By: Melanie | February 15, 2013 | (2) Comments

Title: A Monster Calls
Author: Patrick Ness
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: YA, fantasy, horror
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Pages: 215 (hardcover)
How I Got the Book: Borrowed it
For More Information: Goodreads Link

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.

Patrick Ness conflicts this effect on me. It’s called; omgithinkivegonementallydisabled and iwantmoremoremore! After The Chaos Walking Trilogy, I was left wounded and when I found out that he wrote this lovely-creepy looking book, I went just a little insane. So get prepared for an insane review of A Monster Calls.

Conor has nightmares, about a monster. Then one night, Conor wakes up at midnight to see a monster. But it isn’t ‘the’ monster from his dreams, it’s a different monster which happens to do two things;tell tales and demand the TRUTH But what is the truth? Conor has a mother at the brink of death, a father who rarely visits, a grandma who doesn’t have much of a connection with Conor and a school that misunderstands him. So why on world would a monster demand for the truth to such a miserable, disconnected life?

Siobhan Dowd had originally created these characters, premise and a beginning to this unfinished book. She had everything but time. Patrick Ness, was asked if he could finish this book. With reluctance and thought, this beauty was born. Thank you Siobhan Dowd for such a great story line. This is my favourite book by you just as it is of Patrick Ness.

Middle grade fiction is something hard to do well if your going to have YA and adults reading this as well. But Patrick Ness speeds through that easily like many other MG authors like Rick Riordan. In fact my top two favourite authors ARE Patrick Ness and Rick Riordan. There is something so damn special about them that makes them lyrical, intriguing, humorous and intense. (I do think its because they are like picture books story tellers, shortly written but beautiful and emotional just the same. A bit like THE GIVING TREE)

Conor is a likeable figure of the book. This thirteen year old has great strength in his mind and courage. I felt immediately attached to him after the first paragraph.
“Go away,” Conor whispered into the darkness of his bedroom, trying to push the nightmare back, not let it follow him into the world of waking. “Go away now”
After that, I found Conor to be strong willed, determined and clear minded. Not one of those clueless dull headed characters.

I enjoyed the book head to toe, a little sad to see the book finish I cried my freaking eyes out to see such an amazeballs story end and I demand another series by Patrick Ness! I really enjoyed the plot Siobhan created, I think Patrick Ness did a great job developing it and making it expand to make people sob so much. The monster was rather annoying at first with his cryptic sayings but as the story progressed I send love and
These drawings to my friends are described as ‘creepy and weird’ my description? I think no other artist (Jim Kay) could have depicted or thought of any better pictures to go with Patrick and Siobhan’s story. I love all of you three and hope to see more of your works in the future RIGHT NOW THIS SECOND.

Overall, I thought that A Monster Calls was a great novel by Patrick Ness which really deserves more publicity. It deserves more (in my opinion) than Harry Potter, Twilight, Fallen and all those hyped books with no reason. Read it. ANYONE.


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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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2 Responses to A Monster Calls By Patrick Ness

  1. Anonymous says:

    I loved this book so much! So glad you did too 🙂

  2. Wow! We have the same thoughts about the book and the author! Ness is really a genius, and this book should be read once by everyone!
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