Only a Monster by Vanessa Len

Book Genre Block - "Young Adult" with 4 young adults
Book Genre Tag "Fantasy" with image of fantasy world of mountains and water

Rating: 4 out of 5.

So, I picked this book up only because of the cover. I didn’t read what it was about, I was just like that looks awesome, and I wasn’t wrong, YAY! 🤣

This is a YA fantasy about a young girl, Joan, who finds out she’s a monster and the boy she was on a date with is a monster-hunter. Unfortunately, the way she finds out is pretty awful, and she has to run for her life!

So, what makes Joan a monster? Her family steals time from others to time travel. If they steal an hour, that person will die one hour sooner than they should have. I really enjoyed this concept, and the world of monsters that was created throughout the story! As the story unfolds, there was more and more to learn about the world of monsters, and it was fascinating!

Joan was an interesting character who is naive because she was never told anything about monster life, and yet, she’s got an awesome inner strength that she grabs onto as the story progresses. I liked her, and I enjoyed watching her grow!

I absolutely recommend this for YA fantasy readers!

Where to Find This Book:

Amazon ~ Goodreads

With the sweeping romance of Passenger and the dark fantasy edge of This Savage Song, this standout YA contemporary fantasy debut from Vanessa Len, is the first in a planned trilogy.

It should have been the perfect summer. Sent to stay with her late mother’s eccentric family in London, sixteen-year-old Joan is determined to enjoy herself. She loves her nerdy job at the historic Holland House, and when her super cute co-worker Nick asks her on a date, it feels like everything is falling into place.

But she soon learns the truth. Her family aren’t just eccentric: they’re monsters, with terrifying, hidden powers. And Nick isn’t just a cute boy: he’s a legendary monster slayer, who will do anything to bring them down.

As she battles Nick, Joan is forced to work with the beautiful and ruthless Aaron Oliver, heir to a monster family that hates her own. She’ll have to embrace her own monstrousness if she is to save herself, and her family. Because in this story . . .

. . . she is not the hero.

Just the Facts:

Only a Monster by Vanessa Len
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pub Date: February 22, 2022


I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.

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