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.
Mother Nature couldn’t drain the joie de vivre from New Orleans, but the flood waters recede, and the body count continues to rise. Someone or something is draining life from its residents. 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.
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.
I first heard of the legend of The Casquette Girls on The Originals and I was intrigued by that story, and clearly so was the author. And really, what a fantastic idea: what if vampires used las casquettes to travel to the New Orleans? From there, the author builds a solid story of vampires and witches. She makes minor spins on the tropes, but doesn’t try to reinvent them. And honestly, they don’t need to be. Instead, she takes the New Orleans and reinvents it as a character by having it set two months post-Katrina (“The Storm”) which lends the whole story an air of eeriness and in a way, sadness with the city deserted and a shell of its former self.
On top of the solid foundation, we also have a good set of characters- our heroine Adele comes off as refreshingly ordinary, there is a whole bevy of interesting guys and while her emotions do flirt with two of them, the romance is wisely used within the action of the story, but isn’t actually the story itself.
She even has two parents! Granted, they are separated, but both are interesting enough in their own right.
While I do generally like innovation in my world building, but if it’s done well, it isn’t always needed.
This book is an example of a book that doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but spins a damn entertaining yarn regardless.
The story ends on a note that could portend a sequel. I’m not sure that the book needs one, but if one does come out, I’d read it.
Verdict: Buy It. It’s one of the better vampire novels I’ve read in quite some time.