The Casquette Girls Book Cover The Casquette Girls
The Casquette Girls Series Book 1
Alys Arden
Urban Paranormal/ YA
November 17, 2015

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.

Revised edition: This edition of The Casquette Girls includes editorial revisions.

Review by: Melissa Yubeta

Reviewer for the Paranormal Romance Guild

The Casquette Girls is a novel that once I started, I could not put down.  It is full of historical facts of New Orleans and the French Quarter and ties in the myths and urban legends everyone loves so much about the city. With the vivid and captivating images of this city, visiting New Orleans is now top on my list.

The setting for this book is very well laid out.  The book begins with Adele Le Moyne and her father, Mac, driving back home to New Orleans after the hurricane evacuation. When they arrive, the city seems almost desolate, eerie and dystopian-like.  Crime is high with looters and vagrants, and with a handful of strange murders popping up, a mandatory curfew has been set in place.

Adele is a mature, open-minded, and inquisitive character.  She has a deep love and appreciation for the French Quarter and wants desperately to see it come back to life. Shortly after returning home Adele notices strange things are happening and she has developed/obtained some sort of supernatural power.  This new gift draws Adele to unearth a journal hidden in the floor of her room. It is from 1728 and written in French, which she feels compelled to read and translate. This discovery starts the story within the story of “les filles aux la cassettes”.

As with any good YA romance you must have a love triangle.  You have the hottie Italian Nicco Medici and the mysterious New Yorker Isaac.  Both boys were brought to the city by the storm’s aftermath.  Adele appears drawn to Nicco for his hot looks and mystery she can’t quite put her finger on, yet at the same time there is a compelling pull she feels towards Isaac.  Romance sparks between these characters but it is a very small part of the overall enthralling story.

As you read, the events written in the 1728 journal start becoming a reality the characters in the present must start to deal with. This is where Adele learns her friends are not who she thought they were and the real magic begins.

Alys Arden does an amazing job with character development, themes and outcomes for the reader to piece the story together. This book was amazing with the perfect blend of romance and mystery and not your typical paranormal teem romance. You even get an introductory French lesson along the way.