Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Magnolia League by Katie Crouch

When her free-spirited mother dies in a tragic accident, sixteen-year-old Alexandria Lee is forced to leave her West Coast home and move in with a wealthy grandmother she's never known in Savannah, Georgia. By birth, Alex is a rightful if unwilling member of the Magnolia League-Savannah's long-standing debutante society. But white gloves and silk gowns are a far cry from the vintage t-shirts and torn jeans shorts she's used to. Alex is the first in decades to question the Magnolia League's intentions, yet even she becomes entangled in their seductive world. The members enjoy youth, beauty and power...but at what cost? As Alex discovers a pact between the Magnolias and the Buzzards, a legendary hoodoo family, she discovers secrets-some deadly-hidden beneath the glossy Southern veneer.

I was very excited to read this book. I heard from a friend in my English class that is an absolute read for people who have read Castor Chronicles series, and I was recommended this book on Goodreads, and I saw it's has a dark, Southern mysterious essence to it, so I had to check it out. I'm a southern girl, and am always on the lookout for books dealing with the South. Crouch brings originality  to the traditional YA genre, but it mostly touches the some of the old tales in the South, like a Georgia society. It keeps you thinking a lot and wondering, like how the league is mysterious, what's hidden behind the locked doors, voodoo magic, it has a southern essence that makes you warm towards the book. I did like this book, it really did remind me of my favorite series the Castor Chronicles and it kept me not wanting to put the book down. The main character Alex represents everything society does to a young girl. I am currently considering buying the second book in the series.

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