Welcome to my first Standalone Sunday.
This is a feature created by Megan over at BookslayerReads where we focus more on the standalone books that we loved and want to recommend.
I’m starting off with the most recent book I’ve read:
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.
If you’re looking for a truly comprehensible and short review then you’ve come to the wrong place because I have a lot of feelings about this book. Simply put, it destroyed me.
For the last couple of years I’ve heard people talk about this book and sing its praises but I was not expecting to be hit with the full force of raw and pure emotion that permeates every single page.
Conor is 13/14. He is living through one of the toughest times of his life and is fed up with how people are treating him. He just wants to be invisible but at the same time be defined by who he is, and not his mother’s illness. One night, he unknowingly awakes a monster (created from the Yew tree at the bottom of his garden) and this monster, surprised by Conor’s reaction, goes on to tell him three different stories.
The book takes us through these stories and Conor’s reluctance to come to terms with the truth of his situation.
What hit me the most was the simple but effective writing style because it lent itself brilliantly to the narrative and Conor’s journey of acceptance.
If anyone is looking for a book full of power, intensity and heart, this is it.
Thanks for reading.