Thanks to NetGalley and HMH Books for Young Readers for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: November 3rd, 2020
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 Kappa Rho Nu share a secret: they’re a coven of witches. For Vivi Devereaux, 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.
A modern day story about a witchy sorority written by two well-known YA authors? Count me in! And, while there were a few issues I had, I still enjoyed The Ravens. The story is told from the perspective of freshman Vivi, and senior Scarlett, and honestly, I couldn’t tell the difference between each author’s writing. I loved Vivi immediately, but it took me awhile to connect with Scarlett who comes across as your stereotypical snotty sorority girl for a good portion of the book. However, I have to give the prize for best evolution of a character to her. While Vivi is instantly likable and relatable, Scarlett kind of sneaks up on you and becomes the true driving force behind the story. I could have done without the tired tropes of insta-love and love triangles, but thankfully there were so many other interesting elements, they never really took over. While I pretty much guessed who the villain was going to be, there were a few twists before the big reveal that managed to surprise me. The ending ties everything up neatly, but according to the publisher The Ravens is the beginning to a new series. If that’s the case, I’ll definitely be picking up the next book. Overall, despite a few minor glitches, I highly recommend this to fans of Sabrina, The Craft, and American Horror Story: Coven. You’ll noticed I compared this to movies, and that’s because I could visually see this playing out in my head.