Mini Reviews

May 22, 2014 book review, fiction, Little Brown, Short Reviews, young adult 6

I don’t review everything I read, but sometimes I want to just share a little something.  I read these books last month, on readathon day.

The BearThe Bear by Claire Cameron was published in February 2014 by Little Brown & Company.  The story is told in the voice of five year old Anna, as she shares her story of a camping nightmare.  Unbeknownst to her a violent black bear terrorizes their campsite and her parents during the night.  She and her two year old brother are left alone, and she is responsible for getting them both to safety.

This is a fabulous read, a remarkable voice of young Anna, reminded me of Room by Emma Donoghue.  Highly Recommend.

A Monster Calls A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness was published by Walker Books in September 2011.  I was given this arc by a beloved former book blogger and it has waited for a long time. I wasn’t quite sure what this book was about. Conor is a young man with a real trauma in his life, divorced parents and his mother undergoing treatment for cancer.  The monster comes in his dreams and is so realistic, the monster leaves all sorts of real clues that he exists.  The monster is there to get the truth from Conor, even though he really wants to keep everything buried inside.  Keep the tissues handy.  Highly recommend, and this one is for teens too.

Both these books are short, can be easily read in one sitting, and both worth the time.  enjoy!!

6 Responses to “Mini Reviews”

  1. Sarah @ Sarah's Book Shelves

    I keep seeing great reviews of The Bear and keep avoiding it and I’m not sure why…maybe because the plot sounds so out there to me?! I think I should probably bite the bullet…it may be one of those books that everyone loves despite an unappealing plot (The Language of Flowers).

  2. Xe Sands

    I listened to A MONSTER CALLS in audio and it was phenomenal. And yes, keep those tissues handy. Cried and cried.

  3. Heather

    I LOVED A Monster Calls. That book ripped my heart right out. The Bear seems so scary to me, I’m not sure I’ll pick it up.

  4. Athira

    I have both these books on my to-read list. I loved Ness’ Chaos Walking trilogy so I’ve been meaning to read more of his books since, but never got to any of them yet.

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