A Monster Calls: Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd by Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls: Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd

byPatrick Ness, Jim Kay, Siobhan Dowd

Kobo ebook | September 27, 2011

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NOW A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor, featuring stunning artwork by Jim Kay.

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.

Title:A Monster Calls: Inspired by an idea from Siobhan DowdFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 27, 2011Publisher:Candlewick PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:076365633X

ISBN - 13:9780763656331

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unexpected tears I read the reviews and I ended up giving this book a try. Super glad I did. This book ended up telling a story while giving a lot of little pieces of advice on relationships, dealing with emotions and hardships. I cried at the end and I did not expect it at all, I kept thinking the book was horror at first (some pics are not that pleasant to see at night) but after finishing it, it's not horror at all looking back
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing A surprising so called children book. Graphics in this book is amazing. And with the way the book was put together, a lot of the paintings weave nicely into the story. The story is a little suspenseful and weird, but I like how it depicted a child's family problems and thoughts.
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Good, Sad Book This book was very creative and thoughtful. It really made me think about how we treat people who are going through a hard time.
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, Jim Kay (Illustrator), Siobhan Dowd (Conception) This was an unexpected surprise. I was anticipating a horror story. Instead, I got a story of bravery, loss, hope, and a journey to acceptance. A Monster Calls is a middle grade children's book, but it's a children's book in the way that Roald Dahl or Shel Silverstein wrote children's books--that is, the surface stories are certainly well-written and compelling, but underneath that are the themes of confusion and loneliness and sadness that elevate them to timeless works of literature. And while A Monster Calls Chooses to confront its demons more literally than some other books may, it does so with such fierce intelligence and ease that it never feels didactic or forced. The words themselves are powerful and full of terrible beauty and latent emotion. But if you're able, do try to get your hands on a copy of the hardcover, which is illustrated with wildly expressive artistry that complement the story perfectly and captures exactly the right feel for the book.
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from completely worth the read this book deals with heavy and heartbreaking issues in such a creative and unique way. definitely worth the read i highly recommend it
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE love this book so much! really enjoy the idea and the illustrations are beautiful
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well Written A beautiful book with even more beautiful illustrations (I highly recommend the hard cover copy). The novel featured a different perspective on cancer and the emotional/physical drag that can occur, as well as the fight to overcome the defeat of disease.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from not what I was expecting at all, but well worth the read This book deals with heavy issues in such an amazing way. I didnt expect to love it as much as I did
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! Great book, art work is dark and beautiful!
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of his best books yet A must read, very gripping and heartbreaking, such a good story
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST lease excuse my ramblings, I read A Monster Calls in three hours and I am still extremely emotional. I should not have been given access to a computer after such a powerful book. As I am writing this, there are still tears coursing down my face--black from my mascara. I may look like something straight out of a horror movie, but my soul feels lighter somehow. I was fooled into thinking this would be a simple story as it is only 200 pages, but it is not. It is so not. This book is raw and emotional and cathartic. It deals with grief, loss, and anger in ways I have never read about before, but only experienced. I don't know what else to say except that everyone should read this book at least once.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow Blew me away, a must read.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book A truly phenomenal book. I loved it.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Very well written, great story, the end really hits you with reality (a refreshing change from happily ever afters)
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful story Really enjoyed this beautiful story of coming to terms with loss.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Story This book really shows that when we face our demons, we may be looking him right in the eye, but maybe he isn't the greater demon. Maybe the greater demon is the truth we fail to accept, the fact that we think will destroy us, but in reality will set us free!
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from so powerful. I love the way this book was portrayed. Everything about it felt so real and I could feel the pain and sorrow inside it.
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Emotionally driven This book was well written, very good at showing a characters feelings by showing rather than telling. The book was somewhat ambiguous at times, but ultimately conveyed its meaning with clarity and passion. It was great.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Moving This story was so incredibly moving. My mom had cancer a few years ago, and while it was in the very early stages and easily taken care of, and she's fine today, I still felt some crazy powerful emotions through that time, and this book brought back those memories. It made me cry more an once, and I know I'll bawl watching the movie, but I'm looking forward to it.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Its not often I give a book 5/5 but I was so surprised but how powerful this book was. I could not put it down!
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! Its not often I give a book 5/5 but I was so surprised but how powerful this book was. I could not put it down!
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful Its not often I give a book 5/5 but I was so surprised but how powerful this book was. I could not put it down!
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This book was great, and now I just want to see the movie!
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Put -- Tears. To say I loved reading this novel is an understatement. It was a privilege to read such a beautiful piece of work. I was incredibly moved by this story and its powerful message. I think this is a novel that everyone should read at least once in their life as it highlights a subject that effects us all -- death. It is a story of compassion, bravery, love and loss. After you closed this book you will want to go straight to your Mother's house and hug her for a while.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly heartbreaking and beautiful An incredibly beautiful story about loss and resilience. One of the best books I've read lately.
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty good I bought this, not realizing it is more of a young adult book. I still enjoyed reading it, but gave it to my niece after. I like the story and the characters. A fine book.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Monster in (Patrick) Ness From today onward I will refer to Patrick Ness only as the (Loch)Ness Monster. Why? Because he is indeed a monster. My heart has been viciously torn out of my chest and swallowed. Whole. This is by no means a light-hearted children's book. This is an emotional exploration of the child psyche under trauma disguised as a fairy tale picture book. Beware; this book will ravage you. You will be demolished. You have been warned. My only concern with this incredible story is the last "truth" of the monster. If you read it than you know what I am referring to. In my opinion it wasn't explored enough and the gravity of that truth was described only implicitly. Overall, 4.5 out of five stars.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVED this book The story line is phenomenal, the characters are so beautifully developed, and Patrick Ness writing style is one of my favorites. I forced my little sister, who does not like to read, to read this and she LOVED it. She asked me to borrow another book, because this one left her with a newfound love for reading. I have the edition with the artwork, I would recommend getting that one because Jim Kay's artwork is gorgeous. 4.5/5, not the absolute best book I've ever read, but it definitely deserves a read.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful It was a beautiful story, and the movie was also done really well. I didn't expect to feel as much as I did with this one. Definitely recommend, the message goes for all ages.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I wasn't expecting to cry so much This story was really powerful, and I wasn't expecting that at all. The message from this book really stays with you. Definitely read it; it'll make you into an emotional wreck.
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent book This book was good enough that I continued to read it however it did not excite me or pull me in very much. I wanted more from this book.
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love! such a sad and powerful story, with incredible illustrations!!
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing! such a powerful story that will stay with you. The illustrations are amazing!!
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it this book is sad yet worth reading
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So good, so sad, so worth reading 4.5 Stars. My heart's a mess right now. At first this book reminded me of The Iron Giant and Coraline with echoes from the Deathly Hallows' "The Tale of the Three Brothers" but then it grows into something more, a book about healing, and by the end I just couldn't believe how well it was crafted. This book was so well written. The book is about a young boy named Conor whose mother is dying of cancer. He is visited by a monster who is also a giant Yew Tree at night (12:07 precisely) and tells him three fairytale-like stories with a highly atmospheric description and a twist. That's all I can say about the summary without being too spoiler-filled for those who have not read it yet. What is particularly magical about the way this really depressing story is told is the use of language and metaphor (and sometimes allegory). This is a book I would teach and discuss at length. It's highly memorable and I expect it to haunt me forever. Here are just some lines that stayed with me: "there is not always a good guy. Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere in between" (70). "And if no one sees you...are you really there at all?" (163). "But there are harder things than being invisible" (171). "You must tell the truth or you will never leave this nightmare...you will be trapped here alone for the rest of your life" (204).
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sad yet profound While it is a simple story it conveys a lot of emotion and realism. It tells the story from a young boys perspective and how he is dealing with uncontrollable things happening in his life. Whether or not it is a fantasy created by his imagination it helps him come to terms with the truth and helps him to be alright with it. I highly recommend this book, don't pass it up just because it sounds childish and simplistic.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this! It was amazing!! Loved this. It's emotional.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was amazing! Get your tissues ready! This book is so beautiful.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quick and Easy With all the hype surrounding this book I decided to check it out. While it wasn't amazing, it was pretty decent. It is a quick and easy read, so it is not as if it takes up much of your time (I finished it in a couple hours). It is definitely something I would recommend as it has a valuable life lesson in it.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Simply Lovely! Am i the only one who thought the book was unpredictable? I was totally taken aback by the ending, in which i was totally left in tears. Trust me. If you haven't got your self a copy yet, regardless of your age, please do so. It's a truly amazing read. #Plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Simply Lovely! Am i the only one who thought the book was unpredictable? I was taken aback by the ending, in which i was totally left in tears. Trust me. If you haven't got your self a copy yet, regardless of your age, please do so. It's a truly amazing read. #Plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing A beautifully tragic and realistic representation of mental illness.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice An original book, which really demonstrates a boys inner turmoil while dealing with the fact of his mothers illness
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Don't believe the hype While I enjoyed some elements of this book, overall it wasn't what I expected. At certain points while reading it felt as though Patrick Ness got sloppy with the writing, and it ended up feeling like it was thrown together quickly. I also felt that it merely scratched the surface of dealing with grief. This book would probably be most suitable for kids between the ages of 9-12.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent #plumreview I understand this book has now been made into a movie. I liked reading it, although tissues were needed by the end. Not sure what age group this book is for, but I would be cautious about giving it to someone too young or sensitive. Well written and illustrated, a very good way to introduce a child to loss and grieving.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great concept, amazing art A poignant book about dealing with grief with a unique conceit (a monster, storytelling--if you're an adult reading this, you should also check out the horror movie The Babadook) and the art is really lovely. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking... I don't know how to review this book without spoiling the whole thing. An absolutely breathtaking story with so many powerful messages. I could hardly read the last page through my tears.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 heartbreaking stars How do you review a book that was so heartbreaking? How do you review a book that was so deeply sad that you felt the sadness settle deep into your core? How do you tell someone to read a book that made you cry and you know will make the next reader cry? How? Those questions I cannot answer. I will however tell you this book is written so beautifully. It is a book that adults will struggle to accept and I cannot imagine how it would affect a child. Going in I actually had no idea what it was about. I knew it was a children's book, that's about it. I thought it was a fantasy read because of the artwork but it is in fact a contemporary read. To speak more of this will conjure tears. This was one of the most important books I have read this year.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Riding on Night Mares and talking to corn fields A book about a strange boy, his hero brother, a kidnapped girl, Rude boys, a homely girl, a gossipy town, bees and kittens and chickens and a gap that leads to a fantasy land. I was expecting another meh teen book, but it was actually really good.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED THIS BOOK i am soo glad i bought this book. Next stop watch the movie.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Wow. Patrick Ness is an insanely beautiful writer. I read this book all in one sitting and loved every page. I'm not going to be forgetting this one anytime soon!
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting This was a wonderful novel, it keeps you interested. Just wonderful, I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Read Read this recently because I wanted to watch the movie. Oh, it was so good, even the movie is good. You should check it out.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great A beautiful short story about a tough topic. I felt for Conor every step of the way. I think Patric Ness did a fantastic job of writing from a child's perspective and teaching both Conor and the reader lessons along the way.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it | couldn't put the book down. I found the monster very intriguing because at the beginning I wasn't sure what the monster's purpose was. Towards the middle you can start to guess. The message in this book is really deep and heartfelt which many can relate to. Get the tissues ready! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic What a great read. Even if you aren't into YA literature you will love this-if not you have no heart. I cried. I am looking forward to the movie.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! #plumreview - I started reading this book around 6:30pm and finished it by 10pm the same night. For being a relatively short story, at least compared to most books I read, it sure packed quite a punch. The monster was so intriguing that I could not put the book down, and while not having as much character development as I typically prefer, I found myself totally invested in the main character. In addition, though I guessed the purpose of the monster a little more than half way in, I was still so wrapped up in the story and eager to see it through that I was not disappointed by the transparency of the plot. This story just has that special something. Overall, a fantastic read, a good tear jerker and a great message.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book. A gem of a book. With a really profound message, that everyone can relate to.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Much Truth, So Few Pages "Stories are wild creatures. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc might wreak?" I loved the dichotomy of dreams and reality, truths and half truths. This is a book for anyone who has experienced loss...which really means it is a book for everyone. I haven't yet read a more poignant depiction of grief.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This has become one of my favourite books of all time. Ruby's writing is beautiful, and the haunting tale of Bone Gap is just eerie enough to immerse you in this strange little town. If you're looking for a beautiful read that's not too difficult, this is the book for you.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I have never cried so much while reading a book!
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting A very unique story. Patrick Ness is a great author.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WONDERFUL unique and original, great read!!
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read! This is not a book that I would have typically chosen to read. It was my book club read for February. I have read "more than this" by the same other (also a book club book from last year) and it wasn't a bad book by any means it just wasn't my type of book. This was a bit closer to something I would read without me realizing that that was the case. It was quick to capture my attention and even a quicker read as I read it in one sitting. All in all a good book that really gets you thinking. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Emotional and Life Altering I loved this book and the story and deeper meaning behind it changed my life forever. The Stories within the story made the plot even more beautiful. So many lessons can be learned from A Monster Calls. To be completely honest I thought the book would be better then it was but it was still great. Inspiring and a short read!
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good very good book! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful AMAZING CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, LOVELY BOOK
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book broke me For real, I don't think a book has made me cry so hard since Jack died in By the Shores of Silver Lake. Beautiful story, beautiful artwork.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow. I'm crying. I've been crying for the last 50 or more pages of this book and I'm still drying my tears as I write this review. This book was so many things for me. Confusing at times. Eerie at times. Heartbreaking a LOT of the time. I don't want to give too much away but this book deals with grief, illness, human nature, the inevitability of a certain thing that a lot of people (myself included) like to avoid or be ignorant of. The concept of this book and how the monster ties into the story as well as the many thought-provoking lines were all very well carried out. And even though I was unsure of my rating as I was reading it, when the book came to an end I was certain that this book deserved five stars. <b><i>"Stories are important. They can be more important than anything. If they carry the truth."</i></b>
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking I bought this a while back without realizing what it was. Once I started it I couldn't put it down! Beautiful and heartbreaking but absolutely necessary. Never have I read something that struck so many chords with how we view illness, hope, and loss; and then how we may see that through the eyes of a child. Quickly one of my new favourites.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You have to read this book I have never felt words like I did when reading this book. It fits together perfectly and is just amazing.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I quickly made my way through this book and will be happily gifting others to friends/family. Great read - it should be 'THE' book you pick up and read right now and something to be shared and read for years to come. Well done!
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Emotional and poignant One of the best portrayals of grief out there. I simply loved it!
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book! This book! I don't know what else I can say about this book. It was so beautiful and emotional.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this!! I finished this book very quickly. It was emotional, and had beautiful writing. Quickly became a favourite.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very original! This is definitely one of my favourite books, and I usually don't pick up books with storylines such as this. (I prefer horror-type books) It was extremely well written, and makes you want to keep reading since the chapters are so short!
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating This book was assigned for a book club I'm a part of, at first I was skeptical,as it began with the main character talking to corn. But as I read on, I was intrigued by Laura Ruby's storytelling. I loved this book, but the climax was actiually pretty disappointing, what with the whole fantasy world thing, which I wasn't expecting at all. But overall, it was a great read and I sped through it in one sitting - something I haven't been able to do in a while.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A True Form of Literal Honesty. Patrick Ness captures perfectly the imperfection of the human soul. True to life's nature, there is not always a 'happy ending', only an ending which we must choose to see ourselves. Only through learning acceptance can we truly embrace our lives for what they are.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking I cried reading this book. It's so well written and evocative. As a mother it was especially hard because I kept picturing myself and my family in the same situation. When I finished I just sat crying. I love this book
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tear your heart out beautiful. Beautifully written, heartbreaking story of a boy, his mum, and accepting the truth. So much crying 5/5
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Engrossing This book started out with a very strong Alice in Wonderland vibe. I had no idea what was going on and it seemed like it was some sort of terrible nightmare, interspersed with normal chapters. Slowly, though, the normal and the morbidly fantastical started to merge together, telling a story of mental illness, instability and uncertainty. Ultimately, it was heartbreaking and touching and frustrating and extremely emotionally engrossing, and I really loved it, and I can't say much else but that you have to read it.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful I read this book in one night and It's such a beautiful and touching story that had me crying my eyes out at the end.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This book was pure magic in the form of awesomeness. It was full of rich, yet understated, human characters, and nearly every single one defied stereotype or cardboard-cut-out syndrome. It was n kind, and thoughtful, and magical and resonant. It was a fresh take on an old myth without ever labelling it, and had about the perfect amount of weirdness going on. The prose was sharp and effective, witty and lush, and even though it wasn't a short book, I raced through it because it was just so comfortable and entrancing. It was just really, really lovely and I never wanted it to end. I wish I could go back and read it fresh again, because it was just so good.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Suprise I picked up the book because it the cover caught my eye and it was a great read. Definitely a must read again.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart-wrrenching and beautiful I was not prepared for this book. I feel like it deserves way more attention - I'd recommend this for everyone, and I plan to give it everyone I know.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful I definitely wasn't expecting this short book to affect me as much as it did. The way this story is told is such a unique concept that does a great job delivering a complex, important message.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Recommended This book was recommended to me. It was a quick but emotionally read. I was in tears. I think everyone should read it
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Book This story is equal parts interesting and tragic. A must read. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read. A moving and extremely touching book that had me crying in the end. A beautiful lesson about dealing with the emotions and turmoils of loss that everyone can relate to.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous Book “Stories are wild creatures…When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?” This little book had me crying my eyes out; I absolutely loved it. I’ll do my best to sum this up without any spoilers. Conor’s life is spiraling downhill: his father has moved away and started another family, his mother is ill, and he has nowhere to turn for relief from his misery. One night, a monster visits. Over time, the monster tells Conor three tales that blur the lines between right and wrong, and good and evil. The fourth tale will be Conor’s, and what a tale it is. A brilliant idea from Siobhan Dowd turned into a beautiful work by Patrick Ness.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from :) honestly, I bought this book because Liam Neesons name was on the front cover, however, I was pleasantly surprised!
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing/Touching/Beautiful Throughout the whole book, I wanted to hug & hold Conor. Poor baby. Lily: I felt bad for her Grandma: I understood she was losing someone she loved as well. Conor's Father: Was I the only one that hate him with his new "family". I swear his new wife never wanted him to be there for his son & dying mother. The Monster: Love the transforming. It was amazing & the stories. I enjoyed this book & of course I cried at the end. It was so sad & heart breaking even though you knew what was coming.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Touching story Highly recommend, especially since the movie is coming out soon!
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unassumingly touching story This was an absolutely wonderful book. I received this as a gift, so at first glance, I thought this was a children's book and would get nothing from it. Oh how was I wrong. The pace of the book was good and the author really makes you feel for the boy. For such a short book, you really get a depth of character and story from it.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes You Think What a beautiful story. I never thought I would say this about a “horror” story, but it truly is a story that reaches into the depths of the reader’s soul and remain there for a very long time. The characters were all as realistic as they could possibly be; presenting human traits that most people would not want to admit to or write about in such detail. The main character especially was so intricately portrayed it felt like the reader was feeling, living, breathing and hurting with him. The plot. Well, to be honest I forgot what the synopsis said about this story, but I know I had read it. Regardless of my failing memory, it was not what I expected from a story with the title A Monster Calls. A boy’s experience of a very painful period in his life told with interchanging stories of moral and differing point of view that has even the reader re-evaluate past experiences with a fresh set of eyes. The writing flowed nicely. I did; however, need a few lines to fully immerse into the story after each break. Nevertheless, it was very good writing, full-bodied and engaging. There are a handful of graphics/sketches that underline the storyline, which deserves special mentioning. Drawn as it appears to be in pencil without any colour except for black, they are dark and ominous and provide lovely visual cues of the darkness within the story. Overall, I loved this story. It was dark, engaging, scary at times and showed the author’s understanding of the human psychology. It is not what one expects of a typical horror story, but very much worth anyone’s time. I would definitely recommend this story to everyone.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes You Think What a beautiful story. I never thought I would say this about a “horror” story, but it truly is a story that reaches into the depths of the reader’s soul and remain there for a very long time. The characters were all as realistic as they could possibly be; presenting human traits that most people would not want to admit to or write about in such detail. The main character especially was so intricately portrayed it felt like the reader was feeling, living, breathing and hurting with him. The plot. Well, to be honest I forgot what the synopsis said about this story, but I know I had read it. Regardless of my failing memory, it was not what I expected from a story with the title A Monster Calls. A boy’s experience of a very painful period in his life told with interchanging stories of moral and differing point of view that has even the reader re-evaluate past experiences with a fresh set of eyes. The writing flowed nicely. I did; however, need a few lines to fully immerse into the story after each break. Nevertheless, it was very good writing, full-bodied and engaging. There are a handful of graphics/sketches that underline the storyline, which deserves special mentioning. Drawn as it appears to be in pencil without any colour except for black, they are dark and ominous and provide lovely visual cues of the darkness within the story. Overall, I loved this story. It was dark, engaging, scary at times and showed the author’s understanding of the human psychology. It is not what one expects of a typical horror story, but very much worth anyone’s time. I would definitely recommend this story to everyone.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Beautifully written, can be read and adored by anyone regardless of their age. The illustrations are also beautiful, and they add a magical element to the story. I would definitely recommend this!
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This was an amazing book. It was written perfectly and I completely adore it.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Completely Adored This book was amazing. The story tugs at the heartstrings and just finishing the book felt like an accomplishment. Definitely in my top 10 favourites.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Mess of Emotions I am an utter mess because of this book. A roiling ball of emotions. Despite that, I must say that everyone, young and old, should pick up this novel. All the stars. All the feels. Really, this novel deserves as many stars as can possibly be given. It is not at all what I expected, and was an amazingly beautiful tale of reaching understanding of oneself and facing the extremely hard moments in life. I currently look like a raccoon, I’ve been crying so hard. It just hits you right in the heart and never lets go. Also, the beautiful illustrations just add to the piece. It creates an even more haunting aspect of the novel, which adds more depth and emotion to the already emotional tale. Prepare yourself. This is a novel for young adults, but it knocked me off my feet. The powerful stories that children are given access to these days is just amazing. Patrick Ness is one of those authors. The story is relevant, heart wrenching and may help many children deal with those aspects of life that are too heartbreaking to comprehend happening, but which all too often do. I am so glad that I judged this book by the cover and picked it up right when I saw it.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Prepare The Tissues I've heard a lot of praise about this book, and the premise intrigued me enough to pick it up. It's a short book with a fairly simple story when you think about it, in terms of challenges and timeline. It's also one of the most emotional, heart-breaking, beautiful stories I've ever read. Every chapter had a surprise, a deep meaning, and an ending you definitely need Kleenex for. The metaphors and imagery were stellar, and while the happiness of the ending could be debated, it will stick with me for a long time. I said the events of the story are simple and they are, but the emotions and development are complex and thought-provoking, with author Patrick Ness tackling challenging difficult subject matter like a pro. I'm so glad this book caught my eye. It's earned every award and recommendation it's received, and then some. Wow.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful Not much books leave me tearing, but this was definitely one of them. A very beautiful book in writing style and in the illustrations.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I"VE READ IN YEARS ... YOU MAY NEED A TISSUE I initially purchased this book after being wowed by the trailer for the upcoming movie adaptation. The story is so well written and really hits in the psychological pit of the painful middle of between being a "kid" and being an "adult" and how Cancer affects not only the person with the disease but the love ones close to it. The story also has a sci-fi/fantasy aspect that exists that does not get corny with the physical monster who appears throughout the book. It's a beautiful raw and real story with mixtures of drama, fantasy, heartbreak and much more. It holds so much in the pages and I cannot put into words how superb it is written. Money well spent. It's an emotional ride that does not have to have that golden ray of sunshine at the end that makes everyone smile. Keep some tissues handy.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from dark and beautiful My eight year old son is currently fighting his own battle with a critical illness and reading this book had me in tears from the first page. I really needed to cry, and this book let me. In a world so busy, it was nice that reading this book allowed me to just feel. Beautiful. Breathtaking. Heart wrenching. and unfortunately for me it was easily relateable. I have thanked Patrick Ness for bringing this story to life many times over the past year.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and heartbreaking. It's not super long or anything, but don't underestimate it. It's a really powerful and emotional book. I hope the movie adaption does it justice (it probably won't).
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book hurt me. It's not a very long book, but it's one that'll get to you.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sad yet beautiful I kept hearing about this book so finally picked up a copy for myself. Here is a story about a young boy trying to cope with his mothers cancer diagnosis while also trying to fight his own demons had a tremendous impact on me. While at its centre A Monster Calls is about cancer and how people deal with it, it is also a dark tale about your inner dialogue and the thoughts and feelings we never share with anyone. The illustrations go perfectly with the sombre tone of the book and add a touch of twisted charm.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Young fantasy, but strange.. Just okay. It was in my pile of books to read and I didn't read what it was about before I started and didn't remember what it was supposed to be, which is sometimes good and sometimes bad. In this case, I wasn't prepared for the young adult/fantasy genre of it and wasn't in the right mood for it. Parts of it intrigued me, like Petey and her bees and when they find out Finn's condition. But most of it was too fantasy-world and couldn't keep me invested. I'd recommend for a younger audience.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful! This edition is beautiful and dark! The illustrations are perfect for the story and help add a certain atmosphere to the novel which the story already does quite well, they go hand in hand!!
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Had Me Sobbing I read this in a couple hours (couldn't put it down!) and I was crying by the end. I think it's fair to say that I cry easily, but this book made me more emotional than I expected to be. The illustrations are amazing, and it's kind of a simple premise (which I find no problem with—simplicity is wonderful when done right), but it did what it wanted to do, and that's what matters to me. It hit every note, brought up thought-provoking things that defy normal good vs. evil storytelling, and was overall heartbreaking and beautiful. A really quick read, too! It has a lot of heart, and if you're up for that I fully recommend it :)
Date published: 2016-10-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review Number of pages: 205 Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1 Rating (out of five stars): 3 “There is not always a good guy. Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere in between” There are certain things I look for in a book. I want the characters to be realistic; I want them to be flawed and do both good and bad. I want the book to make me feel for the character; I want to laugh and cry and I don’t want to care about plot holes and the fact that it may not be the next classic that I’m reading. A Monster Calls definitely should have been my kind of book. The characters are realistic, it’s a moving tale, it has beautiful illustrations, and it even has the brutal honesty that I highly value. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this book, yet I gave it 3 stars. I think this is one of those reviews where you should pay less attention to the rating, and more attention to the reasoning. Like I said above, there is nothing wrong with this book, but there is a reason I gave it three stars: personal preference. That seems like a really awful reason to not give a perfect book 5 out of 5 stars, but think about it. Have you ever named a book that you didn’t absolutely love reading, as your favourite book, simply because you could appreciate it? Of course not! When I read I need for the book to make me feel emotional, but that didn’t happen with A Monster Calls. I couldn’t relate at all what the characters were going through and I lost some of the emotion because of it. I felt sorry for the characters, but that just isn’t enough for me. The emotions I feel while reading are the reasons why I give those remaining two stars. A Monster Calls is a beautifully written and illustrated tale that shows grief, pain, anger, and fear in a seemingly honest way. It is another book that is important for people to read and learn from. It shows that the good guy is not always who you think it is, and that there isn’t always one. I think no matter how much you will enjoy it, everyone should read this book.
Date published: 2016-08-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Really weird... I bought this book a few weeks back and recently just finished it. I was not a fan of it. To start it was not anything like the summary on the cover (which left out the part of this confusing magical world). Then as I was first reading it, it was super boring but I wanted to find out what had happened to Roza (which is really the only draw to the book). It leads you through a lot of really useless information from other characters point's of view, and finally at the very end it goes off the deep end into this weird world which just confuses you even more. Overall I definitely do not recommend this book.
Date published: 2016-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A monster calls review Monster calls is a twisted book that has taught me speaking the truth will always get you somewhere, even if it’s not where you wanted to be. A monster calls is about a young boy named Conor (protagonist) that is having troubles with his mother who was diagnosed with cancer , his constant nightmare that terrifies him more than anything , and a strange yet meaningful monster that visits him frequently at 12:07. Patrick Ness is a award winning author , recognized from winning the Carnegie medal , the winner of the Kate Greenaway medal , a Los Angeles times book prize finalist and finally a New York times book review Notable book of the year. In A monster calls , the book is filled with drawings , illustrations done by Jim Kay. Jim started art in the University of Westminster. Some of the strongest significant elements used in A Monster Calls would have to be the drawings , these drawings really helped me create images in my head. A monster calls touched base with some factors , performing strongly in sentence structure and voice. If I could, I would suggest this book to a grade 8 leveled groups of readers. I think some parts of it were difficult but it never really set me into a big trouble. It has plenty of complex ideas, but also left me with hundreds of comments and questions! What happened to Lily? Why did the monster come at 12:07? Why were all the tales consisting of the “seem to be good guy” turn out to be the wrong one? Connor DID NOT EVER ONCE speak the truth, except admitting it to the monster. It leaves you hanging with hundreds of ideas floating through you, personally I do not like these types of books, but if you are the type of person who can finish a book without a true closure I strongly recommend this book.
Date published: 2015-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I dare you A Monster Calls kept me reading during class (oops) and through the night. I loved it! I could not put this book down - and that doesn't happen until I find a REALLY good book. Trust me. I am a bookworm at heart. I dare you to read it!
Date published: 2014-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing story about loss Crying, must get Kleenex, a life lesson on letting a loved one go.
Date published: 2014-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful and brilliant first of all, go buy the other version of this with the pictures because the pictures just add so much to the story. this book is brilliant, i thought it was going to be scary and creepy but it wasn't at all. it's about a 13 year old boy and his mom is suffering from cancer and a monster visits him. it is a heart wrenching story that has a beautiful moral. i was sobbing at the end. amazing book. for all ages. it's perfect. yOU mUST BUY IT. it is a emotional roller coaster.
Date published: 2014-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Beautiful and Deep. I always thought that this one would end up creepy and weird... But it actually was deep and had a beautiful meaning. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants a light, deep read. A Monster Calls was absolutely riveting. Conor was so lost at times, poor little guy. But I still liked him and his story! He was so cute! The thing the monster had going on was so deep. The monster was kind of like life itself and Conor was the events happening, you'll understand once you read the book.  UGH! ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL.
Date published: 2014-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pleasing Read One of the best short stories I have ever read. A modern day fairy tale that tugs on heart strings
Date published: 2013-10-29