The Casquette Girls

The Casquette Girls

by Alys Arden

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Overview

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

Strange events—even for New Orleans—lead Adele to an attic that has been sealed for three hundred years. The chaos she accidentally unleashes threatens not only her but also everyone she knows.

Caught in a hurricane of myths and monsters, Adele must untangle a web of magic that weaves the climbing murder rate back to her own ancestors. But who can you trust in a city where everyone has secrets and keeping them can mean life or death? Unless…you’re immortal.

Revised edition: This edition of The Casquette Girls includes editorial revisions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503946545
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 11/17/2015
Series: Casquette Girls Series , #1
Pages: 563
Sales rank: 147,708
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

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The Casquette Girls 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
ARosa More than 1 year ago
I know it’s only January and all, but I assure you this might be my most favorite book I review all year. Granted, I technically read this books unedited version posted online that lead me to this amazing author last year, but after becoming friends, I am lucky enough to get a chance to review it on my blog after its epic publication –and let me tell you, this book polished up even better than before, and I didn’t think that was possible.   Nothing felt most mystifying than the city of New Orleans where this book is set. The city itself felt like a character that I needed updates on constantly. The city felt organic, and at the whim of its myth-filled history that had me not wanting to question what was fact or fiction. I was perfectly comfortable accepting voodoo, magic, vampires and the supernatural.   The book takes place post-massive storm, and its haunting atmosphere is a wonderful backdrop to a story that develops in such a way you won’t see coming.   Adele Le Moyne has got to be the best female character I’ve read in awhile. For being so young, she is  well-traveled and worldly (thanks to an excellent family dynamic) which makes her more mature than the average young adult. Also, her witty wisdom has this story speeding through whimsical, and creepy twists and turns. Her approach to the supernatural is also my favorite, and normal! I think I’d be freaking out too, but also willing to toy with what I could possibly assume is some sort of super-power. Okay, wait. I’ll stop. I don’t want to reveal too much. What I loved about Adele was her inquisitive, yet eager approach she takes with nearly every experience she has since arriving back home. Plus, she loves a good mystery, and she inevitabley can't let any go unsolved, especially when she seems to be the very cause of the mystery that drives this book.   I must admit, I am a sucker for romance, and I wanted a bit more of that from the book. Oh, but there is definitely some romantic sparks throughout the novel, it just isn’t necessarily the driving force, which in the end, proves to be a better decision. But the sparks that do fly are right on par with what I look for in the romance department. Who isn’t a fan of dark, handsome, Italian boys with a knack for intrigue? Nicco Medici is his name, and I was team Nicco from the start. Yeah, I am a sucker, I get it. (there’s a pun here if you’ve read the book).   But then again there is Isaac (there always has to be a slight love triangle, right?). He grew on me. I didn’t want to like him in the beginning, but he won me over quite easily mid-book. He, in his own right, is mysterious and insightful. His banter and interactions with Adele always caused a smile to be playing on my lips. You want to make him into a bit of jerk in the beginning, but you learn quickly he is charming and sincere –and holds his own supernatural secrets that had me yelping in glee. Again, I won’t give any spoilers.   All the characters felt dynamic and important, even if they were brief. As you read you feel every word is important, and that each character interaction gives some sort of piece to the puzzle. My favorite element of this book was that each character, especially Adele’s father and local tour guide Ren, held there own secrets that contributed indirectly to the years of history, and the present dilemmas unfolding. I didn’t know who to trust, but I still favored each and every character. Oh, except maybe the snotty schoolgirls that Adele encountered.   Lastly, I’d like to add that this ending is epic, and the journey there even more so. I seriously would love to talk about it, but you'll thank me later that I left it a surprise.   I seriously could go on and on about this book. All in all, you must believe me when I say this is not your typical paranormal teen romance. In a genre flooded with sparkly vampires, and mediocre magic, this is so much more. It’s a book unlike any other I have read, and when someone asks me for a book recommendation I can’t help but have “The Casquette Girls” flying out of my mouth. 5 out 5 stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was truly amazing. I loved the history behind it, it made me want to go and explore new Orleans myself. it was beautifully written one of my faves and I wouldn't mind rereading it. it was thrilling! 5
OmahaReadr More than 1 year ago
I had the good fortune of reading this book initially online and am so unbelievably excited the author has now put out a real copy to buy. This book is YA fiction but it's a fabulous tale of strength, New Orleans, magic, and discovering inner strength while battling vampires, haunted convents, and resettling into a devastated community. Miss Arden's writing is eloquent yet easy and brings to mind a fresh and modern Anne Rice. This is a great story about a young woman coming into her own and finding out who she really is, embracing her legacy, while also dealing with her family secrets and strange new friends. This was one of my favorite stories of this past year and I am ridiculously tickled to now have a copy of it on my shelf!
eternalised More than 1 year ago
An excellent YA read, in which the author manages to transport us to New Orleans, setting the atmosphere sublimely. The story is refreshing, original, and boiling with suspense. Some unpredictable twists, and the diary entries from Adele’s ancestor added an extra layer of depth to the book. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
* I received an ebook in exchange for an honest review. * This book was an amazing book, it was not just about vampires, but about family bonds, love, values and the overwhelming connection of people that can withstand the tests of time. This was my first book by author Alys Arden and it was an outstanding one! I am not sure that she can top this book with any other books that she may write....it was that good! I enjoyed the way in which the author was able to take the reader on the journey through the present and the past and never once did the reader feel like they were lost, confused or not sure what was going on. The flow was so seamless and the writer's characters jumped right out of the pages and into the reader's soul. It was like the reader became a part of the book and the reader never wanted to leave. This book becomes a part of the readers day to day thoughts as they think about the history of New Orleans, the history of the casquette's and the love that the author has for her work. The plot is original and has the reader thinking about what would happen if there was a storm like "The Storm" and what would happen if things of the past suddenly came back. The reader can't help but root for the "good" characters to prevail and to figure out how to banish the "evil" that has returned, while at the same time the reader can't help but feel a bit upset for the "bad" guys. The author makes the characters feel more like friends and family than characters in a book. The book ends with a true ending, but it also leaves the author the opportunity to continue the books. The reader feels a sense of closure but at the same time can begin to write the next book in their minds with what they would like to see happen. The reader will spend a lot of time frantically turning the pages to see what will happen next but at the same time dreading the last page because it means that this amazing story is over. Add this to your TBR list and be prepared to be wowed! It is a fun roller coaster ride that leaves you breathless! Enjoy!! ***Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official. ***
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Adele,16, had never been away from her dad or New Orleans as long as the the 2 months she spent in boarding school in Paris because of The Storm. Adele learned a lot about herself and her ancestors. She learned a lot through the twists and turns that made this story excellent. I actually read this without really stopping, all 500+ pages. I stayed up all night as I had to see what happened next, right until the ending. Needless to say, excellent plot, overall story and characters. I highly recommend. **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review
Monnie777 More than 1 year ago
I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. It took me a few chapters to get into this book but once I did I really liked it. The book reminded me of the Vampire Diaries but with a lot more French. The only part I didn't like of the book was all the French words as I didn't know what most of them meant. It was interesting to read all about New Orleans right after the Hurricane and it to get fiction/reality perspective on the city during that time. I really fell for Nicco and felt bad for how his character ended. I look forward to more in this series.
IanWood More than 1 year ago
At the front of this book is a dedication to the people of New Orleans (the author is evidently a native), but it says nothing about how strong they are. It's all about myth and magic; however, given the story we have here, it would be hypocritical for the dedication to have talked about strength and motivation. This fictional character, as a New Orleans native, was an insult to the real-life people of that city, given what they've been through, and how they rebuilt and moved on afterwards. If Adele had been portrayed as a go-getter, and an industrious young woman who refused to be beaten down, and who worked hard every day, I could have seen a reflection of New Orleans in her, but the fact remains that she isn't a shadow on the real people there, and that was the biggest disappointment in this book for me. I know that some people are actually like Adele in real life - lazy, shiftless, unwilling or incapable of doing a fair day's work, and you could probably get a really good novel about such a character, but this wasn't it, and the character that Adele actually was didn't belong in this kind of a story. Like Adele herself, it didn't work. The complete review can be found at Ian Wood's Novellum
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
The Casquette Girls by Arlys Arden is a young adult paranormal romance story. Adele Le Moyne (just turned sixteen) is returning home to New Orleans with her father after being away for two months. They had to evacuate the state (Louisiana) when a big hurricane came through the area and then stalled causing considerable damage. Adele was sent to live with her mother, Brigitte Dupre in Paris (who put her in a boarding school) while her father, Macalister (Mac) Le Moyne worked in Miami. They do not know what they will find when they return to their home and the bar that her father owns. After arriving home strange things start happening to Adele. She can move metal items with her mind. What is going on? She then finds a journal of her ancestor Adeline Saint Germain that provides some needed information along with some new friends who have some interesting abilities. Adele and her new friends are going to have to work together to battle the vampires that have invaded New Orleans (and are killing off the citizens of the city). Will these three teenagers be able to battle the evil in their community? I enjoyed The Casquette Girls. It is a long novel, but once you get involved in the book you do not notice. Some sections are a little slow (especially when Adele is ogling the handsome vampire), but I enjoyed how the author tied the past (Adele’s ancestor) to the present. Some things are a little predictable (like the truth about Adele’s mother—I could see that coming from the very beginning—sorry I do not want to spoil your reading pleasure), but overall The Casquette Girls is a good book to read. I give The Casquette Girls 4 out of 5 stars. The writing is good, but Adele’s temper (which always seemed to be out of control) really got on my nerves after a while. I also enjoyed this author’s paranormal take on the young girls who came from France with their casquettes (casket shaped luggage). While this is a young adult novel, I think it can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. I will be watching for more books from Arlys Arden. I received a complimentary copy of The Casquette Girls from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
OJMomma More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! Alys Arden's words held me captive from the first chapter! She has brilliantly created a world that the reader can easily fall into, supplied it with characters that will leave you wanting for more, and even provided just enough of this interesting history and "quirks". Discovery, love, and just the right amount of folklore/paranormal make this book a true hit!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great combo novel, and an ode to the great New Orleans spirit
Maari More than 1 year ago
Ah! To try to find the words to give this book the review it deserves, without giving anything away.. I just can't!! Admittedly, it is a book unlike any that I would normally read. Yet, I am so glad that I did!! I was so lost in this book, I felt that I was right there. I did not want to be interrupted by anything/anyone until I had completed it. This is honestly, one of the best written, clean, Young Adult books that I have ever read. Wonderful!! You definitely have a fan in me! I will be watching for more from you, Ms. Arden!
dowies_place More than 1 year ago
*I was provided a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. I love to read stories about New Orleans, and I love paranormal stories...The Casquette Girls is a book that entwines these two seamlessly into a page turning masterpiece. The Casquette Girls is about a girl, Adele Le Moyne after she comes back to New Orleans after the storm of the century. Strange things start happening to her that she can't explain and strange people begin to come into her life that she really has a hard time handling. She has to learn to navigate her new powers, and she has to navigate her history through a mysterious diary that she comes across because of her power.  Then things get really good! You wont want to put this book down! With such a rich heritage to learn about I wanted to read even after the story had ended! I highly suggest that you grab your copy TODAY!  ~Dowie
JMDT0815 More than 1 year ago
Delightfully spellbinding and fun! Adele LeMoyne is returning to her home in New Orleans with her father after Hurricane Katrina. Things are an absolute mess and people are slowly starting to return to one of the most magical cities in the country.  As she returns, Adele starts experiencing weird things which lead her on a very wild and bizzare adventure. She learns about the history of her home and her heritage. She finds a few new friends along the way and some people who enter her life that may not be as friendly. And of course there is a bit of romance in the air as well.  I thought this book was very well written. I love reading about New Orleans in general but adding the paranormal elements in there make the place seem that more magical. If you are a YA Paranormal reader, I would would recommend this book as one you should read. This is the first book I've read by Alys Arden and I really enjoyed it. Thank you and I will definitely look out for more of your stories!
Adunning729 More than 1 year ago
I recieved this book to write an honest review. This book was amazing! I have never read anything like it! So much emotion and so many details are packed into this story. I easily fell in love with the characters, all of them. Adele returns to a Storm ravished New Orleans to find the Storm isn't the only one that destroyed the city. Along with two unlikely friends, can Adele save New Orleans? Fantastic read and the ending fit perfectly! One of my favorites!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I reeally enjoyed this debut novel. It was unique, with strong characters ,even well developed secondary character, lots of suspense and mystery happening in the FrenchQuarter in NOLA. Great YA paranormal with a good spooky storyline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
Sixteen-year-old Adele and her father return home to New Orleans after being evacuated due to the "big Storm". Adele is hoping for things to return to normal but her school is still closed, the local businesses are struggling to recover, and there has been a spate of recent murders. When Adele begins to exhibit some unusual powers, she unwittingly sets into motion a chain of events that began hundreds of years ago. Meanwhile, Adele has to fend off a host of admirers, including her mother's assistant Emile, the Italian Medici brothers Niccolo and Gabe, and the strange boy Isaac who appears to have powers of his own. With the help of some new-found friends, will Adele be able to set things right in her beloved city? The author manages to transport us to New Orleans; she has an incredible knack for describing the scenes and setting the atmosphere. The story is fresh and original, and the author debunks many of our long-held vampire beliefs. With a cast of characters spanning centuries, "The Casquette Girls" is full of twists and turns and shocking revelations; you never know what is going to happen next. I especially enjoyed the diary entries of Adele's ancestor, Adeline Saint-Germain. While this story is complete, we will see a return of these characters in "The Romeo Catchers". I received this book in return for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a lifelong resident of Slidell(just north of Nola), I must say this is one of the most wonderfully accurate descriptions of New Orleans I have ever read!! Although aimed at a teen reader it was smart and sophisticated. Filled with historical information and mystery, it draws you in immediately. I have walked those streets and looked at those places both before and after the Storm. An author to expect much more from! Thanks for a great read!!!!!!
kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
Alys Arden's unique and gripping story of The Casquette Girls may be written in a long-winded way, (at 522 pages there is no escaping this!), but each fact and piece of history the reader learns add to the multi-layered plot and I felt there was a point at which the mystery in New Orleans was all I could think about - (food? why would I need that?!). I love the fact that it is Adele's tenacious spirit which drives this story and though her curiosity often places her in danger we love her all the same. By using an event from very recent history - Hurricane Katrina - and merging it with her paranormal plot, not only do we identify the trauma felt by Adele, Mac and their friends, with the faces of the many unknown individuals we have seen on the news, but the existence of vampires becomes a frightening possibility. It is the tragedy which also allows the characters of Adele and Desiree to become more accessible because of the vulnerability they show in the face of adversity. Whilst Adele retreats to the historical facts in her ancestor's journal, Desiree finds solace in magic. The narrative switches between Adele's unexpected new existence and her translation of Adeline's memoirs. The time we spend in the present and the past is irregular, but we never feel unnerved by this as events in Adeline's world have a direct correlation upon Adele's, and as more information is revealed, the more tense the atmosphere grows. Every character Alys Arden creates has their own important role to play in the story, even if we do not realise it at the time of their appearance, and I could never have predicted the direction the story goes in. The Casquette Girls takes the reader on an intense and frightening journey where we understand that nothing can be taken at face value and often trust is too freely given. Make the time to add The Casquette Girls to your reading schedule; you won't be disappointed! I received this as a complimentary review copy, but this has had no influence on my opinion.
brookeblogs More than 1 year ago
The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden blew me away. This was one of those books where I lost sleep, didn’t eat, and generally fell into a state of personal disarray at times because I could.not.stop.reading! This is an amazing paranormal story exploring a dark side of New Orleans. The paranormal elements and the history of the city and the characters involved are just perfect. I loved everything about this story. I feel like I’m floundering writing this review because I loved the story a bit too much and I don’t know how to adequately get that all out into this blog post. This is the best paranormal story I’ve read in quite some time. I was captivated from the first sentence to the very last one. The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden is a Southern Gothic gem that had me on the edge of my seat, or the edge of my bed, the whole way through. I would try to go to sleep and then give up because I needed to know more. This is one of those stories that I wish I could erase from my mind, just so I could experience the sheer joy of reading it again. It’s that good. Seriously, just go pick it up now…if you like paranormal, you need The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden in your life. I received a complimentary copy for review purposes.
justine23 More than 1 year ago
YA paranormal is a genre that seems to get a lot of crap about being overdone and having a load of cliches. Well, clearly, people who think that haven't read Arden's stunning debut, which tells a paranormal story like no other. Delightfully dark and unique, fans of the strange and abnormal will absolutely devour The Casquette Girls, and end up hungry for more. Despite it's fictional classification, the novel begins with a very real event - showing the consequences and devastation carried in the strong winds of natural disaster. Of what it is like to return to your home and find parts of it completely destroyed. On the resulting crime that plagues the town and the overbooked police. On the death. The scenes appear to mirror those of some apocalyptic films when they show something startlingly real. But more important than the destruction and darkness of The Storm is what else comes with it - rebuilding the city and a sense of unity and hope that gradually progresses throughout the novel. Arden transitions cleanly from what could easily pass as realistic fiction to something a bit more supernatural. Through the use of myths and small but shattering glimpses of the abnormal, readers are eased into the change without the pace slowing. The truth behind the myths then felt more welcome and intriguing and not too much like a Band-Aid being ripped off. For a novel with this kind of lore and magic, what better setting than the great city of New Orleans? Not only does The Casquette Girls capture some of the city's history, but shows just how unique and wonderful New Orleans is. I felt like I was learning more about the city and walking on the tour right alongside Isaac (as he's a Northerner). Now, after reading, I want to get my Yankee butt down to Louisiana more than ever. Speaking of Isaac, I really did enjoy the characters of The Casquette Girls, whether they be lead or supporting. Initially, it did seem like the number of attractive men around Adele's age was exceptionally high (is it something in the water? If so, can we bottle it?). But, even if it didn't more naturally progress into a love V and make a lot more sense through circumstance, I suppose that's not a bad problem to have. I liked Adele as a protagonist as she's smart, creative and very authentic as a teenage character. She's open without completely accepting everything. Even more impressive was Adele's father, 'Mac;. In so many YA novels, the parents are looked over or forgotten. Not only is this not the case in The Casquette Girls, but Mac manages to have such a great involvement that his character quickly becomes a favorite. Even Adeline was interesting, and I absolutely loved the journal entries that gave a new voice, a historical background, and an adventurous narrative all rolled into one. The Casquette Girls takes superstition, magic, and lore and incorporates them into reality, resulting in a plot that is dark, dangerous and exciting. It was a hard-to-put-down novel that had me changing my predictions and opinions more often than not. Although I was left with some unanswered questions and cliffhanging lines (of which I will not go into but may or may not involve a certain Italian Stallion character who has the attractive bad boy image down pat) that have me itching for book two. The Casquette Girls is definitely a novel to check out.
TracyG-1 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. "I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then." Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland. From the wreckage that was once New Orleans, Adele and her dad move back home.  Current dangerous conditions have mostly rescue workers situated there.  But what Adele doesn't realize is  that things can't go back to the way it was before the storm. Bizarre events leads her to unravel a secret at the very heart of the myths that surrounds New Orleans. She is forced into unlikely friendships which unleashes powers and magic that ultimately saves the people of New Orleans, but not without great personal sacrifice. As a lover of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals tv series that are based on novels written by L.J. Smith, I found this book quite delightful.  It has all the intrigue of Witches versus Vampires that one would associate with New Orleans as well as the human escapades revolving around age old journal entries that leads to the unravelling of many a hidden secret. A great book almost always has a love triangle that involves the choice between good guy and bad boy. In The Casquette Girls I wasn't entirely sure who the good guy was.  At times I thought that it surely must be Nicco, the chivalrous gentleman, with his ever-so-charming concern over the bruise on her cheek, the french phrases of charm he utters at the very sight of her and his always readily available jacket to protect her from the cold.  Other times I was sure that the good guy cannot be anyone other than Isaac, the guy that has an almost stalker-like ability to show up, to the annoyance of Adele, at every turn she takes.  That has her dad trusting him with his two most valued possessions, his car and daughter.  That kisses her into levitation with paper whirl-winding around them. Enjoy this trip to New Orleans my fellow paranormal romance readers! Oh, by the way, the author was born there... 4 Bombs Reviewed by Soreta
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
The Casquette Girls was a very nice take on the vampire legends. It managed to combine so many pieces of myth into one powerful creature. You mix that with some good old-fashioned voodoo and earth magic and you have quite a tale to tell. At the center of the tale is Adele Le Moyne - recently returned to New Orleans after a massive hurricane has destroyed the city. As she and her father try to put their home back together, strange things are happening around them - one of them is the unusual murders. This is what sets Adele on quite an adventure.  The book is separated into three parts - each one building in tension and excitement. After reading such great reviews I was disappointed in the first part. There was so much build up and not a lot actually going on. Part two and three really took off and once you reach that page you will not want to put the book down. Pieces of the story are told from the past. Sometimes this takes away from what is happening in the present, but in this case the two worlds seemed to merge and become a much bigger place than either was alone.  The vampires aren't obvious. I loved that. We suspect and we wonder and are still surprised when they are revealed. The paranormal isn't limited to just vampires and magic though, there is so much buried beneath the surface of New Orleans that it seemed to be bursting at the seams. This story is a step back to when the vampires weren't always the heros or the good guys. They could be bad - and sometimes down right evil. I loved the return to the darker days and themes of paranormal.  *This book was received in exchange for an honest review* 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago