The Casquette Girls

The Casquette Girls
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fortheARTofit
Age Group
12+
Published Date
October 31, 2013
ISBN Number
978-0-9897577-2-0
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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.

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.

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The Casquette Girls
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Sixteen-year-old Adele Le Moyne returns to New Orleans after the hurricane of the century hits. Everything is in chaos including her home but when more people show up dead, unanswered questions circulate.

What worked: The whole New Orleans backdrop adds flavor to this story where a girl finds she played a part in unleashing a centuries old evil. Mysterious, with Gothic undertones, the tension builds halfway through the novel. The pacing was slow at times but when some mysteries are revealed, including an ancestor's journal from 1728, I was hooked. The tone of the novel reminded me so much of YA meets The Originals complete with some hot vampires and other paranormal creatures. Add a dollop of The Secret Circle on how Adele and some others in the town try to combat the evil. I also loved the symbolism of a hurricane causing supernatural havoc to the city.

Adele's character is strong and determined to make sense of what has happened to her beloved city. The conflict between her mother in Paris is realistic. Seriously, what girl would want to leave Paris unless not everything is what it appears to be. Readers find out at the very end the truth of her mother.

There's more characters which include Desiree, the daughter of the local voodoo shop; some high school drama at the private school(I almost felt this part went by too fast); some other New Orleans friends and family. But the main character had to be the city of New Orleans and the French Quarter which are shown in vivid and colorful descriptions. I felt as if I walked the streets and alleys. I wanted more of this!

One thing that I felt did hold this otherwise engaging story back had to be that there seemed to be almost too much going on. There are vamps, werewolves, a cute boy that turns into a crow, a girl that practices voodoo, witchcraft, and a number of other supernatural beings. The story of Issac, for example, I felt wasn't explained enough. I really wanted to see more of his story.

Magically, Gothic trip through the streets of New Orleans where a horrible secret is unleashed after the hurricane of the century.
Good Points
1. Intriguing glimpse of New Orleans during early 1700s
2. YA meets The Originals
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I'm soooo in love with this book!I know it took me FOREVER to read this book, which is shocking, I know. But I did NOT want this book to end! I want to cry because I finished it. Then I also want to cry because this book was just so amazing. I have to admit, walking into Boutique du Vampyre in New Orleans I didn't expect I was going to really walk out with anything, but of course, I found the shelves of books and was instantly drawn to this one not only because it reminded me of the Originals but because the color/font/cover... just everything about this book was perfect and eye drawing. If just looking at this book doesn't draw you in, something is wrong. Lol. Anywho, I actually walked away twice before I gave in and ran back to it and bought it. I'm so so so glad I did! My whole reaction reading this book was just "whoa". It was written magnificently! The characters were original and the story line was mind blowing. And of course because this book was set here in Louisiana, if gives me a sort of "HECK YES!" moment because ... well it's Louisiana! Come on! Who doesn't love New Orleans!? Lol. Alys Arden has excellent talent and I can NOT wait for book two! I want it nowwww!
If I could rate this book a trillion stars, I really would.
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I loved literally everything about this book. It was perfect.
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