Monday, 24 February 2014

Book Review: A Monster Calls

I first picked up this book on recommendation of a friend as I was intrigued by the storyline. When it comes to fantasy books I typically find them very hard to get into - I so WANT to be able to enjoy one but I'm extremely picky, and most of them just can't hold my interest. So, I'm always happy when one finally seems interesting enough to me that I pick it up and give it a try!

A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness, is a young adult book about - as the name may suggest! - a monster who comes visiting at night. It focuses around a young boy called Conor who is visited by the monster most nights ever since his mum started having cancer treatments and comes to him sharing his stories in exchange for what the monster thinks is the most important thing - and the thing that Conor really does not want to share - the truth.

Overall, I find it difficult to decide what exactly I thought about this book. I thought the story idea was interesting and in general the way that it was written really appealed to me. I don't mind the fact that it's young adult at all, if anything I thought the storyline worked  particularly well for this sort of age group in mind as I feel the way it was written and the amount of description etc within worked really well with it. The characters were really well thought out and I felt that I understood Conor and his feelings and could relate to me, in a way that made me want to keep reading. I also enjoyed the leads throughout the book, as I often found myself reading a couple more chapters (though to be fair, they're very short!) in order to try and figure out what Conor's truth was.

Despite all this, there's something about this book that I didn't quite love. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I'm normally a very fast reader and despite this book being pretty short, I kept not really finding myself in the mood to read it. I really liked the idea, and I found the monster character really interesting, but I wasn't too interested in the stories the monster told and though they aren't a massive part of the book I still found those sections a little dull despite them being quite important.

Overall, I'd give this book 3/5 but I'd recommend it if you want something a bit different!

My new box of books has arrived from amazon, and after consideration the book I'm now reading is Divergent, by Veronica Roth. Read along with me if you'd  like, or check out my GoodReads!

Have you read A Monster Calls? If so, what did you think? If not, think you'll be giving it a chance? What are you currently reading or planning on starting next? 



  1. I need to read this! I've heard lots of chatter about it, so think I need to make a personal verdict!

    Beautifully designed blog and amazing content too!

    Lauren-Robyn ❤

    1. Give it a go! I could definitely understand why other people would love it, and it's not that I really disliked it either.

      Thanks very much :)

  2. This is definitely on my to-read list. I've heard a lot of amazing things and then a few not so good things about it, but I'm definitely intrigued by it!

    Jennie xo |

    1. I look forward to hearing what you think of it!


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