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Under the Rose: An Ivy League Novel [Paperback]

Diana Peterfreund
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26 Jun 2007
Fans of Beautiful Disaster will devour Diana Peterfreund’s Ivy League novels—Secret Society Girl, Under the Rose, Rites of Spring (Break), and Tap & Gown. At an elite university, Amy Haskel has been initiated into the country’s most notorious secret society. But in this power-hungry world where new blood is at the mercy of old money, hooking up with the wrong people could be fatal.
Now a senior at Eli University, Amy is looking her future squarely in the eye—until someone starts selling society secrets. When a female member mysteriously disappears and a series of bizarre messages suggests conspiracy within the ranks, no member of Rose & Grave is safe . . . or above suspicion.
On Amy’s side, the other women in Rose & Grave remain loyal. Against her? A group of Rose & Grave’s überpowerful patriarchs who want their old boys’ club back. As new developments in her love life threaten to explode, and the search for the missing girl takes a disturbing turn, Amy will need to use every society maneuver she’s ever learned in order to stay one step ahead. Even if it means turning to old adversaries for help—or looking for her real enemies closer than she’d thought.

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  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Delta (26 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385340036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385340038
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,264,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The series continues to be fun and addictive 28 Jan 2011
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Under the Rose continues Amy's adventures as both a student at the prestigious Eli University and a member of the super-secret society, Rose & Grave. Only things aren't currently so super...fresh from taking on the older members of the society (who refused to accept that women were now part of Rose & Grave) the current members now have a new problem - there's a traitor in their midst...

There's something about this series...The books are fun, seriously sexy at times and have an intriguing mystery at the centre. But I know little about American universities and nothing at all about secret societies, so you'd think they wouldn't be my thing. However, what makes these books addictive to me are the characters; their back stories and their interactions. While I'm reading, I can't wait for certain characters to meet and see how they react to each other - that's how real they seem. This book is the one where Amy emerged as a truly great protagonist. She is smart, determined and loyal to her friends. Even when they're not acting like friends, Amy still does. In a book with some very hot love scenes, it's not just the romantic relationships that hold your interest - the friendships, the frenemies and the downright enemies are all compelling, too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Angieville: UNDER THE ROSE 1 Nov 2008
By Angela Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Reading Secret Society Girl: An Ivy League Novel (Ivy League) put me in righteously indignant mode for two days straight. Now, admittedly, it doesn't always take much to send me there but, since my indignation was on behalf of fictional characters and couldn't hurt anyone, well, real, I figured it was okay to let the wrath reign. Besides, some of those dudes really deserved it. My wrath, that is. Reading UNDER THE ROSE was an entirely different experience. I spent the majority of the time grinning madly, silently egging certain characters on while berating others for their a) lack of the barest trappings of a conscience or b) inability to just come out and say what's really bothering them.

And boy was there a lot of bothering going on. At the start of the book, it quickly becomes apparent someone within the secret society is leaking information to outsiders intent on destroying them. Amy, known within the Rose & Grave annals as Bugaboo, is dismayed to find out she's lived up to her society nickname when none of the other Diggers will listen to her pleas for help investigating the leak. Caught up in their own lives and dramas, her fellow Diggers leave Amy alone to fret and fester over the fraying society she's been so loyal to (and so instrumental in saving in the last book). And Amy has her own heady distractions in the form of her senior thesis, her roommate Lydia's love life woes, and the persistence of one George Harrison Prescott.

I thought UNDER THE ROSE was an even stronger story than its predecessor. The pace never flagged, the dialogue was sharp, and the characters became more interesting and more dear, as evidenced by the fact that my heart went out to two of them who'd done nothing but irritate me in the first book. I love it when that happens! I was particularly enamored by the unwilling alliance Amy forms with a certain caustic law student and the verbal sparring that ensues. Ah, the things she gets roped into doing in the name of the greater good. This book was a smooth, delicious treat and when I closed it I felt like we'd all of us had a good time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely enjoyable 3 July 2007
By Spikewriter - Published on Amazon.com
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UNDER THE ROSE, Diana Peterfreund's sequel to her 2006 book Secret Society Girl sucked me in to the extent that I managed to finish the book in only a few hours, something I don't usually get the opportunity to do these days or have the inclination to do. There is something about Peterfreund's writing, though, that carries me along and makes me want to know what's going to happen to these characters next. I may not think about them long or deeply once I've done with the book, but while I'm reading, I'm thoroughly enthralled.

After standing up to the trustees of the Rose and Grave who objected to including women in the Eli University secret society, Amy Haskel returns for her senior year ready to enjoy her membership as part of the first class of Diggers to include women. Not surprisingly, things don't go smoothly. First, there's the letter to the female members that warns of a traitor within; then there's the problem of money -- as in alumni are beginning to withhold funds in protest against the female invasion. 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 whomever is trying to tear the Rose and Grave apart, but she can't bring herself to stop the chase, no matter the consequences. Many of the case of SECRET SOCIETY GIRL return both as friends and enemies as Peterfreund offers up a portrait of the closed (almost incestuous) world of university life. It's a book which pleases and while there are one or two instances that I felt could have characters could have been a bit more deeply drawn (such as with the self-styled student religious leader who means the society no good), there are many more instances that brought a smile to my face, including the professor who knows more about the Society and their ways than Amy would have thought just by the dint of being on campus so long.

The book provides an enjoyable afternoon's reading and when I hit the end, I felt it was time well spent. With this, Peterfreund has gone on my "auto-buy" list.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite series. 8 Dec 2012
By Kelci R Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
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These books are my favorite grab and go read, and I finally caved and bought my own copy instead of keeping the library's. A great read and a great series.
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this series 2 May 2012
By Shannon Bryant - Published on Amazon.com
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I LOVED this series. Everything about it.. I re-read these books atleast once a year. Not sure what it is.. the characters are so GREAT. You really feel like you're in there with them. It's just... great!
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery Chick Lit with Tons of Brains 28 July 2010
By S. Su - Published on Amazon.com
It's just so hard to find an intelligent, funny, and suspenseful series, which is why I adore Diana Peterfreund's IVY LEAGUE novels. They contain everything I want in a series about college students: secrets, romantic entanglements, and pages and pages of side-splitting collegiate conversation.

Amy is engaging, wry, and endearingly stumbling through life as a secret society member at an elite university. She is dynamic and can hold her own in any situation. But the brilliant characterization doesn't stop there. Every character, no matter how much or how little time he/she gets on the page, has his or her own personality. It's not so hard for us to keep track of all dozen or so of the members of Rose & Grave, which is a remarkable accomplishment, and a sign of a high-caliber author.

Likewise, the plot is intricate and clearly shows the amount of time that went into planning and writing Amy's world. The story weaves around the society comings and goings, delves deliciously into Amy's "relationship" with George, takes readers on far flung adventures...and that's in between helping us remember who's who! The story is a complex, satisfying, and delightful concept that only an author with more than enough brains to spare can concoct.

UNDER THE ROSE is a thriller/mystery story for the estrogen-prone, chick lit for the brainy. And that's why I love it. This book doesn't dumb itself down for readers; instead, we're left feeling impressed at Diana Peterfreund's writing ability, even if the scenarios and dialogue only exist in a world where the perfect quip comes out of your mouth instantly, every time. I'd like to live there.
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