• 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 (72 ratings)

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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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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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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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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.