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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Review: Under the Rose by Diana Peterfreund

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Title: Under the Rose
Publisher: Dell

Source: Library
Publication Date: 26 June 2007
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 0385340036
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368

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Place(s) Traveled to: New Haven, Connecticut
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
First Line: When you picture the secret society of Rose & Grave, I know what you see.
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 3.1 – A New Confession (click here to read)
Book 3.2 – Powerless (click here to read)
Book 4 – Tap & Gown
Under the Rose picks up just a few months after Secret Society Girl ends (my review), Amy and her friends are back at school after break and starting their Senior years at Eli University. I enjoyed this book for the most part but I found Amy to be a bit more annoying in this book. She spent way more time mooning and thinking about buys than I would have liked. It often distracted me from the other story lines that were going on in the story. 
As with the first book this one passed very quickly and I read it in two short sittings. I loved being in this world and wandering around the fictional Eli University. In many ways its nice to know its loosely based on Yale because picturing that campus helps to picture how this one might actually be. If I’m honest then I will admit that I picture Amy’s room to be a bit like Rory and Paris’s on Gilmore Girls when they went off to Yale.  

Under the Rose had a bit more of a mystery to it than Secret Society Girl and I liked that as it did give a little more depth to the story. In Secret Society Girl you know who the big bad is (so to speak) and here you have to try and figure it out along with Amy and the rest of her society brothers. I do love a good mystery. I like how Poe was utilized a bit more in this book than in the first one though I wish that Malcolm was also given some more page time. I liked them both in the first book and so was sad that due to the set up of the society that they had to go and graduate (the nerve!). 
All the characters really grow in this book since the first dealt with the set up of them along with the world of Eli University. There were some that I really liked in the first book but liked a little less in this one based on their actions. The reverse is also true (*coughs*Poe*coughs*). There were some characters that I wanted to smack and I really questioned at times on if this group of Diggers would every learn to be a team. Especially since they did so well together during the first book that it was a bit disappointing when they seemed to crumble under adversity. 
While I don’t think that Under the Rose will be my favorite in the series mostly because of all the random asides/interludes with George along with Amy’s inner whineings about boys and lust. It was just too much for me most of the time. Luckily there was that other plot line to distract me. Overall though this was a fun read and great for summertime. Once I finished this one I was glad that I requested the third and fourth books from the library at the same time…because waiting would not have been fun!
Mini-review Banned From the Tomb
I know I say this is a mini-review but its more just my immediate thoughts since saying anything about the plot could spoil since its so short. This is another story told from Poe’s POV and I like him more and more with each one. I just love seeing inside his brain and getting to see him outside of Amy’s biased eyes. Its also nice to see Amy in new light too. 
Mini-review My Phi Beta Kappa Valentine
This short story is told from Lydia’s POV and she is Amy’s roommate of the last three years and BFF. At first I was excited for this one as I liked Lydia in Secret Society Girl but after reading this I really don’t care for her. She is a bit jealous and whiney and I really just wanted to smack her several times over.

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