Only a Monster
The sweeping romance of Passenger meets the dark fantasy edge of This Savage Song in this stunning contemporary fantasy debut from Vanessa Len, where the line between monster and hero is razor thin.
Don’t forget the rule. No one can know what you are. What we are. You must never tell anyone about monsters.
Joan has just learned the truth: her family are monsters, with terrifying, hidden powers.
And the cute boy at work isn’t just a boy: he’s a legendary monster slayer, who will do anything to destroy her family.
To save herself and her family, Joan will have to do what she fears most: embrace her own monstrousness. Because in this story…she is not the hero.
Dive deep into the world of Only a Monster: hidden worlds dwell in the shadows, beautiful monsters with untold powers walk among humans, and secrets are the most powerful weapon of all.
Len's deeply imaginative debut follows 16-year-old history buff Joan Chang-Hunt, of Chinese Malaysian and English descent, who has long spent her summers with her deceased mother's mother in London; when Joan was six, her Gran revealed that the Hunts are monsters who "hide in plain sight." This summer, Joan is looking forward to time with Nick, her presumed-white coworker and crush. But when Joan inexplicably loses a whole day, Gran tells Joan the whole truth: that the Hunts are monsters, that monsters are able to time travel by stealing hours from a human's life, and that each monster family has its own power. After her family is suddenly massacred and a hunt for surviving monsters is mounted, Joan partners with haughty 17-year-old Aaron Oliver, implied white, of a "cruel" monster family, to jump back in time and save their families if they can. Including thoughtful introspection about Joan's multi-ethnic identity and status as a half-human, half-monster, Len carefully reveals Joan's new reality and moral struggle through an entertaining and carefully built trilogy opener. Ages 13 up. Agent: Tracey Adams, Adams Literary. (Feb.)
Amazing romance fiction
Captivating from start to finish