Saturday, January 21, 2012

Book Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Title: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Genre: Horror
Where I got it: Mid Manhattan Library (ebook)
Read it in: 2 days
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.(Taken from Amazon)

I've been trying to find the words to describe this incredible tale. I think I've finally got a few:

Stunning: There are pictures in this book, oh yes. I normally hate it when authors do that. It never gives me the opportunity to imagine, but these illustrations are perfect and spare. The are strategically placed and haunting.

Breathtaking: I don't quite understand the MC Conor. I don't get why he is the way he nor do I know anyone like him - but Patrick Ness makes the character unapologetically authentic and original. I'm astonished by the things that happen to Conor and what he says and does. And I'm most taken aback by his secret...

Otherworldly: The language "The Monster" uses ("That's why I came walking"), the tales he weaves into Conor's life, the twists and turns make me feel like this story transcends its genre.

Unforgettable: Will I ever forget this story? Doubt it. We read so many books in a year that we sometimes don't take time to savor the outstanding ones. I think it's safe to say that this tale will linger with me for a long time.

When it comes down to it, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness is truly a winner. If you're into books that have a slight creepiness (okay probably more than slight) factor and an overall foreboding nature, do yourself a favor and pick this up.


  1. awsome
    bummr it's not in bookstores here

  2. Hi Lah! Another great review. This book looks a bit creepy but I really liked the cover. :)

  3. This book broke my heart - then to know that it was the idea of Siobhan Dowd before Cancer took her life? Absolutely gutwrenching.

    I'm glad you enjoyed it though :)

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

    1. My God!! I didn't know that before and it makes the story that much more amazing!! So sad.

  4. Everyone has been so amazed with this book. I'm very curious.

  5. This is one of the best books I have ever read. I absolutely loved it.


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