Review of The Magnolia League by Katie Crouch

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.

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Considering this is her first Young Adult novel, this is pretty good. It's quite complex story that's narrated by various characters in it but somehow that works. The pace is quite slow though and there was something about it that I just couldn't connect with. I couldn't understand how a hippie could fall for a good lucking rich kid so easily and be sucked into that world so quickly.
I liked Alex less and less throughout the book, which was a shame. I preferred Hayes, the smart, shy one who's lived in Savannah her whole life. Her character was the only one who seemed believable. The other characters kept doing some pretty weird things. The story ends on a cliff hanger, which everyone expects when they pick up this book, it's obviously going to be a trilogy...

4/5

Received free from NetGalley in exchange for honest review

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