The Magnolia League by Katie Crouch
Comes out: May 3, 2011
Source: ARC from NetGalley
Age Group: Young Adult
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.
I loved the main character - Alex - because she was so unique: unlike all the other female heroines we have nowadays, she wasn't secretly pretty but nobody notices her and she has a sob story. She was real and fascinating. I loved her style and her voice and I loved her critique of the Magnolia League and her memories of her mother. Her personality and determination to be true to herself made me admire her.I also enjoyed the idea of the book....hoodoo. Nobody ever seems to have any books on interesting topics like that. I found it incredibly fascinating that Katie Crouch chose this as the plot of the book. The topic was engrossing and the execution of the novel was absolutely fantastic. It was infused with romance and adrenaline. The only thing that made me pause at all was that the climax went by rather quickly.This deftly weaved tale of hoodoo, grief, suspense, magic, and of course, debutantes had me spellbound (literally). I am definitely looking forward to a sequel and I can't wait to see what Katie Crouch has planned for us.Recommended for anybody who loves: Southern books, debutantes, voodoo, The Princess and the Frog, Beautiful Darkness, etc,.Book club questions will be posted later on the Book Club page.