Book Review: The Magnolia League by Katie Crouch

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Review: The Magnolia League by Katie Crouch

The Magnolia LeagueThe Magnolia League by Katie Crouch
 
Book Description
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.

New York Times bestselling author Katie Crouch’s poignant and humorous voice shines in this enchanting and mysterious story about girls growing up in a magical Southern city.

Book Review
I love stories set in the south, the ambiance is just totally different from everywhere else, which makes for an interesting read. Crouch’s book is no different. She sums up the wealthy women in Georgia quite well, but with the added twist of hoodoo being thrown in. The gorgeous scenery of all of the squares and gardens through Savannah made me want to take a road trip to visit. Many of the characters also match the charm of the town, until you discover what is underneath.

We follow Alex on her journey through her new life in a world that is completely foreign to her, which normally would induce some laughs or at least feeling pity on the character, but I didn’t feel much for her. Alex’s character wasn’t written as a strong female, she may whine about what her grandmother tells her to do, but she still ends up obeying nearly everything, even the things she knows is wrong. Her few rebellious acts are quickly turned around as she believes everything anyone else has to say. The fact that Alex is so easily mislead and doesn’t follow her heart or her gut is part of what left me feeling emotionless about the turn of events. I wanted more of a contrast, to feel her being pulled into two different directions instead of just an oh-well-this-is-how-it-is feeling. The story is left open at the end, but I don’t think I care enough about the story or the characters to follow this one through.

Book Rating: 3/5
Book Received From: Hachette Book Group for Review
Reviewer: Jessica for Book Sake

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I'm a student, again, going for my Nursing degree. Mom of a teenage son, girlfriend to a wonderful boyfriend, adoptive mother to a wonderful lab/greyhound puppy (He's not really a puppy, but don't tell him that.)

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