The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden
(The Casquette Girls #1)
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Seven girls tied by time.
Five powers that bind.
One curse to lock the horror away.
One attic to keep the monsters at bay.
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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.
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 still plans to run away with the circus one day.
The Casquette Girls is a Young Adult, paranormal novel set in the aftermath of the storm in the New Orleans French Quarter. Adele and her father decide to return home to their storm ravaged city, thankfully their historical home has minimal damage. Adele was not about to go back to the boarding school in Paris with her mother who barely saw her the entire time she was there. Upon their return, Adele is not only attacked by a weird bird in their house, but notices several strange but beautiful guys showing up in the abandoned city all wanting to be around her. A power within Adele grows and as she finds out secrets of her families past, the danger mounts.
This story had an extremely slow build, but it was totally worth it. The setting of the New Orleans French Quarter is spooky enough, but after the storm, the choice of the pretty much abandoned city made for an eerie setting. With all of it's history and culture, voodoo, witches, vampires. werewolves and century-old curses fit right in. Adele is a very believable 16 year-old character and I got to know her very well in the first third of the story. Her actions and behaviors were well thought out and I'm glad that she did not completely fall for the first hunky vampire that she saw (or the second, or the third...). I really enjoyed reading about the Adele's ancestor and the voyage of the original Casquette Girls. I do love dual time stories and a little bit of history. I did have a question about the very end, but there was a lot going on then and it was a very exciting ending...it may just need a re-read.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.