Each Monday will bring a different horror… to help you cope with the horror that is Monday with the horrors that are in the fantasy world.
Horror for Today: Vampires!
Ahhh Vampires… We think of them so differently than we did a century ago. Back then they were not quit romanticized to this glamorous, otherworldly creature, but a creature of the night that is not going to seduce us but will tear out of throats if we breathe too deeply! There are so many reasons they are romanticized but what makes a great story is one in which you’re not even sure if you should or should not trust the vampire.
I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
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.
This particular story starts off in New Orleans. It’s actually almost two story lines in one. We have Adele, the main protagonist, fighting against the evils of New Orleans and even nature itself. And then we have a past character, Adeline, whom Adelle learns about through very strange circumstances.
I have to say, being someone that isn’t from but now lives in Louisiana and has been to the great N.O. multiple times, I adored every word of this. Either Alys Arden is from New Orleans or she did some massive research to be able to hit the pulse of this city so well. I was enamored with the story, yes, but this portion of it just made it all the more mysterious, and wonderful!
The characters are brilliant and truthfully N.O. is just a brilliant backdrop, and although nearly a character itself, the plot surrounds the characters and their struggle to get back to life after a hurricane devastates the area. But Adele soon learns that the storm isn’t her only worries when quite a bit of crazy stuff starts happening to and around her.
I’m torn even now between Isaac and Nicco… I loved both of them! I loved to hate both of them. I still wonder and I don’t even love reading about love triangles. Both guys just had something unique about them and I really do want to think that they both have Adele’s best interests at heart. The only one I really disliked was Emilio… oh that guy!
And I love the story telling as well. When I found out what the Casquette Girls are I have to say I was surprised. I was able to discern some of the plot lines, but not that one! And there were other secrets that were fabulous when they were revealed and some that were quite horrifying.
It is so chock full of paranormal activity and the tension ratchets up only a notch at a time so I didn’t even notice that I was trying to keep myself from speed reading so I could devour every word and yet I wanted to read faster so I could figure out what in the hell was going on! It was a battle that the book won as I got to the end probably faster than I wanted but I did inhale every word of the beautifully written text!
Horrifying in some spots. Bloody in others. Fabulous in all of it. At first it seems like you’re about to read a Catholic School Girl book but there is so much more to this story line than that. Absolutely fabulous! I really want this to be a book series!
Horror Meter: 3.5/5
Shock Factor: 3/5
Total Scare: 4/5
Similarly to the way fortheARTofit was created out of a necessity to explore the world of digital media with more anonymity, Alys Arden was born in early 2012 as part of a New Years resolution and quickly became far more than an alias. It became an alter-ego, pushing her creative capabilities, exploring identity and diving into the transformed publishing landscape. What started out to be a few writing exercises turned into her debut novel called The Casquette Girls.