It's Honor Society Awareness Month. I'm riffing on that a bit today to bring you a list of books that feature secret societies. It's a different type of honor.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart. Disgusted by certain aspects of her elite boarding school, Frankie infiltrates the all-male Order of the Basset Hounds. Despite the fact her father and boyfriend are members, Frankie's supposed to pretend she doesn't know it exists. Instead, she makes it do her bidding without their knowledge.
Secret Society Girl by Diana Peterfreund. Amy is surprised when she's tapped for the Rose & Grave, her university's secret society (and the most powerful in the country.) She seems all wrong for them-- it nothing else, she's a girl. But once in, she finds that it's not all it's cracked up to be-- because once you're drawn into the conspiracy, there's no way out. The first in Peterfreund's Ivy Legue series, follow it with Under the Rose.
The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney. In an elite boarding school where the administration's version of trust involves mostly turning a blind eye to reality, the Mockingbirds is a secret society that tries students for crimes against other students. When Alex wakes up naked in a boy's bed, she must grapple with the reality of date rape and decide if she wants to get the Mockingbirds involved. There's a sequel, The Rivals.
Princess Mia by Meg Cabot. Princess Mia is dealing with a break up with her boyfriend AND her best friend. But she's also stumbled across something that will change Genovia forever. Where better to announce it than at a meeting of Domina Reis, the most powerful woman's secret society in the world, one that Grandmere hopes Mia will be tapped to join when she turns 18? The ninth in a series, start with The Princess Diaries.
The Liar Society by Lisa Roecker and Laura Roecker. Last year, Grace died in a mysterious fire. When her best friend, Kate, gets an email from her, Kate starts investigating, trying to figure out which of the many secret societies at their elite school may have been responsible. Fans will want to read the sequel, The Lies That Bind.
Cross My Heart by Sasha Gould. In 16th century Venice, the Segreta is a secret society of women that deals in secrets. Pulled from a convent to marry her dead-sister's evil fiance, Laura sees the Segreta as her only means of escape. But it starts to look like Beatrice's death wasn't an accident and the Segreta is using Laura for something... but what? The sequel, Heart of Glass, comes out next week.
The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman. Nora, her boyfriend, and his best friend work with a professor, helping him translate texts for his research. But when Chris ends up murdered and the texts stolen, Nora's boyfriend is the prima suspect. Nora knows he didn't do it and travels to Prague to investigate the Lumen Dei, because this murder is part of a centuries-old mystery.
Venom by Fiona Paul. Renaissance Venice seems to be the place for secret societies! When Cassandra finds a murdered woman with an 'x' carved on her chest, she's drawn into a murder investigation filled with conspiracies and secret societies and the underbelly of the elite. Glittering and steamy, this is the first in the Secrets of the Eternal Rose series. The second, Belladonna comes out in July.
Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz. Schuyler has never fit in with the rich, popular kids at school. So way is Jack suddenly paying attention to her and why has she been invited to join an exclusive secret society? The 500 has run the world for centuries, what do they want with Schuyler? And what is their biggest secret? The first in a long series, these are hands down my favorite vampire books. de la Cruz's mythology is well-thought out, fascinating, and completely original, as is the intellectual history that underpins this steamy and gossipy story.
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