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Confined to an opulent Beverly Hills hotel during a raging wildfire, a young couple is caught in the escalating tension between the wealthy guests and the staff. Newlyweds Keith and Kit Collins can hardly believe their luck when the general manager of the iconic, opulent Pink Hotel invites them to come for a luxurious stay as a bid to hire Keith. Kit loves their small-town Confined to an opulent Beverly Hills hotel during a raging wildfire, a young couple is caught in the escalating tension between the wealthy guests and the staff. Newlyweds Keith and Kit Collins can hardly believe their luck when the general manager of the iconic, opulent Pink Hotel invites them to come for a luxurious stay as a bid to hire Keith. Kit loves their small-town life, but Keith has always wanted more, and the glittering, lily-scented lobby makes him feel right at home. Soon after their arrival, wildfires sweep through the surrounding mountains and Los Angeles becomes a pressure cooker, with riots breaking out across the city amid rolling blackouts. The Pink Hotel closes its doors to "outsiders," and Keith and Kit find themselves confined with an anxious, disgruntled staff and a growing roster of eccentric, ultra-wealthy, dangerously idle guests who flock to the hotel for sanctuary, company, and entertainment. A blistering, dark social satire, The Pink Hotel exposes a tenuous class system within its walls, full of insurmountable expectations and unspoken resentments, which deteriorate as the city burns. In her barbed, provocative new novel, Liska Jacobs explores the corrosive nature of greed and interrogates the notion of true love, while hurtling readers toward certain disaster.


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Confined to an opulent Beverly Hills hotel during a raging wildfire, a young couple is caught in the escalating tension between the wealthy guests and the staff. Newlyweds Keith and Kit Collins can hardly believe their luck when the general manager of the iconic, opulent Pink Hotel invites them to come for a luxurious stay as a bid to hire Keith. Kit loves their small-town Confined to an opulent Beverly Hills hotel during a raging wildfire, a young couple is caught in the escalating tension between the wealthy guests and the staff. Newlyweds Keith and Kit Collins can hardly believe their luck when the general manager of the iconic, opulent Pink Hotel invites them to come for a luxurious stay as a bid to hire Keith. Kit loves their small-town life, but Keith has always wanted more, and the glittering, lily-scented lobby makes him feel right at home. Soon after their arrival, wildfires sweep through the surrounding mountains and Los Angeles becomes a pressure cooker, with riots breaking out across the city amid rolling blackouts. The Pink Hotel closes its doors to "outsiders," and Keith and Kit find themselves confined with an anxious, disgruntled staff and a growing roster of eccentric, ultra-wealthy, dangerously idle guests who flock to the hotel for sanctuary, company, and entertainment. A blistering, dark social satire, The Pink Hotel exposes a tenuous class system within its walls, full of insurmountable expectations and unspoken resentments, which deteriorate as the city burns. In her barbed, provocative new novel, Liska Jacobs explores the corrosive nature of greed and interrogates the notion of true love, while hurtling readers toward certain disaster.

30 review for The Pink Hotel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Close encounters to filthy rich people’s lives at an eccentric pink hotel located in Beverly Hills as the fires, riots occur outside of the surroundings which is so similar with political and logistical dynamics of today’s California. Happy couple couldn’t be so wrong to choose this place to spend their romantic honeymoon vacation! This book pushed me a little harder to get into it. I was hesitant to continue after the very slow beginning and the narration style disturbed my attention. I couldn’ Close encounters to filthy rich people’s lives at an eccentric pink hotel located in Beverly Hills as the fires, riots occur outside of the surroundings which is so similar with political and logistical dynamics of today’s California. Happy couple couldn’t be so wrong to choose this place to spend their romantic honeymoon vacation! This book pushed me a little harder to get into it. I was hesitant to continue after the very slow beginning and the narration style disturbed my attention. I couldn’t connect with husband- wife so easily. I still kept reading and thankfully in the middle I found some characters more likable. The book’s pace picked up and the direction of the story slowly hooked me up. I also easily connect with the sarcastic and smart tone of author’s story telling. I wanted to see how the author would wrap up the entire execution. Thankfully she did an impressive job. I liked the ending more than the entire development. This was promising, interesting plot with less likable characterization ( at least I got most of them’s motives) overall: definitely worth your time! Especially good choice for slow burn dark social satire lovers! Special thanks to NetGalley and Farrar, Straus and Giroux, MCD for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michael Burke

    "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here." Keith Collins will do anything to improve his lot in life. Just married, he and his wife Kit are invited to spend their honeymoon in the ritziest hotel in Beverly Hills, The Pink Hotel. What Kit does not know is that Keith is using this trip as his interview to become the assistant manager there. The couple come from a small town and are a little out of their league socially with the powers that be at the hotel. The rich and posh laugh at their lack of fines "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here." Keith Collins will do anything to improve his lot in life. Just married, he and his wife Kit are invited to spend their honeymoon in the ritziest hotel in Beverly Hills, The Pink Hotel. What Kit does not know is that Keith is using this trip as his interview to become the assistant manager there. The couple come from a small town and are a little out of their league socially with the powers that be at the hotel. The rich and posh laugh at their lack of finesse, but will toy with the attractive couple to their amusement. Keith redoubles his efforts to impress, making excuses for his wife’s lack of sophistication, all the while letting them see him sweat and seemingly sabotaging his brand new marriage. Apocalyptic brush fires are torching Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and most of the surrounding area. Riots and lootings are breaking out while the upper echelon of society flock to the hotel for entertainment and distraction. They are appalled that members of their staff, their maids, gardeners, and cooks have the audacity to not show up for work while the city burns. The decadence is laid on pretty thick and it is a little hard to root for anyone involved. There are more demons registered here than in Dante’s Inferno. There is too much time spent in this suffocating environment while waiting for the outside world to make its presence felt. I finished the book but nearly took the fire escape. Apologies to #TheRealHousewivesOfHell Take Their Money Take Their Power, the graffiti says. Thank you to Farrar, Straus and Giroux, MCD, and NetGalley for providing the advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    First DNF at 56% of 2022! The premise sounded so good but I am so bored and nothing is happening! I find myself not caring about the bland characters or anything else that is happening in this shady hotel. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this arc

  4. 4 out of 5

    Constantine

    Rating: ⭐⭐ ½ Genre: Contemporary Fiction Keith and Kit are a newly married couple. They are invited to spend their honeymoon at a very lavish hotel called The Pink Hotel where Keith will be working soon. However, upon their arrival, the situation takes a different turn as wildfires spread through all the surrounding mountains. This will cause big chaos in the city from riots to a complete blackout due to electricity loss. The Pink Hotel becomes a sanctuary for the rich and important persons only. T Rating: ⭐⭐ ½ Genre: Contemporary Fiction Keith and Kit are a newly married couple. They are invited to spend their honeymoon at a very lavish hotel called The Pink Hotel where Keith will be working soon. However, upon their arrival, the situation takes a different turn as wildfires spread through all the surrounding mountains. This will cause big chaos in the city from riots to a complete blackout due to electricity loss. The Pink Hotel becomes a sanctuary for the rich and important persons only. The premise of the story is amazing. The cover art is gorgeous. I thought with such an excellent premise and synopsis nothing could go wrong. I expected a lot from such a great idea. Unfortunately, this did not deliver. The starting point was strong though. I felt the author did a great job with the two main characters and their relationship. After the reader gets familiar with the MCs the story hardly moves on. The plot stops there and becomes stagnant. It becomes more about the different classes. Yes, there are some crazy moments in the story, especially with the way the super-rich guests behave like in that dogs’ party and how all that affects the relationship between Keith and Kit but I feel all that was not enough to keep my interest. These satirical moments were the main highlights of this book. I’m not sure how I feel about the ending. It felt somehow vague and confusing to me. I like open endings where the reader can draw his own conclusion but it didn’t work for me in this case. I really had high hopes for The Pink Hotel. It just didn’t work for me. But that doesn’t mean that it wont work for you too. Many thanks to the publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux, MCD, and NetGalley for providing me with an advance reader copy of this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Liska Jacobs

    I wrote The Pink Hotel from 2019-2021. It's the product of a world that seemed to be in free fall. The excess, the disparity, the sense that everything would never be the same again and yet I wanted very badly to hold onto something. How else would any of this work? One night in Los Angeles, after the national guard declared curfew, and while flash bangs ricocheted in the distance, I looked at my partner, who has been by my side for twenty years, and I thought that's it. We endure for love. It's I wrote The Pink Hotel from 2019-2021. It's the product of a world that seemed to be in free fall. The excess, the disparity, the sense that everything would never be the same again and yet I wanted very badly to hold onto something. How else would any of this work? One night in Los Angeles, after the national guard declared curfew, and while flash bangs ricocheted in the distance, I looked at my partner, who has been by my side for twenty years, and I thought that's it. We endure for love. It's a choice, it's a hope. It's really the only thing that matters. So I hope when you read this wild, unpredictable novel, you reflect on what keeps you going. Because I can bet it isn't the promise of wealth, or fancy clothes, or fame and fortune. It's the hope that someone out there chooses you and you choose them.

  6. 5 out of 5

    The Sassy Bookworm

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ -- LOVE the cover on this one! This seems to be a book with a lot of mixed reviews. People either loved it or didn't. Myself, I enjoyed it quite a lot and finished it in two days. The writing was fantastic. It was well paced. The author did an amazing job with the setting. It was very atmospheric with the wild fires raging. The descriptions of the hotel and the characters made it very easy to picture everything in your mind. The plot itself was engaging, thought provoking, and intelligent. T ⭐⭐⭐⭐ -- LOVE the cover on this one! This seems to be a book with a lot of mixed reviews. People either loved it or didn't. Myself, I enjoyed it quite a lot and finished it in two days. The writing was fantastic. It was well paced. The author did an amazing job with the setting. It was very atmospheric with the wild fires raging. The descriptions of the hotel and the characters made it very easy to picture everything in your mind. The plot itself was engaging, thought provoking, and intelligent. The characters were many and well developed. That said, I had a slight issue with how it ended. I wish it had been less vague and included an epilogue set in the future. Overall though, this was a thoroughly enjoyable read and gets two thumbs up from yours truly. **ARC Via NetGalley**

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jonann loves book talk❤♥️❤

    The Pink Hotel by Liska Jacobs was one of my most anticipated books of the year. As soon as I saw the book cover and read the blurb, I was smitten. As a result I find it difficult to admit I did not totally dislike the book, but I had to push myself through it. What I enjoyed: Liska Jacobs did a wonderful job creating a mental image of The Pink Hotel including luxurious swimming pools, facinating bar atmosphere, gorgeous rooms/suites and a "lily scented lobby". As I read the beautiful description The Pink Hotel by Liska Jacobs was one of my most anticipated books of the year. As soon as I saw the book cover and read the blurb, I was smitten. As a result I find it difficult to admit I did not totally dislike the book, but I had to push myself through it. What I enjoyed: Liska Jacobs did a wonderful job creating a mental image of The Pink Hotel including luxurious swimming pools, facinating bar atmosphere, gorgeous rooms/suites and a "lily scented lobby". As I read the beautiful description I wished I could visit such an amazing place. The cast includes unique characters that bring humor to the book. There were several moments I laughed out loud at the humorous situations portrayed in the book. What I like less: I was never sure where the plot was going and had trouble holding my interest while reading due to the slow pace. Despite Jacob's positive goal of exposing greed (without spoilers) the methods of expression the author chose at times felt a bit repetitive. Closing thoughts: I love and appreciate the dedication and time Liska Jacob's puts into each of her books. I also understand that every book has an audience, so I encourage you to read The Pink Hotel by Liska Jacobs. I remain a devoted fan of her work and will definitely read her next novel. The Pink Hotel by Liska Jacobs is available on July 19th. (2.5 stars bumped up to 3 ⭐⭐⭐ for the humor.) Thank you, NetGalley and Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, MCD for allowing me to review this book by the very talented Liska Jacobs. I look forward to reading more.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette

    Oh my goodness... What on Earth did I just put myself through reading this for? The synopsis sounded quite intriguing. However, this was difficult to read. The constant shift of POV made my head hurt. There were absolutely no characters with any redeeming qualities. The only part I actually enjoyed was the last few pages. Having said this, I didn't hate it altogether (thus the 3 star rating). But... Even though it wasn't my cup of tea, it could be a great read for somebody else. Thank you to Farra Oh my goodness... What on Earth did I just put myself through reading this for? The synopsis sounded quite intriguing. However, this was difficult to read. The constant shift of POV made my head hurt. There were absolutely no characters with any redeeming qualities. The only part I actually enjoyed was the last few pages. Having said this, I didn't hate it altogether (thus the 3 star rating). But... Even though it wasn't my cup of tea, it could be a great read for somebody else. Thank you to Farrar, Straus and Giroux, MCD for this Advanced Readers Copy via Goodreads Giveaways for my honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Pia

    Did I just create a shelf for my DNF'd books because I have started DNFing so much this year? Yes, yes I did. I have so many books on my TBR that forcing myself to finish books is not a question anymore (what a character arc huh). Back to The Pink Hotel: I saw a few reviews that finished the book and really liked it, but many did not finish the book. I requested it mainly because of the cover (it is pretty, do not judge me) and thinking I might be special and finish it. And yet, here we are. Did I just create a shelf for my DNF'd books because I have started DNFing so much this year? Yes, yes I did. I have so many books on my TBR that forcing myself to finish books is not a question anymore (what a character arc huh). Back to The Pink Hotel: I saw a few reviews that finished the book and really liked it, but many did not finish the book. I requested it mainly because of the cover (it is pretty, do not judge me) and thinking I might be special and finish it. And yet, here we are... I made it to 19% mark before I gave up. And to be fair, I might have pushed through but INCEST???? "She reminds him of his only cousin. She was tense too. With the same thick black hair and soft brown eyes. She taught him how to count to ten in Spanish. Also the words for belly, nipple, and foot. He taught her how to say please, thank you, and tongue in Latin. They took turns being teacher and student depending on which part of their bodies they wanted to explore." You as an author have the choice to completely avoid incest. It literally could be switched to neighbour!! But no. Also, the protagonists' names are Kit and Keith. I had the hardest time keeping up with who I was reading about. I get that I am not even a fifth into the story, but it could not pull me in: they are just walking around, meeting pretentious rich people, having sex, Keith telling Kit how she is embarrassing him in front of said rich people, repeat. I guess I was also not a fan of the writing style because the dialogue is either written as thoughts or is barely there. I am also a girl who loves short chapters...this book has hour-long chapters. A full hour. I guess I chose my sanity and other books over this one. ~Thank you to NetGalley and Farrar, Straus and Giroux for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.~

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Thank you Netgalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book in exchange for an honest review. Honestly, I think that The Pink Hotel wasn’t for me. I just found the book, specifically the plot, very lacking. To me, I just felt that there was no plot at all which really disappointed me. I also found that I did not like or dislike the characters. I just found it really confusing h0w one second it’s this characters POV then the POV changes completely and I know Thank you Netgalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book in exchange for an honest review. Honestly, I think that The Pink Hotel wasn’t for me. I just found the book, specifically the plot, very lacking. To me, I just felt that there was no plot at all which really disappointed me. I also found that I did not like or dislike the characters. I just found it really confusing h0w one second it’s this characters POV then the POV changes completely and I know that’s how it usually is in a 3rd perspective story but the way that the author laid it out was overly complicated which I will mention later on. Kit and Keith are a married couple, and I honestly don’t have any problem with them, I just found that they were very plain and boring and just needed more depth for me to like them. One thing that I also disliked about the Pink Hotel was the writing and the plot layout. It just felt like the ending and cliffhangers weren’t planned out, and I am one that honestly dislikes slow stories that do not get to the point and it just felt too long which eventually made me bored. It was really hard to find something good about The Pink Hotel which really disappointed me because the synopsis sounded really nice to be honest.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Marta

    This was a Goodreads giveaway win, but it felt more like a punishment.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Laura Warrell

    From the opening epigraph, in which Gwyneth Paltrow refuses to eat cheese from a tin can, to the final sentence, The Pink Hotel ushers us through a universe where the idle rich play on as the world, literally, burns around them. Jacobs’ immense talents include an ability to make her characters’ most cringe-worthy actions riveting to read. At the book’s center is a young newlywed couple who try desperately to stay in love despite the many temptations hurled at them from the hotel’s patrons, a cir From the opening epigraph, in which Gwyneth Paltrow refuses to eat cheese from a tin can, to the final sentence, The Pink Hotel ushers us through a universe where the idle rich play on as the world, literally, burns around them. Jacobs’ immense talents include an ability to make her characters’ most cringe-worthy actions riveting to read. At the book’s center is a young newlywed couple who try desperately to stay in love despite the many temptations hurled at them from the hotel’s patrons, a circumstance that exposes the perils of greed and excess. This is one of those page-turners you could read in a weekend, but will probably choose to take your time with so you can savor every moment.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    This sounds AWESOME Fact: the best mysteries are about ordinary people who end up in fucked up situations. Bonus if there's a bit of Hollywood sleaze added to the mix. This sounds AWESOME Fact: the best mysteries are about ordinary people who end up in fucked up situations. Bonus if there's a bit of Hollywood sleaze added to the mix.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of The Pink Hotel. This was ICK to read. ** A few gross spoilers ahead ** It's one of those books where nothing happens, but stuff does happen but there's no theme. At first, it looks like it's about a young newlywed couple celebrating their honeymoon at a fancy schmancy hotel in LA. The husband is ambitious and looking forward to charming the proprietor of the hotel, hoping to score a job and leave his country bumpkin life behind. His wife is quiet, beautiful, a Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of The Pink Hotel. This was ICK to read. ** A few gross spoilers ahead ** It's one of those books where nothing happens, but stuff does happen but there's no theme. At first, it looks like it's about a young newlywed couple celebrating their honeymoon at a fancy schmancy hotel in LA. The husband is ambitious and looking forward to charming the proprietor of the hotel, hoping to score a job and leave his country bumpkin life behind. His wife is quiet, beautiful, and demure; she's under the impression that their visit to the hotel is to celebrate their honeymoon, not for her husband to schmooze. Soon, both husband and wife are swept up in the hedonism and decadence of the rich and powerful; there's booze, drugs, exotic animals walking around, and more booze and drugs. At the same time, wildfires are raging in the nearby countryside, wiping out homes and wildlife, as the privileged and elite party is up in the Pink Hotel. I'm not a fan of narratives featuring unlikable people with no redeeming qualities; even worse when they're rich and do nothing. The writing veered between strange and uncomfortable; I still have no idea why the newlyweds got married, the husband is a bit of a creep, especially that part where he admires his wife's body, and how childlike it is. Ummm...WTF? Is he a freaking pedophile? I mean, what's the point of that comment? What's going on here? I almost stopped reading right there. I'm not sure what the author is trying to say: that everyone in the Pink Hotel are nuts and not in a I've-been-possessed-by-a-ghost-kind-of-way, they're just naturally despicable people, except for the wife? Sort of like The Shining? That the world is going to end if we don't take care of it? That's for dang sure. The cast of characters was unpleasant, and the story equally so, of which I'm still not sure what it's about. Is this one of those narratives were the main character is the hotel? Sorry, not sorry, but The Shining is way better.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Locd_and_Lit

    I was initially drawn to this book because the premise sounded interesting: a newlywed couple honeymooning in an extravagant hotel while wildfires (literally and metaphorically) rage on outside). But unfortunately this one was a total miss for me. Although the novel does delve into weighty topics like classism, greed, ambition, and love, I found the writing style to be very difficult to get into. It has a very distinct literary tone, and while that is fine, the pacing is very slow and the plot j I was initially drawn to this book because the premise sounded interesting: a newlywed couple honeymooning in an extravagant hotel while wildfires (literally and metaphorically) rage on outside). But unfortunately this one was a total miss for me. Although the novel does delve into weighty topics like classism, greed, ambition, and love, I found the writing style to be very difficult to get into. It has a very distinct literary tone, and while that is fine, the pacing is very slow and the plot just meanders along without getting into any real substance. I didn’t care about any of the characters and the climax was just meh at best. Overall, it was just a disappointing read. Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan for the e-ARC.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Not a terrible a book but I couldn't get into it at all. A swanky hotel in Los Angeles serves as the setting for this book about a newlywed couple and the rich guests they mingle with while the city burns and riots rage outside the walls. Uninteresting characters and very little plot/action just made me bored. Sadly this wasn't for me. LOVED the gorgeous cover though. DNF @ 55%. Much thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for early digital copies in exchange for my honest review. Not a terrible a book but I couldn't get into it at all. A swanky hotel in Los Angeles serves as the setting for this book about a newlywed couple and the rich guests they mingle with while the city burns and riots rage outside the walls. Uninteresting characters and very little plot/action just made me bored. Sadly this wasn't for me. LOVED the gorgeous cover though. DNF @ 55%. Much thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for early digital copies in exchange for my honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nicole (the library of n)

    “How fast it happened. The world turning from calm to calamity. That fissure that existed at the centre of life cracking open. You are always, always on the brink.” The Pink Hotel follows Kit and Keith Collins as they spend their honeymoon at an upscale, Beverly Hills hotel. Soon after their arrival, wildfires begin to break out across the area and the entire city of Los Angeles becomes enveloped in flames, riots, and blackouts. Meanwhile, The Pink Hotel closes its doors to ‘outsiders’ and K “How fast it happened. The world turning from calm to calamity. That fissure that existed at the centre of life cracking open. You are always, always on the brink.” The Pink Hotel follows Kit and Keith Collins as they spend their honeymoon at an upscale, Beverly Hills hotel. Soon after their arrival, wildfires begin to break out across the area and the entire city of Los Angeles becomes enveloped in flames, riots, and blackouts. Meanwhile, The Pink Hotel closes its doors to ‘outsiders’ and Kit and Keith find themselves confined with the anxious and unhappy staff, as well as a growing number of ultra-rich guests who come to the hotel looking for sanctuary, comfort, and entertainment. What a breathtaking, phenomenal read this was. Much like the fires within the story, the story began slowly, taking its time, making intimate introductions to every character, describing the hotel in elaborate detail. Then the wind fanned the flames, and surely, the story became all encompassing, devastating, overwhelming, all-consuming. The Pink Hotel does an incredible job illustrating the class divide. With the ultra-wealthy safe, confined, immune from curfews and emergency laws, throwing balls, parties, and feasts. While everyone else is depicted evacuating, suffering from blackouts, forced into curfews, rioting for equality. The portrayal of the ultra-rich is similar to Nero fiddling while Rome burns or Marie Antoinette exclaiming “let them eat cake.” Although a work of fiction, The Pink Hotel provides a relatively true depiction of modern day America. The style of narration really set this book apart, the book was written in the present tense. Although Kit and Keith are clearly intended to be the main focus, the narration follows multiple characters, storylines, conversations. It felt like watching a movie and having the camera get all the pieces of the story, including everything that might not be seen if the story simply followed one character’s point of view. This style of narration took some time to get used to, but the story was so much better for it. Every aspect of the story was captured, little quotes and reactions, different points of view, it felt like getting every piece of a really large story, it felt sweeping and all-encompassing. The Pink Hotel was a magnificent, awe-inspiring dark social satire. “Best to enjoy yourself before the apocalypse. Haven’t you heard, the whole world is burning.”

  18. 4 out of 5

    Judy Collins

    Exuberantly lively and amusing, Liska Jacob's latest— THE PINK HOTEL is a satire of the überwealthy and an inside look at the haves and the have-nots. Keith and Kit Collins work in California managing Keith's uncle's small town restaurant and inn. At a hotel conference, the couple, the Belmonts, invite them to honeymoon at their renowned Beverly Hills' The Pink Hotel. They, of course, are out of their element at the opulent hotel with guests rich and famous. Keith is enamored with the hotel and t Exuberantly lively and amusing, Liska Jacob's latest— THE PINK HOTEL is a satire of the überwealthy and an inside look at the haves and the have-nots. Keith and Kit Collins work in California managing Keith's uncle's small town restaurant and inn. At a hotel conference, the couple, the Belmonts, invite them to honeymoon at their renowned Beverly Hills' The Pink Hotel. They, of course, are out of their element at the opulent hotel with guests rich and famous. Keith is enamored with the hotel and the lifestyle and desperately wants to be a part of the finer things of life. His wife is happy with what she has. Keith decides to extend the honeymoon to try and snag an assistant manager job at the hotel. Not much of a honeymoon for Kit with Keith working and sucking up, she spends time with a partying young socialite who's also staying at the hotel. Keith wants to break through his middle-class title and jump into the elite, and Kit is happy to return home and stop pretending. Keith is a jerk and develops a crush on Richard's mistress, Coco. Sean, a construction worker, helping with the hotel expansion at the hotel, likes Kit after she faints and lands in his arms. Meanwhile, outside the hotel gates, wildfires have taken over California. The hills are burning, riots are breaking out, and gas masks and lockdown are mandated. The hotel closes its doors to outside guests, and everyone is stuck inside. The staff must work harder to contend with all the wealthy clients and cater to their every extravagant wish and demand. As the fear and anxieties heighten, the hotel, guests, and staff are pushed to their breaking point, and tensions run high. Outside, the world is aflame. Like The Great Gatsby, a close look at class, privilege, class disparity, greed, social status, money, love, and relationships. As in F. Scott Fitzgerald's Gatsby, an outsider looking in to attain status no matter the cost. From eccentric characters to the wealthy, sarcastic, wit, and snarkiness—an entertaining romp. There are also parallels between what is happening inside the celebrity hotel and the outside world with climate destruction, much like our world today. A story of socio-economic divisions and environmental impacts. I listened to the audiobook, which was somewhat nerve-wracking with the grinding, high-pitched, drama-filled voice to match the character's storylines. I did not find the audio enjoyable. I would recommend the reading copy versus the audio. The audio was narrated by Tavia Gilbert—I usually enjoy her narrations; however, in this case, not so much. The novel would be for those who enjoy satire (humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in contemporary politics and other topical issues) and Hollywood hotel drama-filled stories. #CoverCrush I also enjoyed the author's note regarding the social movements which inspired the book. Look forward to reading more from this author. Thank you to #MacmillanAudio and #NetGalley for an ALC to listen to, enjoy, and review and a digital ARC #FarrarStrausandGiroux I preferred the e-book. 4 Stars: e-book 3 Stars: audiobook Blog Review Posted @ www.JudithDCollins.com @JudithDCollins | #JDCMustReadBooks My Rating: 3.5 Stars ✨✨✨ 💫 Pub Dat: July 19, 2022

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carlene Inspired

    I found myself very bored; I love the literary style of writing and the satirical prose is excellent, but it's far too slow moving. I found myself very bored; I love the literary style of writing and the satirical prose is excellent, but it's far too slow moving.

  20. 5 out of 5

    mary

    thank you to netgalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this arc! i’m a bit disappointed in this because the premise was so good and it had so much potential to be so juicy and fun and just such a good summer read, but unfortunately it fell flat. it felt like there was so much description of all these boring mundane things and then something truly wild would happen but it would get brushed over or not even fully explained in the first place, and none of the fallout of these thank you to netgalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this arc! i’m a bit disappointed in this because the premise was so good and it had so much potential to be so juicy and fun and just such a good summer read, but unfortunately it fell flat. it felt like there was so much description of all these boring mundane things and then something truly wild would happen but it would get brushed over or not even fully explained in the first place, and none of the fallout of these events was ever really explored. i think too much time was spent on the wrong aspects of the book, which made it a very frustrating read, and i was tempted to dnf multiple times. the end definitely served some ~drama~ (although it still felt super rushed and like it only scratched the surface in terms of really going into what was happening) but not sure that it was really worth my time.

  21. 5 out of 5

    el

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for this arc! I won't lie but the cover is what attracted my attention. However, reading this was a bit difficult for me as I couldn't get into it at first because it was slow but I kept on reading and was not disappointed. It eventually picked up and I gotta say it was interesting. If you want something that's slow burn then this for you. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for this arc! I won't lie but the cover is what attracted my attention. However, reading this was a bit difficult for me as I couldn't get into it at first because it was slow but I kept on reading and was not disappointed. It eventually picked up and I gotta say it was interesting. If you want something that's slow burn then this for you.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This ARC was provided to me via Kindle, Farrar, Straus, and, Giroux and by #NetGalley. Opinions expressed are completely my own. What a charming, lovely, quaint and quick (because it’s so fun) read. Pick it up for your book club or whatever asap.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sam Hughes

    First of all I need to thank both Liska Jacobs and FSG/MCD for sending me this gorgeous Advanced Reader's Copy of The Pink Hotel prior to its publication day of July 19, 2022. What an incredibly well-written satirical prose about the horrors of the rich when they are left to their vices in the middle of a catastrophic natural event. Reading The Pink Hotel took me back to the peak days of COVID-19, especially in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement that shook the nation. People were prote First of all I need to thank both Liska Jacobs and FSG/MCD for sending me this gorgeous Advanced Reader's Copy of The Pink Hotel prior to its publication day of July 19, 2022. What an incredibly well-written satirical prose about the horrors of the rich when they are left to their vices in the middle of a catastrophic natural event. Reading The Pink Hotel took me back to the peak days of COVID-19, especially in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement that shook the nation. People were protesting, rightfully so, and getting their lives shortened and taken at the hands of the corrupt police forces around the country. With the Pandemic rapidly spreading, so many politicians and wealthy socialites just weren't taking the virus seriously and kept on partying, I mean just look at all the crap that's come out about parties and get-togethers still taking place, while people were LITERALLY DYING... The Pink Hotel mainly walks your through the perspectives of a small-town newlyweds who take the trip to The Pink Hotel in the form of a Honeymoon, or so Kit thinks -- where she later finds out that her husband has mashed the vacations together with an informal job interview to take over the Assistant Manager position for the hotel. Swept into the world of heiresses and socialites, they soon learn that downtown LA is nothing like the northern California suburb they are used to. Exquisitely decked out suites and cabanas cover the premises of this exclusive venue, serving epic views into the skyline, the lush vegetation, and oh of course, the riots and forest fires ravaging the city and nearing the hotel. Yet, all the while the guests continue to party, night after night and into the early mornings, ignorant of the madness erupting around them, growing annoyed by the lack of staff who've evacuated the city to protect themselves from the fire's reach... you know rich white people probz. Ew. As Kit is pulled around like a leashed dog, wearing this dress, trying this entree, taking this drug, all at the request of her husband, Keith, who's striving to fit in with this bourgeoisie crowd, to make a good impression on his "future" employees, Kit soon learns that she hardly knows the man she married, and can't tell whether there is a future for their relationship. Page after page, Liska Jacobs' The Pink Hotel reads like the final hours of the Titanic's route, in both a bluntly laughable and awful way, because event though this story is meant to be satirical, it is very much a representation of the shit-show that we are all living through today. Celebrities are letting it all out on social media, while we're still living through a pandemic, getting our reproductive rights stripped, and dying to make more than minimum wage. Eat the rich and do be sure to check out The Pink Hotel when it hits shelves on July 19th!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alice Quick

    The Pink Hotel has a meaningful message that it goes into significant detail to portray. I can see the appeal of the book and I’m sure that some will race through it much faster than I was able. For me, it was a slow burner with little in the way of actual plot/action until the last 20% or so and - as a result - I wasn’t interested. The central characters have little in the way of redeeming or likeable features, which I do appreciate is part of the message, and I struggled to resonate with any o The Pink Hotel has a meaningful message that it goes into significant detail to portray. I can see the appeal of the book and I’m sure that some will race through it much faster than I was able. For me, it was a slow burner with little in the way of actual plot/action until the last 20% or so and - as a result - I wasn’t interested. The central characters have little in the way of redeeming or likeable features, which I do appreciate is part of the message, and I struggled to resonate with any of them. It also flits between narrative voices towards the end which had little impact on the plot and ended on a character with whom we’d had little interaction which didn’t quite make sense as they hadn’t acted as a character who had been in the background much so the observations fell flat. Perhaps it’s because I’m not part of the world within The Pink Hotel (and also because I don’t strive to be unlike the main characters, Kit and Keith Collins) that it didn’t interest me as the social comment it was making felt quite obvious. Many would do well to read it and take note though.

  25. 5 out of 5

    annie

    i didn't think id like the book as much as i did. the characters were well written and the story had a solid ending. the only thing i was confused about was the time period. overall, well written thank you for providing me with an ARC i didn't think id like the book as much as i did. the characters were well written and the story had a solid ending. the only thing i was confused about was the time period. overall, well written thank you for providing me with an ARC

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Twarog

    I won't lie - it took everything in me not to quit this book. It was endlessly boring. I understood what the author was trying to portray, the dichotomy of living in shallow opulence vs the destruction and chaos, and the depth of reality. But, much of the book was just descriptions of everything, while also telling us there were wildfires happening. As the wildfires grew nearer, so did the outright silliness grow inside the hotel. I felt like I was searching for a real plot through most of the boo I won't lie - it took everything in me not to quit this book. It was endlessly boring. I understood what the author was trying to portray, the dichotomy of living in shallow opulence vs the destruction and chaos, and the depth of reality. But, much of the book was just descriptions of everything, while also telling us there were wildfires happening. As the wildfires grew nearer, so did the outright silliness grow inside the hotel. I felt like I was searching for a real plot through most of the book. It didn't pick up my interest until about 65-70% into the book. And even after that, I was just looking forward to it ending. But then even the ending was disappointing. For all that - I would not recommend this book. It just wasn't one that I enjoyed. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book before it's published.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl DeFranceschi

    Solid 3.5 stars. An excoriating indictment on class, and an examination of love, what it is, and all it’s different incarnations.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    dnf @50% I’m actually so upset about this one because the premise had me SO excited! I loveeee books set in hotels and have been seeking out more of them but this one was just super boring and the characters were flat and i tapped out once i realized i didnt care at all about anything happening

  29. 4 out of 5

    =^.^= Janet

    Publication date: July 19, 2022 Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review an advanced reader's copy of this book. This in no way affects my review, all opinions are my own. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. Confined to an opulent Beverly Hills hotel during a raging wildfire, a young couple is caught in the escalating tension between the wealthy guests and the staf Publication date: July 19, 2022 Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review an advanced reader's copy of this book. This in no way affects my review, all opinions are my own. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. Confined to an opulent Beverly Hills hotel during a raging wildfire, a young couple is caught in the escalating tension between the wealthy guests and the staff, in Liska Jacobs's blistering, dark social satire, The Pink Hotel. Newlyweds Keith and Kit Collins can hardly believe their luck when the general manager of the iconic, opulent Pink Hotel invites them to come for a luxurious stay as a bid to hire Keith. Kit loves their small-town life, but Keith has always wanted more, and the glittering, lily-scented lobby makes him feel right at home. Soon after their arrival, wildfires sweep through the surrounding mountains and Los Angeles becomes a pressure cooker, with riots breaking out across the city amid rolling blackouts. The Pink Hotel closes its doors to "outsiders," and Keith and Kit find themselves confined with an anxious, disgruntled staff and a growing roster of eccentric, ultra-wealthy, dangerously idle guests who flock to the hotel for sanctuary, company, and entertainment. The Pink Hotel exposes a tenuous class system within its walls, full of insurmountable expectations and unspoken resentments, which deteriorate as the city burns. In her barbed, provocative new novel, Liska Jacobs explores the corrosive nature of greed and interrogates the notion of true love, while hurtling readers toward a certain disaster. The Beverly Hills Hotel is barely disguised here but it should be now that it is owned by Saudis and their track record of executing homosexuals and other "miscreants" in their country. (Check out Vanity Fair's article on that debacle...and boycott. That aside, the novel is a great mixture of fiction and fact all in a pink and green coloured, lily-scented location where getting a phone brought to you for a call at the poolside was the ultimate status symbol. (Oh those crazy pre-cellular days!!!) The story is full of wonderful characters and was expertly crafted: it never waned from its excellence and I will highly recommend it to friends, family, patrons and strangers reading on mass transit. Take this book to the beach (or your back yard, porch or balcony) and enjoy it - just wear a tonne of SPF110 as you will lose track of time as you read this. - If we are in the 9th or 9th wave/mutation of COVID19 by then, stay inside: no tan is worth dying for in these pandemic/endemic times. #maddogsandenglishmen As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I simply adore emojis (outside of their incessant/never-ending/constant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/snowflakes / literally-like-overusers etc. ") on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🏖️🏖️🏖️🏖️🏖️

  30. 4 out of 5

    Leighton

    Thank you to Farrar, Straus and Giroux and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review! The Pink Hotel by Liska Jacobs is a fun social satire that will appeal to fans of Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians series. The story revolves around newly-married couple, Keith and Kit, who are staying at the luxurious Pink Hotel in Los Angeles. The couple are surrounded by eccentric, wealthy guests as wildfires in the surrounding area prevent anyone else from coming in. Trapped in an enclosed enviro Thank you to Farrar, Straus and Giroux and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review! The Pink Hotel by Liska Jacobs is a fun social satire that will appeal to fans of Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians series. The story revolves around newly-married couple, Keith and Kit, who are staying at the luxurious Pink Hotel in Los Angeles. The couple are surrounded by eccentric, wealthy guests as wildfires in the surrounding area prevent anyone else from coming in. Trapped in an enclosed environment, what will the guests do? Will order be maintained, or will chaos break out? Here is a luxurious excerpt from Chapter 1, when Keith first enters the hotel: "The hotel’s perfume struck him first. Made his blood hum. Everywhere massive flower arrangements loomed—birds of paradise, fuchsia anthuriums, monstera, and elephant ears the size of an artist’s canvas. Every type of lily. It was exquisite, the mixing of tropical and floral. The sweeping carpet softening their footsteps, the curved walls unfurling them into the grand foyer like a petal on a breeze, depositing them beneath an elaborate Venetian glass chandelier. That humming heightened. He had to press his hands together to keep them from shaking. Luxury with a capital L. A bit naughty. Like the glossy photos of the Condé Nast Traveler or Town & Country magazines he kept under his bed, hidden from his elderly parents, who had expected him to follow them into academia. Into denim and tweed, perhaps cotton twill for the new generation, but certainly not hospitality. How could he explain his visceral reaction to velvet and silk? To them transformation was about science. The sun turning nuclear energy into heat and light, human bodies converting food into energy. Metamorphosis was reserved for caterpillars and tadpoles. Not for boys with polyester sheets who pine for Egyptian cotton." Overall, The Pink Hotel is a delightful book that would make the perfect beach read! One highlight of this book is the detailed look into the habits and fashion brands that the hotel guests enjoy. Many people, including me, are fascinated by celebrities, so I enjoyed reading a book about them. I did take off 1 star, because I felt that the plot of this book was rather slow for a long time. I think that the description of this book promised a bit more tension than doesn't really show up until the end. If you're intrigued by the excerpt above, or if you're a fan of books about the lives of the rich and glamorous, I recommend that you check out this book when it comes out in July!

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