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.

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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!

Old Friends

photo(6) So this is what I did yesterday! Much as I love reading new books, sometimes it’s nice to spend a day with an old favourite. Anne McCaffery’s first Pern novel, Dragonflight, is one I keep coming back to when I need a quick pick me up. Of course, having just finished the third book in Naomi Novik’s awesome Napoleonic Wars + Dragons series, Black Powder War, I was probably pretty skewed towards something else with dragons!

Others on my list of well-loved and frequently re-read favourites are:

Green Rider by Kristen Britain

“I’m a messenger…Green Rider.” The young man’s body spasmed with pain, and blood dribbled over his lip and down his chin. “The satchel on the saddle…important message for…king. Life or death. If you love Sacor… Sacoridia and its king, take it. Take it to him.”

The dying messenger is found – with two black arrows in his back –  by Karigan G’ladheon, a merchant’s daughter, who has just been cast out of the renowned school at Selium for retailiating to the torments dolled out by an aristocrat. Unwillingly, she is caught up in the designs of a deadly mage who would release ancient evils into the world, and his human cat’s-paws whose aims are more immediate. Flying from the archer whose black arrows capture the souls of their victims, and other enemies, both human and monstrous, Karigan must come of age immediately if she is to survive and warn her king of his peril.

I first picked this up in high school and fell in love with Karigan, Condor, King Zachary and pretty much everyone else in the book. So much intrigue! So many plots! The only downside to this series is the rate that new books appear, though it has been getting more frequent! The fifth installment, Mirror Sight, is due for release next month so I’ll probably be rereading the whole lot beforehand in preparation.

Sabriel by Garth Nix

For many years Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won’t stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that treacherous world – and face the power of her own extraordinary destiny.

To be fair, it’s not just Sabriel that I love. If I read this book I have to re-read the rest of the series as well. Who doesn’t love fully realised, three dimensional female protagonists on a mission to save the world? Plus there are zombies and magic.

In addition to already being totally awesome, there is a new Old Kingdom book coming! Clariel, a prequel to the series is going to be released in October this year along with these gorgeous new covers. Since my current set of novels are starting to disintergrate I will clearly have to acquire a new set!

Protector of the Small by Tamora Pierce

‘Protector of the Small’ actually covers four books, First Test, Page, Squire and Lady Knight, all of which follow Keladry of Mindelan as she strives to follow in the footsteps of her hero Lady Alanna and become a knight of Tortall. Unlike Lady Alanna, she won’t have to attempt it in secrecy by disguising herself as a boy for eight years but there are still plenty of people who would see her fail.

I think this might be my favourite Tamora Pierce series. I think it’s the one I have read the most anyway, though it’s hard to keep track since I reread a lot of her books every year. These books are full of witty dialogue and you also get to spend more time with familar characters from Pierce’s other Tortall books. Other favourite series for me would be The Circle Opens quartet and Beka Cooper books.

Do you have facourite books or series you read again and again?

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.