Review Only a Monster

Only a Monster by Vanessa Len

  • Titel: Only a Monster
  • Author: Vanessa Len
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • Pages: 349 Pages 
  • Price: 7,99 €


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.

Then a Good Samaritan attempt gone wrong sends Joan spinning through time, and her life quickly begins to unravel.

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 . . .

My Opinion:

Vanessa Len is a completely new author to me and since the blurb and the beautiful cover appealed to me, I thought I’ll give her a try. I love the cover and it fits the plot perfectly and the blurb promises a great story. And what can I say, my expectations of the book were definitely met. Vanessa Len has a great writing style. It is easy to read, exciting, humorous and emotional. You get served a whole range of feelings. I couldn’t put the book down and I read it through in one go. It was just so much fun.

The characters were well worked out and I was able to understand the feelings, the behavior and the respective decisions. Sometimes I felt like I was watching the action right next to the protagonists. Both Nick and Joan were very interesting and it was fun to accompany them on their way. I really liked the dynamics and the dialogues between the two of them. But I really liked the supporting characters too and they rounded off the plot wonderfully.

If you like YA urban fantasy, you should definitely take a look at this book. You will not regret it. I had a wonderful couple of hours of reading and can absolutely recommend the book.


The rights to the covers lie with the respective publisher / author! This book was made available to me as a review copy by Hodder & Stoughton. All reviews reflect my honest opinion.