Alys Arden’s “The Casquette Girls” is a novel that I’ve been wanting to pick up since it was released. I have a slight obsession with New Orleans, mostly thanks to having read a lot of Anne Rice novels during middle school. However time got away from me, as it tends to do, and it wasn’t until this month that I was able to purchase it. The sequel to “The Casquette Girls” is set to be released in May and I must admit, I am anxiously looking forward to it!
Synopsis from Amazon:
After the storm of the century rips apart New Orleans, sixteen-year-old Adele Le Moyne and her father are among the first to return. Adele wants nothing more than to resume her normal life, but with the silent city resembling a war zone, a parish-wide curfew, and mysterious new faces lurking in the abandoned French Quarter, normal needs a new definition.
Strange events—even for New Orleans—lead Adele to an attic that has been sealed for three hundred years. The chaos she accidentally unleashes threatens not only her but also everyone she knows.
Caught in a hurricane of myths and monsters, Adele must untangle a web of magic that weaves the climbing murder rate back to her own ancestors. But who can you trust in a city where everyone has secrets and keeping them can mean life or death? Unless…you’re immortal.
What I like best about this novel is that the author does not specify which hurricane hit New Orleans, just that it was a hurricane. That helps to make the novel relevant to the current day and age instead of dating it. The destruction of New Orleans is not something that I hope happens again but it is interesting to see how the author embraces that and explores how the city starts to rebuild itself, even with vampires running a muck.
Her characters were well written and showed great growth during the course of the novel. There were a few questions I had that I hope to have answered in the sequel, but isn’t that what a good author does – leave you wanting more? The setting was of course magical. The town, although destroyed, was described in a way that I could picture everything in my mind.
All in all, a good read for any age group! I can see this easily being able to be turned into a television series as well.