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review 2018-04-11 18:01
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
A Monster Calls - Jason Isaacs,Patrick Ness

I had this book on my Audible app for too long and decided to listen to it for #SpringHorror and though I wouldn't consider it a true horror novel, it felt more like a dark fable/fairytale rooted in modern times, it did have some horrific elements. A young boy dealing with a whole lot of awful, is visited by a monster who tells him stories and demands that after the third story is told the boy will have to share one of his own.

 

This one will punch you right in the heart and will probably make you cry. I don't think I will ever listen to it again because it is just too painful. The poor kids emotions are so raw and genuine and all over the place, the anger, the denial, the fear, all of it rang 100% true and that's all I'm saying because I don't want to spoil things for anyone who hasn't read it yet (though I may be the last!) and it's really to painful for me to revisit. The narrator is most excellent too.

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review 2018-03-11 19:19
Realease Book Review
Release - Patrick Ness

I love The Chaos Walking series and Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. But I feel like, for me anyway, he's gone downhill from there. Including this book. I just haven't really liked them. 

 

I liked Adam and the fact that he is a gay protagonist. But there is a weird fantasy plotline filled in that is completely separate. I couldn't figure it out. I'm sure it is supposed to be some metaphor. If someone understands what this book was about in the end I'd love an explanation. 

 

It's not one I would really recommend its just too weird for my liking. 

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text 2018-01-12 15:39
TBR Friday
Tales of Ancient Egypt (Puffin Classics) - Heather Copley,Roger Lancelyn Green
The Birdwatcher - William Shaw
Two Boys Kissing - David Levithan
The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness
In the Land of Invented Languages: Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets, Loglan Lovers, and the Mad Dreamers Who Tried to Build a Perfect Language - Arika Okrent
Walls: Resisting the Third Reich: One Woman's Story - Hiltgunt Zassenhaus

How did I miss that yesterday was Thursday?  Oops!

 

I'm actually almost finished Tales of Ancient Egypt.  And I've also begun reading The Knife of Never Letting Go.  With any luck, I will finish the former this evening and be able to return it to the library tomorrow.

 

Next up, The Birdwatcher.  Because you know that I'm a bird watcher, plus who can resist a murder mystery investigated by a policeman with murder in his background.  I'm thinking this one will go quickly!

 

Then to Two Boys Kissing.  It's for my February book club meeting, which I will be missing.  I should feel bad, I guess, but I'll be bird watching in Taiwan, so not too bad.

 

Two non-fiction offerings as well, In the Land of Invented Languages (because I've always secretly wanted to speak Klingon) and Walls : resisting the Third Reich

 

I must have these finished before January 28th, when I fly to Taipei.  Fingers crossed!

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text 2017-12-27 20:17
16 Festive Tasks - Square 3 - St. Martin's Day
Release - Patrick Ness

I'm using Release for a book set in a rural setting

 

 

 

Book themes for St. Martin’s Day: Read a book set on a vineyard, or in a rural setting, –OR– a story where the MC searches for/gets a new job. –OR– A book with a lantern on the cover, or books set before the age of electricity. –OR– A story dealing with an act of selfless generosity (like St. Martin sharing his cloak with a beggar).

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review 2017-10-29 21:04
Release
Release - Patrick Ness
I’m not quite sure how I feel about this novel. I was hoping for an emotional read, a novel that I would be thinking about for days but this novel was just ok for me. No energy charges or warm fuzzy feelings for me. I read it for what it was, a novel about a boy named Adam, who was a senior, whose life was about to get shaken up.
 
I liked the relationship that Adam had with his friend Angela. He knew he had something special with her, if only he was attracted to girls the two of them would make a terrific couple. I also liked Linus. Linus was Adam’s latest boyfriend and he was tired of Adam’s dream world. Adam was still carrying feeling for his previous boyfriend, Enzo. Adam felt that he had a deep relationship with Enzo and then suddenly one day, it ended. Linus is tired of sharing Adam with Enzo and I liked how Linus addressed this. Adam’s feeling about his sexuality felt real, his confusion and his mentality was authentic and sincere.
 
I didn’t care for Adam’s family. His father, a minister was not portrayed how I would have expected someone of his nature to be represented today. I was disappointed in his brother’s life event which was included in this novel. This event was to be a major shocker and again, I wondered exactly what year this book was written for. Couldn’t the author find something else for the brother to unleash to their parents that would have been more shocking than this? Perhaps it was the mood I was in when I was reading this novel but I was disappointed in the way the novel moved. It felt stiff and not comfortable. I really was excited to get my hands on this novel.

 

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