A Monster Calls - Book Review

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Started: Dec 31, 2016 | Finished: Jan 10, 2017

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Published by Candlewick on August 2, 2016 *movie tie-in* (first published in 2011)
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Pages: 240
Book Edition: Paperback
No. of times read: 1

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. 
From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd-- whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself-- Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.
Rating: 5/5

My Review:

This book was absolutely amazing!! It was so emotional, and raw, and real. I don't know where to start because I just put it down, and I'm still in that after book feeling of amazement. Whether you've experienced it personally or can imagine what it's like, having someone close to you with a severe illness is never an easy thing to grasp. I feel like this book captured it so well, and Patrick Ness did an excellent job bringing this book to life.

I didn't read the book with the pictures, although I wish I had now that I've read it. But what I am excited for is to see the movie, and I'm hoping to see it very soon! I'll insert the trailer for the movie below because it looks incredible. I'm so glad that I've read the book before I go to see the movie, I feel that's always best.

I will highly recommend this book to anyone!! If you've been thinking about reading it, please do. It's an easy read and it's so beautifully written that you won't regret it.

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares - Book Review

Monday, 2 January 2017

 Dec 1, 2016 | Finished: Dec 30, 2016

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Published by Mira Ink on Oct 26, 2010
Genre: YA, Holiday
Pages: 356
Book Edition: Paperback
No. of times read: 1
Links: Goodreads

I’ve left some clues for you. If you want them, turn the page. If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please. 
At the urge of her lucky-in-love brother, sixteen-year-old Lily has left a red notebook full of dares on her favourite bookshop shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept. Curious, snarky Dash isn’t one to back down from a challenge – and the Book of Dares is the perfect distraction he’s been looking for. 

As they send each other on a scavenger hunt across Manhattan, they’re falling for each other on paper. But finding out if their real selves share their on-page chemistry could be their biggest dare yet….
Rating: 4/5

My Review:

This book was so sweet, and perfect to read around Christmas time! I wanted to read this, along with The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily but I just got too busy this year with work and Christmas. But when I finally found time to set aside for reading I powered through it, and loved it! I plan to now save The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily for next Christmas so I have that too look forward to!

I love that this was a pen pal story where they would share the notebook back and fourth without meeting for most of the book. We live in a digital age, so it was nice to read a story where they took pen to paper and bonded over that. I love the contrast between the two characters where when is light and optimistic, and the other is more pessimistic and sarcastic. Lily was a very whimsical and quirky character, and Dash was her complete opposite but yet they seem so perfect for each other.

The few things I didn't like so much was how immature Lily could be at times, but luckily it wasn't too bad where I disliked her character. Also I started to get impatient about how long it took them to meet, but luckily just as I started to get impatient, they met not long after that. So that's why the few things I didn't like weren't so bad, and why this book was just so sweet and a wonderful holiday book.

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