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The Secrets of the Eternal Rose

Paul, Fiona

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
In Renaissance Venice, orphaned Cassandra Caravello is one of the elite but feels trapped in the city of water until she stumbles upon a murdered woman and is drawn into a dangerous world of courtesans, grave robbers, and secret societies, guided by Falco, a mysterious and alluring artist.

Publisher: New York : Philomel Books, c2012
ISBN: 039925725X
Characteristics: 435 p. ;,24 cm
Alternate Title: Venom


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Jul 10, 2014
  • winner2345 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

At the beginning it was kind of boring but as i kept on reading it started to get more interesting and now i am really excited to read the next book in the series

Jun 13, 2014

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In 16th century Venice, murder, forbidden love and a mysterious secret society collide in one girl's search for the truth.
- Anne Rouyer

Dec 23, 2013

Cass is a brave, sweet and remarkable heroine. I love how, instead of using the clichéd historical heroine who's attitudes about things like marriage and women's rights are too modern for the time period to be believed, Fiona Paul has managed to create a character who's modern enough for todays readers, but also just right for the period. she's feisty and brave, not one of those helpless heroines, but she also embodies the period young woman very well. Historical Venice and all its sights, smells and sounds and dark secrets comes alive, sending chills down your spine. Differs from other sexy historical tales in a good way : sex isn't the main focus of the plot, the puzzler mystery is totally satisfying , and the middle never sags or gets bogged down like a lot of books. The pace never halts. Agnes is so funny and who can resist steamy, hottie Falco and sweet Luca? More than just a bodice ripper: A step above the rest.

Nov 14, 2013
  • tocch101 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The amount of love triangle is a little excessive, but in general the mystery was the drawing aspect of the story and kept the plot moving. I'm interested to see how this plot plays out, and hope that there is a clear ending planned.

Jul 02, 2013
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

If you're looking for heavier on romance, lighter on mystery, suspense, adventure, this is the right book for you. If you're hoping for good mystery or intrigue, look elsewhere. I was very much looking forward to reading this book, but the excitement died quickly the farther along I read. I was hoping for more mystery or magic (an actual romantic spark, not just wands or spells, although I am also frustrated at the numerous mention of vampires only to have nothing come of it). The book started out well and seemed interesting, but then really fell flat. Just leaves a lot to be desired. It was disappointingly tame in most aspects, despite the frequent "passionate" interludes. I was looking for something more similar to the Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray than to Bewitching Season and its sequel Betraying Season by Melissa Doyle. I will NOT be looking for book 2.

Jun 19, 2013
  • sal222 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sensuous, dark and thrilling, this novel is a compelling read that captures the spirit of Renaissance Italy. Venom immerses the reader in a time where no one can be trusted and brings together a combination of history, mystery and romance. The main character, Cassandra, is very likable as she begins to awaken, both intellectually and sexually, to the intrigue that is going on around her. The romance between Cassandra and Falco is the main focus of the book and follows the typical storyline of a high-born girl becoming attracted to an artist, who is trying to help her find a murderer who is roaming the canals of Venice. While the romance was done well, the best part of the book was its setting - the onset of the revolutionary Renaissance interspersed with a dark and foreboding atmosphere that makes you want to keep turning the pages. I will definitely be reading the sequel!


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Jul 08, 2014
  • winner2345 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Cass has a good life with everything she needs, except for freedom to do things but when her friends dead body goes missing, she starts going on adventures with Falco, a artist, and starts to fall in love with him when she already has a fiance, Luke.

Nov 05, 2012

Cassandra Caravello has everything a girl could desire: elegant gowns, sparkling jewels, invitations to the best parties, and a handsome, wealthy fiancé—yet she longs for something more. Ever since her parents' death, Cassandra has felt trapped, alone in a city of water, where the dark and labyrinthine canals whisper of escape.

When Cass stumbles upon the body of a murdered woman—with a bloody X carved across her heart—she's drawn into a dangerous world of secret societies, courtesans, and killers. Soon, she finds herself falling for Falco, a poor artist with a mischievous grin . . . and a habit of getting into trouble. Will Cassandra find the murderer before he finds her? And will she stay true to her fiancé or succumb to her uncontrollable feelings for Falco?

Beauty, romance, and mystery weave together in a novel that's as seductive and stunning as the city of Venice itself.


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Aug 09, 2013

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Jul 10, 2014
  • winner2345 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“Madness weakens the mind and disease weakens the body, but nothing destroys the spirit like the loss of a true love.”


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