Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Magnolia League by Katie Crouch

Book Summery (via Goodreads):
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?

Book Review:
Wowzers! I really had no idea what was in store for me when I picked up this book. To be honest, the cover is what initially caught my eye. This book is unlike any other book that I have read before, which is one of the many reasons that I love it. Ms. Crouch has wove an original idea with beautiful prose and made one hell of story. Alex is a bold, flawed, intelligent, snarky, original character. She really made the story. I could totally see myself hanging out with her in real life, back when I was a teenager. I love that she stands out against her surroundings. Her metamorphosis throughout the book really speaks to Crouch's writing. I also love the incorporation of hoodoo with southern elitist society. I really, really don't want to give away too much of the story, but honestly I can tell you this one of the best books I read in a long time. Crouch writes with such vividness; I could hear the southern drawls, taste the sweetened tea, and clearly envision the mossy swamps. I flew through this book and am very distraught at the thought of waiting another year for its sequel. If you're looking for an original take on YA paranormal romance, then this is the book for you. Be sure to check out the website as well.

Favorite Quote:
"'Believe you me,' Miss Lee Continues, 'as her grandmother, I'd like nothing more than to let Alexandria go right on back to California. The girls rides a bicycle all over town, her hair is ugly enough to haunt a nine-room house, and she'd argue with a wall. But you know as well as I do, ladies, that Alexandria Lee doesn't have a choice. We all made our bed decades ago. And now, just like the rest of us, she's got to lie in it.'" (p. 12)

Cover Art Commentary:
I wont lie. I'm a sucker for a good cover, and this one caught my eye instantly. It was the main reason I picked up the book in the first place, and boy am I glad I did! :)

Overall Rating:


  1. OOhhhh, looks great! The cover really is pretty, isn't it? I feel inclined to check this one out.

    Great review~

  2. Great review. I am really interested in this one, it sounds cool! Will check it out on amazon!

  3. I'm so glad to read a very positive review for this book. I just can't wait to read this one. I just adore YA paranormal romance.

  4. So I havne't heard too much about this book but such a glowing review from you really has me more interested in picking this one up.