Title: The Magnolia League
Author: Katie Crouch
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Genre: YA Paranormal
Buy The Book: Amazon
From The Publisher:
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. (Summary provided by Poppy.)
The Magnolia League by Katie Crouch has most everything I could ask for in a paranormal YA novel. It has a terrific Southern gothic plot, an equally intriguing setting, and all the hoodoo, gris-gris and magic a paranormal fan could want. The fish out of water premise of seemingly stereotypical hippie chic Alex moving from a California commune to live in Savannah, Georgia with Miss Lee (her grandmother) acts as a vehicle to introduce the reader to the awesomely creepy world that the members of the Magnolia League inhabit. Because of the hippie commune setting at the beginning of the book I found the time period a little vague. However, my confusion as to what year the book takes place in was soon put to rest by a couple of well-placed current day pop culture references. Once that was cleared up, I enjoyed the rest of the book. I read it in two sittings and was surprised by the cliff hanger ending. I’m looking forward to the next book in this new series.
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