So when Amy receives the distinctive black-lined invitation with the Rose & Grave seal, she’s blown away. Could they really mean her?
Whisked off into an initiation rite that’s a blend of Harry Potter and Alfred Hitchcock, Amy awakens the next day to a new reality and a whole new set of “friends”—from the gorgeous son of a conservative governor to an Afrocentric lesbian activist whose society name is Thorndike. And that’s when Amy starts to discover the truth about getting what you wish for. Because Rose & Grave is quickly taking her away from her familiar world of classes and keggers, fueling a feud, and undermining a very promising friendship with benefits. And that’s before Amy finds out that her first duty as a member of Rose & Grave is to take on a conspiracy of money and power that could, quite possibly, ruin her whole life."
First Sentence: Not actually the first sentence, each chapter is preceded with a confession, sometimes snarky, sometimes revealing, always a good teaser. "I hereby confess: I am a member of one of the most infamous secret societies in the world." That gets my attention. Yours?
Brownie Points: Voice. I loved the main character. Amy is sexy, real, funny, ambitious, smart, down to earth, in all the right ways. Fresh out of college and going into publishing, I actually have quite a bit in common with her (don't ask me about my secret society affiliations--I'll have to kill you).
Recommendation: Even if this isn't your usual cup of tea, read it anyways. Actually, read all of Peterfreund's stuff. I plan to.
Would I represent it? No. If this came to me and the author had had no history of publishing before, I would have turned it down, probably from the query alone. Then I would have kicked myself when it came out, of course. But that's how my preferences roll. If a client of mine had a successful run the first time around, I wouldn't have discouraged her from writing a book like this, and probably would have greatly enjoyed being privy to the process.