June 22, 2011

The Magnolia League by Katie Crouch


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.

  • Confession: I almost gave up on this book. I began to read it and was not very happy with the main character Alex. I decided to plunge through and found that I rather liked it.
  • Magical forces and what-not, Hoodoo style!! I loved the way Crouch goes about explaining in detail how it works. 
  • Alex was a very unique character and I grew to love her. For the most part she was her own person and didn't follow the rules of society. 
  • The secrets and mystery that’s soaked the Magnolia Leaguers. Sometimes I was so confused about who the bad side was, but with power like that your bound to cross lines. 
  • Thad- I thought he was brilliant. A bit snobbish at first but he redeemed himself later on. Also: He was super smart in a Nerdy but cute way. 
  • The Georgia setting- Now that I live here I have found a million and three books that are set in Georgia (Woot Go Ga!!)
  • Dexter- he was the most real character. I loved how he and Alex were the perfect friends. Also: Go Waffle House!!

  • Alex had some inconsistencies in her character. She was supposed to be all feminist-stubborn girl but she got lost in the power maybe and stopped being THAT.
  • Why I almost gave up on this book: Mainly Reggie. He was a jerk and pulled on Alex’s stings. He was a low life in more then one way.


I am glad I didn’t give up on Alex. She showed me a fancy world full of magic and choosing which side you play for.

just sayin, 


  1. Love your reviewing style. I really want to read this one since it seems to be unique and set in the South. I live in the South, too-- North Carolina-- and I sometimes think it is funny how people from other places see us. Too many showings of Gone With The Wind! :D

    Can't wait to hear what you think of Slice of Cherry. I just finished that one-- talk about a different kind of book!

    Kat @ A Myriad of Books

  2. I haven't heard that much about this book so thanks for the great review. I think Alex sounds interesting and I'll have to put this book on a wish list. :)


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