A Monster Calls By Patrick Ness | Book Review

A Monster Calls By Patrick Ness Book Review

GENRE: FANTASY/HORROR

PAGE COUNT: 226 PAGES

“Stories are the wildest things of all, stories chase and bite and hunt”

An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor. 

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.

Okay so I know I’m a bit late on this one, but I’m so thankful that a reading challenge pushed it to the top of my to be read list. Let me start by saying everything people say about this book is true. It’s beautiful, tragic and utterly moving.

“So come and get me then”

Connor O’Malley is a kid that shines with the weight of the world on his shoulders, and is completely easy to fall in love with. As you go through the complex journey with him, his story will pull at your heartstrings and his immense strength will bring you to tears.

“Stories of how I toppled enemies, Stories of how I slew dragons”

The Monster reminds me of a mix between the riddler, the boogie man and the BFG. Somehow, it works perfectly. The character is so interesting that I want another book dedicated solely to him. After finishing the book I’m left with a sense of intrigue at the mysterious entity of the character. The dynamic of Connor of The Monster is also a joy to read. 

“ I have come to get you, Connor O’Malley”

“Stories are important, they can be more important then anything. If they carry the truth” 

This is the first book I have read buy Ness and it certainly wont be the last, the prose in the book is effortless and poetic. Each page hits you right in the gut with it’s elegant beauty and dark humour. Ness also manages to fill the book with life lessons, from the monster teaching Connor to Connor learning on his own. This is a book that will make you think, when you finish I guarantee you will be reflecting on it for days after finishing it. It’s a short book with a big impact.

I have once again found a book that was impossible to put down. Please please treat yourself to this read, just don’t blame me if you don’t have tissues near by.

“You do not write your life with words, you write it with actions”

RATING:
★★★★★

This Book is Full Of Spiders By David Wong | Book Review

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Genre: Thriller
Page Count: 404 Pages

“We’re totally on the same page here, lets burn this shit down”

David Wong

Let me start by saying David Wong has the power of making a book simultaneously both terrifying and pee your pants hilarious. I didn’t know it was possible, but he accomplishes it with This Book is Full Of Spiders. As someone that never ‘laughs out loud’ while reading I give it the biggest stamp of approval. It is truly unlike any other book in its genre.

This Book is Full Of Spiders is what would happen if you and your mate were suddenly given the responsibility of saving the world, after a you’ve just woken up hung over and you have no clue what you are actually saving it from.

“You haven’t really experienced the full range of human emotion until you’ve cried your eyes out while hanging on for dear life on the back of a dirt bike bouncing across a cornfield in the freezing cold”

The characters are eccentric, flawed, and entirely easy to fall in love with. We follow these unlikely heroes as they attempt to prevent a parasitic spider infection spreading beyond their quirky little town. David, John and Amy are relatable in that they are so human and deal with the storm they are thrust into the way I image most of people would if it happened to us, with bitting sarcasm and a plethora of swear words.

“DID SOMEBODY ORDER SOME FUCKING PRISON BREAK WITH A SIDE OF SHOTGUN?”

John was my favourite character (though Molly the dog is almost tied in this spot), most of my laughter occurred after one of John’s epic one liners. While a bit of an antihero technically, he easily slots into hero status by the end of the novel. 

“I assume your plan didn’t progress beyond this exact moment.”

The writer tells the story in a nonlinear fashion, which really helped add tension and built up the plot to have an explosive end. I frequently found myself exclaiming ‘omg’ as the pieces came together. This narrative technique really made the book stand out for me and is one of the reasons it’s a new favourite for me!

TBIFOS is the second in a trilogy however you don’t have to read them in order, personally I haven’t yet read the first book and I wasn’t lost or confused. Considering how much I enjoyed the book, I will definitely be reading the others in the series!

“Damn it! I knew she was a monster! John! Amy! Listen! Guard your buttholes.”

RATING:

★★★★★

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon | Review

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Genre: Horror/Thriller
Page Count: 264  pages

“The skin of the world is woven of stingers”

Stephen King

Hello Readers!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend, today I will be reviewing the fantastic Stephen King novel I picked up while travelling in Japan. I hadn’t heard of this King before and was drawn in by the synopsis immediately.

When Trisha McFarland’s divorced mom takes her and her brother on a hike up the Appalachian Trail, the nine year old ducks off the path to pee and gets lost. Alone in the forest and scared of the dark, Trisha winds up stumbling aimlessly through the woods for nine days, wandering farther and farther from civilisation as she attempts to make her way back home, disappearing deep into mysterious darkness of the wilderness. The real question is, is she alone out there?

This book was especially and terrifyingly relevant considering all of the current investigations into people, especially young children, getting lost and sometimes not found, off into the wilds of North America.

“The world had teeth and it could bite you with them anytime it wanted.”

Stephen King

This quote really defines how you feel following Trisha’s journey into the forest and her questioning what’s out there in the dark waiting for her, watching her in the woods.

The whole book there is this spooky look over your shoulder feeling that never goes away, which adds to the build up of the book. Trisha’s character is so strong and endearing and I really loved her thought process throughout the book. I’m really hoping she appears again in another King novel because she was truly magnificent! She is one of Kings best written young characters and I doubt anyone will have trouble getting hooked on this page turner purely because of her.

After finishing this book I certainly have no desire to go on a hike through the forest for at least a few months, I’ll stay far away from the God of the Lost!

RATING:

★★★★

I believe this novel is really under rated and I hope you pick up a copy after reading this because it’s absolutely worth your time!