Monday, May 9, 2011

Review: The Magnolia League by Katie Crouch

The Magnolia League
by Katie Crouch
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2011
Publisher: Poppy
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780316078498

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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. -Goodreads

My Review:

The Magnolia League was a quick, funny read. I wanted to check it out because it’s a book about the South, and well, I’m from the South! It was definitely interesting, albeit somewhat confusing at times.

The main character, Alex, was a bit much for me to take. She’s very different from most girls. She was very much a hard core hippie. I had a really hard time connecting with the character. My favorite character in the book was Hayes, who was a Junior Magnolia Leaguer. I don’t know what it was about her, but she didn’t really come off as a snob to me, and I really liked the character. Most of the other characters in the story fell flat for me, unfortunately.

The plot was very interesting, and I did enjoy reading about the HooDoo and the southern background. I did not care for all the reference to marijuana, and there was a lot of it. The book also has lots of secrets in it, with a lot that didn’t get answered. I’m hoping we will get more information in the next book.

Overall, this was an Ok read for me. I will be checking out the next book in the series, just to see where the author goes with the series.

Happy Reading!

Thank you to Poppy and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this book!

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  1. Good review! I so badly wanted to like this book, especially since it was set in Savannah but I just couldn't get into the story. I did not like the main character though I did feel sorry for her. I didn't care for her love of marijuana or that idiot Reggie who she considered her boyfriend at the beginning of the book. I confess that I skipped ahead to see if the book was worth reading but I didn't like what I saw then either. I do like to read about the South and I like that kind of fiction with a gothic feel and magic but in future I will be sticking to the Caster Chronicles instead.

    Good review!

  2. Thanks for the review, sounds interesting.

  3. Very honest review; I totally agree with you about Alex! Hayes and Madison were the only characters I genuinely liked, and whilst I enjoyed the southern setting and hoodoo references like you, this definitely wont be one of my fave series.

  4. Me too!! I just couldn't connect with the story. Great review!! Here's mine-

  5. You don't seem too enthusiastic about the book, Christy :( I really wanted an ARC for this and got denied. But if it isn't that great, maybe I should just shut up and read through the pile I did get^^

    Nickey @ The Book Shop Assistant

  6. It'll be interesting to see how the sequel goes.

    I did enjoy the book--as a Southerner, I enjoy books with the setting as well as examining the society world. The hoodoo was cool too.

  7. I haven't read this yet, but I love books set in the south, especially if they have a magic/voodoo/hoodoo element to them.

  8. I have this one to read too. I have read one of her adult books and it was OK.

  9. Hmm, I'm going to be cautious when reading The Magnolia League, but the premise and Hodoo sounds cool so I'll still read this. Thanks for the review!

  10. Thank you for your review! I just simply cannot decide whether I want to read this or not. Sometimes I want to, sometimes I don't - I suck at making decisions. :D But I might give it a chance after all.


  11. Great review !
    I'm really curious about this book and I think maybe I'm going to buy it soon :).
    The plot seems really original !


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