Review: A Monster Calls

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 Review: A Monster CallsA Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Published by Walker Books
Published On: September 2011
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Maturity Level: MG - hard topics
5 Stars
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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.


It’s so pretty guys. I love the black and white and the watercolor effect. It makes it look so much creepier.

Initial Thoughts

I was expecting something fairly scary. I mean it’s for younger kids so not too scary, but a little. I didn’t even read the summary on the back before I started reading because I wanted it to be a complete surprise.

My New BFF

This book wasn’t really focused on characters all that much. If I had to pick I’d say the monster because I thought he was pretty cool. All the characters besides the main one weren’t really talked about in much detail. They were around but the focus of this story was on the boy and the monster.

My Crush

No crushes here! Not that kind of book.

Writing Style

The writing style in this book is amazing. It seems so scary but there’s all these meanings hidden deep down in the plot. Everything happens for a reason and this book doesn’t end up being about what you think it’s about. I loved the mini stories in this bog story as well. I thought they made it so much more fun to read. Also the pictures were amazing and helped with the story a lot.

Closing Thoughts

I think everyone should read this book. It’s actually one of those stories that people should be learning in school because there’s so many lessons and morals to take away from reading it. My favourite part was obviously the use of pictures because that’s my favourite part in any picture book. Also the illustrations were gorgeous.


“There were always people who struggled their way to the top of the heap, no matter how much that heap looked like garbage when seen from the outside”

5  out of 5 stars

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8 responses to “Review: A Monster Calls

  1. Is this your first Patrick Ness book? It’s my favorite of his standalones, but Chaos Walking is my favorite overall. I’m glad you liked the book! 🙂

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