From Goodreads: 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?
Hachette Book Group has been so gracious as to allow me review an ARC of this novel, through Netgalley, prior to its official release today. However, it pains me to say that this novel was not as enthralling as I hoped it to be. I was drawn in by the synopsis, and Alex’s snarky attitude was a refreshing and hilarious aspect of the novel, but aside from her perspective, I have to say that this novel just isn’t for me. I believe the premise for the novel is wonderful, and that many readers will enjoy it, but it just didn’t spark my interest as the story progressed. I’m not sure why, really. Crouch is a very talented writer, and I enjoy her style very much, but the mystery of the Magnolia League didn’t pull me in as I had planned, and I felt like it was very drawn out, lacking action. While there is some suspense behind the true activities of the Magnolia League, I found much of the foreshadowing that Crouch implores to be too telling for my taste. The novel does leave the reader with a huge cliffhanger, but for me, much of what happened was to be expected and, unfortunately, I personally have little interest in continuing this series. Two stars.