The Ravens – Review

Title: The Ravens
Authors: Danielle Paige and Kass Morgan
Publication Date: 03 November 2020
Synopsis: At first glance, the sisters of ultra-exclusive Kappa Rho Nu – the Ravens – seem like typical sorority girls. Ambitious, beautiful, and smart, they’re the most powerful girls on Westerly College’s Savannah, Georgia, campus.
But the Ravens aren’t just regular sorority girls. They’re witches.
Scarlett Winter has always known she’s a witch – and she’s determined to be the sorority’s president. But if a painful secret from her past ever comes to light, she could lose absolutely everything.
Vivi Devereaux has no idea she’s a witch. So when she gets a coveted bid to pledge the Ravens, she vows to do whatever it takes to be part of the magical sisterhood. The only thing standing in her way is Scarlett, who doesn’t think Vivi is Ravens material.But when a dark power rises on campus, the girls will have to put their rivalry aside to save their fellow sisters. Someone has discovered the Ravens’ secret. And that someone will do anything to see these witches burn.
Format: Paperback courtesy of Hachette Australia
RRP: $19.99
Disclaimer: I received a finished copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has no way impacted my thoughts.
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

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Representation: Scarlett is a person of colour.

Content warnings: Murder, violence, blood.

I knew that I needed this book the moment I heard about it. If you know me at all, you know that I love magic with my entire heart and soul.

The synopsis of The Ravens immediately caught my attention – sorority girls who are also witches? Sign me the heck up!

The magic system in this book is so beautifully done. I was intrigued from the very first page, desperate to know more about how The Ravens all used their magic. It is such a unique take on using the pre-existing paganism and using it to be something more modern, but also fun and enticing at the same time.

What I would give to be a witch in a sorority! That would be so much fun in the best ways possible!

The dual points of view from Vivi and Scarlett were so distinctive and I thoroughly enjoyed reading from both of their perspectives.

At times, Scarlett seemed especially juvenile towards Vivi, and there were parts of their ‘hate’ that made me go “hmm, well that’s not fine”, because it seemed that Scarlett’s disdain for Vivi literally came out of nowhere, and it had no real substance behind it. But I’m glad they got over that and became better friends as the story progressed.

The mystery surrounding the ‘weirdness’ aimed at the Kappa sorority was fascinating, and I was kept on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next, and how it would all fit together. And that twist? I honestly did not see that coming!

I do have to say this, though, the romances were, to me, very forced, and I thought there was zero chemistry between any of the couples. I would’ve one hundred percent loved it if it had been Scarlett and Vivi that had got together, because that would’ve felt more natural to me. Unfortunately, though, this book was extremely heterosexual, and there were only two mentions of queer characters, which is just unrealistic to me.

However, I just found out that this is a duology, so I will be looking forward to The Monarchs when it comes out.

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