The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden

The Casquette Girls The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden

**This review is based on an ARC from Netgalley, release date 11/17/15.

I have not had much time to read lately, so forgive me for this review being so far after the release date; but, I had to write one for this book.

Adele returns to New Orleans after a horrible hurricane has hit and destroyed the city. She was sent to live with her mother in Paris while her father sought shelter in Florida. Upon return, Adele is horrified to see how sad her city has become and vows to stay and help it become what it used to be, even though she will have to attend a school she will hate. She also meets some new people who are there looking for family members and another who is helping rebuild the city. While dealing with a bit of a love triangle, she discovers that she has accidentally helped to break an age-old curse that has released vampires into the city. She discovers a journal from an ancestor named Adeline, and also that she has some “witchy” powers. She uses the information gained from Adeline’s journal to help restore the spell that will contain the vampires so that they can no longer wreak havoc on the city.

I was basically obsessed with this book from the beginning, because I am obsessed with New Orleans. It provided so much history of the city, while still being entertaining and not reading like a book of facts. It did take me a while to get through the book, but that’s only because I have been extra busy this past week.  I still made time to read every day, just not as often as normal. There was some romance involved in this book, but it was definitely not the main focal point and I liked that. There was no easy, insta-love (we know how I feel about that! Ugh!). This book was more supernatural/paranormal than anything, but did not seem too unrealistic. Adele was an interesting, easy-to-like character; as were most of the others. I will be recommending this book to my students and waiting impatiently for the second one.

My rating: 5/5

Need by Joelle Charbonneau

20550148 Need by Joelle Charbonneau

**This review is based on ARC from Netgalley, release date 11/3/15.

Kaylee is a high school student at Nottawa High School and is invited to the social networking site, NEED, which grants “needs” to its members by asking them to fulfill a task. Kaylee’s brother is in need of a kidney transplant and she has exhausted all possibilities that she knows of to help him, and had made herself an outcast in the process.  She is just one of many character’s in this book and the story is told from multiple viewpoints. As students are becoming members of NEED, they notice that they are only allowed to invite other students from Nottawa High School and nowhere else.  As the membership grows, the tasks they have to perform to fulfill their wishes get increasingly dangerous and harmful to others, even resulting in deaths. Will Kaylee and the others figure out who is behind NEED in time and will they be able to save anymore of their peers from dying? Also, what has to happen for Kaylee’s wish for a kidney donor for her brother to come true?

I still have not read The Testing series by the same author, though it has been on TBR list for quite some time.  I may need to move it up some now, because I can see that it might be intriguing. The idea behind this book was really good and I can see my high school students enjoying it, but I think it could’ve been a little less confusing…maybe fewer characters to follow. I guess most of the characters were essential to the story in some way, but you went so long without reading about a few of them between their parts of the story that you forgot what happened with them in the first place. I still found myself staying up late to finish this though, and I will recommend it to students when it comes into the library.

My rating: 4/5