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Gr 9 Up—Returning to her beloved New Orleans after the storm of the century sweeps through the city, 16-year-old Adele Le Moyne is stunned by the devastation she finds. Further unsettled by an inexplicable incident at an old convent and the emergence of telekinetic abilities, Adele is soon embroiled in a centuries-old mystery involving a clan of vampires and a coven of witches. A second narrative emerges with the diary of Adeline Saint-Germaine, Adele's ancestor. The two story lines are woven together as Adele seeks a way to protect her city's inhabitants from the cursed vampires, a decision complicated by her attraction to one of the members of the clan. Kate Rudd believably voices teenage Adele, a strong, relatable protagonist, though Rudd's use of accents is surprisingly sporadic given the number of international characters. She maintains solid pacing throughout, which helps keep listeners engaged when the story occasionally meanders. The city of New Orleans, and the French Quarter in particular, plays a vital role, and Adele's love for her city is clear. VERDICT A solid choice for listeners who enjoy paranormal tales with a hefty dose of history along with action and romance.—Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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"In this Southern Gothic love letter to the spookier side of New Orleans's storied past, Arden spins out a moody tale of magic and mystery...A thoroughly satisfying page-turner and a strong debut." Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Debut author Arden offers readers a full plate of Southern Gothic atmospherics and sparkling teen romance in a patiently crafted tale that will best reward careful readers...Satisfying teen entertainment but also a cathartic, uncompromising tribute to New Orleans." Kirkus Reviews

"A slow-burning novel in the tradition of Anne Rice." Rue Morgue Magazine

The Casquette Girls is a delicious Southern Gothic vampire story that will make you want to catch the next flight to New Orleans.” —Forever Young Adult

"A smart story with a surprising amount of emotional depth...in the grand tradition of Buffy and The Lost Boys." —IndieReader

"It's as if Arden took her life experiences within the Vieux Carre, assembled a few Hogwarts students as Avengers, channeled Magneto into Wednesday Adams, drenched the process in Parisian detail, and penned the great American novel." —Examiner.com

"The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden is eerie, magical, and gritty, getting into the grimy seams of New Orleans in the tradition of Anne Rice or Poppy Z Brite." —SP Reviews

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Product Details

  • Series: The Casquette Girls Series (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 563 pages
  • Publisher: Skyscape (November 17, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1503946541
  • ISBN-13: 978-1503946545
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (238 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I admit, I don't read a lot of YA. Why not? Well, because so many times the teenage characters have so much angst that I just can't get through it. That said, the description of The Casquette Girls really spoke to me and I decided to take a chance.

Wow. I am so glad I did.

The Casquette Girls is technically a YA Paranormal Romance. The main characters are all sixteen to eighteen years old. If you're looking for a book suitable for teens, this is a good candidate. There's no sex, no swearing, and only limited violence. That said, there's a whole lot else going for it that will keep you engaged even if you're well north of thirty.

I wish I could summarize the story for you. I want to. But there's just so much to it that any description I could possibly make would pale in comparison to what the book was - near perfection.

First of all, the book takes place in New Orleans right after Katrina. The author does a fantastic job of capturing the horrors of post-storm life while not delving deeply into some of the political aspects of the issues that happened in Louisiana. You'll feel for the characters who had to return to storm ravaged life and you'll learn how the city's undefeatable spirit kept it going when it seemed like all was lost.

Next, the vampire narrative is incredibly well done. The story bounces back and forth between Adele's ancestor, Adeline's diary and present day and it does so nearly seamlessly. All too often, these flashbacks can be too drawn out and slow, but in The Casquette Girls, they are incredibly important and very well done. Just as you're wondering why we need to read all this history, the author shows you exactly why you're reading.
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Seven girls
tied by time
Five powers
That bind...

One curse
To lock the horror away

One attic
To keep the monsters at bay

Contrary to the typical YA {teen} paranormal romance Alys Arden's novel is an epic tale of survival, hardship and relationships that gets `under your skin' never to be removed. In addition to the wonderfully rich and beautifully detailed narrative, is the most extraordinary world building of such inspired vision and imaginative flair. I was literally mesmerized by the scope of the in-depth, multi-layered world which the author had created; a simply sublime setting for the story to take place in. The Casquette Girls is indeed a page-turner that is full of profoundly moving connotation and heartbreaking, emotive passages that touch it's reader. Set in the vibrant New Orleans that is steeped in history, A Arden's past story unfolds within a fantastic paranormal-infused 18th Century that perfectly compliments the future events. Engulfed in history, exquisite details and poignancy this exceptional book is highly recommended!

The Casquette Girls is a young adult, paranormal romance containing a mix of historical details within the contemporary tale. Told from the POV of teenager Adele this novel will take you on a roller coaster riveting ride, upon exploring a changed world after a cataclysmic storm that left New Orleans in the wake of mass devastation. The sinister, eerie backdrop and chilling environment makes you empathize with the main protagonist all the more as she struggles to survive in such a harsh world full of new dangers. Wrought with tension and seeped in suspense this powerfully evocative, post-apocalyptic story highlights the strength of family and friendship bonds and how love holds such sway.
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Alys Arden has written a perfect story if anyone wants to truly see, smell, eat, breath and live it. Never have I felt so much a part of a story in one 500+ page volume. It is not just for ya, this book is written for anyone who enjoys feeling like they are right there as everything is happening. Alys pretty much tells a complete story, but she does open the door for what will be a perfect sequel. Do not miss this book if you love a perfect yarn spun perfectly.
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Writing a review for this novel has proved to be a difficult task, for the sole reason that I cannot put into words how much I adore it.

Adele's story is filled with a certain magic I rarely find these days. Her voice and worries are true to those of a sixteen year old girl and I love seeing New Orleans through the eyes of a character who holds so much love for her home city. Myths and folklore have been blended together with a poetic beauty that leaves the reader riveted - as if they are a tourist hooked on Ren's every word.

Having been to New Orleans myself, recently, the story felt so much more special to me. I couldn't help but smile at the places described, and reading of Adele's New Orleans, I felt her pain at seeing the damaged city - a city whose spell I have fallen under.

The story of Adeline and the Casquette Girls was a wonderful back story and leaves this world open to many future possibilities. The secrets, friendships and monsters in the dark were told in such an amazing way, it left me feeling like I had experienced their hardships with them and was a part of their sisterhood.

Though there were many villainous characters in this book, there wasn't a single one I didn't love in some way. Each had their own unique flair and even at the end, my heart was wrenching for even the darkest of villains and I am still torn between what I sure will be an age old question - Isaac or Nicco?

The city of New Orleans has a strange power - it has the ability to make you fall in love with it form the moment you step onto those cobbled stone streets in the French Quarter, the sound of Jazz music drifting through your ears. The Casquette Girls holds that same power - you will fall in love with this story from the first page and find yourself wishing you never had to leave the lives of Adele, her friends and the young women known as The Casquette Girls.
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