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Standalone Sunday: A Monster Calls


Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan @bookslayerReads that allows us to feature books, that are not part of a series, that we loved.

Patrick NessA Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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.

I actually can’t believe that I haven’t featured this book in a Standalone Sunday post until now. I could swear that I did, but after checking it turns out that it was just done in my imagination. So, I guess it’s about time that I talk about this book again! (Not that I’m complaining, as it is one of my favourites.)

A Monster Calls is one of the most emotional and heartfelt books that I have ever read. This is an incredible book about grief, loss and the burden of responsibility. I ended up crying while reading this book and that is something that doesn’t happen often. The illustrations within this book made it even more amazing than it already was. They made the atmosphere of the book even more palpable and cloaked the story in a eerie vibe.

A Monster Calls is definitely one of my favourite books and one I would recommend to everyone! 

Have you read A Monster Calls? What did you think of it?

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!


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18 thoughts on “Standalone Sunday: A Monster Calls

  1. Great pick for this week Anna, A Monster Calls is an incredible book and one of my favourites as well. I can’t say it’s my favourite by Patrick Ness but all of his books are incredible so I can only really pick a top favourite, the rest are all joint second place. 😀
    It’s definitely an emotional and heartfelt read, I was nearly in tears as I read it on the train, and I loved the illustrations as well.
    Again great pick for this week. 🙂 ❤

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    1. Thank you Beth! 😀 It’s very difficult to pick a favourite Patrick Ness book, as all of his books are fantastic! I definitely need to read more of his stuff in the future, I do own More Than This so I’m hoping to read that one soon.
      It’s such an emotional book, I’m glad that I was inside while reading it – as I did end up crying.
      Thank you!! 🙂 ❤

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  2. I will admit, I haven’t read this book. I’ve read two of Ness’s other books and I really didn’t enjoy them. I’m afraid to pick this one up even though so many people are raving about it! His writing style just doesn’t appeal to me. Have you read any of Ness’s other books? If so, how does this compare?

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    1. I have read The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness and I loved those books. I’m a fan of his writing, so I don’t think I’m the best person to ask that question! I would recommend reading an excerpt from the book and seeing if it would be something that you enjoy. 🙂

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  3. So I can’t even lie… I haven’t read this book yet! I have been wanting to for so long though!! And I definitely want to before I watch the movie…

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