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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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.cropped-13496099.png

 

The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden re-releases in SEVEN days and all I will say about this book is that it is DELICIOUS! To get an idea of what I mean, watch this


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This last summer at  Utopia, I had the privilege of seeing Arden on a panel about book trailers and I have to say, after watching the trailer for The Casquette Girls, I couldn’t NOT get my hands on this book! I have SO much to say about this book, and I promise you, you’ll get it all next week when it releases. Until then, watch this teaser and read about the author down below. And for the love of Pete, don’t forget to preorder it today!

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Alys Arden was raised by the street performers, tea leaf-readers, and glittedownload (4)ring 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. Rep’d by ICM. Follow her adventures on Twitter or Instagram @AlysArden

 

 

Iniquity by Amy A. Bartol COVER REVEAL

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The much anticipated final installment of Amy A. Bartol’s Premonition Series is due to release on December 8, 2015. Today, however, Bartol fangirls are all aflutter over the cover reveal which was exclusively released by USA today this morning.

Fans of Bartol’s Premonition Series have waited three years for Iniquity. Amy Bartol has the unique talent of writing villains that seduce her readers (see her Kricket Series and just try not to be seduced by Kyon!) We just can’t wait to discover just how this series ends.

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Life and Death, Twilight Reimagined–Is this for real?

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So today, this appeared in my Facebook news feed. The post read that for Twilight‘s tenth anniversary, Stephenie Meyer is releasing a new book. It goes on to say that Life and Death, Twilight Reimagined is a gender swapped retelling of Twilight. My first thought was, “Is this for real?”  After a quick search on Amazon, I quickly came to the conclusion that it was, in fact, for real. You can see for yourself right here.

Immediately, I messaged several of my friends who were Twilight fans. The reception was the same across the board: this is either going to be awesome or completely awful. No one felt there was going to be an in between.

My feelings? I’m hesitant to read it (but I know I will.) I’m still a little touchy over Stephenie’s betrayal over the whole Midnight Sun thingy. (Yes, yes I know. She was the one who was actually betrayed when a fan leaked her beta copy. But she punished ALL of us!) We were all dying to see Midnight Sun completed, but Stephenie (and this is her prerogative, of course) couldn’t bring herself to finish, the joy having been all sucked out. However, she started a trend, whether she wanted to or not, of rewriting books from the male protagonists POV. Just look at E.L. James’ Grey. And so my second thought is that perhaps this is her way of getting Edward’s POV out there again, but this time in a gender swapped role.

Also, I’m a little confused over the lack of promotion of this new novel (hence my doubt that it was legitimate.)

Having said all that, I am intrigued. According to some spoilers, the ballet studio scene ends very differently from what we know from the original Twilight and apparently Meyer was able to clean up some of the things that have bothered her about her original book.

What say you? Do you think you are going to read this new book in the Twilight franchise?

Love is Darkness- Valerie Dearborn Series by Caroline Hanson

 

The blurb: Valerie Dearborn download (1)wants a cotton candy life filled with light sweetness, but it’s more like a puffer fish: pointy, unusual, and—if not prepared exactly right—deadly.

In London for graduate school, Val knows she’s finally free. Her father and ex-almost-boyfriend are back in California and she’s out of the Vampire hunting biz for good. Or is she?

She draws the attention of Lucas, a 1600 year old Vampire, and King to his kind. He’s also wicked hot. As golden as Lucifer, and just as tempting, he makes Valerie an offer she can’t refuse— help him find out if the Others (Empaths, Fey and Werewolves) still exist or he’ll stop protecting those she loves.

Lucas tells her that Empaths were a Vampire’s biggest weakness before going extinct hundreds of years ago. While the Fey or a Werewolf might kill a Vampire, an Empath could enslave them, seducing or harming with emotions at will. The one detail he leaves out? Valerie is an Empath.

And after 1600 years of an emotionless existence, Lucas wants Valerie like a recovering alcoholic wants a wine cooler.

Can she keep those she loves alive, stop Lucas from munching on her, survive a fanged revolution and still find a way to have that boring, normal life she’s always wanted? Probably not, but boy is she gonna try!

This is a full length novel and contains adult content.

Belletristic Malady says:

If you are looking for a steamy New Adult paranormal fantasy, this is the book for you. Valerie Dearborn is born to a family of vampire hunters, but guess what? She wants nothing to do with the life! Complete with a love triangle, Love is Darkness leaves the reader torn. Should she end up with the broody, sexy vampire hunter that she’s loved all her life or the 1600 year old vampire king who she has inspired to feel again after centuries of apathetic nothingness. Hanson is an artistic when it comes to sexual tension. She raises the stakes throughout the book, and in the final scene leaves us with an Oh crap moment that has us racing back online to purchase the next book in the series!  I

Are you one to book binge? Caroline Hanson has completed this series so you can read all three!

Read the Valerie Dearborn Trilogy