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Book Review 1 : 'White Night' by Ellie Marney

Book: White Night

Author: Ellie Marney

Book Rating: 4/5

For anyone that wants to read the blurb for the book, I have placed it right at the bottom of the review!

I want to give a quick personal perspective on the INKY Awards before I begin my review of the book. I am someone who tends to stick to the same authors and genres when reading. I don’t particularly venture out of my comfort zone and that’s why I am especially glad that I decided to get involved in this program. I am reading books and discovering authors that I never would have otherwise. And here’s my question for you: Why did you decide to try out for INKY Awards? (Comment down below).

Favourite Quote from the book, “White Night”:

“I decide to be brave. Being brave isn’t always about throwing your body on the line in footy clashes. Sometimes it’s about letting your heart show in your face.”

Take it however you want to, but I felt this quote when I read it. The meaning may change for each of you that reads it but promise me that you’ll keep it.

Okay, let’s start with my first and honest review of “White Night”, by Ellie Marney. I actually was looking forward to this book since I’ve heard a lot of comments about Ellie Marney (through her “Every” series which I would recommend for anyone into crime-fighting romance).

When I read the blurb of the book, I really wasn’t sure what I was expecting.   In all honesty, I was expecting just an ordinary YA novel filled with themes of friendship and teen love (maybe a bit of mystery). But, trust me when I say it’s so much more. Yes, it does talk about a (mini spoiler) cult (WOW! Yeah, I know, me too), but it encompasses so much more. At first glance, the reader will be pulled into an innocent narration about the budding friendship/romance between Bo and Rory (the two teenage main characters). The plot seems simple and crystal clear at first, but as the story progresses, the dangerous darkness that surrounds the Garden of Eden is slowly stripped. The book touches on more simplistic bases, with one of the main characters, Bo exuding the same energy as your average teenager. Ellie remembers to give us his “struggle” story as well; as he battles with his internal thoughts to discover his true passion. “White Night” beautifully intertwines gender issues in an oddly flowing manner, which contrasts to the manner in which many books tend to shove it in our faces.

The theme of teen activism and several ethical issues also share the spots for the main role in the book. But, not once does it feel “preachy”, because Ellie has somehow managed to fully dissolve it in the story’s plot.

Several other key elements that are also encompassed in the book’s plot involve an immense theme of family and communication. At some point (no spoilers), Bo’s family is met with an obstacle, that will seem unpredictable. The author uses this situation in such a marvellous way to illustrate the refreshing way the family collaborates together to handle it.  I especially loved the way Bo handled the situation (give or take a few actions though). Another favourite character of mine is Sprog (Bo’s best mate) who also has his own share of family problems. What I love about Sprog’s story is that Ellie allowed Bo and Sprog (and their squad) to stick together as friends to smoothly navigate out of the problem.

I think my review was a bit messy. But I actually really enjoyed this book. I don’t think I have the right words to describe it but when I first started the book, I thought it was just too quick. However, when I got to the last five chapters, I was literally sucked into the storyline. I know I didn’t really talk about the Garden of Eden in this review, but I did this intentionally because that’s for you to find out (when you read the book). I loved it and I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fast-paced writing.

THANK YOU FOR READING MY REVIEW! Yes, I know I promised this a week ago! Please don’t be annoyed at me 🙁 I hope everyone is doing well and as always HAPPY READING 🙂


Bo Mitchell lives in a country town and has little on his mind except for school, footy, family and friends…until he meets Rory Wild, a girl from a secretive off-the-grid community called Garden of Eden. When Bo’s family becomes engulfed in a crisis that could tear them apart, Bo finds himself drawn towards Rory and the Eden community’s way of life. But as the town comes together for the “White Night” light show, Bo realises that out at Eden the secrets might be more serious than anyone had imagined…


inky Centre for Youth Literature

Thanks for the terrific review! You've given us a real sense of the book. I'm glad being an Inky Shadow Judge is getting you out of your reading comfort zone and that you are enjoying it!

15th May, 19

Extremely glad that I got involved in the program! :)

15th May, 19