The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Set in New Orleans after ‘the Storm’ has ravaged the iconic city, The Casquette Girls tells the story of Adele Le Moyne just returned from Paris to her home town and a family secret that threatens to consume the whole town.

Alyse Arden has created two starkly different but emotive worlds. We are introduced to the desolate wasteland of New Orleans after ‘the Storm’ has wiped out most of the City reverting it to a time before the abundance of the modern world. Our second world is the dawning of New Orleans as we know it today and the dangerous journey faced by those coming from the European continent to start a new life.

I find these two worlds perfect together. Adele is having to start her life over again and it is nothing like the world that was taken from her before the storm. It is a dangerous world of dark deeds and magic. This is perfectly juxtaposed with Adeline’s story, coming from the extravagance of Paris for the savage new world.

I loved the characters in this book. They were beautifully characterised and jumped off the page. I believed Adele as a real person and cared for her from the moment we were introduced. She is real and believable and Arden has done a great job of remaining true to her character throughout the book.

I couldn’t put this book down (^can you tell?!). I read it with my eyes struggling to stay open late into the night. It was different, it was interesting and I am VERY looking forward to the next installment.

4.5/5

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