Thursday, January 24, 2013

Mini Reviews: A Monster Calls & Ashes

Mini Reviews are short reviews (more like opinions!) of books I have read and wanted to share with you. I will describe in a few frequently-fragmented sentences my thoughts on the books. I may not ever post a full length review of these books. So in the mean time, Enjoy!

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date:
September 27th 2011
Walker Books

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.”

Mini-Review: If the cover says Patrick Ness on it, I will be buying it.  I have yet to be unsatisfied with something he has written. This was a short, but well written story about a young boy coming to terms with loss.  Basically it made me cry. With a small twist of fantasy; A Monster Calls is a touching tale of love, hope, loss, and letting go.
Notable Quotable:
“There is not always a good guy. Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere in between.”
    ― Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls 


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Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

Genre: Young Adult – Dystopian/Apocalyptic
Publication Date:
September 6th 2011
Egmont USA 

“It could happen tomorrow . . .

An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions.

Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom—a young soldier—and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP.

For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it’s now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

Author Ilsa J. Bick crafts a terrifying and thrilling novel about a world that could be ours at any moment, where those left standing must learn what it means not just to survive, but to live amidst the devastation.”

Scoot’s Thoughts: Zombies! This was a good read in general, but it honestly felt like I read two different books.  The first half of the book was intense and action packed - had character growth and development.  It was touching/crazy good and I loved it.  The second half of the book (more like last third really) was a total character stall and felt like an entirely different book. It was SLOW - and blah. Despite the random half-and-half style book I still really want to know what happens with Alex, Tom and Ellie - so I am looking forward to a sequel!

Notable Quotable:

 Run, she told herself. Run, you idiot, run. But she didn't. She couldn't. She just... couldn't.”   
― Ilsa J. Bick, Ashes

First half of the book =

Second half of the book=

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1 comment:

Dazzling Mage said...

A Monster Calls was all kinds of awesome sadness. Just loved it. And yeah, cried too. >_<


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