16 May 2011

YA Book Review: The Magnolia League by Katie Crouch




The Magnolia League by Katie Crouch
© May 2011 by Poppy


Goodreads description:
After the death of her free-spirited mother, sixteen-year-old Alex Lee must leave her home in northern California to live with her wealthy grandmother in Savannah, Georgia. By birth, Alex is a rightful, if unwilling, member of the Magnolia League, Savannah's long-standing debutante society. She quickly discovers that the Magnolias have made a pact with a legendary hoodoo family, the Buzzards. The Magnolias enjoy youth, beauty and power. But at what price?
Thoughts, Musings, Ramblings...


I haven't read too many books set in the South, but after reading The Magnolia League, I know I want to read more!  The ambiance that Crouch conveys through that setting is phenomenal.  I could almost feel the humid heat during the sweltering Georgia summer and reading the book made me want to speak with a Georgia drawl.  


At the beginning of the book, I really liked Alex.  She seemed like such a strong character with these unwavering beliefs that made her seem crazy to the new people in her life.  When the Magnolia girls start to get to her, I was a little disappointed at how quickly her started to cave to their beliefs and leave behind little parts of herself.  As soon as she lost her dreadlocks, it was like little pieces of her personality just flaked off here and there. That was a tad annoying to me, but the story itself kept me involved enough that I didn't put the book down at that point.


Things really do turn around though and at the end I there was a glimmer of hope for Alex.  She seems to start to find her roots and realize what's really important...and the only way to get that back.  A last minute twist in the plot definitely leaves you hanging.  I will more than likely pick up book 2 next year to see if Alex can redeem herself...

5 comments:

kaye (paper reader) said...

This is the second time this has popped up in less than 5 minutes - I think I'll have to give it a try. And the South is such a rich setting already with so many possibilities that I'm sort of talking myself more into already, apparently. ;)

Bookish Brunette said...

I've read so many awesome reviews about this book!!! I really need to read it!

Erika said...

I will definitely add this to my TBR list. Thanks for the great review.

Erika @ Let's talk about books

Erika said...

I will definitely add this to my TBR list. Thanks for the great review.

Erika @ Let's talk about books

kaye (paper reader) said...

This is the second time this has popped up in less than 5 minutes - I think I'll have to give it a try. And the South is such a rich setting already with so many possibilities that I'm sort of talking myself more into already, apparently. ;)

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