Moth Girls – Anne Cassidy

moth girls

Helplessly drawn like moths to the light, two girls go missing in an evocative and gripping tale . . .

They called them the Moth Girls because they were attracted to the house. They were drawn to it. Or at least that is what is written in the newspapers that Mandy reads on the anniversary of when her two best friends went missing. Five years have passed since Petra and Tina were determined to explore the dilapidated house on Princess Street. But what started off as a dare ended with the two girls vanishing. As Mandy’s memories of the disappearance of her two friends are ignited once again, disturbing details will resurface in her mind.

I was given this book by Tori from The YA Circle because she is a generally fab person. As such, I feel honour bound to actually post a review of it! Also, I had totally forgotten I had a book blog for a while there and was mostly using Tumblr and Instagram. Whoops!

Moth Girls is set in London and swaps between present day and five years earlier when Petra and Tina went missing. The two periods are narrated by Mandy (present) and Petra (past) respectively. I have to say I enjoyed Petra’s sections a lot more. I felt they were a lot more compelling than what Mandy was getting up to five years later (mostly guilt and boy problems). It’s not all that surprising since Petra’s sections is where the actual events leading up to the disappearance occur. I spent a lot of time trying to preempt what was going to happen and was pleasantly surprised when I didn’t figure it all out.

The characterisations of the three girls and their families are really well done as well. Mandy, Tina and Petra are all very different girls and well developed characters. How they interact with each other is very believable which I loved. Even though we don’t get to see any of the events through Tina’s perspective she still stands up as well as Mandy and Petra.

Overall it was a solid book and I enjoyed it but it’s not likely to be one I’ll reread. I don’t read a lot of contemporary YA since I prefer fantasy/dystopia/sci fi etc but if that’s more your style you may love this.

Rating: 3.5 stars

Similar Reads: Risk by Fleur Ferris, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.

Moth Girls was published in 2016 by Hot Key Books. ISBN: 9781471405112.


Currently Reading: Symbiont

Symbiont 2


Symbiont 1

Currently Reading:

Symbiont by Mira Grant // Parasitology #2

The SymboGen parasites were created to relieve humanity of disease and sickness. But the implants in the majority of the world’s population began attacking their hosts, turning them into a ravenous horde.

Panic spreads as these predators begin to take over the streets. In the chaos, Sale and her companions must discover how the parasites are taking over their hosts – and how they can be stopped.

Curling up with supplies for my reading today. 😀 The window is one of my favourite places to read. It’s no window seat but the sill is large enough for me to keep all sorts of things close at hand!

Maybe I Have a Problem?? (or More Covers)

So I’ve been making a few of these the last couple of days. Housemate Jade is pretty convinced I have some kind of addiction right now. <.<;;

Coralyn is the other half of our Adelaide Nano blogging team and our Not-So-Resident e-ML. She’s up in BrisVegas this year but has refused to swap her region over because we’re all so totally awesome in Adelaide. XD

Midori Cover Coralyn

Housemate Jade has been working on Mythicals for a couple of Nanos now and it features the fictional couple of my heart: Adelaide and (Agent) Jones, pictured below by the v. beautiful Emma Stone and Jenson Button.

Mythicals Cover Jade Daniel


I also decided to redo my own Nano cover since the first one I did in about five minutes and I wasn’t really happy with the font. Hopefully I can come up with a better title during November! Only a couple more days until Nanowrimo!


Tidal Force Cover 2

More Procrastinating, More Covers!

So I found myself with some time on my hands again today. Or rather, I found some time that probably should have been spent on planning my novel/housework/other adult ventures but instead I decided to surprise some friends with their own Nanowrimo covers!

I’m only posting one at the moment as I haven’t got the okay to share the second cover yet, but enjoy!

The Arrivals Cover Calli Adams

Photo by Rhys Logan.

I made this one for my friend Mel/Calli who is one half of our Adelaide region blogging team. Her novel is about an alien species who come to Earth promising a new era of love and harmony but not everyone believes this is their real purpose in coming.

My Nanowrimo 2014 Cover

Because I totally have other things I should be doing right now, I decided it was the perfect time to slap together a cover for my Nanowrimo novel this year!

tidal force cover

I’m not 100% happy with the font but it was just a quick job. Yes, I know I don’t have my name on it. XD

If you’re of the graphic designer persuasion (or similar) you might also want to check out the tag #coverme on Twitter. The goal is to link designers with some spare time to give and authors who would love a cover! You can find more info on it here.

Photo care of Elena Kalis.

10 Reasons to be a Nanowrimo Participant


This post went up on my Nanowrimo region’s twitter the other night after an online ‘Plot In’ session. Since I’m supposed to be working on uni essays at the moment, of course I spent some time creating a handy poster with my reasons!

10 reasons to nano


Anyone else doing Nanowrimo this year? 🙂 You can find me on the Nanowrimo site under Riverwings. I’d love some more writing buddies! 😀

The Most Important Part of Moving House (aka Organising My Bookshelves)

TBR YAFinally getting my bookcases sorted out after moving! Usually I like to have my books sorted by genre and then alphabetically by author but since moving in with Jade I’ve lost some shelf space. I’ve also acquired a lot of books from some friends recently. As a consequence, most of my shelves are now double stacked.

I was trying to work out how I was going to organise everything for ages but I think I’ve finally hit on the best solution! I’m still sorting everything by genre and alphabetically but I’ve decided to split my collections so all the books I haven’t read yet (which there are a lot of… >.<) are all at the front.

The picture is my new, shiny, organised YA collection! (Click to enlarge if you like to stalk bookcases like me!) I had figured that my YA collection was split about 50/50 with books I had and hadn’t read so I was pleasantly surprised to see I actually had just over a shelf of extra space on the unread side of things. I’m pretty sure I won’t have a heap of space left over on my other genre bookcases.

I’ve been told I need to get a move on and read Earth Girl and The 5th Wave. I’m also really looking forward to Matched, Quiver and City of a Thousand Dolls. Anything you’ve read and loved on these shelves? Or hated? Let me know in the comments!