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The Magnolia League (Magnolia League Series #1)

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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The Magnolia League is Savannah's long-standing debutante society, and Alexandria (Alex) Lee is an unwilling member. After her mother's death, Alex is moved from California to Savannah to live with her grandmother Dorothy, who also happens to be the president of the Mag...
The Magnolia League is Savannah's long-standing debutante society, and Alexandria (Alex) Lee is an unwilling member. After her mother's death, Alex is moved from California to Savannah to live with her grandmother Dorothy, who also happens to be the president of the Magnolia League. Alex's mother, a one-time member of the league, left Savannah to live on a commune. When Alex arrives she is totally out of place. She's pudgy, has dreadlocks and likes to smoke pot. She is everything the Magnolia League is not.

Her grandmother enlists the help of Hayes and Madison, two girls Alex's age and future members of the League, to turn her granddaughter into the debutante she is meant to be. The League goes against everything Alex believes in, and she questions everything about them, but soon she finds herself being sucked in to their seductive world of beauty, wealth and status.

Alex discovers a link between the Magnolia's and the Buzzard family - a family that practices hoodoo magic, and soon she finds herself choosing between her freedom or the Magnolia League. Once you're in, you're in for life.

I was completely sucked into this novel. I read it in a day. The writing is fresh, light and clips along nicely. The novel never seemed to drag, and it seemed that with every chapter a new piece of information was revealed. The ending definitely leaves the reader wanting more, and it's obvious there will be future books focusing on the Magnolia League. Katie Crouch gives us a book that is part "Mean Girls" and part "The Craft" (both movies that I love) with equal parts comedy, coming of age, magic and mystery. I'll be looking forward to the next installment.

posted by OtotheD on April 16, 2011

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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I was very surprised by this book, as I wasn't sure what to expect when I went into it. The basic story idea was interesting, and although it wasn't terribly unique, the author brought something new to it. I've read books before where the story takes place within a se...
I was very surprised by this book, as I wasn't sure what to expect when I went into it. The basic story idea was interesting, and although it wasn't terribly unique, the author brought something new to it. I've read books before where the story takes place within a secret society of some sort, but the idea of mixing a group of Georgia ladies with a family that practices hoodoo was completely new for me. The author gave what was, to me, a very believable reason why these two groups would end up working together.

The author did a good job with characterization for Alex. I have to admit she was one of the most intriguing heroines I've read in a while. What an earthly little thing. I wasn't sure I would like her at first because I don't typically see a heroine with dreadlocks and who doesn't bother to shave, but I really loved this girl. She was real, she was honest. What you see is what you get. I loved her spunk and the fact that she wasn't willing to change for anyone. Until she changed....

Once she gets fully enmeshed in the goings on in Savannah, Georgia, she does end up changing a little of her personality and physical traits, but that was sort of the point. She has to learn from mistakes to grow.

I loved the romance in this story. At first, I wasn't sure it was believable for a guy like him to like a girl like her, until I took it into account that he's used to these overly painted, overly primped girls who have burned him in the past. So he wants someone real, which Alex is.

I was completely shocked by the ending, as I wasn't expecting a sort of cliffhanger into a sequel but I am looking forward to reading it. I can't wait to find out if Alex ruined her chances with "him," and what she does to turn the situation around. The book had just enough suspense to really keep me hanging and interested. The author's pacing was great and I found this to be a very fast and engrossing read.

posted by ReadergirlReviews on May 9, 2011

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

    Courtesy of Readergirl Reviews a Teen Book

    I was very surprised by this book, as I wasn't sure what to expect when I went into it. The basic story idea was interesting, and although it wasn't terribly unique, the author brought something new to it. I've read books before where the story takes place within a secret society of some sort, but the idea of mixing a group of Georgia ladies with a family that practices hoodoo was completely new for me. The author gave what was, to me, a very believable reason why these two groups would end up working together.

    The author did a good job with characterization for Alex. I have to admit she was one of the most intriguing heroines I've read in a while. What an earthly little thing. I wasn't sure I would like her at first because I don't typically see a heroine with dreadlocks and who doesn't bother to shave, but I really loved this girl. She was real, she was honest. What you see is what you get. I loved her spunk and the fact that she wasn't willing to change for anyone. Until she changed....

    Once she gets fully enmeshed in the goings on in Savannah, Georgia, she does end up changing a little of her personality and physical traits, but that was sort of the point. She has to learn from mistakes to grow.

    I loved the romance in this story. At first, I wasn't sure it was believable for a guy like him to like a girl like her, until I took it into account that he's used to these overly painted, overly primped girls who have burned him in the past. So he wants someone real, which Alex is.

    I was completely shocked by the ending, as I wasn't expecting a sort of cliffhanger into a sequel but I am looking forward to reading it. I can't wait to find out if Alex ruined her chances with "him," and what she does to turn the situation around. The book had just enough suspense to really keep me hanging and interested. The author's pacing was great and I found this to be a very fast and engrossing read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    Entertaining, but not quite as satisfying as I had hoped.

    If you're an adult who enjoys reading some YA fiction now and then, I have to say that while this book was entertaining, it is definately more for a teen than adult. The premise is interesting and unique, as is the main character, the writing isnt bad..but there were some parts where conversation didnt flow well, some holes in the plot and an ending that didnt quite seem to fit. I think the author could have developed this story a little more and made it richer. Not sure if i would continue reading the series or not...but if you just want a quick and different read, give it a shot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Kay

    I loved the cover of this book

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  • Posted October 29, 2011

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    Not my favorite read but it was entertaining!

    The Magnolia League wasn't one of my favorite reads but it sure was entertaining. Alex who was raised into a care free lifestyle is now shoved into a world of manners and etiquette. She struggles fitting in with everyone in Savannah and an even harder time socially. Especially since she's attending school for the first time at age 16. To make things even harder on Alex, she finds herself being part of a society, the Magnolia League. Alex has been hearing about how greedy and self fish the Magnolias are and even believed it herself. But when she digs deeper into the Magnolias, she finds these ladies are hiding much more under all that greed and power.

    Not only was it an enjoyable fantasy, but the plot was pretty interesting consisting of hoodoo and magic. I liked how the history of the Magnolias and the hoodoo were weaved in and not just chunks of writing. The writing was very simple and easy. Everything was very straight forward, but I was looking for that build up. The stories that were shared about Alex and her mother had to be one of my favorite parts because of how it showed how much they cared for each other.

    The idea of this society and the rules were very amusing. Instead of the "mean girl" posies, the Magnolias were started with the girl's grandmothers and continues throughout the family. Alex, who is now stepping into the society, is not like the other MGs. (Magnolia Girls) She starts the book off being spontaneous and outgoing. The deeper I get into the book the more Alex starts shifting into the typical MG that her grandmother wants her to be. She starts caring too much about her appearance and how her boyfriend, Thaddeus, truly feels about her. I know that's the usual thing, but I thought she'd be different and try to change things for the Magnolias. Maybe it was intentional that she starts going down that road and later on develops in the next books.

    The Magnolia League caught my attention by the gorgeous cover. To make things better it was a light easy read. I am curious about what will happen in the next book after a big cliff hanger. Plus I really want to read more about Alex and the person she'll become.

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