A Monster Calls

“Stories are the wildest things of all, the monster rumbled. Stories chase and bite and hunt.”

Nightmares are living, breathing things. But can they help you through tragedy?

IMG-2103A Monster Calls may be one of my favorite and least favorite books all at the same time. Conor O’Malley is losing his mother to a monster that cannot be fought. As she slips away a day at a time, Conor must go on living his life. But each night there is The Nightmare, the one that wakes him up in a cold sweat, the one he can’t finish. The one he doesn’t want to finish. And each night he’s visited by The Monster. But this isn’t your average Godzilla. This monster was called, he is here for a purpose.

Patrick Ness is a word magician. He creates a story of reality using fantasy. I had no idea how this story would end or the path it would take to get there. I was pleasantly surprised and also devastated. This book is a contradiction beautifully done. The illustrations alone are intricate and gorgeous. If you haven’t picked this one up, I highly suggest you do. But prepare for a ride!

#FictionFriday: Tuck Everlasting

I remember reading Tuck Everlasting back in middle school and this book has stuck with me ever since. I find myself constantly thinking of this book and wanting to read it again and again.

51pjcLaWOSL._SX337_BO1,204,203,200_Meet Winnie Foster. Her family is relatively normal, life fairly predictable. Until one day she discovers a spring on her family’s land. Not just a normal spring but one that grants immortality if drunk from.

Meet Tuck. His family has drunk from the spring on Winnie’s land and boy do they have a lot of stories. Winnie is enamored with them and their history. But soon she must decide whether to keep their secret or join them. Is eternal life a blessing or a curse?

Natalie Babbitt has created a world that you will want to revisit again and again. With characters to fall in love with and a unique story, you won’t want to put this one down!

By Your Side

I’m not usually big on teen romance novels. They’ve never rocked my proverbial socks off. Not much was different when reading By Your Side.

IMG-2041Anxiety-riddled Autumn Collins finds herself locked in the local library over the long holiday weekend. She thinks she’s alone until she finds herself face-to-face with Dax Miller, the black sheep of their school. But as the weekend wears on, and left with no other company, Autumn finds herself opening up to Dax in ways she hadn’t even with her love interest Jeff. When the weekend is over, will the feelings that have blossomed wither? And if not, who will hold Autumns heart when she makes her final decision?

Kasie West does a wonderful job of bringing the trials and tribulations of anxiety disorders to the story. She definitely enlightens readers to what their fellow classmates and friends may be going through. While I found myself wanting to finish the story, I didn’t really find myself invested. It seemed from the very beginning who Autumn would choose. Other than the corny lines that seem ever present in teen romances and the predictable outcome, it was an enjoyable read. Definitely a refresher for the senses after some heavy reads beforehand.

When the Moon was Ours

To the boys who get called girls,
the girls who get called boys,
and those who live outside these words.
To those called names,
and those searching for names of their own.
To those who live on the edges,
and in the spaces in between
I wish for you ever light in the sky.

Do you ever have those books that you draw you in with their beautifully written words? Those books that seem lush and eloquent and absolutely breathtaking in their prose? When the Moon was Ours is definitely one of those books.

IMG-1975From a boy who hangs moons in the trees to a girl who grows roses from her wrist, When the Moon was Ours is a tale of two best friends and the strangeness that bonds them. Sam and Miel are inseparable and strange in their own ways, but even as the town spreads rumors about their oddities, they all know to keep their distance from the Bonner sisters. Four girls who run the town and who are now convinced Miel’s roses will give them more power. Using every secret to bribe her to hand over the roses, Sam and Miel must face each other’s darkest secrets and see if they can knock the Bonner sisters down a peg or two.

While Anna-Marie McLemore writes beautifully, I found myself wishing there was a plot to the story…or any plot at all. I felt as if McLemore was covering for the lack of story with her well-written words and her apt for creating a fantasy world. It was hard to pick out absolute truths from the story amidst all the metaphors McLemore filled the pages with. That being said, the story itself is absolutely wonderful. I just wish a little more thought had been put into the plot of it all.

The Beauty

“We move, we surge, we dash and we flow, and we think that our furious beating upon the far shores of the universe means we are powerful. But we are only the crest of an uncontrollable surge in the tide.”

IMG-1956I had no idea what to expect when I started reading The Beauty. Honestly, I’m still not sure how I feel about it. Aliya Whiteley has written an intriguing tale. The women are all dead, killed off by a strange disease, and men are all that is left. The age of humanity is coming to an end. But a young storyteller in a group of men, Nathan, has found what he believes to be their saving grace.

What follows is a story that is reminiscent of H.P. Lovecraft’s works. After finishing The Beauty, I felt as if my brain and been taken out and played with. While I thoroughly enjoyed Whiteley’s writing style and poetic prose, I was left wanting. I wanted more details on the downfall of humanity, a more complete ending, just more. That being said, I was kept on the edge of my seat. The Beauty is indeed a unique story, unlike anything I’ve ever read. It will keep you thinking and you won’t be able to put it down.

#FictionFriday: The Age of Miracles

Welcome book lovers to the second installment of #FictionFriday!!!!

Coming-of-age novels have never really been my thing but I always manage to read at least one each year. I’m always surprised by how much they stick with me. But this one in particular really stuck with me. Perhaps it’s because there’s a bit of sci-fi mixed in.

age-of-miraclesThe Age of Miracles follows young Julia and her family as they face catastrophe, survival, and growth. One Saturday morning, Julia wakes to find that the world has suddenly stopped its rotation. Days and nights become longer, gravity is affected, everything is in disarray. In true coming-of-age style, Julia deals with distance between her parents and herself, first loves, betrayal, friends acting strangely. All of this on top of the changes happening in the world.

Karen Thompson Walker creates a beautiful story of a young girl facing the truth of life goes on even when the world has literally stopped.

I highly encourage you to add this to your reading list. I was blown away by Walker’s writing style with beautiful prose. This is a book that will stick with you long after you’ve read it. I find myself wanting to pick it up again and again.

#FictionFriday: New Beginnings

Hey book lovers!

So I’m starting something new this month with #FictionFriday (waits for applause). Basically, every Friday I’ll be posting about a fiction book I think should be on your bookshelf. Maybe even give you a nudge to go out and buy it over the weekend. Who knows?

Starting out our #FictionFriday, I’d like to talk about A Man Called Ove. Y’all, this book hit me hard. It made me feel and you guys know how much I love a book that makes me feel.

81EQHE097eLA Man Called Ove is all about a curmudgeon (how fun is that word?) who’s world is suddenly invaded by new next door neighbors: a young couple and their two chatty daughters. Told through the budding relationship between Ove and the two girls, we see a man who has felt heartache and had a rough life.

Fredrik Backman fills these pages with sadness and comedy, making it easy to fall in love with the characters. By the end of the book, you’ll look at all the grumpy old men in the world differently.

If you haven’t picked this one up yet, I highly encourage you to check it out! It’s a fast read with a great story.

If you have any recommendations for #FictionFriday, feel free to suggest them here.