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.