Saturday 2 April 2022

Only A Monster (Monsters #1) by Vanessa Len - A Review


“If you need to run, always imply that you'll return.”

Only A Monster by Vanessa Len is a YA Fantasy book and it is the first book in the Monsters series. It was published in February 2022 by Hodder & Stoughton.

We follow Joan in what  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.

To be honest with you, I wasn't expecting much from this book but I ended up really liking it. 
It has some of the classic YA tropes such as teen girl comes into new powers and heroes vs villains. This last one is one of my favourites and I really liked that we are on the side of the monsters and that there are moral dilemmas and morally grey characters. I found the story really exciting, fast-paced, engaging and with high stakes, since the outcome will eventually determine the future. 
I liked the characters and the dynamics between them . I didn't mind the love triangle that tries to emerge. 
The ending wraps up the story really well but there is of course room for a sequel since we have many unanswered questions. I am so happy  that this is a planned trilogy.

Rating: 4 Stars

See you in the next post and don't forget to keep reading!!!

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