Saturday, October 12, 2013

The Magnolia League by Katie Crouch Review

"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."

On my copy of The Magnolia League (or the library's copy), it says The Magnolia League is a humorous book. I snicker at the very sentence and thought. The Magnolia League is far from humorous and hilarious; it's the type of book where characters are very serious and deadly. Anyway, the synopsis is attractive, but don't read this book. It's full of betrayals and backstabbing, like the tv show Revenge. But with magic, which makes the entire book rotten and tummy turning. 

The Magnolia League is not really interesting, but not boring either. It's somewhere in between of boring and interesting. Enough to keep you reading, but not enough that you can't help reading. The Magnolia League is sometimes crazy and makes you scream "Damn it, why can't you be smarter than that?" 

How can it get crazier than that? Yeah, I found out the hard way it could. 

The characters are even worse (and they ruined the entire book). They make you want to cuss them out then wring their little heads onto the poles before you toss them into the hole in the ground and dance on their graves. The number one girls you'll probably hate is Alex, who has a serious hygiene problem along with drug issues. (Remember the hippies back in the 1980s, well Alex is similar to them, unfortunately). Alex is all "I want to change this" and "I want to change that." Well guess what, girl, you're as hypocritical as your grandmother and other Magnolia girls. Truth is, she's as ugly (in the soul) and backstabbing as the other girls in the Magnolia League. (Sorry to not mention this earlier, but the Magnolia League is a secret society that dabs in the dangerous and evils of magic). 

Oh, the ending is dreadful. I wanted her to escape despite how much she doesn't deserve it. And the book ended in a sour note.

Rating: One out of Five

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