Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Challenge criteria: Three books by the same author


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.

What I liked:
The main character has the same name as my brother, so I had an instant moment of recognition in this book.

I loved the symbolism of the yew tree – it’s known for its medicinal qualities, but it can also be poisonous. That’s why I thought it was the perfect metaphor, and great for keeping the ominous feeling throughout the book.

What I didn’t like:

I didn’t like Conor’s father, who I felt was very flighty. I wasn’t a big fan of his grandmother either, I thought she was too domineering.

Out of five: 

An absolutely definite five. I can’t wait to see the film.

Like what you’ve seen? Check out More Than This and The Rest of Us Just Live Here.


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