Archive for April 8, 2016

Welcome to The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice.


This is a really fun meme!

The only rules are to grab a book (any book), turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader and find a sentence or a few (no spoilers) that grabs you and post it.

Then go over to Freda’s Voice and leave your link so we can visit your 56!

My 56 for this week is from

A Monster Calls

by Patrick Ness



Genre: YA Fantasy

My 56 from the hard cover.

Conor glanced again at the monster’s massive arms and legs, and its raggedy, toothy smile, at its overwhelming monstrousness.

The story, said the monster, is not yet finished.

Read on if you want to know more.

My Review

This was an unexpected surprise. I was anticipating a horror story. Instead, I got a story of bravery, loss, hope, and a journey to acceptance.

Conor’s under attack. Not from the monster of his dreams. From an ancient one. It wants something from Conor and wreaks havoc, terrorizing him and threatening those around him. It wants the truth and will not stop until Conor gives it to him.

I spotted this book on a blog. I was curious when she mentioned it being something other than what it sounded like, and I wanted to see the illustrations. I was lucky when I discovered the library had a copy available and drove to get it straight away.

Not so much horror as a journey, the monster was terrifying, but the journey was more so. Especially for Conor.

He must face and accept what’s coming. So much for such a young boy. Conor rages against it. Stands up to the monster. Acts out in terrible ways. But he can’t outrun what must happen.

My 21 year old son read this book and described it as magical, majestic.

I read it in one sitting, taking in the wonderful illustrations, relishing every word, and feeling every emotion.

One for all ages. A light in the darkness.

5 Stars



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.



I love the clever title for the book and series. Did you get that – Cycle Path? So fun! And a perfect summer read.


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