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.


A Visit from the Postal Fairy

So the Postal Fairy left these two gorgeous hardcovers on my door step yesterday! I wasn’t expecting them to arrive until next week so there might have been a bit (a lot) of excited squeeing going on.

Still got a couple of books from this month’s TBR pile. I’m averaging one book a week, thanks to Directive 51. That book was seriously hard going! These two will probably wind up in my next round of TBR because I’m not sure I can wait.

Directive 51 – John Barnes

Set in mid 2020’s USA, Directive 51 opens with protagonist Heather O’Grainne investigating a social phenomenon known as ‘Daybreak’. Made up with people from all walks of life and beliefs, united by their desire to take down what they call the ‘Big System’, Daybreak is about to become a terrible reality. With civilisation rapidly collapsing as biotes and nanoswarm devour anything plastic or electronic, the US government struggles to minimise the damage and maintain control.

This isn’t just Heather’s story though; Directive 51 is told from a large number of perspectives. The reader gets a feel for what’s going on around the USA, from both sides of the conflict, but it means the story feels fragmented and, particularly in the first third of the novel, very slow to get going. It also made it kind of difficult to engage and empathise with the characters as they are pretty one-dimensional for a while. I did become invested in a few of them by the end of the novel.

The writing is dense and has a serious amount of unnecessary exposition going on (not helped by the small print in my paperback copy) so it took me a while to get through this novel. Realistically it could have been a much shorter novel (and a better one for it). It’s also very heavy on the US Constitution – most of the conflict in Directive 51 isn’t to do with Daybreak and the end of the world as we know it but with issues surrounding the continuance of government. If that kind of novel bores you to tears, I suggest you give this one a miss.

I did enjoy the sci-fi side of Directive 51, particularly how the world begins to adjust to a post-Daybreak life and technology level though, of course, some manage better than others. Being a big fan of disaster movies, I love a good apocalypse scenario and the sudden and catastrophic failure of things like plastic and electronics is a great one. I really liked the premise of Directive 51 but the overall execution wasn’t the best, sadly.

Despite my expectations, the ending left me wanting to know what happens in the rest of the series. I get the feeling that my favourite characters are never going to catch a break but that’s the point in an end of the world thriller I guess. Whether or not I actually pick up Daybreak Zero remains to be seen.

Rating: 2.5 stars.

Similar Reads: Black Monday by R. Scott Reiss (also listed as Bob Reiss).

Directive 51 was published in 2010 by Penguin Group. ISBN : 978-0-441-02041-6.

New books!

Just wanted to share the new books I picked up the other day – Marie Lu’s Legend and Marissa Meyer’s Cinder. It’s been a bit of a book buying spree this week. I also have a couple of shiny hardcovers coming from Book Depository in the next couple of weeks which is exciting.

Cause this is Thriller. Thriller night.

At the moment I’m working my way through sci-fi thriller Directive 51 by John Barnes. It’s taken me a little while to get into it but stuff is going down now. A bunch of people are dead and it looks like life as we know it is quickly coming to an end. And I’m only a third of the way in!

Aiming to finish it in the next couple of days (providing I get my uni work done) so expect a review of it soon.