I received this book for free from publisher unsolicited in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Candlewick Press on September 15th, 2011
Genres: Children, Contemporary, Fantasy & Magic, Horror
Source: publisher unsolicited
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 nightmare 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, though, is something different. Something ancient, something wild.
And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.
It wants the truth.
Boy, when you judge a book by its cover, you can be completely wrong. I read the little jacket synopsis, and I saw the creepy vibe of the illustrations, but once I started reading this I couldn’t stop. It’s not what I expected, at all which is also a big reason why I loved it.
Conor is a thirteen year old boy whose mother is battling cancer. One night he starts having nightmares of a monster that comes to his house and starts talking to him. The monster tells him three stories and the last one Conor has to tell him a story in exchange.
I can’t even begin to describe how I felt after reading this book. You can feel how Conor feels and what he goes through. And being so young, you want to take care of him and and even protect him from the pain. His character is beautifully developed that Conor feels so real. I fell in love with Patrick Ness’ writing. He writes incredibly well and vivid and they way he incorporates his quotes right into the story, with such inspiring prose. Ahh it pulls at your heart and tugs it right off yor chest. Reading a book in one sitting is fairly rare because I get bored quite easily. Not the case with this book, I read it straight through and that ending pretty much just killed me.
What starts out as a scary and vivid nightmare turns into a heartfelt and touching story about family, friendship, death, love and loss.
I highly recommend buying this one to add to your collection. Don’t borrow, buy it because it’s also become one of my favourite books I’ve read this year.
Conor matures throughout the book rather nicely, and the supporting characters add a nice touch to the story.
Perfectly done. I wasn’t bored at all. I read this in one sitting.
Cover & Design
Such a creepy and sinister cover. Love the details inside. I wouldn’t have picked it up because I’m such a wimp, but then again once you read this book, you’ll forget about it. Don’t judge a book by its cover. I love the illustrations, they added even more depth to the book.
One of my favourite stories. So much to learn, so many great quotes. I loved the story.
An instant favourite and a book you must buy. It deserves to be in my favourites pile.