Review: The Ravens
Title: The Ravens
Series: The Ravens #1
Author: Kass Morgan & Danielle Paige
Date Published: November 3rd 2020
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA Fantasy
Kappa Rho Nu isn’t your average sorority. Their parties are notorious. Their fundraisers are known for being Westerly College’s most elaborate affairs. But beneath the veil of Greek life and prestige, the sisters of Kappu Rho Nu share a secret: they’re a coven of witches. For Vivi Deveraux, being one of Kappa Rho Nu’s Ravens means getting a chance to redefine herself. For Scarlett Winters, a bonafide Raven and daughter of a legacy Raven, pledge this year means living up to her mother’s impossible expectations of becoming Kappa Rho Nu’s next president. Scarlett knows she’d be the perfect candidate — that is, if she didn’t have one human-sized skeleton in her closet…. When Vivi and Scarlett are paired as big and little for initiation, they find themselves sinking into the sinister world of blood oaths and betrayals.
The Ravens is a contemporary fantasy set at a collage campus, with lots of excitement and witchy goodness.
The story is duel POV, following Scarlett, an already powerful witch in line to become the next president of their coven and sorority, and Vivi, a new recruit who has no knowledge of her witch heritage or any of the baggage that comes along with having magic. I really enjoyed the duel POV and getting to know two very different women and it worked excellently to show us how intertwined their stories were. The two characters were very distinct, and it was easy to quickly become invested in both of them.
I wasn’t too sure what to expect from this book, but it gave me exactly what it advertised itself as: A sorority of witches who become embroiled in a mystery. The sorority of witches recruit new witches using their sorority as a cover and the story involved some mischief as the newbies get inducted, some mystery as old secrets come to light and most importantly, sisterhood. Ultimately the story is about how important and valuable sisterhood is and that you are strong together than apart.
I enjoyed the story, as it gave all the fun and drama of a witch coven combined with a sorority but with a mystery plot pushing the story forward. There was a large range a side characters that were interesting, but I got a little confused trying to remember them all. Our two MC’s both had good characters arcs and they learnt a lot over the course of the book. I really enjoyed seeing their friendship develop whilst the mystery unfolded, and the conclusion of the story was excellent. The plot kept me guessing but the ending was perfect, and I look forward to seeing where the story goes in the sequel.
Overall, a great contemporary fantasy, and I would recommend to people looking for an easy fantasy read or a mystery.
Rating: 4 Stars