Aug 26, 2013

"A Monster Calls" by Patrick Ness

Title: A Monster Calls

Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd

Author: Patrick Ness

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Publication date: August 27th, 2013

My rating: 5 of 5

(Book read on July 19th, 2013 - from a copy received from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange of an honest review.)   


An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.

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.


My Thoughts on the Book:

Every once in a while, this happens to me. I come across a brilliant book, that it's amazing & I think that everyone should read it, but I have no idea how to review it. I guess I feel like my words just aren't enough. A Monster Calls is definitely one of those rare books.

First of all, I have to mention that although I've heard about Patrick Ness' awesomeness as an author, this was my first taste of his writing, and I absolutely loved it, and I totally want to read more from him. His writing style was amazing - imaginative, eerie, fun, full of emotions, and it will capture your attention quite easily, you won't be able to stop reading.

A Monster Calls is a beautiful & heartbreaking story, with a wonderful message, that I think anyone can relate to, so it was also quite realistic, too. The idea & the ending, and everything about it was just perfect, and so sad, but amazing. I don't really want to say anything more (I'll admit, I just got tears in my eyes again just thinking about this book), because I don't won't to spoil it, but it's an amazing tale about death, loss & continuing on, so I highly recommend this book to anyone, no matter what genre they prefer to read, or how old they are. You wouldn't want to miss this book, so yeah, it's a must-read for everyone!


  1. This was a wowser of a book for me, too. There are some books you just want to say, "Can't explain it...just go buy it!"

    1. Yeah, exactly, that's the perfect description :D I'm glad you loved it, too :)