320 Pages (Hardcover)
July 3, 2012
See my review of the first installment, The Magnolia League, before reading this one.
Every society has its secrets.
The members of Savannah's Magnolia League have it all: money, beauty, power, and love. Some may call them lucky, but we know better. Spells, potions, and conjures are a girl's best friends, and thanks to the Buzzards -- a legendary hoodoo family -- the Magnolias never run out of friends.
Golden girl Hayes Anderson would never dream of leaving the League or Savannah, where there's no problem that can't be fixed with a cup of Swamp Brew tea -- served in a bone china cup, of course -- and no boy who can't be won over with a Conjure Up a New Love spell.
But when danger lurks and family secrets are unearthed, Hayes discovers that her life may not be charmed after all.
Don't miss the second novel in Katie Crouch's enchanting and mysterious Magnolia League series.
This is one of those stories that are just fun to read. There is no real deeper meaning or something that makes you question your ideals, but rather, it is more of an escapist read. It is not perfect, but it is definitely a fun ride, which, if you enjoyed the first, The Magnolia League, there is no way why you shouldn't devour this sequel.
The first installment was more of an introduction to the magical world of the Magnolia League. Now that Alex has been inducted, everything is different. Her grandmother expects her to act a certain way, members secretly resent her, and the first anniversary of her mother's death is proving exceptionally difficult. While the first novel followed Alex, this second installment has a deep focus on Hayes. What will she do to get what she wants? Most importantly, what will others do to ensure a future for her?
It took me a while to figure out why it is that I enjoy this series so much, but I finally figured it out. It is because while I am reading, I don't feel like I'm reading, I feel like I am watching a T.V Show, episode breaks and all. The story and writing lends itself perfectly to the television show format, sharing similarities with shows like Pretty Little Liars, The Secret Circle and The Lying Game (all of which started out as books). I so vividly see it play out in my head, way more so than usual when I am reading a book. If you are into any of the books I mentioned above, or if you love the television shows as much as I do, I'd strongly recommend you get into this series.