The Magnolia League (The Magnolia League #1) by Katie Crouch

Format: Kindle ARC
Pages: 368
Published: 3rd May 2011
Publisher: Poppy
Genre: YA Fantasy, Paranormal

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.

The Magonlia League was one of those books that had so much potiental to be different and exciting. It starts out very interesting with a fantastic and different main character. However, as I was reading it I began to not like it. And just left me disappointed.

The story starts out with Alex moving to her Grandmothers to life after a tragic accident that killed her mother. Alex hates Georgia and her Granmother (Miss Lee) lifestyle. Alex missed her old hippie lifestyle but she is forced to befriend Hayes and pretty soon Alex discovers that things in Savannah Georgia aren't all as they appear in The Magnolia League.

Alex starts out at such a fun read. She was totally different from most teenagers in novels. She doesn't care how she looks, she isn't skinny or perfect and she is a great sense of humor. However, as the story continues and she discovers The Magnolia's secret she starts acting like any other  girl in a YA novel. Her appearance changes dramatically from Hippie girl to Debutante. Her personality changes as well but the end of the book I found her selfish and just pathetic. I didn't like Miss Lee or any of The Magnolia League. I don't think any of them of any redeeming qualities. However, I did like the Buzzards, the local Hoodoo Family. I would loved to have had more of an insight into there lifes. They interesting  and mysterious hopefully in the next book we will get to read more about them.

I really struggled to decide on my rating for this book. It was going to be a 2 rating because well by the end I didn't really like it because of how Alex as a character changed too much. And how the author would jump from First person narative to third person. I found this very confusing and just didn't make the story flow easily. The story itself starts out good but its very predictable you knew actually want was going to happen before it happen. There was no suspence and honestly the ending was just terrible. All the build up to the main point in the story and it just falls flat. Sorry. However, I decided to go with the 3 rating because as I have mention I did enjoy the start of story. It was fun and different. I will no doubt read the second book just to see if we get to learn more about the Buzzards.

If you like your paranormal stories that are a quick light read then please go grab your copy. It filled with magic and Hoodoo and with some interesting characters.

Rate: 3/5



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