Tuesday, June 28, 2011
The Magnolia League by Katie Crouch
Age Group: YA
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?
As in her popular adult novels, Crouch's poignant and humorous voice shines in this seductively atmospheric story about girls growing up in a magical Southern city.
What really drew my interest in this book was the whole concept of secret societies and it takes place in the South. I love a good book that has this ancient society with so many mysteries tangled inside its roots and the new girl has to figure it all out. This book had it all.
Alex grew up in California with her mom as a hippie, but once her mom died in a tragic car accident, she went to live with her very rich and young looking grandmother in Savannah. Alex hated the life of being rich even though she was getting everything she wanted. Hayes and Madison are apart of The Magnolia League and they become Alex's friend and show her the new life of being a Magnolia.
I was really suprised that the author threw in hoodoo into this, but let me tell you, it only made the book a million times better. It gave the book this creep factor and you wanted to know what was really behind these spells. Alex goes out to find the truth of the Magnolia League and what they're really hiding and why none of them ever leave Savannah.
The cover is beautiful. It's very dark and I love the girl with the white dress sitting on a lavish chair and the dark forest of Savannah surrounding her.
Overall, if you're into secret societies and southern secrets, this book is for you and it does not disappoint.