Only a Monster by Vanessa Len

Book Synopsis

Book Details

Pages: 361

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Format: Hardback

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.

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* Non-Spoiler Review*

I received this book as part of a Fairyloot subscription. The first in a trilogy by Len, we are introduced to Joan a sweet 16 year old girl who loves her summer job at the local museum. Plus she has a big crush on her colleague Nick, who is also interning for the summer.

Just as she is about to go on a date with Nick, her world is turned upside down. An unexpected force causes her to time travel and miss her date. Not knowing what happened, Joan consults her grandmother to help find answer, but to her surprise this is part of what makes her a monster – the family’s well kept secret, well secret from her. Not knowing what to do, Joan tries to seek advice from Nick – who turns out to be a monster hunter and he is set on killing not only her family but all monsters that exist.

I really enjoyed this story, Joan is an observant girl who battles with what is right and what is wrong. The antagonist Nick was very compelling, I also enjoyed the back story on why he is the hero. Supporting characters Ruth, Aaron and Tom brought a great variety of personalities giving the plotline a good dose of quality.

Overall, a good start to this YA fantasy and I look forward to reading the next book in the trilogy.

Spice Rating: 1/6 – See my rating system here

Book Rating: 4/5

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