"To find out what a story's really about,' the Librarian said,

'you don't ask the writer. You ask the reader."

- SNOW & ROSE by Emily Winfield Martin

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Review: A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness (YA)

by Patrick Ness
From an original idea by Siobhan Dowd
Illustrated by Jim Kay
Release date: September 15th, 2011
Published by: Candlewick Press 
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Format read: Hardcover


The monster showed up after midnight. 
As they do.

But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming...

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.


This book. There will never be enough words. My heart aches. So much. 

This is a book that you will have to read for yourself. 
I cannot tell you what it is about. I will do no justice in trying to summarize Conor's story. 
Nor the Monster's story. 
I do not trust my words. I will fail.

You will feel things. Many emotions. You will need something to wipe your tears away... 
And when you are done reading, you may need someone close by to hug. To hold you.

As a mother of three boys, this is one of my biggest nightmares. I don't know if this book would have affected me so severely had I read it before having children... 

There are a handful of books that have touched me. That I carry within my heart.
There is only one other book that I cannot speak about; one that I instantly cry over every time I think about it... this book has now joined that one.
But this book... will probably be the only one, that will forever live inside my soul.

Mr. Patrick Ness... thank you.



  1. Yay! It's on my shelves, ready to be read. Patrick Ness can really make the feels happen.

    1. *ahem* Sorry, commented under the wrong Google ID

  2. Yes, definitely. SO MUCH LOVE. I knew you'd love it. :)

  3. I read this one and really enjoyed it. I did cry but I wasn't completely 100% connected with it and maybe that is because I don't have children.
    Thanks for the great review, I'm really glad you enjoyed this book so much.


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