A Monster Calls
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 th ...more
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First things first: This almost never happens, but I have to admit that I cried at the end of this book; I clutched my cute little kitty-kat and bawled.
However, I didn't cry because of what the book in general, necessarily, but because of what it did to me. It drags out your saddest memories and pains, kicking and screaming, makes you look them right in the face and watch them all happen all over again, no matter how much you don't want ...more
Conor's nightmares begin shortly after his mother starts her treatments for ...more
I got back to my apartment in Bulgaria and thought I'd read a little bit of this novel before I went to bed. 2 hours later I was still sat in my original position but by this time I was sobbing my heart out. Literally sat there crying like a baby to myself. I doubt this book will be everyone's cup of tea but, whatever it has, it really worked it's magic on me.
I thought A Monster Calls was pretty much amazing in every way; from it's darkly beautiful illustrations (worth buying a paper copy for) ...more
A Monster Calls has to be the most inventive book I've read this year. And I find myself struggling to put in words how much this book has touched me. But it did. If you haven't read A Monster Calls, I suggest you immediately purchase it. Don't read the e-book because you would miss out on the amazing artwork. This book is stunning. Masterfully written and beautifully drawn.
I remember the first time a book made me cry like this. I was in eighth grade in my English class, sitting under my desk i ...more
not a nice disney one with singing birds where everyone gets to go home with their prince and all of their limbs, but the older, darker kind involving foot-choppery and decimation.
lemme step back a bit. i added this book to my to-read shelf the moment i saw its cover here on goodreads.com. i knew nothing about it except that something in me bellowed "WANT!" i did not win it in the firstreads giveaway (naturally) and as more and more people began writing r ...more
Due to the spooky cover, mystifying title and evasive blurb, my mind pictured something closer to the fantasy world than our contemporary one. Yet, the author remarkably brought together the real and the unreal, inserted in the narration that which touches one, can tear another apart and is a component of what we call ‘‘life,’’ and skilfully unfolded what laid deep inside Conor hidden…in the fragile corn ...more
I have no idea how to rate it.
It is the worst book I've read.
I would never be able to recommend it,
because I hated it.
It's ripped my heart in two.
It'll make you think of losing the one person who means the most to you.
Or it'll make you think of those you've already lost.
It's not a happy book, but it's an important one.
So I’m writing a response instead. Or, I will attempt to.
I have a difficult relationship with books that deal with the subject of death and grief.
Occasionally, I find a book that is moving and re ...more
A BOOK FOR EVERYBODY
Very quick to read so if you are interested on it.
You'll find out that you'd read it in no time.
Also, it helps that it's a page turner, since the story has many elements to keep you hooked to it.
I hate to classify books for some specific age, since I think that books shouldn't have any age or genre.
Books should be read by men or women at any age and they should be as good as effective.
However, one can't deny that the author made this story thinking i ...more
The plot centers around, Connor O'Malley, a boy who suffers from strange nightmares, where the yew tree in his garden comes to life in order to tell Connor three tales and states that Connor will tell him ...more
Many tales and many lessons contribute to an individual's personal truth. However, if you're looking for something that comes close to being a one-stop-shop for all your personal emotional needs, this would be it.
A Monster Calls contains breathtaking art by Jim Kay and is paired with a story of heartbreaking artistry from Patrick Ness.
Do I recommend this book? A million times yes and a million times no. How can I recommend so ...more
“There is not always a good guy. Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere in between."
Reading this somehow transported me to my 10 year old me when my grandfather was still alive and would tell me tales, most of them either horror or something that would teach a moral lesson and I would be all ears, wide-eyed, heart pounding, completely engaged and involved, emotions guided by that deep, wise, kind voice, anxious to know how one story will end but at the same time afraid it ...more
This is why I read.
I don't always find what I'm looking for in the books I read. Most of the time, I'm disappointed. Sometimes I'm so angry because the book is so bad and God, I wasted my time and I'm never getting it back. And, damn it, if it's so bad, why even keep on reading?
You keep reading, because sometimes, you find a book that blows you away. When you start the book, you're someone. And when you finish the book, you're someone else. Someone different. Someone better.
It probably won’t surprise you to see that I’ve decided not to write this review in my usual form. This is because the ‘High Points’ would consist of just a picture of the book. The Low Points would be redundant (I can usually find a few low points, even if I adore the book, but this one… I got nothing). I can’t t ...more
Ok.. here it is....
When I was a senior in high school, I wanted to go on a big senior trip that was going to occur right after graduation. I had no money. It was just me and my 19 year old sister. The school stated that I could fundraise but that is about all I could do. My sister’s ...more
This Middle Grade book has a gloomy theme to it that fits my mood and I'm very pleased that A Monster Calls strays down the unique path. I mean, yew trees turning into walking monsters? I've never read anything like it. Like this.
Patrick Ness's atmospheric writing makes an excellent combination with (the late) Siobhan Dowd's original concept and Jim Kay's macabre, eerie illustrations together. I loved everyth ...more
I loved this book. I loved it. It is absolutely now one of my "all-time favourites". Here's why:
1) The illustrations: The artwork in this book is BEAUTIFUL. It ...more
You know the kind of crying that's so chest-heavingly horrific that you look at your face in the mirror during or after and what you see is so awful you think, "No wonder I'm single." or "If anyone saw me in this state I would definitely be single."?
The Ugly Cry.
I have wept during many books. Silent, salty tears. Or maybe a little sob escaping. Or maybe even a tough, sobering cry. But only three books have elicited the Ugly Cry.
1. Kate DiCamillo's The Miraculous Journey of Edward ...more
My motto should be “I don’t fucking get it”. Maybe I’ll change my name. Navessa (who doesn’t fucking get it). Can I drop the f-bomb in my GR name? I’m not sure. Maybe if I put q’s in there it’ll be less offensive. Navessa (who doesn’t fuqing get it). Better? No that looks kind of dumb, doesn’t it?
I use that word so much that I can’t really bring myself to butcher it anyway. And why should I? I’m not a fan of censorship. Navessa (who ...more
Boy, when you judge a book by its cover, you can be completely wrong. I read the little jacket synopsis, and I saw the creepy vibe of the illustrations, but once I started reading this I couldn’t stop. It’s not what I expected, at all which is also a big reason why I loved it.
Conor is a thirteen year old boy whose mother is battling cancer. One night he starts having nightmares of a monster that comes to his house and starts ta ...more
“Stories are wild creatures. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?”
Rating: 5/5 stars
I have tried countless times to put my thoughts for A Monster Calls into a review, but it never seems right.
This book is a haunting, raw story about grief, and letting go. Conor's mom is suffering from terminal cancer, and he has to learn to deal with the effects. Perhaps, the monster created out of the yew tree in his backyard is a figment of Conor's imagination, or maybe it was actua ...more
“Stories are wild creatures, the monster said. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?”
“Your mind will believe comforting lies while also knowing the painful truths that make those lies necessary. And your mind will punish you for believing both.”
This book... I don't know what to say. There's nothing I can actually say to express how beautifully written and heart-wrenching this book was. A Monster Calls is the first book that I've read by Patrick Ness and...more
This is by far one if my all time favourite books and one of the very few that had actually made me cry, in fact I was pretty much blubbering at the end with tears running down the inside of my reading glasses. I NEVER cry reading books, until this one.
This is a work of art, so moving, so tragic, so raw, so sad, so beautiful, so good. It's so hard to put into words.
It's about a young boy who lives with his mum wh ...more
"Stories don't always have happy endings."
This stopped him. Because they didn't, did they? That's one thing the monster had definitely taught him. Stories were wild, wild animals and went off in directions you couldn't expect."
Having experienced a similar situation to Conor when I was around the same age, you think I'd be prepared for the emotions this book would trigger. I wasn't.
Conor's mum is dying of cancer. No one is being honest about what's really going on. His mum smiles ...more
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He has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Co ...more