THE CASQUETTE GIRLS by Alys Arden Review: A Tale of Magic and Mystery

Do you ever have that book that makes you wish you could immediately go back and enjoy it again? The kind of read that stays with you and makes you want to talk about it to everyone with a pulse?  Well, THE CASQUETTE GIRLS by Alys Arden is just that book for me. This slow-burning gothic read is an dear love letter to the city of New Orleans and it's resilient inhabitants, while showcasing an enigmatic cast of characters that you will not easily forget.

THE CASQUETTE GIRLS  begins on somber note with Adele Le Moyne returning to New Orleans with her father after a two month hiatus due to hurricane Katrina. As Adele and her father try to resemble their lives and have everything return to normal it soon becomes apparent that life in the French Quarter is everything but normal. After some shocking events Adele soon discovers that she has a gift at the same time that the unexplained deaths and people are going missing in the quarter. Coincidence? As Adele tries to make sense of everything she finds herself hopelessly tangled in an old curse that her ancestors may have cast. Oh sweet baby Jesus!! Now this story is really getting good.

At this point Adele comes in contact with a bit of information that leads her to delve into the past and her family history. It is all presented so gradually and you don't even realize how thoroughly you are invested until you are neck deep and have not were to go but forward. I was holding on to dear life and breathless with anticipation. The twists and turns that Adele had to navigate through were downright perilous but enthralling. I wish I could go into detail but that is for another day. Trust me when I say that you need to read this book.

When I began reading THE CASQUETTE GIRLS I thought that it would be a novel that I could easily sail through, but that was not the case. It demonstrated a pace that I was not too familiar in my typical YA reads. At first, I was greedy for more NOW!! for I was not used to this slow-burning cadence in my books, but I soon became enthralled with the storyline to ever truly mind. Being familiar with the French Quarter made me reminisce my time spent there and long to return, yet THE CASQUETTE GIRLS is written in such a fashion that it will not hamper anyone's enjoyment of the story regardless if you have been there or not. But If I were a betting person, I know you would want to go and check out all the fabulous places mentioned in this series.

THE CASQUETTE GIRLS is a must read for anyone that wishes that the worlds of Harry Potter and Buffy could combine to create a kick-ass ensemble of characters that are on a mission to kick some butt. It's a wicked smart story interwoven with the magic and lore of New Orleans and it's people and have you turning the pages in breathless anticipation and then leave you clamoring for more.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!!


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by Alys Arden
Published: November 17th 2015 by 
Publisher: Skyscape

Purchase a Copy: Here

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, normal needs 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.


May 23rd 2017 by Skyscape

Tormented by the fate she condemned her mother to, and by the lies she’s forced to tell to cover it up, Adele scours Storm-ravaged New Orleans for the truth about her family’s magical past. But every turn leads her back to the one person she’s determined to forget: Niccolò Medici. Not even the multitude of enchanted locks on the attic door trapping Nicco within can break their connection.
Sensing Nicco calling to Adele, Isaac tries relentlessly to keep her from exploring paths too dark that would endanger them all. But a new threat is rising: the Medici’s presence has attracted something else to New Orleans…an older enemy, one that will bring Isaac’s haunted past to life, test the witches’ friendships, and jeopardize Adele and Isaac’s blossoming relationship.

In this spellbinding continuation of The Casquette Girls saga, Adele must draw on the past—from seventeenth-century Florence, a time bubbling with alchemy and fraternal betrayal—and sort history from fantasy if she is to have any chance of saving her mother, her coven, and her magic.

The Author:

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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1 comment:

  1. You were not exaggerating how good Casquette Girls is! I love love love 💜💜💜💜💜it.
    I am so very excited for the Romeo Catchers.
    Great review my friend.
    And again thanks for the recommendation!


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