Saturday, August 5, 2017

[Book Review] A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness


I recently received the A Monster Calls DVD in the mail from Netflix. Before I watched, I wanted to make sure to give this book a reread as the first time I read this was over a year ago. While I still remembered most of the book, the refresher was still nice.

So let’s dive in!

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness cover image

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, Illustrated by Jim Kay, 
Conception by Siobhan Dowd 


Goodreads synopsis:
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.


A Monster Calls first page


My thoughts: 
This book is such an important read. When I first read it, I said that it’s a story that will stay with me for a long time. That was most definitely the case.

This story is heart-wrenching, it's beautiful, and it's extremely captivating. I love how the book is designed and laid out. The text itself is organized in a lovely way that really works with the artwork.

The artwork was also absolutely stunning. I loved that the artist used different techniques to create the dark images that complimented the storyline perfectly. Just check out the finger prints used on the  below:

A Monster Calls fingerprint art

Seriously, how amazing is this artwork?!

A Monster Calls artwork


Favorite passages:
"The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do."

"Stories are wild creatures...when you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?"

"There is not always a good guy. Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere in between."

"You do not write your life with words...You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do."


My final thoughts:
Would I recommend this book? Absolutely! Five stars! Just make sure you have tissues ready! Even on my second read, I found myself getting very emotional.


Thanks for reading!
What is your favorite book with illustrations?

18 comments:

  1. This is one of my all time favorite books. I first read it as a digital copy from the publisher, but as soon as I finished I had to order a print copy and read it all over again. I still haven't seen the movie. I'm scared to watch it!

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    1. That's awesome!! I HIGHLY recommend the movie but I totally understand your hesitation. I thought the film was THE BEST adaptation that I have ever seen!

      I'll have a spoiler filled review about it going up tomorrow :) Though I wouldn't recommend reading it until you've seen the film.

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  2. I still haven't read this one (I'm not even sure I own a copy), but it's definitely one I would like to read. I love the quotes you shared, Erica. I hope to see the movie once I read the book.

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    1. I hope you enjoy it once you can pick it up! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. It's a marvelous read isn't it. I hope you enjoy the adaptation! :)

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    1. Thank you!! I'll have a post about the film going up tomorrow! It was SO incredible!!

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  4. The artwork in this novel is really why I originally picked it up! Both the book and the movie are amazing and the movie actually got my friend to read the book! We later gave ANOTHER friend the book who also read and loved it! Such a great novel, I hope you enjoy the movie too!

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    1. Ah! That's awesome! I love when you can get other hooked on a great book! I'll have my spoiler filled review about the movie up tomorrow! :)

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  5. I've been meaning to read this one for quite a while now so I'm glad to hear that it's a fantastic read! Great review <3

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    1. Thank you! I hope you love it as much as I do when you get the chance to pick it up! :)

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  6. I'm very much looking forward to this. I don't think I've heard a bad thing so far. Nice review!

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    1. Thank you! :) I hope you love the book!!

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  7. I love this book so much and now I so want the illustrated edition!! Another illustrated book i love is The Book Thief :) Both books thought it was totally okay to rip out my heart and stomp on it :P Great review Erica :)

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  8. I own this one but never read it. I've glanced at the artwork and it is awesome. So many people love this that it's really a shame I've put it off.

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    1. I hope you love it when you give it a read!! :)

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  9. I really need too check out this book soon, because I so want too watch the movie as well. But I have been hearing amazing things on both the book and movie that has intrigued me so much. Thank you for the great review and post Erica.

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    1. I hope you absolutely love both!! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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