Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Rating: 4/5 stars

Pages: 356

Category: YA, fantasy, romance

Trigger: None

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Only a Monster by Vanessa Len

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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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.


Joan is at her gran’s for the summer and volunteering at a historical house where she meets a boy named Nick that she has a crush on. By mistake Joan finds out she is not a regular normal girl on the day she has a date with Nick. When she goes to explain why she couldn’t attend their date, events unfold that causes the loss of all Joan’s family because they are monsters and the hero is meant to kill the monsters.

Monsters are free to do whatever they want and they are only policed by the King. Their one rule is that humans do not find out about monsters. The hero who slays monsters is just a myth or is he? Nick is the hero and Joan is surprised to find that the world of monsters she has just discovered is filled with hidden perils. What can Joan do to recover her lost family? And can she get over her feelings for the hero that will destroy her new found world?

I prefer world building alongside plot development. The main character just says they are monsters and because this has not been explained properly, I felt like I couldn’t follow why Joan acted certain ways. It seemed that the bases for her actions were just that there are monsters and there are heroes, for a while there was no explanation on what made someone a monster and what powers they had.

The author did not waste time in getting to the action, 100 pages in and a lot had happened already. The magic system takes a while to be explained but it is so ingenious; I loved all the different houses and their powers as well as the song and direction for them. I loved how the plot unfolded and the new revelations, I found myself on the edge eager for the answers, it was so good. I gave 4 out of 5 stars.

1 John 1: 7 – But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his son, cleanses us from all sin.

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