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Friday, July 27, 2012

Review: Rites of Spring (Break) by Diana Peterfreund

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Title: Rites of Spring (Break)
Publisher: Dell

Source: Library
Publication Date: 24 June 2008
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 0385341938
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352

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Place(s) Traveled to: New Haven, Connecticut // Cavador Key, Florida (Florida Keys)
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
First Line: Not all tropical islands keep their treasures buried, but for those that do, no map will help. 
Ivy League/Secret Society Series Order
Book 1 – Secret Society Girl
Book 1.5 – Poe in D.C. (click here to read)
Book 2 – Under the Rose
Book 2.1 – Banned From the Tomb (click here to read)
Book 2.2 – My Phi Beta Kappa Valentine (click here to read)
Book 2.3 – Poe at the Gates (click here to read)
Book 3 – Rites of Spring (Break)
Book 3.1 – A New Confession (click here to read)
Book 3.2 – Powerless (click here to read)
Book 4 – Tap & Gown
After finishing Under the Rose (my review), I thought that I would focus on my List of Twelve and then when those books were done get back to the secrets and shenanigans of the Rose & Gave brothers. But this world has gotten under my skin and I found myself thinking about it often. To help sate my thirst for this series I went and read the short stories that followed Under the Rose and it sort of backfired on me because that only made me want to read these books more. So I did what any good bibliophile does and I dropped my planned list and dove into Rites of Spring (Break).
Rites of Spring (Break) picks up shortly after the events of Under the Rose end and takes place in both New Haven, Connecticut and on the private island of Rose & Grave. (How cool would it be to be part of a group that has its own island?) Though sadly for Amy and her brothers this won’t be a week of relaxation as there is someone on the island who seems to have it in for Amy and her friends. As with Under the Rose there is a bit of a mystery to this book although things are a bit more sinister this time around. 
I also fell in love all the more with all of these characters. Amy is growing up a bit and not obsessing as much and Malcolm is back. Yay Malcolm! He wasn’t in the book a lot but where he was I was in love. He is just so fun and I like that he is often a voice of reason when it comes to one of Amy’s crazy theories. I also wish that this book had more POVs because there were some conversations with Malcolm and a certain someone that I would have loved to be a fly on the wall for! This book also made me fall hard for a certain character that I never would have thought that I would like when I read Secret Society GirlOk…so I was slowly starting to change my mind during Under the Rose but still this one totally sealed the deal. 

I read this book in a single sitting and I really hated for it to end. I loved the time that Amy spent on the island with her Digger friends and liked that Lydia wasn’t in it as much. After reading that short story from her POV my opinion of her has soured a bit and I don’t think that will ever change. And because she wasn’t around as much it paved the way for other characters to get a bit more time and I was totally ok with that. This book was filled with gasps, swoons and sighs (both happy and sad) and it totally became my favorite by the end. As with the others this would make a great summer read and just a great escape from reality in general. I love this world and really hate that there are only four books in the series because I don’t ever want it to end!

Mini-review A New Confession

This short story is told from Felicity’s POV and I do not like her. She’s a bit uppity and I almost skipped reading this one because of it. This story didn’t like me any more and made me dislike Brandon even more as well. It was nice to see a little more of her motivations and history but I think I’d have preferred a POV from another character. 

Mini-review Powerless

*le sigh*

I really think that Diana Peterfreund needs to pull a Midnight Sun and write a whole book from Poe’s POV.

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