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Thursday, October 20, 2011

"A Monster Calls"

by Patrick Ness, YA, 2011, 205p, rating=5

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. (Goodreads)

If you're looking for a book that will touch your soul, look no further!  Books like this is the reason that I love to read!!

An absolute exquisite book.  I expect multiple book award recognition.  In fact, tell me how I can nominate and vote and this will be my pick.  It's that great.  Seriously, if your heart still beats, you will be touched.  Really, don't miss out on this book.  A true must read.

It's times like this that I wish that words come easily to me.  I've been mulling over giving this book a proper review for three days now and I am stuck!  So, I simply have to be content with the proclamations above and just direct you to three excellent reviews that pretty much articulated what I would have liked to have expressed:

Adam @Roof Beam Reader
Chachic @Chachic's Book Nook
Tina @One More Page


  1. Oh, gosh! I want to read this even more! I honestly forgot all about this book grabbing my attention a while ago. Is it available in stores/amazon now?

    Since you seem to like books that make you think/feel... Have you read Going Underground? (Amazing) or The Probability of Miracles? (equally amazing)

  2. Yes, this book is available now. Thanks for the book suggestions ..I'll look into those (they're not in my library so I'll have to go to the bookstore).

  3. Thanks for linking to my review!

    I was very impressed by this one as well - it is definitely a touching and original story.

    I'm typically not into stories that use pictures as story-telling devices (this doesn't include classics, like Dickens and Twain, which were slightly illustrated, of course) but this one falls into a small category of excellent books, such as The Little Prince and Blankets, that use text and pictures so very well, it's impossible not to fall in love.

    This one just happens to be a bit darker (which I like).

  4. The pictures really were beautiful. As was the story. I just had to stress that again. Lol

  5. This is the second amazing review of this book I've seen. I really must get my hands on it!

  6. You're welcome Adam. I really did enjoy your review. --Yes, love the illustrations..& the story. :)

    @Sam --yes, right away! ;)

  7. I love books that leave you at a loss in explaining how good they are. Sounds like I need to check this one out. Thanks for sharing.


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