Where I got it: Mid Manhattan Library (ebook)
Read it in: 2 days
I've been trying to find the words to describe this incredible tale. I think I've finally got a few:
Stunning: There are pictures in this book, oh yes. I normally hate it when authors do that. It never gives me the opportunity to imagine, but these illustrations are perfect and spare. The are strategically placed and haunting.
Breathtaking: I don't quite understand the MC Conor. I don't get why he is the way he nor do I know anyone like him - but Patrick Ness makes the character unapologetically authentic and original. I'm astonished by the things that happen to Conor and what he says and does. And I'm most taken aback by his secret...
Otherworldly: The language "The Monster" uses ("That's why I came walking"), the tales he weaves into Conor's life, the twists and turns make me feel like this story transcends its genre.
Unforgettable: Will I ever forget this story? Doubt it. We read so many books in a year that we sometimes don't take time to savor the outstanding ones. I think it's safe to say that this tale will linger with me for a long time.
When it comes down to it, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness is truly a winner. If you're into books that have a slight creepiness (okay probably more than slight) factor and an overall foreboding nature, do yourself a favor and pick this up.