Monday 20 December 2021

THE MONARCHS by Kass Morgan & Danielle Paige


The ultra-exclusive 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: Scarlett is Kappa Rho Nu's newest president. Unlike her mother or older sister before her, Scarlett has a vision for a more unified Kappa, one where no sister falls to the forces of wicked magic. But the powers of the presidency have their own pitfalls. And with the pressures of alumni bureaucracy and past failures weighing on her, Scarlett finds herself at risk of losing the very thing that defined her: her magic.

As a new member of Kappa Rho Nu, Vivi Devereaux finally knows what it's like to belong. She has her Kappa Rho Nu sisters behind her and, with Scarlett's blessing, Vivi's happily dating her first college crush (who also just happens to be Scarlett's ex). When Scarlett assigns Vivi the coveted role of social chair, Vivi is determined to live up to her Big's expectations. But Vivi's studies in witchcraft take a deadly turn when she uncovers a new form of magic, one that has mysterious ties to Kappa Rho Nu's past and the vengeful demon once tied to their talisman.

With the weight of their newfound roles and the terrible price of destroying the talisman haunting them, Scarlett and Vivi must save their sisterhood when the forces of hell itself and a rival sorority threaten to unleash havoc on the Ravens.

Last week I had a blast reading The Ravens. And thanks to Hachette Australia, I already had the second/last book in this excellent duology waiting for me. 😊

After losing two members of their sorority, The Ravens return after break prepared to get back into their college and magical lives. Scarlett is now president but starts to doubt herself and finds it too easy to get distracted by other things. Vivi is ready to dedicate herself to her sisters and wants to impress them with her magic while spending time with her first real boyfriend. But there's a mysterious foe waiting in the shadows, one that threatens to destroy everything these witches have built... 

Wow. Amazing! This is how you write an excellent duology. Both books were interesting. Both introduce new things to the world. Both raise the stakes. And both deliver in equal parts.

As soon as I started reading, I once again got lost in the story and couldn't wait to find out how things were going to turn out after the betrayal and loss that devastated The Ravens. And what started to take shape very early on was dark.

This book moves quickly and doesn't take long to establish the wickedness these girls have to endure and face while still suffering the aftermath of what happened in the woods. Their sisterhood is threatened all the way through and each witch deals with this problem differently.

The story unfolds at a great pace. Scarlett and Vivi once again share alternating POVs that complement each other while moving the overall plot along nicely, as well as revealing their personal growth. Both characters are awesome and manage to entertain, even when their lives are going downhill fast. The way everything escalates really took me by surprise. The magical problems arise very quickly, and the world of these witches gets a lot bigger.

The Monarchs is not only a fantastic sequel, but also the perfect way to end this captivating tale of young witches trying to continue a long legacy. This tale about a coven masquerading as a sorority never stopped surprising me and I didn't lose interest at all. Actually, the more I read, the more obsessed I became with the story and looked forward to whatever was waiting on the next page, the next chapter. And although I loved the ending, I was sad when I got to the end.

I'm going to miss these girls.

Also, one last thing. This cover is as stunning as the first. So beautiful, and matches the story perfectly.

The Monarchs, January 2022, ISBN 9781529363883, Hodder & Stoughton

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