The Friday 56 #101 ~ A Monster Calls

Posted: April 8, 2016 in Fantasy, reviews, The Friday 56, YA
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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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  1. I love it when a book surprise me and I love that you found it at the library. Happy hunting for the next one. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  2. Kathy Martin says:

    I’ve been avoiding this one because I thought it was horror. Now, it’s going onto the wishlist. I am spotlighting Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan this week. Happy reading!

    • fuonlyknew says:

      That’s why I didn’t label it horror. It’s such a wonderful story and while there is a monster, it’s not what you think at all.

  3. I have always wondered about that one.

    Friday Memes

  4. I liked this book quite a lot, too. Apparently Ness wrote it to honor Siobhan Dowd who died of cancer after mapping out the book. It was a project of love for him. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  5. Lauren Becker says:

    A friend gave me this for Christmas, and I really need to read it soon. It sounds great, and I love the little excerpt/lines you shared.


  6. This sounds good. I like when books are unexpected in a good way and I’ve been wanting to read Patrick Ness for awhile.

  7. This is a wonderful book. I read it quite a while ago but I really want to get my hands on a copy and reread it again soon. Glad you loved it!

  8. Freda Mans says:

    I’m adding this one to my GR! Happy weekend!

  9. Maria D. says:

    This sounds really different and intriguing – I really enjoyed the 56:)
    Thanks for visiting my Friday meme

  10. Lelia T says:

    You’ve convinced me 😉

  11. Judging from the cover, I would expect this to be horror. Sounds like it was a pleasant surprise for you.
    My Friday post features LONGSHOT.

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I thought it would be horror too. Especially as many people tagged it that on Goodreads.

  12. I’m glad to hear you liked this one! It was really fantastic. I’m looking forward to the adaptation. :)

    Check out my Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings).

  13. I have heard good things about this author…I’m not into horror, but if it is not that, it could be intriguing. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

  14. Sandra Watts says:

    This looks really good. Thanks for sharing your review. I wanna read it!!

  15. LadyD Piano says:

    Looks scary but I sure do like the description, ‘overwhelmingly monsterous.’ I’m going to use that one with my grandkids when talking about scary books!! :-)

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I loved that too. It’s why I shared the excerpt even though the story isn’t real a horror.

  16. kgriffin3227 says:

    Great review and 56! I want to read this one now! I had heard of it, but wasn’t quite sure about it until now. I’ll have to see if my library has a copy! Thanks, Laura! Thanks also for visiting my blog! Have a great weekend!
    Kim @ Bookworm Book Reviews

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I was lucky that had one copy left and snatched it right up. Now I’m late returning it. LOL

  17. A Monster Calls sounds really interest and enjoyed your review. I had read another post about this book and am greatly considering reading it after seeing yours.

  18. Danica says:

    I loved A Monster Calls. I too was expecting a horror story and got so much more.

  19. I’ve heard wonderful things about Patrick Ness’s work! PLUS Philip Pullman says THAT? WOW. If Ness impresses Pullman, I’m doubly so!

  20. I’ve been meaning to pick this one up for a while. Glad to see that you enjoyed it!

  21. Running behind on my visits!

    I have this book! Another one I need to get to. When…is the question. lol The cover is so amazing!

    Thanks for visiting me at True Book Addict!