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The Casquette Girls – Alys Arden

01 Oct

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Synopsis:

After a storm destroys her home town of New Orleans, Adele cannot wait to come home and start life again. Having been in France for a few months, she is eager to see if her home still even stands. When her and her father return to a mostly undamaged house, Adele is certain she can get back to life as normal but every day since her return seems to bring something new. Secrets are being revealed, people are being murdered and Adele is finding out there is more to her past than she was ever aware of.

Review:

Take everything you love and hate about New Orleans and cram it all into one book and you have this thrilling, amazingly well written, ode to one of the greatest cities in this nation.

What a page turner. It seemed like new information was given on every page. So many twists and bends that you can’t possibly see all of them coming. I am most definitely going to be buying a hard copy of this novel, since mine came through NetGalley.

The only thing that irked me about this novel, and it’s a truly small thing was the fact that there was a storm… it’s called the storm, not Katrina. Katrina is never mentioned. So I can only assume this is am alternate New Orleans where Katrina had never happened but this storm has. It was a little odd.

Favorite Quotes:

“As an artist, if your work doesn’t inflame at least part of the audience, then you might as well call it quits and sell insurance… The world needs more boundary pushers, not more boundary creators.”
― Alys Arden, The Casquette Girls

“…Moving pictures and flying machines nth seemed like magic at one time. It’s not a huge leap to believe that what seems irrational or magical now ill be commonplace in the future. I believe everyone has magical powers. However, only certain people – the ones who are open to it – can tap into the true capacity of the mind and push the current brink of human thought. Some are called geniuses, some are called prophets, others are called witches.”
― Alys Arden, The Casquette Girls

“It is not gossip that you must worry about, only the days when you are not worth gossiping about.”
― Alys Arden, The Casquette Girls

“A sharp pain tugged in my chest. I wanted this all to go away. I wanted Nicco to be normal. I wanted to be normal. A part of me wanted to destroy him for everything he’d done, whatever his role…For following me. For not telling me everything. For letting me fall for him. I hated myself for wanting to cause harm to someone else. I wanted him to be stronger, to change, to want the same things as me. I wanted him.”
― Alys Arden, The Casquette Girls

“No tourists, no screaming drag queens, no horse hooves clacking down the street. The perfect still of the night – this was something I would never get used to. Not in New Orleans. The quietness freaked me out.”
― Alys Arden, The Casquette Girls

“I pulled out a large white T-shirt with black gothic script that read, “Equipe Edward”
“Adele, how many times do I have to tell you?” he said in a very serious tone. “Vampires do not sparkle.”
“Okay, fine.” I pretended to pout. “I’ll give it to someone else.”
“No, you will not!” He yanked the T-shirt out of my reach. “Sparkles or not, I am still Team Edward.”
― Alys Arden, The Casquette Girls

“In the words of the great Monsieur Baudelaire, ‘The greatest trick the devil ever played was convincing the world he doesn’t exist.”
― Alys Arden, The Casquette Girls

“It’s a place where strange things have been known to happen, but locals learn not to think twice about every little unexplainable detail; otherwise they’d go mad.”
― Alys Arden, The Casquette Girls

Recommendations:

Intertwined – Gena Showalter

Dead Until Dark – Charlaine Harris

Marked – P.C. and Kristen Cast

Book of Shadows – Cate Tiernan

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