Under the Rose is the sequel to Diana Peterfreund's 2006 release Secret Society Girl. Having adored SSG, I was anxious to get started on Under the Rose. I was not disappointed. Under the Rose pulled me in from page one and I finished this book in less than a day.
This is Amy Haskel's senior year at Eli University. Amy returns after standing up to the trustees of the Rose and Grave who didn't want women included in the university's secret society. But there's a problem. There's a letter circulating to the female members warning of a traitor amongst them. And then there's the money problem. It seems that some of the alumni are pulling and withholding funds to protest against the new female members. Plus the group isn't bonding, as it would have hoped. And when the threat of a website to expose and reveal all is thrown in the mix, Amy has her hands full. With schoolwork and her social life suffering as she tries to find out who wants to trash the Rose and Grave.
The group isn't bonding as it should and the threat of a new website that will "reveal all" is just the cherry on top. Amy finds both schoolwork and exterior social life slipping as she throws herself into the pursuit of whoever is trying to trash and tear apart the Rose and Grave.
Ms Peterfreund has a wonderful writing style and excellent voice that allowed me to get lost within story. Under the Rose is a delightful page-turner full of well-developed, well-drawn characters and wonderful storytelling. Ms. Peterfreund is now on my "auto-buy" list.
Amy Haskel made it into elite Eli University. Then she made it into the ultraselective Order of Rose & Grave. Now a senior, Amy is looking her future squarely in the eye-until someone starts selling society secrets. When a series of bizarre messages suggests conspiracy within the ranks and a female knight mysteriously disappears, no member of Rose & Grave is safe.or above suspicion.
On her side, Amy has a few loyal Diggirls-her fellow female Rose & Grave knights. Against her? Certainly it's a group of Rose & Grave's berpowerful patriarchs who want their old boys' club back. As new developments in her love life threaten to implode, and the case of the vanished Diggirl gets weirder by the moment, Amy will need to use every society trick she's ever learned in order to set things right. Even if it means turning to old adversaries for help-or discovering that the real foes are closer than she'd thought..