Review: ‘The Casquette Girls’ by Alys Arden

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Review: ‘The Casquette Girls’ by Alys ArdenThe Casquette Girls by Alys Arden
Series: The Casquette Girls #1
Published by fortheARTofit Publishing on October 31st, 2013
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 513
Format: eBook
After the Storm of the Century rips apart New Orleans, Adele Le Moyne and her father are among the first to return to the city following the mandatory evacuation. Adele wants nothing more than for life to return to normal, but with the silent city resembling a mold-infested war zone, a parish-wide curfew, and mysterious new faces lurking in the abandoned French Quarter, normal will have to be redefined.

Events too unnatural – even for New Orleans – lead Adele to an attic that has been sealed for three hundred years, and the chaos she unleashes threatens not only her life but everyone she knows. Mother Nature couldn’t drain the joie de vivre from the Big Easy, but someone or something is draining life from its residents.

Caught suddenly in a hurricane of eighteenth-century myths and monsters, Adele must quickly untangle a web of magic that links the climbing murder rate back to her own ancestors. But who can you trust in a city where everyone has a secret, and where keeping them can be a matter of life and death – unless, that is, you’re immortal.

About Alys Arden

Alys Arden grew up in the Vieux Carré, cut her teeth on the streets of New York, and has worked all around the world since. She tends to talk a lot, travel a lot, and obsessively document things. She still plans to run away with the circus one day.

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Adele is coming back to her home after Hurricane Katrina devastated her New Orleans home. Trying to get back to normal at a new private school, she meets a boy from New York City who ends up being a helper for her dad. Weird occurrences start to happen around her, powers that she alone can control and wield like a witch. Could she be part of something more? Part of the disturbing legend that surround the convent house? Will her life go back to normal?

Reading about the devastating loss of life and home in Casquette Girls really made me tear up. It’s not really fiction if it happened in real life so I can’t even begin to imagine what it was really life for the people there. I felt so much for Adele and her dad. Having her dad ship her off to Paris to live with a mother who is absent can’t be the greatest thing in the world. She did have Paris though. I found Adele’s journey from being this normal teenage girl to one with powers interesting. The diary entries that were included from her great great great grandmothers point of view really told the story of how the Casquette Girls and the legend came to be. There were minor details that bothered me a bit, but it was so minor that I just ignored it completely.

Alys Arden’s writing made me forget about reality as I was immersed into Adele’s life and that says a lot. I can’t wait to get the second installment when it’s available.


My mother always said, look to how a boy treats his mother to see how he’ll treat you one day. (145)
How could you sleep if you were missing loved ones? (60)
A really good laugh could change everything. (85)
There are only two places in the world where we can live happy: at home and in Paris. (88)
Well, honey, you know that in the Big Easy, there’s always more than meets the eye. (155)
The greatest trick the devil ever played was convincing the world he didn’t exist. (158)
It is not gossip that you must worry about, only the days when you are not worth gossiping about. (173)
Whose life is this? Am I really turning away one boy and avoiding another? How could things change this quickly? (252)
Sometimes when things need to be found, they find you. (262)
You can’t steal a person. She’s not a possession. (279)
I wanted him to be stronger, to change, to want the same things as me. I wanted him. (306)
Go to hell, bloodsucker! (307)
You’re like Super Mario! (343)
We have to succeed in loving so greatly that we live outside of time, detached. (370)

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  1. Karen Elizabath Bainbridge

    December 14, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    I found this to be a very different inspired version of what could happen when magic and nature goes a little awry, it was magnificent in both it’s depth and scope. Alys Arden had some really fascinating ideas for her debut The Casquette Girls so I am waiting for her second book, eagerly awaiting The Romeo Catchers whenever it is available.. soon I hope as I want to read more about Adele and New Orleans etc because you never know what will happen next!!

  2. Breanne

    November 22, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Nice review. I am really excited to pick up this book 🙂

  3. Megan McDade

    November 22, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    This book sounds really good and the sort of book I know I will love, adding to my TRL!

  4. Jaime Lynn

    November 21, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    This book sounds really interesting, and I have had my eye on it for a while because of how interesting. Now, I plan to do more than just look at it on a computer screen. I plan to read it, and I think I will enjoy myself thoroughly!

  5. Cali W.

    November 21, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Good review. This book sounds very sad, I hope there is a happy ending. 😉

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