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.
I really enjoyed this tale of a Sorority of Witches hiding in plain sight as the most exclusive sorority on campus. It had everything I wanted from a sorority story – tight friendships, amazing sorority house, secrecy and a bit of bitchiness. Added to that we had witchiness as well.
As a Brit I’ve always found American university life fascinating. From the odd custom of a dorm room shared with a complete stranger to the mysterious elitism of the sorority system. As something I will never be part of it all feels slightly untouchable (and I definitely am not sorority material even if I had had an American education).
I loved the style of this story as we swapped points of view between Scarlett an established witch vying to become president of the Kappa sorority and Vivi a freshman who at the start of the book has no idea that she’s a witch. It was a clever way to show the reader both sides of the Kappa’s.
The magical system was very clever and easy to follow. It was a clever use of Tarot and the fact that the girls had an affinity for one ‘suit’ of magic was a clever way to limit power – even if the Kappa’s could share their powers with each other as well.
The way the magic and its results were described made it feel very real and properly – well – magical. A very dark book at times as Wicked Magic was dabbled in by some, this book was an intense read.
The story kept me guessing right to the end as the tensions built up and we discovered more and more. A really enjoyable read (and I adore the cover too) definitely recommended.