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text 2017-09-08 07:33
Is Seth dead and wake up in hell?
More Than This - Patrick Ness

 

 

 

After seeing what other picked for Diverse Voices, mostly Black writers, I kind of get what this Diverse Voices square means.

 

I changed my mind and read this for "Magical Realism" square. This is a mystery if this boy Seth is dead or alive and in danger. I got this book on the TBR pile for too long. 

 

Looking forward to this. 

 

Change my mind about it and would read another book for this square. 

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review 2017-09-05 22:29
Book 55/100: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness

I rarely give books five stars, but this one just gave me so many feels.

I already knew that Patrick Ness is an excellent writer, at least when it comes to his YA work. But this book was staggeringly beautiful, dealing with tragedy in a way that is real and raw and not full of the melodrama or romanticization that so often goes along with YA or middle-grade depictions of grief. Not only that, but Ness takes a look at the darker, messier sides of grieving that are universal and yet rarely acknowledged, something that is particularly important for kids to encounter: the scary things we think or feel when we are on the edge of losing someone we love are OK, normal, and understandable.

This book also strikes the perfect balance between fantasy and realism, allowing the reader to decide how much of it is "real" and how much Conor's own invention/coping mechanism. Aside from Conor's grandmother, the characters are not particularly fleshed out -- however, this type of characterization works in a story that can be read mostly as an allegory. And really, any book that makes me cry this much is definitely doing something right.

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review 2017-08-03 21:03
The New World - Patrick Ness  
The New World - Patrick Ness

12/31/16
Nothing else was really grabbing me, you know? I saw an ad for the film Monsters of Men, which brought me to Ness and thinking it's been too long since I read it, because when I was recommending the series to Natasha as truly excellent sci fi, I couldn't remember much except lots of twists in the spaghetti. In fact, while I remembered that the series was Chaos Walking, I managed to choose the wrong title as first in the series three times in a row. There are only three novels in the series you understand.

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review 2017-07-15 00:00
A Monster Calls
A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness,Jim Kay 4,75 stars

Read in one sitting, bawled my eyes out for the last third. I can't write any kind of coherent review right now, other than to say I loved it and it broke my heart.

(Also, I read this as a part of a 24h readathon, of which I have four and a half hours left. What can I possibly follow this up with?)
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review 2017-07-06 12:59
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness

A sad and depressing book. The writing is decent and the story unusual, but I can't say I enjoyed it all that much.

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