There is something about the south, some areas you just feel a certain creepiness in the way the spanish moss hangs in the oaks that stretch out eerily over roads and bend in unnatural ways across the earth. So to read a book set in such a place and be familiar with it really adds to the fun. The voice of this book is pitch perfect and could only be written by someone familiar with the south and bless her heart Katie Crouch has got me hooked!
I told you the trees could be creepy
- Pub. Date: July 3, 2012
- Publisher: Poppy
- Format: Hardcover , 320p
- Age Range: Young Adult 15 and up
- Series: The Magnolia League Book 2
- ISBN-13: 978-0316187503
Annotation: In Savannah Georgia the Magnolia League women have it all. This group of rich, beautiful, powerful women have everything everyone thinks they want. It is not luck though, unless you too conjure your luck with spells, potions and conjures hoodoo style. There are family secrets threatening to tear the league apart old members and new.
Summary: Picking up right where we left off after The Magnolia League the drama and intrigue of southern charm and hoodoo magic sucks you right in. I really enjoyed the first book in this series and eagerly anticipated this one so having received an ARC for it I was super excited. Let me just say I have of late been supremely disappointed by sequels so I was ready for the potential let down of the middle book syndrome, but that was not an issue in this story. This book is quite possibly even better than the first. I don’t want to give away too much of the story given this is the second book of the series so lets just speak generally. The first book had to build you into the world of southern etiquette that these Savannah debutantes and future stakeholders of the Magnolia League. In this second book you are already familiar with the league and the story is able to jump right into the intrigue and complexities that surround the use of magic and spells for beauty, youth, power, wealth, luck and the like. Add to that a complicated past among senior league members and sudden strange happenings surrounding Alexandria Lee new to town it girl and the voodoo is just around the corner. Alex is not on the best of terms with her league sisters Hayes and Madison but sisters need to stick together. Alex seems hell-bent on pushing everyone away though and Hayes has had just about enough of her. Madison is busy with her new boyfriend Dex leaving Hayes on her own and steadily crumbling under the pressure from her grandmother and frequently intoxicated mother. Meanwhile Alex seems to do everything right leaving Hayes looking like a failure at every turn. Hayes just knows Alex is out to get her and with a little spirit consultation she finds Alex might really be out to get her… This was a non-stop read for me, I started and didn’t stop till I finished reading and now I am desperately waiting to see what happens next since Ms. Crouch has left me on the edge of my seat wondering what will become of Alex, Hayes and Madison.
Book two in The Magnolia League series
I love this cover! The first book had a very simple typography and didn’t have quite the same draw that this one does. I love how this one just speaks to the stories southern roots and the cover models stance and posing in some beautiful house with a grand fireplace and huge gilded frame of some war hero is so Magnolia. Truly both books have nice covers I love the selected ladies for the books I can picture them as Alexandria and Hayes easily… as compared to the first book with the boring font:
I believe they have re-released the first book with new cover art to match the styling of this one which makes me super happy since I am in love with this one so much so now you can get both books to match, it is the little things in my life but I love when books just look nice on a shelf together, so here is the new release:
New pretty cover…
Based on how things have gone thus far I anticipate the third book to focus on Madison and have her for the cover. Now to wait…well if you like me don’t want to wait you can at least read more about the inspiration behind the books over at the blog for the books written by the Author Katie Crouch ( A South Carolinian of Charleston haunts no less) http://magnolialeague.katiecrouch.com/