In the past three weeks, I’ve been lucky enough to attend three incredible #LoveOzYA book launches. I’ve eaten cake, caught up with some of the most passionate bookish Melbournians, and had the chance to get my books signed and chat with these amazing authors. So today I’d like to share some photos and videos from these launches, as well as mini reviews of the novels that were launched!
White Night was one of my most anticipated #LoveOzYA reads of this year, and it certainly didn’t let me down. I mean… CULTS. HOW EXCITING! I’ve been DYING to pick up a book about cults for ages (and yes, I’ve had Lili Wilkinson’s The Boundless Sublime on my TBR for, like, two years) and so I was incredibly excited to see how White Night would play out. And I certainly wasn’t disappointed. White Night was an intriguing book that showed you the alluring side of cults and how and why these types of groups exist.
One of the things I was most surprised by was finding out that Ellie herself used to be in a cult. While this isn’t something I’ve experienced, I felt that the way in which she wrote about the cult was incredibly well done. But not just that — she explored the ways in which cults sell themselves and what makes people join them. The cult in this book wasn’t some group of people that did witchcraft or went on murder sprees. A lot of what they did made sense and sounded like something we could all be pulled into, and that’s what was scary about it. It was just so fascinating to see the realities of how cults recruit members, instead of the way in which the media portrays cults. Read More »