The Monarchs by Kass Morgan and Danielle Paige
“One witch, two witch, three witch…none.”
The Monarchs by Kass Morgan and Danielle Paige is the much-anticipated sequel to their witchy college drama The Ravens. Last semester the girls of Kappa Nu felt the ultimate betrayal from one of their sisters and must now find a way to move forward knowing that despite their magical abilities they are still vulnerable to the most human of threats.
This is written in a dual POV of Scarlett our legacy and Vivi, her little, who is new to the witch life and only beginning to scratch the surface of her powers. Scarlett has been appointed president in the new semester and the weight of the sorority’s reputation and her family’s expectations are solidly on her shoulders. Vivi is coming to terms with the fact that not only is she an actual Witch with actual powers, she is also a member of the most popular sorority on campus and must now live up to their status.
Scarlett comes from a long line of prestigious witches and along with ensuring that the Kappas remain the campus it-girls she also feels the pressure of living up to her family name. All of her sisters are looking to her to find a new normal and when things don’t go exactly right, they begin to lose faith that she is the right person for the job.
Vivi is determined to prove her place among the more experienced witches, and with elaborate parties to plan she has ample opportunity to show off everything she has learned. But just like with Scarlett, suspicious things start to go wrong despite her best efforts, and she must track down whether it is just bad luck or someone who is determined to bring the Kappas down.
After the reading the first on my own I was so excited when The Monarchs was offered up to the Hive. Morgan and Paige have shown a version of magic that I have yet to see displayed in any other series having it tied not only to the elements but tarot as well. We get a closer look into their practices in the sequel that shows a growth in the girls as they mature in their abilities.
“Being a good witch is good for all the witches”
While the first half of the book was following the girls as they were recovering from the damage of the previous semester and attempting to regain their elite footing, the second half was where it really shined. If you were a fan of the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer this will help fill the hole the end of the series left in all our hearts. As Scarlett and Vivi follow the clues to figure out where the root of their problems are we are introduced to other sources of power that not even the witches of Kappa Nu could have predicted.
If you love teen dramas with a heavy dose of magic The Ravens and The Monarchs is the perfect addition to your collection!
Amanda is a proud Ravenclaw who was raised in Alaska before traveling the world with her family. She currently resides in District 7 with her husband and 2 kids. As a full-time working mom her time to read is precious and she uses it to devour as many books as possible. All genres are welcome but she does prefer some smooches to be included. She has discovered a love of book signings and has been lucky enough to meet many of her Unicorn authors and hopes to meet more in the future!