Book Review: The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden
The Casquette Girls #1
Genre: YA Gothic, Paranormal
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.
Painting the scene of a devastated landscape after the storm of the century was a good move. It echoed the same scene I've seen a year ago when the strongest typhoon on record slammed my country. The bleak landscape made me sympathize and help me visualize the atmosphere. On the other hand, it was slow-paced and it went on for about half of the book.
I loved the gothic feel of the book but when things started to fall into place, as secrets started to unravel, there were still some questions that needed answering or maybe the demystifying was just a little muddled.
What was Adeline's or her father's importance in all this, since the presence of the other casquette girls were just a convenience of being in proximity with Adeline or they were just pack mules? The vampires were certainly hinting at that fact and then out of nowhere Adele worked it out that le comte de Saint-Germain was still alive.
Then, there was the love triangle issue (although there were no I love yous thrown around). There's always the big possibility (almost always in YA) that the first boy the MC meets will be the main love interest. When Adele put the boy out of her mind and couldn't even place the face of Niccolo when they met again, I assumed that Isaac was the real LI. But no, TCG one, Ayanami zero. Then, in the end, even if Nicco was still her main concern, make-out session with Isaac. I don't know anymore.
Then, Adele's mother's involvement in all of this.
I wish for more Ren.