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Passava pouco da meia-noite quando o monstro apareceu.Inspirado numa ideia original da escritora Siobhan Dowd, que morreu de cancro em 2007, Patrick Ness criou uma história de uma beleza tocante, que aborda verdades dolorosas com elegância e profundidade, sem nunca perder de vista a esperança no futuro. Fala-nos dos sentimentos de perda, medo e solidão e também da coragem e da compaixão necessárias para os ultrapassar. Fantasia e realidade misturam-se num livro de exceção, com ilustrações soberbas que complementam e expandem a beleza do texto.

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Zoë rated it      

Please excuse my ramblings, I read A Monster Calls in three hours and I am still extremely emotional. I should not have been given access to a computer after such a powerful book.

As I am writing this, there are still tears coursing down my face–black from my mascara. I may look like something straight out of a horror movie, but my soul feels lighter somehow. I was fooled into thinking this would be a simple story as it is only 200 pages, but it is not. It is so not. This book is raw and emotional and cathartic. It deals with grief, loss, and anger in ways I have never read about before, but only experienced. I don’t know what else to say except that everyone should read this book at least once.


Mischenko rated it      

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness is a book like no other and one that I’ll never forget.

My first rating in January on this book was 4 stars. I couldn’t figure out why, I just didn’t love the story. I re-read it this past weekend and I’ve revised my review.

*This review may contain spoilers for those who haven’t read the book…

I was very angry, then sad, then had mixed emotions in between. My main issue when I first read it was that I wanted more of an ending, or perhaps more before the ending. Maybe I wanted a different outcome because I was so hopeful for Conor. I don’t know, but after reading it again, without a doubt, I know I just can’t handle the truth. As a mom, my worst nightmare. With that said, I’ve pondered over it and feel this book deserves 5 stars.

It’s a book I’d still recommend to anyone and I’m very much looking forward to seeing the movie.

The illustrations by Jim Kay make the book feel so real. This is a book I want to keep forever.

5**** to one powerful story.

Watched the movie and loved it, but not as much as the book…


Alejandro rated it      

This is great book!


Very quick to read so if you are interested on it.

You’ll find out that you’d read it in no time.

Also, it helps that it’s a page turner, since the story has many elements to keep you hooked to it.

I hate to classify books for some specific age, since I think that books shouldn’t have any age or genre.

Books should be read by men or women at any age and they should be as good as effective.

However, one can’t deny that the author made this story thinking in kids and/or early teenagers, but not matter that, I think that readers of any age can enjoy this story with the same impact and purpose.

As C.S. Lewis said (and I am quoting not necessarily with the exact words) “that any children’s story that it can’t be enjoy by adults, it’s a bad children’s story”.


For readers who are looking for stories where there aren’t good people or bad people but just people, this is your book.

This story will provoke you many moods and states, you will smile at some moment, you will hate at other, you will cry in yet another.

And all that it’s okay.

I think that this book should be to be read at some moment in your lives.

Please, don’t let that those labels of “children”, etc… in the genres of the book keep you away of the book, not matter how young or how old you are.

If you want to read this book, please do, you won’t regret it.

It’s about something important. About something needed to be read.

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Chelsea Humphrey rated it      

Oh boy. I picked this one up on a whim today as it’s been sitting on my shelf for ages and I was in the mood for a good cry, seeing as our pending move is getting extremely close. This book brought me back to 2008 when my mom was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer, then after 3 months turned to stage 4 with a death sentence. (I’ll have you know cancer’s ass got beat and she’s still in remission after almost 9 full years) Cancer books are always hard for me to read, which I think is why I put this one off for so long, but suffice it to say, I’m glad I picked it up. I’m not sure what I could possibly say that hasn’t been said yet about this book, but it was wholly moving and by far the richest book I’ve read in years. Highly recommended for the right time. I may come back and add more thoughts if I process through it a bit more.


Justin rated it      

I feel like every time I love a YA book I start my review with “I don’t read a lot of YA, but…”

So, I don’t read a lot of… I mean… Hang on…

Patrick Ness is the best YA author out there. If you haven’t read the Chaos Walking trilogy then please put everything in your life on hold and go find a copy of The Knife of Never Letting Go. This is the only book I’ve read from him outside of that series, but this book is just as amazing. I would also recommend picking up a physical copy of the book because the illustrations and the entire presentation in real book format with real pages made from real trees just makes the entire experience that much better.

I decided to read this after I watched the trailer for the movie that comes out later this year. The movie looked really good, I recognized the author, one thing led to another, yada yada yada, and I finished the book in one sitting. Then I put everything else by Ness on hold at my library. Then I put everything I could find by Siobhan Dowd on hold at my library.

So I don’t read a lot of YA, but I do. And this book raises the bar on the genre. It’s like what Neil Gaiman tries to do with fantasy on a whole nother level mixed with John Green’s tear-jerking coming-of-age stuff. It’s short and there aren’t any wasted words or pages. It begins and ends beautifully with fantastic stories within the story.

I’m so glad a ran across this thing and took the time to read it. It tackles some pretty heavy issues in a unique way, and
it’s something I feel like I’ll be thinking about for a while.

Patrick Ness, man. He owns YA fiction in my opinion.


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