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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.
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.