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The Monarchs

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The Monarchs wasn’t my favorite sequel, but it was still pretty entertaining. I will say, I thought one of our MCs (Viví)  definitely changed a lot in this book compared to in the The Ravens, but I suppose it was necessary to carry on the plot. Overall, it came together solidly by the end.
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I loved this first book and I loved this one just the same. I will be getting a phyical copy soon and putting it next to the first book on my shelf. I loved the spooky season vibes and the witchy vibes as well. Also don't get me started on the cover cause it's gorgeous.
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{3.5 stars}

Another exciting installments of The Ravens story. Now that Vivi is more familiar with her powers, the sorority sisters are trying for campus domination again. When their first party goes awry, they are in trouble of losing their standing to a rival sorority. When they suddenly lose access to their magic they realize something more sinister is a foot.

I enjoyed the action of this one, it gives a little more detail on the magic and the forces of good and evil. It was a bit more catty at times though, too much boyfriend drama for my taste. Overall a quick fun read though.

Thanks to Clarion Books via Netgalley for access to this novel. All opinions above are my own.
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3.5 stars!  Thank you Netgalley for the arc.  I loved The Ravens and this was a decent sequel.  I really enjoyed the characters and the atmosphere was top tier.  The only draw back was it tied up too neatly for me which lowered my rating.
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What an incredible sequel to The Ravens that has all of the vibes you are hoping it will from the cover. I had a great time returning to this world.
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Oh my goodness! If you love the ravens you’re gonna fall in love with the monarchs. Kass Morgan and Danielle Paige did a phenomenal job!! My expectations were blew away and I am floored on how engulfing monarchs was!!! I was taken on a whirlwind of adventure, the character arc were amazing
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A patently ridiculous series of events, many of which don’t ever come together in any logical way in the end, but if you enjoyed the first installment in this series, you’ll probably enjoy its well-paced concluding novel as well.

The Monarchs picks up pretty much where The Ravens left off as witchy sorority Kappa begins another semester full of magic and mayhem.

Though the conflicts in this one feel a lot more contrived and silly than those in the first book of the duology and this story is absent the eerie atmosphere that helped flesh out The Ravens, the characters remain likable, the setting enjoyable, and the pacing excellent.

Don’t think too hard while reading and just enjoy the ride.
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I did not like this one as much as the first installment. I thought this one was rushed. I found myself wanting to put it down many times just because of lack of development into the story.
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Generally a good book, kept my attention. The story was great, characters well thought out, and the pacing was good. Overall, I enjoyed the book and would read more by this author!! Thank you so much for the ARC!
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As much as I absolutely adored book one, The Ravens, I just couldn't get into Book 2, The Monarchs. It seemed rushed and as if the element that was aliive and kept me nonstop reading and interested in book one just wasn't there in book 2.
All in all, it was an okay continuation, however, I didn't feel like it was a necessary continuation and maybe the storyline could have been different to make it more exciting.
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Kappa Rho Nu, the Ravens, are back to finish off the year on a good note. They vanquished the evil and fought one of their own. NOw they can coast there the remainder of the year or at least that's what they thought. But it looks like they may not be the only witches on campus. I knew going into this sequel that it was going to be heavy on the drama and not much else but it seems Morgan and Paige didn't want to dig any deeper with their characters. Everything in this turn depends wholly on the bonds made in the last.... which weren't that deep. I had hoped that the bond of sisterhood and toxicity of sororities would be explored but those topics were superficially touched on in preference for yes romance. There really was not any resolve in the arguments or valid complaints that were brought up. Instead falling on weak bonds in romance and focused more on the drama it brought. While it was entertaining to see the magic in a more whimsical way, I would have liked more depth and growth within the sisterhood. Also, the sorority is called ravens.... why are alumni called MONARCHS!?!?
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Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Although I did enjoy The Ravens a bit more, this book did not disappoint. As a reader, I truly rooted for these girls and got involved in every part of the story. After tragic and chaotic events the sorority members endured, they are trying to get back on track and unfortunately for them, there is a foreboding undertone forming. I would have expected a bit more urgency in this book as it begins with an ominous feel but it felt like there was too much drama and focus on the personal relationships of Scarlett and Vivi. If you liked the first book, I would read this, just don't expect it to hold up to the first.
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I think we need more books about sisterhood and friends that become family. It's such an important thing for teens to see and read about. If you enjoyed the first book, The Ravens, you will definitely enjoy this one as well. It has the same fast paced elements, that mystery that keeps you guessing, and the absolute best witchy vibes you could ask for.
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I wasn’t as interested in this book as I was in the previous one. It felt very… rushed? Like, instead of taking place during the very next semester, I wish we could have waited a year to see senior Scarlett and sophomore Vivi. The entire Theta vs. Kappa rivalry was sort of annoying, but I understood why it was 100% necessary to this plot. All in all, the pacing of this book just didn’t work as well for me and felt way too fast. A fun series, but probably not one I’ll revisit in the future (MAYBE for spooky time readings, but only if I can’t find any new witchy books, and we get about 20+ of those published a year).
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A perfect follow up to The Ravens! I would love more books in this world. Another amazing author I will always recommend!
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3.5 / 5

I've really enjoyed this series.  Very atmospheric and spooky, The Monarchs directly follows the events that took place in The Ravens.  Some good plot twists and lots of interesting magic, this was a highly enjoyable read!  I'm not sure if there will be more books in this series but I know I would likely read them if there were!
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I really enjoyed The Ravens, but it didn’t necessarily need a book 2 and I was surprised when I learned about The Monarchs. I decided to check the book out, and I’d still say that book 2 wasn’t necessary.

There’s a solid plot and plenty of intrigue throughout. It will satisfy anyone looking for a quick read featuring magic and college drama. In book 1, readers are rooting for Vivi. She’s the underdog, a girl who grew up without magic, someone without a big family and a lot of money and support. She’s on her own and fights for her place as a Raven, and it’s easy to champion her. Scarlett’s not exactly nice, but her layers break down throughout the first book, and she’s humanized by the end. Both girls suffer losses and grow as characters.

That’s the difference with book 2. There’s a lack of a growth arc and readers don’t have the same investment in the underdog rising because Vivi’s now part of the group. In fact, she becomes the social chair at the start of book 2, putting her in a powerful position within her sorority. There’s some resentment from other Ravens, and that resentment grows as Scarlett and Vivi work together to figure out what’s going on and shut their sisters out. Since we never get their point of view, however, some of the sisters come off as petty and fickle. 

Book 1 featured character deaths, and that had a significant impact on the tone of the book. By comparison, when the Ravens lose the right to host a major school event and lose their magic in book 2, it doesn’t carry the same weight. It’s only been a few months since they buried some of their members, including their former president, and Scarlett seems more concerned about living up to her family’s expectations and how frustrating it is to walk in heels without magic. 

This was a fast read, and it did have plenty of action. It just lacked the same depth and heart as the first book, and it suffers by comparison. I don’t want to spoil anything, but the fact that this is the conclusion was also a mark against the book. It could have been a solid bridge to something very interesting, but since the series isn’t continuing, we won’t get to see what happens with that character. (Sorry to be vague, but if you read it, you’ll know exactly who and what I’m talking about.) I was interested in seeing how that development played out in the future and I’m disappointed. 3.5 stars.
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<a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50395598-the-monarchs" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img border="0" alt="The Monarchs (The Ravens, #2)" src="https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1611940728l/50395598._SX98_.jpg" /></a><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50395598-the-monarchs">The Monarchs</a> by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6922454.Kass_Morgan">Kass Morgan</a><br/>
My rating: <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4578265477">3 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
I was given an advanced copy from NetGalley to review this sequel to "The Ravens" and it certainly did not disappoint. I really had enjoyed the first one when I read it last year, and as a sorority girl myself (Alpha Gamma Delta, represent), the idea of a sorority coven struck me as completely epic. "The Monarchs" was exciting just as "The Ravens" was, and I'm big fans of both Scarlett and Vivi, the main characters. The overall plot kind of read like a Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode, which again, fine by me since I enjoy the show. However, I did find it a bit hard to follow at times because there was so much going on, and so many secondary characters. I felt like in the end most of these side plots were resolved, although a few things that happened had me raise an eyebrow (example: nobody remembers anything that happens or acknowledges a particular character death due to "memory reworking", just seemed a bit like lazy writing to me). The story was very fun and I always enjoy the elaborate parties the Kappas throw. It would be super cool to see some kind of live-action version of these books. I also wonder if this is really meant as a duology or if we will get more stories in "The Ravens" series. Solid 3.5/5 for me. <br /><br />
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I really enjoyed this sequel. I wish that there would be more books written about these characters to build on the duology.
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The Monarchs is the sequel to The Ravens. In order to understand the characters and what is taking place, be sure to read The Ravens first. The Monarchs did a great job wrapping things up from the first book.
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