Friday, July 27, 2012

Book Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Siohan Dowd

Author: Patrick Ness (Writer)
            Siohan Dowd (Idea Based Off Of)
            Jim Kay (Illustrator)
Series or Stand-alone: 
            Stand Alone
 How I got it:
             Public library
Pages: 205
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy/ Horror
First Published: September 27, 2011
Buy it from: Amazon
                  Barnes & Noble
Book Trailer:
First Line(s): “The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.”

The GIST (from Goodreads): 

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.


I didn't know what to except when I started to read "A Monster Calls" other than there would be some kind of twist.

And after a few pages you kind of know how it's going to end but that doesn't make it uninteresting--or easier. It was a tough read, especially for anyone whose ever lost somebody.

You kind of know where it’s going but it still knocks the breath out of you. Basically Conor is a thirteen year old boy dealing with the day to day life of having a mother going through chemo. He’s having two different nightmares. One I won’t talk about (because it will ruin the story) but the other is about the great yew tree in view from his backyard that comes to see him at night.

There’s not much I can say that won’t give the story away. There is a great lesson to be learned here about thoughts and people. Good and bad and the line in between.


It was a quick read, but hits you right in the gut. I’ll be thinking about this one for a long time. ---10 out of 10.