem? Peeta or Gale? Edward or Jacob? I want to know all the answers that lie deep within your soul 😉

A huge thank you to Simon & Schuster Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!

The Treatment – book review

The Treatment by Suzanne Young

Thrilling, action-packed and suspenseful… The Treatment is the second and final installment to the book The Program, written by Suzanne Young.

After barely surviving the suicide epidemic and The Program, Sloane and James are on the run. Despite some of their memories still being missing, Sloane and James have found their way back to one another. But they’re not out of danger. The Program is after them.

When Sloane and James escape with a group of rebels, they must figure out who they can trust. Together, they try to work out how they can take down The Program. But there are a lot of things Sloane and James still can’t remember. Their only hope lies with the Treatment – a pill that can bring back forgotten memories. But the cost is high… and there’s only one dose. Will Sloane and James both be able to survive, or will The Program claim them once and for all?

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I can’t even begin to describe how much I loved The Treatment! I loved the plot, I loved the existing characters and the new characters, and I loved the romance between James and Sloane. The Treatment starts off where The Program finished. I was again swept up into the world where suicide is an epidemic and where The Program is lurking around every dark corner. I had really high expectations for this book because I loved the first book in the series so much. The Treatment went above and beyond my expectations and I loved every second I spent reading it. This is one of those books that you simply can’t put down once you turn the first page. So if you’re going to start reading this book soon, I advise not planning any events where you won’t be able to take a book to. Seriously, this book will become the only thing you can think about. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, reading as fast as I could to see what happened. But at the same time, I wasn’t trying to read it too fast because I never wanted this book to end. But like every book, there’s a last page. In my opinion, there couldn’t have been any better ending to this book.

Like The Program, this book is very powerful and emotional. There was absolutely no moments in this book ever where I felt bored. There were heaps of little twists in the plot that I never expected, and I loved seeing how these things were going to play out. Suzanne Young is a really talented writer and she is so easily able to control the reader’s emotion. This book sent me on one massive roller-coaster of a journey and I thoroughly enjoyed every second I spend with Sloane and James. Although at one time I felt like this part of the book was really similar to something that happened in the last book, I knew that this time it would be much different. This book is completely mind-blowing.

I absolutely loved getting to meet Dallas, who becomes a major character in this book. At first, I wasn’t quite sure whether I liked her or I didn’t. I really wanted Sloane to have someone else she could trust, and I was unsure of Dallas could be this person. Throughout the book, I gradually came to like Dallas more and more. Towards the end of the book, I realised how upset I would be if something bad happened to her. Realm came back and became a big character in this book as well, which was something I really liked. I loved seeing how his feeling towards Sloane affected her and James. Even though I’ll always want Sloane and James to be together, there was a part of my heart that wished Realm could fall in love with someone that would love him back. It broke my heart to see him confess his love for Sloane over and over, even though he knew deep down that he couldn’t really complete with the love James has for her. Even though it was frustrating at times for me to know more about Realm than Sloane can remember, I still really liked him and hoped for him to be happy. I trusted Realm and I knew that he is a good person, despite some of the things Sloane thought about him.

Like in the last book, Sloane was such an amazing character, and I felt like she had even more determination than in the last book. She handles situations extremely well and she never gives in, even after everything she’s been through. If I were in her shoes, of course I’d try to do everything I could to escape from the threat of the Program that always loomed and never seemed far away. But I would eventually come to a point where I couldn’t keep fighting. I admire Sloane’s determination and how she will never stop fighting for the things she believes in. And wow. James. I fell in love with him all over again in this book. James is witty and heart-meltingly sweet and he and Sloane are perfect for each other. The bond between him and Sloane is incredibly special and I am so privileged to be able to read their story.

I’ve heard that this is that last book in the series, because The Program is a ‘duology’. Even though right now I’m craving more, I’m extremely happy with this ending. I’m really looking forward to reading what Suzanne writes next! I’d give The Treatment by Suzanne Young a score of 9.5 out of 10. If you haven’t read this book or The Program, I only have three words for you… Go! Read! Enjoy!

A huge thank you to Simon & Schuster Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!

The Program – book review

The Program

Captivating, spell-binding and beautifully written… The Program is the first book in its series, written by Suzanne Young.

It’s the future. Teen suicide is an epidemic. The only solution is The Program.

Sloane must keep her feelings hidden. After her brother committed suicide, Sloane has been desperately trying to never let her true feelings show. After all, just one outburst could land her in The Program – the only proven cause of treatment for teenagers with depression. But there’s something wrong with the teenagers who return from The Program. Their depression is gone, yet so are their memories. The Program means to remove the “infected” memories, but how do you know who you are when memories from your past is stolen from you? All Sloane has to do is make it to her eighteenth birthday; when The Program can’t take her against her will. Then she will be safe.

But Sloane is under constant surveillance both at home and at school. The only time she can be herself is when she’s with James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of the treatment and Sloane knows their love can withstand anything. But they are getting weaker. The depression is setting in. It’s harder to bury their feelings. They both know one thing – The Program is coming for them.Read More »