By Alys Arden
Publication Date: November 17th, 2015
Seven girls tied by time.
Five powers that bind.
One curse to lock the horror away.
One attic to keep the monsters at bay.
After the storm of the century rips apart New Orleans, sixteen-year-old Adele Le Moyne wants nothing more than her now silent city to return to normal. But with home resembling a war zone, a parish-wide curfew, and mysterious new faces lurking in the abandoned French Quarter, normalneeds a new definition.
As the city murder rate soars, Adele finds herself tangled in a web of magic that weaves back to her own ancestors. Caught in a hurricane of myths and monsters, who can she trust when everyone has a secret and keeping them can mean life or death? Unless . . . you’re immortal.
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Let’s open with the fact that that cover is GORGEOUS and purple. Way to go book, you already have a star. In addition to the fantastic cover, which matches the book’s feel so well, we have a wonderful story that is paranormal mystery romance with the emphasis on paranormal mystery. Thank you Alys and whatever book god smiled upon you, this book was beauty and perfection.
The book picks up with Adele and her father returning to a storm ravaged New Orleans and trying to live their lives again in the wake of such destruction. In addition there are the mysterious brothers that show up, annoying Isaac taking art lessons from her dad, a diary, and witches.
This book goes back and forth in time, between Adele and her ancestor, and I loved every bit of. Alys avoids any whiplash a writing time warp could procure, which is always appreciated, and the characters in the present and the past are fully drawn and seemed to breathe. The setting itself seemed to be alive as well, which can probably be attributed to the author’s on experience in New Orleans, but it was so well detailed and beautifully rendered that I felt I had seen the city in more than just pictures.
There is some love geometry going on here, but truly I didn’t care, I loved the rest of The Casquette Girls way too much to let that bring my rating down. I can’t wait to read the next installment of Alys’ series, it looks like it should be here next year, according to Goodreads, and I can’t wait!
Alys Arden was raised by the street performers, tea leaf-readers, and glittering drag queens of the New Orleans, French Quarter. She cut her teeth on the streets of New York and has worked all around the world since. She either talks too much or not at all. She obsessively documents things. Her hair ranges from eggplant to cotton-candy-colored.
One dreary day in London, while dreaming of running away with the circus, she started writing The Casquette Girls. Her debut novel garnered over one million reads online before being acquired by Skyscape in a two book deal. Rep’d by ICM.
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