• Only a Monster

  • Only a Monster, Book 1
  • By: Vanessa Len
  • Narrated by: Vera Chok
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (224 ratings)

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Only a Monster

By: Vanessa Len
Narrated by: Vera Chok
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Publisher's Summary

The sweeping romance of Passenger meets the dark fantasy edge of This Savage Song in this stunning contemporary fantasy debut from Vanessa Len, where the line between monster and hero is razor thin.

Don’t forget the rule. No one can know what you are. What we are. You must never tell anyone about monsters.

Joan has just learned the truth: Her family are monsters, with terrifying, hidden powers.

And the cute boy at work isn’t just a boy: He’s a legendary monster slayer, who will do anything to destroy her family.

To save herself and her family, Joan will have to do what she fears most: Embrace her own monstrousness. Because in this story...she is not the hero.

Dive deep into the world of Only a Monster: Hidden worlds dwell in the shadows, beautiful monsters with untold powers walk among humans, and secrets are the most powerful weapon of all.

©2022 Vanessa Len (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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A nice YA fantasy

This book is a nice new entry to the YA fantasy realm and I found the idea of us as readers being supposedly on the side of the bad ones (the monsters) quite original and interesting. The lines between good and bad weren’t obvious and I was debating myself the entire time while reading it. Even though as a whole this book was enjoyable and I liked it some elements were severely lacking. Joan’s power’s weren’t explained properly and I felt like more than anything they were a magical fix instead of a completely thought out abilities with rules and limitations. The timelines also weren’t explored enough, while the notion that the timeline strived to correct itself so that monsters couldn’t change the events that were supposed to happen was understandable enough the fact that some monsters could play with its’ rules and also the question about what happened to the original timeline were left as mysteries probably to be solved in the next book in the series. In addition, the supposedly forbidden romance (or maybe even lost romance) in the centre of the story wasn’t deep enough and instead of letting us get to know more about the love between Joan and Nick we get constant repetition of how they felt when they first met so that when the final betrayal comes it hardly evokes any emotions or sympathy towards them. The same is true for all the relationships between characters in the book. They were all too surface level for my liking and the mission always took priority instead of character building.

In conclusion, this book unfortunately has some lost emotional potential and felt short of my expectations based on early reviews. It’s not that I don’t recommend it, it’s just that there are more complete and well rounded entries to this genre that would likely be more worthy of your time.

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love it

great story I enjoy this book I would recommend someone else to read this book it's very intriguing could not put it down I vastly enjoyed narrator was awesome as well

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well told and read story

I loved this story. want more from Vanessa! hoping it has a sequel in the future!

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Really good story

It's been a long time since I read a good story. I keep choosing stories with bad narrators or boring story. This one was awesome with a reader that can read to make everything real.

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Liked it to start with, but…

Seemed really unwieldy and intriguing story at first, but quickly became apparent it was just going to be a ‘Twilight saga’ clone.

If you are looking for another twilight series look no further, this is ur book/series. If you want something unique and different, sadly this isn’t as great as it could have been.

Overall it is still a decent story

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Extremely hard core walk on the wild side.

I finished the book, I had to up the speed a bit. Characters seem life like, snobs and sweethearts. The settings are well defined and periodesque.

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Too many plot holes

I just didn't get into the story. The reader was OK and the story was OK, then it started with plot holes. Spoiler alert: A character took time from another person by accident, but she just lost time herself then lost more time being sick - made no sense and she had no control over it. One character sent a text out of time and place after she said she didn't push the button to send it - must be some time travel plan on that phone. Another character grabbed a land phone but was stopped, but somehow that call got through too, to another time and place. One character saved another person's life then the saved person witched about it. A lot of killing happened after that - no thank you. Not fun, not clever and I didn't like the relationship part. A lot of people seemed to like it, but it didn't work for me.

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This is a wonderful book

This is a wonderful book. I checked and this is the author‘s first book and wow, what a great debut. I cared about the characters, I enjoyed this story very much, and it was more about relationships and motivations than superpowers and action, even though there was some of that. I will also say that Life had value in this book. Many books these days tend to mirror the video game theme where you have superpowers, and when you kill bad guys, or your buddy Dies, it doesn’t matter. That makes those books unsatisfying for me. This work puts the proper value on relationships and life, I’ll be at from a monster perspective who prays on humans lol. I also mentioned, that there may have been some minor puzzle flaws. Some people like books that are like puzzles where every element of the plot has to fit together neatly, other people like me, like books that make you care about the characters and become involved in their struggles. This one satisfies me quite a lot. I saw a few places where the puzzle people can find some flaws, but for a first time author taking on time travel, there are few, and they are easy to overlook and just enjoy the ride. After reading some other reviews, I went back to listen to the final chapter again, because the conclusion actually might seem different to you on a second listing. The puzzle people might actually not as have as much to complain about as I originally thought. sure there will be a sequel ass there are several openings, however, I think I want to enjoy this story as it is because the ending was bitter sweet and I enjoyed it just as it is. if you liked The ending to the movie La La Land, you’ll probably like this as well.

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Creative and unusual story! loved it!

the author kept me up late! I could barely put this book down. The characters came alive and the world building was amazing. I highly recommend it.

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Simply enjoyable story

Overall an enjoyable story. This odd but effective combination of monsters and time travel was pleasantly a good one. Also the hero and monster subplot also a twist to normal stories. I think it worked well.

The reader was good and didn't distract from story.

Glad I bought.