I was really looking forward to reading this novel, and I was not disappointed! When I first received this book I was truly intrigued by the cover. (It is not the cover that is shown now on Goodreads or other places, I believe they changed the cover and for the life of me I can't figure out why. But, I digress.) The premise further enhanced my anticipation of this novel; a riddle about five girls with powers to keep the monsters at bay. I had no prior knowledge of the meaning behind the term "casquette girl" and was genuinely interested in the history. The combination of all these elements lead me to hungrily devour this book.
This book does not let the reader down, but there are a few minor things that keep it from being one of my top picks. First the good, this book is well crafted and paces the reader and a steady tempo to allow you both time to digest the occurrences and wonder to the mystery. The detail in conveying the destruction of the storm was magnificent! I totally believed in this world and was vividly transported to this alternate New Orleans, which is obviously beloved by the writer. The visual cues were spot on and had me imagining being in each place with the characters. The interwoven history be it fictional or not, was absolutely marvelous! It was just enough to provide the backdrop to the story without overwhelming the reader with too much information and dragging the story's pace.
Where I was a bit disappointed was in the character development. It was hit and miss for me on some of the leading characters. Much of it had to do with their motivation and why they acted or reacted to certain situations. I do not want to give anything of the story away, but my hope is that some of the confusion as to why certain people were drawn to others will be explained in the next books. This should in no way stop you from going and reading this novel, it really is a minor nit-pick observation in the back of my mind. I highly recommend this book, and it is appropriate for young adults.