Title: The Casquette Girls
Author: Alys Arden
Published Date: October 31, 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME 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.
The Storm has passed, but as the flood waters recede, the body count continues to rise – Mother Nature couldn’t drain the joie de vivre from New Orleans, but someone or something is draining life from its residents.
Amidst the mayhem, strange events – too unnatural even for New Orleans – lead Adele to an attic where she accidentally opens a Pandora’s box – one that has been sealed for three hundred years. The chaos she unleashes threatens not only her life but everyone she knows.
Caught suddenly in a hurricane of eighteenth-century myths and monsters, Adele must quickly untangle a web of magic and follow the threads back to the source.
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.
Let me start by saying I love New Orleans and the history that comes with it. Not that I have ever been there although I would say from the description in this novel it is a place that the author not only knows but loves.
This was an original take on some of the paranormal history that I have come across before. A YA tale that intrigued me from the description and did not fail to deliver its share of surprises.
The only thing that stopped this from getting 5 stars from me was that I felt it was a little long. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a long book, but there were parts of this that felt a little slow moving and I wanted it to hurry up and get where it was going.
The characters are strong and for the most part very believable (I did have a couple of issues relating to the dad but nothing that ruined the story) and the mix of history linked with current day was very well done.
Overall definitely not your average YA read but one that I would recommend for fans of the paranormal and a love of New Orleans and the mystery that surrounds it. V””V
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