Today I want to have a little chat with you about The Ravens. Would you please look at that STUNNING cover?! I saw that art + there are witches so I was sold before even opening the book. Let’s see if the story is holding up!
The Plot (as found on Goodreads):
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.
This was pretty cool! Some parts of the book felt very familiar, it’s that typical U.S. college sorority setting. At the same time, there is a unique vibe and I was constantly curious about the little bits distinguishing this novel from similar settings.
The best way to describe The Ravens: somewhere in between American Horror Story: Coven and Scream Queens (only saw like 3 episodes of the latter, but this is the vibe I got from it).
So, you can tell I got pretty specific vibes from the novel and I constantly kept thinking, this would make a brilliant TV show. Maybe it’s just because I am so used to seeing the whole sorority thing on screen rather than on-page but I think this would do very well in an adaptation.
Some moments do feel a little cliché like but overall Morgan and Paige did a good job distinguishing themselves from other novels. Speaking of the two writers, I was surprised to learn more than one person was involved in writing this. The chapters and different characters come together rather seamlessly! I need to find an interview or something about what their collaboration process was like.
Now back to the story. Witches. I’m always down for a good book about witches, so I was happy to pick this up. I was quite intrigued by the magic system/way of practicing introduced. I love how the writers kept referencing tarot cards! I went to the basement and dug up the old pack I had bought ages ago, just to see what the artworks in my deck look like. The world-building was good and I was definitely buying what Morgan and Paige were selling.
However, towards the end, things felt a bit rushed and I would have like a more fledged out explanation of things. No spoilers but there were some important things in the past that got described with barely three sentences. Maybe that’s why I want an adaptation so bad: the events would make for such dope flashback scenes.
Overall I enjoyed the book a lot and barely put it down. Even though there were some small flaws and parts that could be improved, it was good! Maybe not the best novel out there but still a recommendation!
Did you read this book? Let me know in the comments what you think!