Crescent City Moon

Book 1 in the Crescent City Series

Young Adult - Paranormal
176 Pages
Reviewed on 01/05/2020
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Author Biography

Originally from south Louisiana, Nola Nash now makes her home in Brentwood , Tennessee, with her three children. Growing up in Baton Rouge, she spent long hours onstage or backstage in the local community theaters, or writing stories that refused to leave her head any other way than to be put on paper. Her biggest inspiration was the city of New Orleans that gave her at an early age a love of the magic, mystery, and history. There are few better places for her to dream up stories than walking through the French Quarter or Garden District imagining what those places could tell.
When she isn't writing, Nola is teaching middle school English, which means she gets to play with words all day while dodging hormones and drama. Except for the school plays and musicals, that is. Then, she's the one creating the drama. If the weather is warm enough, she's out on her balcony tending her garden and suburban wildlife that hang out there. If the weather isn't great, she's geeking out over BBC America. When she can, Nola sneaks a few minutes to meditate (only a few minutes because meditating can lead to naps and those make her discombobulated.) She also considers tacos and coffee major food groups.

    Book Review

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.