Fantasy, Review, Young Adult

A Monster Calls | Patrick Ness

Publisher: Candlewick Press
Published: 27/08/2013
Genre: Young Adult. Fantasy.
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis (Goodreads)
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.

Oh wow… I am heartbroken. This book… I was drawn in from the very first page. And when that happens, you know that it is going to be a good book.

This is the first novel by Patrick Ness that I have ventured to read (a lot of people have recommended his Chaos Walking Trilogy and will get there eventually) and it definitely did not disappoint. The writing style is very easy to follow and it holds your attention until the last page.

The main thing that I didn’t like all that much about A Monster Calls was the ending. For me, it was very abrupt and I like to think that Ness could have maybe stretched it out for a couple more pages, just to give a longer, and for me, more satisfying ending to what was, overall, a great novel.


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