Review: Burn by Patrick Ness



by Patrick Ness

YA Fantasy, Historical Fiction 

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On a cold Sunday evening in early 1957, Sarah Dewhurst waited with her father in the parking lot of the Chevron gas station for the dragon he’d hired to help on the farm…

Sarah Dewhurst and her father, outcasts in their little town of Frome, Washington, are forced to hire a dragon to work their farm, something only the poorest of the poor ever have to resort to.

The dragon, Kazimir, has more to him than meets the eye, though. Sarah can’t help but be curious about him, an animal who supposedly doesn’t have a soul, but who is seemingly intent on keeping her safe.

Because the dragon knows something she doesn’t. He has arrived at the farm with a prophecy on his mind. A prophecy that involves a deadly assassin, a cult of dragon worshippers, two FBI agents in hot pursuit—and somehow, Sarah Dewhurst herself.

I can honestly say I don’t think I could ever be disappointed by a Patrick Ness novel. He is one of those authors that I would buy a new novel from without any hint of hesitation.

With Ness’s incredible 12th novel, he brings us into the world of 1950s America where dragons are the norm and someone is coming for nearly 16 year old Sarah Dewhurst with an ancient prophecy. As always, Ness did not fail to deliver another tale of beautiful heartbreaking emotion weaved with the fantastical elements of his mind.

What I loved most about this book was all the twists. It was clearly a way to structure the book intentionally and I thought it added so much to the story itself—I felt like I was sitting on the edge of my seat every time I was reading this, not knowing what to expect next.

And although it might seem on the surface that Sarah is our main character, that’s far from the truth. We actually have several main characters and what was extraordinary about Ness’s writing with his latest novel was how easily he interlaced more than 10 POV’s throughout this book without finding myself even a tiny bit lost or confused.

I’m a big Ness fan, if you haven’t already been able to tell, but if you’re looking for the book to showcase his amazing storytelling talent to his best ability—then Burn is just that. With a tender LGBTQ romance at its centre, too many plot twists to name, a commentary on 1950s society as well as fully layered characters, Burn is not a book to be missed!

5 star

ARC Review: Release, by Patrick Ness


Author: Patrick Ness
Publisher: Walker Books
Release Date: May 4th 2017
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Pages: 287
Inspired by Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume’s Forever, Release is one day in the life of Adam Thorn, 17. It’s a big day. Things go wrong. It’s intense, and all the while, weirdness approaches…

Adam Thorn is having what will turn out to be the most unsettling, difficult day of his life, with relationships fracturing, a harrowing incident at work, and a showdown between this gay teen and his preacher father that changes everything. It’s a day of confrontation, running, sex, love, heartbreak, and maybe, just maybe, hope. He won’t come out of it unchanged. And all the while, lurking at the edges of the story, something extraordinary and unsettling is on a collision course.
I will not be able to stop talking about this book for a long time. It was incredibly written. It was without a doubt my favourite Patrick Ness book and quite possibly one of the best, if not the best YA novels ever written.

Adam Thorn is one of my new favourite YA characters. I just think he was so well written – he’s relatable, he makes mistakes, he’s struggling with pressure like most teenagers are and he’s funny at the same time. I shipped him and Linus so much. I’ll admit that him and Enzo were my guilty ship for most of it, though.
The plot was so fascinating and so well thought. I’m glad that it took course over just one day and it was written much better in this narrative.
It’s just, simply, wow. Such a beautiful coming-of-age story and his writing style is just special and breathtaking. Such an empathetic writer and one who really knows how to portray every emotion. Very talented indeed.
The story is incredibly engrossing and I managed to finish this quite quickly. Characters such as Angela and Martin really added to the story and the part with the Queen and Katherine were weaved into Adam’s story so well! This is just, quite simply, and outstanding piece of literature and I urge everyone to go read this when it’s out!!

5 out of 5 stars and thank you so much to my book club mentor for lending me this ARC!

Review: Monsters of Men, by Patrick Ness


“Cuz here I come.”

Well. Wow. I’m in shock.  What an epic way to conclude the series.

I was gonna give this 3.5 stars because in all fairness, it was a very tough read. But the ending left me breathless so I felt I had no choice but to give it the 4 stars it deserves.

Monsters of Men is a heart-stopping and engrossing finale to the Chaos Walking trilogy.

I just can’t believe I have to say goodbye to Todd and Viola now and when a certain character came back, I was over the moon.

A really different, unique and enjoyable read and I’m glad it was my first read of 2017.

Review: The Ask and the Answer, by Patrick Ness


Holy. Crap.

There was a reason I finished this massive beauty in 2 days – simply because it is SO GODDAMN GOOD.

I’m actually sitting here right now in shock. I don’t know what I’m going to do with my life after THAT ending.

Actually, that’s a lie. I do know what I’m going to do. I’M GONNA READ MONSTERS OF MEN ASAP!!

Honestly, this is my favourite in the series so far. I just looooove what Ness did with the “Ask” and the “Answer” and what he turned them into.

And Viola and Todd. Oh my little babies. They’re such wonderful characters that you can get emotionally attached to so easily!

This sequel was well written and engaging and fast paced and definitely lived up to its predecessor!!

​5 out of 5 stars!

Review: The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness



This is such a completely original and unique idea that it’s practically impossible not to like the plot or the characters.

It tells the story of Todd, who is almost a “man” (ie. thirteen) in his home in Prentisstown. And as he’s just a month away from becoming one, he comes across an area of complete silence in the Noise, which is impossible.

Noise is the thoughts of everyone in the town, the thoughts that everyone else can hear. And it’s everywhere. So once the Mayor finds out Todd knows about this area of silence, he sets the entire town after him.

So Todd, with only his dog Manchee as company and a book from his dads, flees from Prentisstown. To explore the rest of New World. And what he finds is only what the stories he’d been told as a kid were about…

Viola and Todd were great protagonists who worked so well together, despite the fact that they’d only just met. This is a credit to Ness, as it shows just how marvellous his writing skill is. How he’s capable of making two characters have two different lives before meeting and yet fitting together like they’re pieces of a puzzle.

Bravo, to be really honest. I just can’t wait to read the sequel – it’s in my hands right now!!


Review: A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness


This is my second time reading it, after devouring it earlier in the year.

The reason being, because I’m going to a very early screening of the movie on Monday night WITH  Patrick Ness himself. I’m so excited.

So, I should probably talk about the book as well. Just like like last time, it’s simply, utterly, extraordinarily beautiful.

Ness’s storytelling is so simplistic yet so engrossing. I must mention Siobhan Dowd here (RIP), and thank her for coming up with the idea in the first place. I think (hope) she would be glad that such an amazing writer such as Patrick Ness wrote it for her.

Of course I’m giving this book ​5 (million) stars out of 5!!!!