Book Review | A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Expanded Version)

Hey there, for those who follow my blog updates may wonder why I review this book for the second times. Well, on a second thought, I believe that I don’t deliver my two cents on this book properly. Therefore, I decide to make a second extended version (which also meant second chance for me) which I’ll go deeper in reviewing this one. Its not fair that my reader does not feel the eagerness that I felt while reading this wonderful book. Therefore, here you goes. 

Summary from Goodreads:
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’ve been exposed to this book was from POPCLUB monthly magazine. After reading its summary, I felt like yeah that is the kind of book I need right now. Then after several day I managed to get it at hand and even finished reading it in one night long!

What I really can say about this MG book, is somewhat phenomenon and extraordinary. From the first page I’ve been curious what Conor have in himself that makes the monster comes out? What was this monster purpose, is he bad or somehow just wanna put things back on Conor life? But in what way? In what situation?

The story goes like, a giant tree monster calls Conor exactly at 12.07 in the midnight and sometimes on the afternoon at the exact same time. The monster will trade three true stories which in turn Conor need to tell a true story of his own.
The three stories that the monster told somewhat have this kind of hidden message where the truth will be revealed on Conor’s last story. And yeah it does, all of the story actually related to Conor reality life without his realization.
Conor raised by his mother which happen to have cancer. Then this monster come into his life. Conor have to dealt with various things in one time such from his mother sickness, his friends, his bullies etc and its totally so much for a kid aged like Conor.
I definitely like the ending, it was a powerful ending. Its like a beginning to a long journey. I entertain myself reading this book. Tho it does not really have that wow factors but its really have a good story to spend the day with. This books makes me realize, people react depends on their surrounding, and little that we know that our surrounding, the people we engage are actually create who we are..
I checked on GSC when will this motion picture will be released, and I’m sorry for being so left behind. It was released on 20 Oct 2016. But I’ve not yet seen the movie yet and I’ll maybe looking forward to it. Lets us see the trailer below:

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  • QOTD : Whats your fave Fixi Novel?
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First time baca buku matang. Selama ni baca buku budak-budak jak. 🙈😜
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#Psikik is about a world where male just act as assistant. First 10 pages baca I need more time to adapt with the characters choices of dialogues.
#10pagesreaction
  • Terima kasih @imanpublication providing me a free copy in exchange with a honest review. Belum habis baca sebenarnya tapi nak post dulu lah teaser. 😋
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Dah baca 180 pages and I love it! Okay sy cuba berlaku adil dengan buku-buku yg sy pernah bca sebelum ni. But this one, was one of its kind. Susunan ayat, installing the character personalities semuanya menjangkaui telahan yang saya telah fikirkan berkenaan novel-novel melayu 😂.
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Daebak! Hanya satu ayat menunjukkan betapa saya kagum akan novel ini. But I need to dig more sebab tak selalu buku melayu membuatkan semangat membaca saya membara 😉. Tahniah penulis atas penulisan setengah novel yang begitu dramatik dan intimate.
  • QOTD : What book make you cringe to do something after reading it?
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Last week I've been indulge myself in gaming assuming an assassin role mentioned in #projekathena. The mutual connection between the role both in the book also in ML make me cringe to know what its like to be an assassin. Eventually I fall in love with her. So my next move is climbing up the local rank for that particular heroes 😂. I blame @syeraho for this. .
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Back to this book, its been a tearful journey, it was a long reading but a worthy one. I bet one can finish it in one sit as the words uses is simple and understandable.
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Not to mentioned it was my first book from HF. Honestly its hard to rate this kind of book, where islamic lifestyle and fiction were blend together. For my version of rating, I tend to give high rate to the book which has intimate, personal connection to the reader (me), so for that reason I'll give 4⭐. Even after catching a headache resulting from tears streaming last night 😣. .
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This book recommend for a light reading, bedtimes stories also to those who keen to seek assuring words of His Promises. No particular reader, I think its just suit for everyone. Also a nice book to read it Ramadan!
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The book synopsis gonna be in the comment below :
  • Alhamdulillah done reading a malay science fiction about Projek Athena : Manusia Ciptaan (trans : Athena's Projeck : Human Building). Thank you to @imanpublication for providing me a physical copy of this book in exchange with honest review.
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And it was a fun reading towards the end. And syabas @syeraho for your first novel! .
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This book recommend to those who love actions because Syeraho write a beautiful chereofighting, well mostly in words - and that something to praise with!
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I'm currently constructing in depth review for this book and will update it soon on Goodreads - read on GR cause  i'm hiding all the spoilers and leave you with all the good parts, lols 😜.
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Rating : 3/5 🌠. Sorry there are pro and cons so I'll settle with this first 😉 and also dont judge by my rating cause im just a very stinky person 😅. .
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Setiap buku harus punya awal niatnya yg tersendiri (Eyqa, 2019).
  • QOTD : What book do you bought only because of its cover?
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First time encounter buku published by @katapilarbooks ialah masa baca Syif Tengah Malam. Rupanya this is penerbit yg penulis dia dikalangan doktor, misi also yang bertugas di hospital.
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One of many reason I like about them is their cover yg lain dari yang lain. Mcm this one.
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Jadi izinkan saya post pasal book cover mendahului book review dulu ya. 😂
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Okay sekian. Saja nak bagitau cover dia cantik. 😉
  • Big thanks to @prologmed cos hosting a GA for this book last year 💖.
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Akhirnya dapat juga habiskan buku ni. Dalam buku ni ada enam cerpen yang bertemakan time travel. Buat yg mendambakan peluang kedua dalam waktu yang terbatas, pembaca diajak untuk menilai semula sekiranya kita bisa merentas masa untuk mengubah sejarah, adakah kita akan lebih bahagia dari sekarang? Or worse? Or dlm erti kata lain kena baca dlu buku ni baru tahu 😂.
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Dalam enam cerpen aku paling terkesan dengan yang ada love story with bit of plot twist. Yang ada karakter yang kuat dan background cerita yang baik. Sometimes rasa geram but another time rasa bahagia tgk kebahagiaan character biarpun fiksi semata.Tak nak bagi spoiler jadi ckp secara am sejalah yer.
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Overall it was a good book. Kalau fans tentang Hermione with Time Turner, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child boleh lah try baca buku ni, setiap kisah ada teladan masing-masing. Yang tak akan dapat dinilai melainkan dengan cara membacanya sendiri. Hahh suspen takk? .
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⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 cause I want more. The book alone tak cukup 😂.