Review of The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden

(I was sent this by Alys and her lovely PR manager Dominique in exchange for a review, but my opinions have in no way been affected as a result.)

This book arrived at my house in a package that came complete with plenty of goodies. I have to admit, I was excited to read this book, which admittedly doesn’t reflect on how long it took me to get round to reviewing it, but I gave this one a go. It sounded different, but different is a good thing, right?

The storm that’s torn apart New Orleans has finally passed, and sixteen year old Adele Le Moyne is returning back home, wanting everything to be normal. But New Orleans just isn’t the same as it was before; normal needs a new definition if this is what normal is. The city might look different, but that’s not the only thing that’s different, as the murder rates in the city are going up, so who’s left to trust when keeping secrets means the difference between life and death? What about if you’re immortal?

Alys has a really unique writing style. She puts a lot of emphasis on character and setting, and manages to ease into the plot at a gradual pace. This doesn’t sound like something which would be your cup of tea if you’re a reader, but Alys has managed to do it without it being boring. I definitely appreciated that about this book, and I think you will as well if you read it.

The plot is also really unique, and the setting was described in a really detailed way. Normally you’ll visualise a setting in your head but it’s a little hazy. Alys has given you enough detail to really give you an image of the settings in your head, almost like a photograph. That’s a really cool thing to do, and I definitely appreciated that.

This isn’t a book I would go for in a shop, and for me personally it’s not to my own personal tastes. I enjoyed it, and the writing is fantastic, but it just wasn’t for me personally. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes novels with an element of mystery and paranormal (it reached the top of the paranormal chart on Amazon recently so there’s proof!), and I do believe that this is a book many people will enjoy. Just because it wasn’t for me doesn’t mean that it’s not for everyone.

Whilst it wasn’t for me personally, it’s a well written book with great detail put into the characters and settings, and I would recommend it to anyone that likes paranormal.

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