Only a Monster

January 23, 2022

by Vanessa Len

In this book we follow Joan who’s spending the summer at her Gran’s place. She’s sixteen and is just about to go on a date with Nick, a nerdy boy that she’s had a crush on for some time. 

But while she’s waiting for him to arrive for the date something strange happens, Joan appears to have missed the whole day, but she can’t remember a thing. That’s when Gran tells her the truth. Joan is a monster. And monsters can steal time from humans and travel through time. 

As Joan tries to explain to Nick without telling him the truth, she learns something even worse. Nick isn’t just any human. He’s the hero that kills the monsters. 

This was a huge and delightful surprise for me. This book had me hooked from the first chapter until the very end. I’m the kind of person who read in bed before I fall asleep, and this is the kind of book that makes me go to bed early just so I can read a little more. On top of that, I couldn’t put it down after I reached the 60% mark and had to finish the whole thing in one sitting. 

The writing was good, at times perhaps a little repetitive and generic, but honestly none of that mattered. Because the hook, the stakes, the mystery, it was all so good that there wasn’t time to care about a few words or sentences here and there. 

The pacing was just up my alley, fast and on point. There’s not much time to relax because the story keeps pulling you to the next stage. And I love this. There’s extremely few sentences, paragraphs etc that feels redundant. Everything that we read is important and matters and it makes it fun to read. 

The plot was in one way a fairy standard hero vs monster kind of thing, only here we’re seeing things from the monster’s side. And it’s strange how the author manages to make these people lovable and understandable despite the fact that they steal time from humans to often time travel just for fun. I like the characters, they are flawed, they are fun, they are lovable. 

There are few things I can say at this point that I don’t like about the book. It was a perfect read for “lazy minds” like mine. I don’t have to think too much about things, because that I need to know I’m being told, and I can just enjoy the ride. Just like I want it. And there are plenty of fascinating details about time travel and the rules of this world and what you can and cannot do. I find it so interesting. 

There’s one thing that I would have wanted though, and that’s more. It ended in a satisfying way, but I would have wanted the epilogue to be longer, to go deeper into the effects of everything that has happened. I feels a little like we were left with a few loose ends, and I really would have wanted things to be a little more explained by the end.

But yes, a definite 5/5 stars for this book, and a strong recommendation to read it.

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Wrap Up

Only a Monster

  • 9.5/10
  • 9.5/10
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  • Great concept
  • Time travel!
  • Fast paced
  • Likable characters


  • A few loose ends
  • Too short ;)
  • The romance wasn't romantic

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