Monday, March 22, 2021

The Ravens - Kass Morgan and Danielle Paige

Summary: 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. (Summary and pic from goodreads.com)

My Review: At first glance, this book looked really promising. First off, I like witches and literature about witches. They’re like the OG feminists, except they have real power to make you ShutUp if you’re harassing them. This is, of course, possibly talking about the more fantastical witches as opposed to the witches of reality, who operate on a different sort of scale. They’re still awesome, and still the OG women of power, but they’re different than the sort of witches in The Ravens. At least I assume? I guess I can’t really know for sure…

Anyway, it sounded cool…powerful witches hiding in a sorority that is as old and powerful as sororities themselves. The cover was cool, too. However, I’m sorry to report, it just didn’t deliver.

First off, there was way too much pettiness in the book. I get that sorority girls are probably petty and they be hating on each other and stealing each other’s boyfriends and such, but I felt like it just detracted from the story. Also, there wasn’t very much discussion of magic. I mean, there was, and they sure liked being the Cool, Pretty Girls With All The Magic and yet we don’t hear much about it. There is some vague discussion of the older girls teaching the younger girls the magic and such, but that is pretty much glossed over because OMG we need to talk about how Pretty the Party Was and how Fantastic The Hairstyles were. Idk. I just felt like I was reading all about sorority girls who not only lived up to the hype of what sorority girls are hated for, but now they are girls with all the hype who also have magic. It was hard not to hate them and eye roll them. The camaraderie that we were supposed to feel and their dedication to each other just wasn’t there. They were petty jerks who pretty much dabbled in magic that got them what they deserved.

I think my main problem can be summed up with the fact that the authors just tried to cover too much in a somewhat short book. Sorority girls. Witches. Magical powers. A curse. Betrayals. Boyfriends. Drama around campus. The ugly duckling new girl who is, of course, actually The Shiz. A mysterious mom. Tarot cards. So. Many. Things. It just was too much. It didn’t have enough focus to give any breadth or depth to any topic. It just flitted around and in the end, made a story that was cut short in the parts that should have been longer, scrimped on the actual details of what would have made us sympathetic to the stories or the characters, and ended up with a whole tomes-worth of story capability all wrapped up in a short YA Fic. It lacked focus and development.

The good news is that it is rather juicy in that it is about sororities and witches. Those are always juicy topics. I think an actual YA reader might appreciate it just on the merit of that. I, however, and old and jaded and expect more from my books. It had promise, but didn’t deliver.

My Rating: 2 Stars

For the sensitive reader: There is some language and some violence/gore due to spells.

1 comment:

Jordan @ForeverLostinLiterature said...

I've been really interested in this, sorry to hear it didn't work out! I agree that sounds like there is a lot going on, which would definitely bother me too.

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