The Casquette Girls (Anglais) Broché – 31 octobre 2013
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Présentation de l'éditeur
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.--Ce texte fait référence à l'édition CD.
Biographie de l'auteur
Alys Arden was raised by the street performers, tea-leaf readers, and glittering drag queens of the New Orleans French Quarter. She cut her teeth on the streets of New York, has worked all around the world since, and still dreams of running away with the circus one star-swept night. Follow her adventures on Twitter at @alysarden or Instagram at www.instagram.com/alysarden/.--Ce texte fait référence à l'édition CD.
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It's got that southern supernatural party vibe of The Originals. If you didn't want to visit New Orleans before, you will after reading this book. But the relationships and bonds are so much stronger. It reminds me of the friendships and sacrifices of The Vampire Diaries. There's also that effortless romance that reminds me so much of Twilight however the Heroine is a strong, independent young woman who can save herself; not the damsel in distress type at all. All of this mixed in with a grit that reminds me of True Blood. I had to preorder the next one before I even finished it. You really should read it 💜
The original story this book is based on. I visited New Orleans, and when I heard the story of the casquette girls, I knew I wanted to learn more.
The setting. This book takes place in New Orleans after a massive storm destroyed almost everything. It was creepy at times, but you could still see the beauty of the French Quarter.
The writing. Arden has a magical way with words. Most of it is told in the present, but there are also journal entries from the past that helped round out everything.
The characters. I loved Adele and the people she surrounds herself with. Some of them are intimidating and can be scary at times but there were glimpses of humor throughout.
The romance. It’s hard to know which path to take. When your heart pulls you into two different directions, how do you know you’re going the right way.
In a time when witches and vampires have been over done and the concept basically run into the ground, Ms. Arden manages to breathe new life into the genre. This book has a slow build to a wonderfully fast-paced, heart-racing conclusion that will leave you guessing. Every scene is richly described, and the characters are written perfectly. I truly felt as if I knew every character in this novel, and I felt as if I was in New Orleans the entire time. I could see the drastic destruction that Adele witnessed; I could feel her every emotion. To me, this is the sign of a gifted author.
Adele was the perfect female lead. She had a sassy attitude, but is forced to become accustom to her new way of life in her storm ravaged home. The one thing I loved about her was watching her grow over the course of the novel. Ms. Arden gave her such life in this novel, and her characterization and development was perfectly written. Sure, there were times when she had me rolling my eyes at her actions, but I enjoyed the fun and spunk her character brought to the book. I will warn you now, there is a love triangle of sorts, which I normally don't love, but in this book it worked. I'll just throw this out there, but I was rooting for Isaac the entire time. I thought he was perfect for Adele, and his personality meshed very well with hers.
One aspect of this novel that was very unique was the tie to the past. Through journal entries we learn about the Casquette Girls and Adeline. I thought this was a very creative way to intertwine the events of the past to the current events going on in the story, and I was very intrigued throughout reading, trying to figure out just how everything would tie together in the end. You are basically getting two stories in one with this novel, and while this probably wouldn't work for most stories, it was perfect for this novel.
This is an excellent book that I highly recommend to all fans of the paranormal genre. The plot leaves you guessing, and there are many twists and turns that you will never see coming. I do hope though that the next book is edited down a bit more, so that the pacing isn't slowed down by unnecessary scenes. However, even with these scenes in the book, it was still a very enjoyable read that made me want to visit New Orleans even more!
Happy reading :)
Although her setting is clearly the post-Katrina Big Easy, Arden never refers to Hurricane Katrina by name. Instead, she creates an alternate New Orleans, and calls the catastrophe, “the Storm.” Arden fills her novel with a gaggle of quirky supporting characters and an alluring set of seductive antagonists. Some readers have compared The Casquette Girls to Twilight, but Forks was never like this.
After a brief stay in Paris with her emotionally detached mother and her mom’s sexy assistant, Adele and her father return to their ruined French Quarter home. Father and daughter find a city ravaged by the Storm, a desolate place with no water, food, or electricity. Post-Storm New Orleans is a virtual no-man’s land, the streets impassible, the town’s customary joie de vivre drowned by tears and waves of diseased ridden water. A rash of unexplained murders has left the few remaining members of the New Orleans Police Department scratching their heads, especially after discovering that someone or something has drained the bodies of their blood. Adele’s encounter with a desiccated corpse, a bizarre occurrence at an Ursuline convent, and the discovery of an 18th century diary penned by an ancestor, sets up a series of events that unravel for 400 crazy, but spellbinding pages.
With The Casquette Girls, Arden has thrown everything but the kitchen sink into her debut novel, yet manages to keep her readers involved. With Alys Arden, fans of New Orleans-based fiction have a surefire contender for Anne Rice’s crown as Queen of New Orleans Authors.