Review: The Monarchs by Kass Morgan and Danielle Paige

BOOK STATS

Rating: ☆☆☆
Title: The Monarchs
Authors: Kass Morgan & Danielle Paige
Series: The Ravens #2
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Audience: Young Adult
Format: eARC
Length: 448 pages
Publisher: Clarion Books
Release Date: January 11, 2022
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Recommended for fans of: The Ravens
Content Warnings: self harm

SYNOPSIS

In this thrilling conclusion to New York Times best-selling authors Kass Morgan and Danielle Paige’s The Ravens, the sorority witches are tested when a rival threatens to usurp their place on campus and the forces of hell come knocking on their door.

The sorority girls at Kappa Rho Nu—the Ravens—are determined to restore balance to the world. After destroying an ancient talisman and barely saving their sorority in the process, they’ll go to any lengths to keep their secret as Westerly’s most powerful coven of witches.

Scarlett Winter, a legacy Raven, has finally gotten what she’s always wanted: the Kappa Rho Nu presidency. After the disaster that killed the sorority’s last president, Scarlett is determined that no sister will fall under the sway of wicked magic ever again. But the powers of the presidency have their own pitfalls—and Scarlett has big shoes to fill.

Vivi Devereaux, a freshman, finally knows what it feels like to belong. For the first time ever, she’s got it all: her Kappa Rho Nu sisters and a sweet (and hot) boyfriend. When Scarlett assigns Vivi the coveted role of social chair, Vivi is determined to live up to her Big’s expectations—even if that means dabbling in a new form of magic.

Unbeknownst to the Ravens, new rivals and ancient evils lurk on Westerly’s campus. With Kappa Rho Nu’s future on their shoulders and their pasts still haunting them, will Scarlett and Vivi be able to save their sisterhood once again?

MY THOUGHTS

I love the premise of this duology: a college sorority is actually a front for the country’s most powerful coven of witches. The story started off strong with the witches of Kappa processing the tragic events of The Ravens, with Scarlett vowing to make their sisterhood stronger and Vivi determined to increase her magical abilities for protection.

However, much of the drama in this book became petty and shallow, focusing on a popularity contest with a rival sorority even when the fate of the world was at stake. The characters felt a bit bland and immature compared to book 1. The romance didn’t get enough attention, and therefore felt forced. And as a sorority alumna, it’s such a pet peeve of mine when sororities are represented inaccurately, like throwing parties in their own house. This book made me roll my eyes a lot.

There were some delightfully creepy scenes that brought a light horror element into the book, and I wish there had been more of that. Even though I thought the tone of the story was inconsistent, it was a fast-paced read, and I was curious to see how everything would work out in the end.

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the eARC.

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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