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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Crescent City Moon is a work of murder, mystery, history and the paranormal by author Nola Nash. In this superb and intriguing work, which was penned for the young adult audience, we visit the eerie world of the French Quarter of New Orleans in the 1820s to find darkness wherever we tread. Our central hero is twenty-one-year-old Zéolie Cheval, who finds her father horribly mangled and murdered, and a terrifying voice haunting her mind. When more murders occur and she feels at her most lost, Zéolie accepts the help of Officer Louis Saucier to crack the case. But even as they proceed, the young girl discovers yet more secrets about her past and some incredible abilities that she herself may possess.
For an opening novel in the Crescent City Series, this story packs a serious punch and sets a high standard indeed for future books. I love anything set in the nineteenth century and particularly the dark coming together of cultures, magic, and superstition of New Orleans. Author Nola Nash has really hit the nail on the head for authentic atmosphere, genre-blending wonders and a truly deep, gritty heart at the center of this thrilling and mature YA work. Zéolie is a marvelous central figure for the plot, lost yet capable of great power and strength as the plot progresses. The novel comprises intrigue, thrills, action, credible and exciting supernatural lore, and even a little romance story, so overall Crescent City Moon delivers a perfectly balanced package of high-quality entertainment for the YA connoisseur.