books to movies · fiction · young adult

“A Monster Calls” is becoming a movie???

Apparently I’ve been living under a rock, because not only is A Monster Calls becoming a movie, the trailer for it came out over a month ago.

Yes, so apparently I missed it, even though this is one of the best children’s/young adult books I’ve ever read, written by one of my favorite authors EVER. Apparently he also wrote the screenplay for the film, so that makes me doubly excited! I was actually fortunate enough to meet him at BookCon last year and he is incredibly nice, too. So basically everything about this is going to be perfect.

I mean, Liam Neeson is in it. This book gave me so many emotions and just judging from this trailer, I feel like the movie is going to capitalize on that, too. Click the video below to watch for yourself and let me know what your thoughts are. Are you as excited as I am?? I can’t wait to see this.

5 stars · Fantasy · fiction

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

author : patrick ness

pages : [hardcover] 352

memorable quote I hope you get to choose your family and I hope it means as much to you as mine does to me.

favorite character : jared

summary :

What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshiped by mountain lions.

Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.

review :

I love, love, love everything Patrick Ness writes and The Rest of Us Just Live Here is one of my new favorite books.

Ness takes a concept that I’ve vaguely thought about but never truly considered until this novel–what if you aren’t the chosen one, but one of the extras in the background? Not the person destined to save the world but the one who might get into a car accident because someone else is realizing their destiny. There are all of these people out there who just want normalcy in their lives while others are battling for the fate of the world. This book was so well-written on top of the fun concept and I know I’ll be reading it over and over again.

Ness’ characters are awesome. My favorite had to be Jared. Not just because he was born to be a cat-whisperer. He was so kind to all of his friends–tough when he needed to be, but it was always with their best interests in mind. I loved reading about him and wanted the best for him because he definitely deserved to be happy!

Main character Mickey leads a complicated life even if he is just a normal guy. He suffers from OCD and sometimes gets caught in loops he just can’t break himself out of. The idea of it, to me, is completely terrifying. He always knows that he should stop and yet isn’t able to force himself to do so. That loss of control eats away at him and helps to shape the rest of his personality. Not only is he not the savior, he also feels like he’s the least wanted in his friend group. While that’s rough, I also kind of liked that Mickey had to deal with that because I know it’ll be so relatable. Everyone, at some point, doubts the people surrounding them. Mickey more than most. I think he’ll be able to help readers who are lonely and unsure about themselves.

I’m going to recommend this book to everyone. Not only were the characters amazing, the plot was so interesting. It was fun to piece together Mickey’s story and then, layered beneath that, the overall danger posed to the world as someone’s ‘chosen one’ prophecy is being fulfilled. The chapter titles are particularly funny because they each describe what’s happening to these people involved with a prophecy, all while Mickey’s living out his life as best he can.

If you haven’t thought of reading this book yet–you HAVE to. I’m sure this will be one of my all-time favorites.

5/5 stars

4 stars · fiction

More Than This by Patrick Ness

More Than This

author : patrick ness

pages : [hardcover] 480

memorable quote : A book… it’s a world all on its own too. A world made of words, where you live for a while.

favorite character : seth

summary :

From two-time Carnegie Medal winner Patrick Ness comes an enthralling and provocative new novel chronicling the life — or perhaps afterlife — of a teen trapped in a crumbling, abandoned world.

A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighborhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust, and completely abandoned. What’s going on? And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him? Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, that this might not be the hell he fears it to be, that there might be more than just this. . .

review :

I love Patrick Ness and his writing. I think what’s so wonderful about it is that it seems uniquely great in every book that he writes. I loved A Monster Calls, which is geared toward children and has a dreamlike quality. I read the Chaos Walking Trilogy, which is impossible to accurately describe because it is just so fantastically written and the emotions evoked are one that I, three years later, still feel and am able to reflect on. Now, of course, I was going to read More Than This as soon as it was released. I ended up waiting until I could get it from my local library and absolutely loved the voice used to tell this story though I’m left uncertain by the ending.

The entire plot of More Than This is both complicated and fascinating because Seth only knows as much about what is going on as we do, which is nothing. Is he dead? Is he living? Is this some kind of dream? Is he about to die? These questions and more pop up even in the first few chapters of the book and continue to accumulate throughout the story. I loved how the place where Seth woke up was built and the mystery surrounding it. I especially loved Seth’s trying to reason with it because he questioned and reflected on things almost all of the time when I was doing the same thing and this really made me think about how relatable Seth was. The other characters were built with their complications, flaws, and quirks as I’ve come to expect from Ness.

The ending was both what I expected and what I was hoping wouldn’t happen. I could understand the necessity of it and was almost happy with it, until I realized that I’d wanted something more. And than realized that there was really nothing more than this when the book concluded . . . Which, I suppose, ties in rather well to the entire thing, doesn’t it?

If you love a good mystery, this book is certainly for you. New complications and revelations come at every turn and leave you guessing and trying to figure out the puzzling truth! If you like great characters, world building, and an interesting story, you should also pick this up. And, last but not least, if you’re just looking for some great writing, More Than This has that for you.

4/5 stars

5 stars · fiction · young adult

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls

Author : patrick ness

pages : [hardcover] 215

memorable quote You do not write your life with words…You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.

favorite characters : conor & the monster

summary :

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.

review :

I love Patrick Ness’ writing style so much! I read the Chaos Walking trilogy a while ago and that was and still is one of my all-time favorite things to read, both because of the great characters and the way the author has with words. He definitely holds onto that skill in A Monster Calls and uses it to draw the reader in from the first page.

First of all I loved the beautiful way that the book was set up. There are illustrations scattered throughout the book, all dark and dreary and depicting the monster that comes to visit Conor. Sometimes they frame the text and they really drew me into his story so that I could see what he was while he was speaking about it. Conor is mostly just the average kid though Ness makes even that seem special. Everything about this book is so realistic which is part of how horrifying it truly is. All of this realism is faced with the monster and the reader is guessing along with Conor as to whether or not the monster is really there or is just in his imagination.

A Monster Calls deals with very tough issues in a beautiful and powerful way. I didn’t know much about this book before I picked it up, only that I’d heard great things about it and already had a love for Ness’ work. What I didn’t expect was to become so emotionally connected with these characters that I felt like I was going through this horrible time alongside Conor. I really have to applaud the author for the way he conveyed this story without making it overdone or feel false. By the time the monster was demanding for Conor to tell his story of the truth the book brought me to tears.

I really recommend this book to everyone looking for a quick and wonderful read you will never forget.

book trailer :

If you like this book, you might also like Deadline or The Knife of Never Letting Go

5 stars · action · dystopia · Fantasy · fiction · romance · science fiction · series · young adult

Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

Monsters of Men

Author: Patrick Ness

Pages [hardcover]: 603

Memorable Quote:
To say you have no choice is to relieve yourself of responsibility

Favorite Characters:
Viola, Todd, & Lee

The third book in the Chaos Walking Trilogy!
Book 1: The Knife of Never Letting Go 
Book 2: The Ask and the Answer

Summary:

“War,” says the Mayor. “At last.” Three armies march on New Prentisstown, each one intent on destroying the others. Todd and Viola are caught in the middle, with no chance of escape. As the battles commence, how can they hope to stop the fighting? How can there ever be peace when they’re so hopelessly outnumbered? And if war makes monsters of men, what terrible choices await? But then a third voice breaks into the battle, one bent on revenge – the electrifying finale to the award-winning “Chaos Walking” trilogy, Monsters of Men is a heart-stopping novel about power, survival, and the devastating realities of war.

Review

 This thrilling conclusion to the Chaos Walking Trilogy is nonstop action and suspense. I could barely put it down, and then only when I absolutely needed to. I’ll try to review this without giving anything away from this book, or the previous books.

I love how it’s told from all sides of the conflict, short snippets of several main character’s perspectives. I breezed through the book because one character’s section would end on a cliff-hanger, then it would switch abruptly to another and leave me with another cliff-hanger when the perspective moved back to the first character! The way the story is told reflects the confusion the characters are feeling-things are happening so quickly, it’s almost impossible to digest one development before another major plot-bomb is dropped on the reader.

I also love that throughout this entire series, not one character has been essentially ‘perfect’. Everyone has their flaws and weaknesses, diferrent hopes and dreams. Their actions show this, and I love how a character’s personally isn’t twisted to suit the plot-the plot turns because of the character. I often find it annoying when a character suddenly changes just because it’s not convenient for them to act that way anymore. These books take that thought and turn it upside-down.

I think this is one of those books that will stay with me for a long, long time. Even though it’s set in the future, on another planet, with an alien species, it still focuses on issues most prevalent today. War, love, hate, desire, and hope all reign free. Dictators, revolutionaries, and every leader in between is featured.

One last thing I’m fanatic about is the writing style. Not only how the Noise is portrayed, but the abrupt, cut off sentences that nearly replicate human thought and really conveyed the emotions of the characters.

I love the Chaos Walking Trilogy! Of course I’m sad that it’s all over…but then I can always go back and reread it! Everyone should definitely give this trilogy a chance. I give Monsters of Men 5/5 stars.

dystopia · Fantasy · fiction · romance · science fiction · young adult

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The Knife of Never Letting Go

Author: Patrick Ness

Pages [hardcover]: 479

Available now!

Opening Lines: The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say. About anything.

Memorable Quote:
You can’t say everything, so you don’t say nothing.

Favorite Characters:
Manchee & Ben

Summary:

Todd Hewitt is the last boy in Prentisstown.

But Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in a constant, overwhelming, never-ending Noise. There is no privacy. There are no secrets.

Or are there?

Just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd unexpectedly stumbles upon a spot of complete silence.

Which is impossible.

Prentisstown has been lying to him.

And now he’s going to have to run…

Review:

This is one of those books where you sit back and think, “Wow. I’m never read anything like this.” And then perhaps, “Why aren’t more books written like this one?!”

At least, I did.

The Knife of Never Letting Go, besides having an awesome title, has an amazing main character, Todd. He lives on New World and his parents were some of the first settlers there. He has the Noise, a germ that projects a man’s thoughts to the world and kills every woman it touches. Todd is the youngest boy in Prentisstown, with only a month until he becomes a man. But his world soon turns upside down as he has to face the fact that everything he has ever been told is a lie.

I absolutely adore the writing style used in this book. Todd’s thoughts are scattered and wild. His education has been poor at best, so he barely knows how to read. One of my favorite sentences from the book is: “The plans are still being planned, the preparayshuns prepared, it will be a party, I guess, tho I’m starting to get some strange pictures about it, all dark and too bright at the same time, but nevertheless I will become a man and picking apples in the swamp is not a job for a man or even an almost-man.” ‘Preparayshuns’ is spelled just how Todd hears it and thinks it should be spelled. I like how the Noise is always in bold or italicized to add extra emphasis.

Manchee, Todd’s faithful dog, can speak. Actually, every animal can speak in some sort of way. Sheep, squirrels, crocodiles.

The only negative comment I could make would be that the story is almost repetitive. I don’t want to give anything away by example. I know some readers may hate that, but I personally didn’t mind it. It added to the mood of desperation, frustration, and suspense.

The ending . . . This is a beauty of an ending, one I never, ever saw coming. It jumped right at me, just as I was wondering how there could possibly be two other books following this one. Now I must get my hands on book two . . .

The Knife of Never Letting Go is a fabulous book that gets 5/5 stars. I very much recommend it.