ARC Review: The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden


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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.

After the storm of the century rips apart New Orleans, sixteen-year-old Adele Le Moyne wants nothing more than her now silent city to return to normal. But with home resembling a war zone, a parish-wide curfew, and mysterious new faces lurking in the abandoned French Quarter, normal needs a new definition.

As the city murder rate soars, Adele finds herself tangled in a web of magic that weaves back to her own ancestors. Caught in a hurricane of myths and monsters, who can she trust when everyone has a secret and keeping them can mean life or death? Unless . . . you’re immortal.

review3.5/5 Stars

***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via Amazon Skyscape & NetGalley 

This review was a long time coming. Partially because I have so many books to read but also because no matter how many times I tried to focus on the story, it felt a little tedious. I wanted to fall head over heels because what’s not to love? New Orleans, witches, vampires, werewolves, all that angst, diary entries, the big bad mystery, and yet, the story fell flat. 

Here’s what I loved (PROS): 

  • The atmosphere. New Orleans post-Storm comes to life with vivid, haunting clarity. You feel the smoky magic and mystery saturating the muggy weather. The devastation and destruction are powerful and moving. There are brief moments of social commentary on the government response and aid. There’s this sense of a city sleeping, just waiting to be awakened. Much like the vampires. 
  • Characters, for the most part, are quirky, diverse, and unique. They all have that particular NOLA strangeness that reads as eccentric and unforgettable. Drag queens, LGBT characters, people of color. It’s all there in beautiful glory and variety. 
  • Diary entries. WOW. They totally transport you to 18th century France and some island settlements, as well as early Louisiana before it was officially established. As a historian, the Casquette girls, the aristocracy, the treatment of slaves, all of it will awaken you to another time. 
  • Mystery propels the plot forward. You’ll want to know the reason behind all the spooky things happening around Adele and to the city. 
  • Isaac is smoking hot. He’s mysterious, artistic, a little brooding, and a lot sexy. He is attentive and flirty with Adele and she’s just NOT having it. Mind BLOWN.The chemistry is there. Like an epiphany.

Here’s what I disliked (CONS):

  • Adele is an interesting character but in many ways, not as compelling as some of the minor characters. She’s kind of boring and impulsive. She grows on you. It seemed like she was lacking in development. I wanted to know more about her likes, her dislikes, what makes her Adele and not some random girl on the street. Even her friendships were loosely inserted and then sort of fizzled out (Brooke and the twins). 
  • The story is convoluted and complex. At times the pieces kind of get muddled. 
  • The pacing is slow. Oh, so slow. The book drags on forever. I felt like the story would never end. There are several parts that might have been shortened to keep the reader engaged but instead, I found myself getting bored and putting the book down. 
  • Adele’s obsession with Nicco is bizarre and a bit random. It seems to come out of nowhere. There’s not enough interaction for them to feel so crazy, compulsively strong. Borderline INSTALOVE. 
  • Many questions were left unanswered. 

If you like any of the following, you’ll enjoy this:

Magical reading, 

Jordan

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