Sunday, April 26, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness


A MONSTER CALLS
Patrick Ness
Candlewick
Ages 14 - 17

An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting— he's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It's ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd— whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself— Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.

My Review:

Another tear-jerker. Yes, I admit it. The last page made me spring a leak. A MONSTER CALLS reaches deep, grabs your heart, and leaves you feeling...

Conor's mother is very sick, and has been for some time. If the nightmares aren't bad enough, then there is the yew tree which transforms into a monster every night at 12:07. But the monster isn't quite what Conor expects a monster to be. It has tales to tell--three tales. And the fourth will be Conor's.

Ness's story is one of the most memorable I've read in a long time, simple and unembellished, yet heartwrenching and real. I loved it. The moment I closed the cover (and dabbed at my smeared mascara) I handed it over to my daughter and said, "You gotta read this." And that's all I have to say to all of you...you gotta read this.



Contect Rating:

Sexuality:  None
Violence:  Moderate (but not detailed)
Profanity:  None

12 comments:

  1. Ooh! I love your blog! And more importantly, I loved your review. The storyline sounds pretty promising, and I'll try not to pay attention to the cover--it's scary. Thanks for the review! :-)

    ~Cindy

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    1. Hi Cindy,

      The cover is just one of many sketches throughout the book, which are all deliciously creepy and stunningly beautiful. I failed to mention them in my review, but they really add to the novel. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  2. Ooh! I love your blog! And more importantly, I loved your review. The storyline sounds pretty promising, and I'll try not to pay attention to the cover--it's scary. Thanks for the review! :-)

    ~Cindy

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  3. And I certainly will read it after your enthusiastic review. Great, intriguing story line. Thanks for the heads-up.

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    1. Hi Greg.

      Good to hear from you. Yes, I believe A Monster Calls should be on everyone TBR list. I wish I hadn't waited so long to read it.

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  4. This sounds intriguing. I would normally be put off by the cover (I don't like scary books), but your review makes me think this might be one I would like. Thanks for the feature!

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    1. Trust me, this is not a scary book. I actually bought it because I wanted to read some horror. Well, this isn't that at all, but I was not disappointed because it is such a wonderful, deeply heartfelt story. One of the best stories I've read in years.

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  5. I think I will have to read this one. The cover is pretty scary, but your review made me want to read it. I will definitely be checking it out. Thanks.

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  6. I'll be checking this one out :). Thanks for the review!

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  7. Patrick Ness is an astonishing author. Everything he writes is heartwrenching in a way that's hard to describe. As you say, he leaves you feeling . . .

    Have you read his Chaos Walking trilogy? Not for the faint of heart, but, wow.

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    1. Sounds right up my alley. I'll check it out.

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