October 26, 2020

#BookReview: The Ravens (The Ravens #1) by @Kassmorganbooks @daniellempaige

Synopsis: 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. 


Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
My Review: 
OMG, I love this book!!!!!! Everything from the beautiful cover, to the characters, to the story line is amazing! This book grabs you with a sacrificial murder and keeps you hooked throughout the entire story. Vivi spends all her life thinking that her mom is a fraud with her tarot card readings but little does she know magic is real and she's a witch. I've always been a fan of sorority stories and this one did not disappoint. There was an appropriate amount of hazing yet they didn't go too far. And this one had the spooky element of a witch with black magic trying to hurt the girls. Scarlett's character kinda rubbed me the wrong way in the beginning as she comes off as jealous but by the end she grew on me. The twist at the end definitely surprised me, I wasn't expecting it at all. I can't express how much I loved this book, I highly recommend it for anyone who loves a good suspenseful sorority story. 

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-The first in a new fantasy series, this book focuses on Scarlett, a knowledgeable brown-skinned witch with aspirations of being sorority president, and Vivi, as she gets introduced to the world of magic. The pair end up meeting at the sorority Kappu Rho Nu, a modern-day coven, during rush week. Told in alternating chapters, Scarlett is a legacy and has been raised with magic and taught by her nanny, while Vivi, who is white, has been raised by a spiritual mother she believes is a charlatan, and is shocked to find magic is real and that she has powers. The concept of dark magic is brought up in connection with the mysterious death of former sorority member Harper, as her friend Gwen continually shows up despite having magic erased from her mind. The two main characters initially get off on the wrong foot, no thanks to a love triangle, but find that being sorority sisters and witches matter more than petty differences. The girls must come together with the rest of their coven to find out who is harassing their sorority and trying to call them out as witches. Light world-building provides a history to magic while the focus of the plot remains on the mysteries of the past. Every girl is said to have her own magic based on tarot and the elements, and together the girls are stronger. VERDICT An intriguing mystery built upon the foundations of sisterhood, and an additional purchase where fantasy books are popular.-Rebecca Greer, Hillsborough County P.L. Coop., FLĪ±(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.


"This novel hits its story beats quickly and deftly, unfurling the plot through Scarlett’s and Vivi’s alternating points of view. The magic system is complex and original without being cumbersome, and it expertly conjures a supernatural, uncanny atmosphere intertwined with Greek life....This solid, enchanting fantasy boasts a palpable atmosphere and moves at a breakneck pace." –Kirkus

"An intriguing mystery built upon the foundations of sisterhood." –School Library Journal --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Kass Morgan is the New York Times bestselling author of The 100, which was the inspiration for the hit CW show of the same name, and Light Years. An editor of middle grade and young adult fiction at a larger publisher, Kass received a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a master’s degree from Oxford University. She lives in New York City.
Twitter and Instagram: @kassmorganbooks


Danielle Paige is the New York Times bestselling author of the Dorothy Must Die series and Stealing Snow, as well as an upcoming Fairy Godmother origin story series, and the graphic novel Mera: Tidebreaker for DC. In addition to writing young adult books, she works in the television industry, where she received a Writers Guild of America Award and was nominated for several Daytime Emmys. She is a graduate of Columbia University. Danielle lives in New York City.
Twitter: daniellempaige
Instagram: daniellempaige
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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