The Casquette Girls
by Alys Arden
Publication date: October 31st 2013
Source: Author in exchange for an honest review
After the Storm of the Century rips apart New Orleans, Adele Le Moyne and her father are among the first to return to the city following the mandatory evacuation. Adele wants nothing more than for life to return to normal, but with the silent city resembling a mold-infested war zone, a parish-wide curfew, and mysterious new faces lurking in the abandoned French Quarter, normal will have to be redefined.
Events too unnatural – even for New Orleans – lead Adele to an attic that has been sealed for three hundred years, and the chaos she unleashes threatens not only her life but everyone she knows. Mother Nature couldn’t drain the joie de vivre from the Big Easy, but someone or something is draining life from its residents.
Caught suddenly in a hurricane of eighteenth-century myths and monsters, Adele must quickly untangle a web of magic that links the climbing murder rate back to her own ancestors. But who can you trust in a city where everyone has a secret, and where keeping them can be a matter of life and death – unless, that is, you’re immortal.
The Casquette Girls is a story that will resonate with me for a very long time to come. I’m a huge fan of anything that relates to New Orleans, first of all, but the depth to this remarkable story makes it impossible to crawl out once you’ve tumbled down the rabbit hole. I was submerged by layer after layer of spectacular storytelling. The way in which this author intertwines so many different elements into one tale without ever losing focus is a truly extraordinary gift. There is something for everyone in The Casquette Girls; mystery, romance, magic, vampires and emotional depth created by providing a very thorough history.
The pacing of this story is close to perfect, and the characters will reach into your chest and literally tug at your heart strings. Ok, so not literally, but it FEELS SO REAL! Adelle, our main character, displays her bratty side at times, and yes.. I may have wanted to smack her a time or two, but her character arc is nothing to sneeze at. Two different story lines that link the present to the past makes this uniquely interesting for me. It’s dark and spooky with loads of paranormal intrigue — totally my kind of book.
All fans of gothic paranormal romance must read this one! And be sure to clear your schedule for the night because you won’t put it down once you’ve picked it up. I am a
stalker fan for life!
About the Author
Alys Arden grew up in the Vieux Carré, cut her teeth on the streets of New York, and has worked all around the world since. She tends to talk a lot. Travel a lot. And obsessively document things. She still plans to run away with the circus one day. Welcome to her little world.
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