Review of The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden

The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden is a Young Adult Paranormal Romance that will take your breath away. The images that she paints of a post-Katrina New Orleans break your heart while keeping you on the edge of your seat.cropped-1379804_364670740332733_1548094926_n.jpegA destination novel, you feel almost as if you are actually in the city itself–she writes it that well.  Our protagonist, Adele Le Moyne, is most definitely an anti-bella which I loved. Her 511OakHSwnL._UY250_voice from the beginning is strong and likable. The book itself is full of strong female characters. The novel does contain a love triangle, which I know turns some readers off, but it is well written and draws one in. This pager turner has white knuckle moments that will have your heart pounding. One of the best books I’ve read this year. Well written, it consumed me and left my mouth watering for more! Can’t wait for the second book in the series, The Romeo Catchers!

811koHvRLVL._UX250_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 and has worked all around the world since. She either talks too much or not at all. She obsessively documents things. Her hair ranges from eggplant to cotton-candy colored. One dreary day in London, she missed home and started writing The Casquette Girls.

Her debut novel garnered over one million reads online before it was acquired by Skyscape in a two book deal. Her second book is due out winter 2016.

Alys is represented by ICM. And she still plans to run away with the circus one star swept night.

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Quanta by Lola Dodge Review & GIVEAWAY!!!

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The Blurb:

Just because Quanta can see the future doesn’t mean she can change it. She’s spent most of her life imprisoned, feeding her captors information to keep herself alive, but she’s finally reached the endgame and her death creeps closer by the moment.

The son of two senators, Altair Orpheus leads a life of privilege that provides the perfect cover for his side job: working with the rebel Shadow Ravens to undermine the ruling Seligo government. Everything is running like clockwork until he crosses paths with Quanta. As he watches her deftly maneuver through life in a perverse prison, his plastic heart melts. A jailbreak would be suicide, but Tair is willing to sacrifice everything to give her a chance at happiness.

Now Quanta senses a terrifying new future brewing. She and Tair are bound together, but every image of them kissing, snuggling, and acting knee-weakeningly happy is balanced by a much darker possibility. They’ll be picture perfect together, but only until time rips them apart. How can she follow her heart when she’s seen how their love plays out?

 

My Review:

I LOVED this book and fully expect to see it one day in film! Quanta is the second book in The Shadow Ravens series– a series written by three different authors and set in a futuristic world run by a genetically modified caste system.  Much like the Hunger Games, it opens with a palpable tension that never lets up and keeps you on edge until the very end.

I just couldn’t put this book down.

Reminiscent of the movie Edge of Tomorrow (which was originally the Japanese military sci/fi novel All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka,) it amps up the time travel genre and keeps the reader gasping, “No Way!”

The love story meshes perfectly with the action. Lola Dodge knows how to marry romance and action so seamlessly that the reader isn’t jarred between the two, but keeps turning pages to see how the two characters (Quanta and Altair) can possibly survive long enough to begin their love story–the love story that we’ve been watching through Quanta’s time visions from the moment we first see Altair.

Overall, exciting read and well written. Though it is the second book in the series, it could easily be stand alone. If you are the kind of reader that HAS to read your series in order (that would be me!) then click here to read our review of Cipher by Aileen Erin.  I can’t wait for book three in the series!

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AUTHOR BIO:
Lola Dodge is a compulsive traveler, baker, and procrastinator. She earned her BA in English from Stonehill College and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University–and hasn’t stopped moving since. When she’s not on the road, Lola spends her time indoors where the sunlight can’t melt her, writing or bingeing on anime and cherry soda. She can be summoned in a ritual involving curry, Hello Kitty idols, and a solid chocolate pentagram.
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The Shadow Ravens Series, Cipher by Aileen Erin

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Guest Post by author Lindsey S. Frantz

In expectation of the release of Quanta by Lola Dodge, the second book in The Shadow Raven’s series, author Lindsey S. Frantz has given a fabulous review of the the first book in the series, Cipher by Aileen Erin.

The Blurb:

Alone and on the run, Cipher doesn’t talk about her secrets, her powers, o23249649 (1)r the people chasing her. She can’t let anyone get that close. At least, she shouldn’t.

Knight is working undercover for the bad guys. He’s done things that have marked his soul, but it’ll all be worth it if he can save the girl who means everything to him—the girl who saved his life by putting herself in danger. It’s been twelve years, but Knight knows she’s still alive, and he’s made it his mission to find her and keep her safe.

When Knight finally catches up to Cipher, electricity sparks. He’s crazy gorgeous, stupid brilliant, and begging to lift the burden from Cipher’s shoulders. Can she really trust him with her secrets? With her life?

She doesn’t have long to decide, because Knight isn’t the only who’s been looking for her. Now Cipher can’t run without leaving him behind. What good is being together if they’re both dead?

To save Knight, Cipher will finally stop running…one way or another.

Lindsey’s Review:

Computer hackers, the power to manipulate electricity, and different genetic modifications that make people faster, stronger, smarter, and sometimes immortal. Cipher by Aileen Erin has all of these things and more. Not to mention a love story that catches you and carries you along like you’re riding a raft through the rapids.

Ciper—a Red Helix, one of the children born with an ability that gets them killed at birth—is the kind of female character that is strong, independent, and doesn’t need any man. To take it a step further, when she’s given the opportunity to fall for a man, she fights it with everything in her to maintain her independence, even though she’s drawn to him in a way she can’t explain.

Knight—a double Helix, both Green and Black—is the kind of male character that makes you want to fall in love with him and hold on tight. Strong, modified for both strength (black helix) and intelligence/technology (green helix), and totally dedicated to finding the little girl who saved him as a child by electrocuting his abusive father with a touch of her finger.

Following Cipher and Knight across the country as they learn to trust each other is a whirlwind of emotion, sexual tension, and mystery. This book is a very quick read—mostly because you can’t put it down—and will leave you wanting so much more from this world.

Cipher is part of a book series, written by three different authors, set in this world filled with people with different genetic mods. The second book, Quanta, is set to release on October 13th. It will follow a different Red Helix, and after reading book one, I cannot wait for book two to be out.

 

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