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Genres: Fiction, Para-Romance, YA
After the Storm of the Century rips apart New Orleans, Adele Le Moyne and her father are among the first to return to the city following the mandatory evacuation. Adele wants nothing more than for life to return to normal, but with the silent city resembling a mold-infested war zone, a parish-wide curfew, and mysterious new faces lurking in the abandoned French Quarter, normal will have to be redefined.Goodreads
Events too unnatural – even for New Orleans – lead Adele to an attic that has been sealed for three hundred years, and the chaos she unleashes threatens not only her life but everyone she knows. Mother Nature couldn’t drain the joie de vivre from the Big Easy, but someone or something is draining life from its residents.
Caught suddenly in a hurricane of eighteenth-century myths and monsters, Adele must quickly untangle a web of magic that links the climbing murder rate back to her own ancestors. But who can you trust in a city where everyone has a secret, and where keeping them can be a matter of life and death – unless, that is, you’re immortal..
“Les filles a la cassette” is a term I have heard/read about over the years, most recently being on the television show “The Vampire Diaries”. I have always been intrigued by the “urban legend” of the girls. It seemed so romantic, yet so tragic. The “cassette girls” were real, and I hope they found happiness once they arrived in New Orleans. Something tells me it was a fairy tale turned tragedy for many of them..
The lore behind the romanticized “cassette girls” of France comes to life in this book with beautiful imagery and colorful characters. The story is rich with fascinating history and tales that will cast a spell on you. You are fully immersed in current and past New Orleans. The history, tragedy, the culture, you can taste and smell the city. I “saw” myself there as I read the pages of this book and it made WANT to be there.
I was a bit scared I’d lose my way while reading this book. Remembering different character and story arcs can sometimes be confusing,( happily) Alyse wrote her tale so wonderfully you got lost IN the story-not trying to figure it out. The transition between current time Adele & past Adeline was a smooth one, and I began looking forward to past Adeline’s diary/letters with increasing intensity. It’s easy to see how the author poured the love she has for her beloved NOLA into the words of this book.
Some readers may worry it’s another cheesy vampire-human-love tale: but.it’s.not. I can’t pigeonhole this tale as JUST YA/Para-Rom. It’s much, much, more. It’s a beautifully told tale of past and present and magic and horror and love and betrayal and history. I grew to simply adore each of these characters, NOLA. My fascination with the “cassette girls” led me to “Google” after the book ended. I searched for similar books to read. This book is wonderful that way. It will stay with you and urge you to learn more about this tragically romantic “custom”. This book is definitely a “hidden gem” I’d love to see on everyone’s list.