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Only a Monster: 1 Hardcover – 22 February 2022

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"A deeply imaginative debut."--Publishers Weekly

"Equal parts fantasy, adventure, and caper... Unique plotlines and characterization will have readers rooting for the monster; this is a must purchase."--School Library Journal
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Only A Monster is a wonderfully clever and intriguing take on the classic tale of hero versus monster. Vanessa Len has crafted a rich and immersive world filled with unique magic, thrilling action, and a heart-wrenching star-crossed romance. A marvelous and twisty debut that will pull you in right from the start!--June CL Tan, author of Jade Fire Gold

"This book grabbed me by the throat. Vanessa Len's world of monsters and heroes is like nothing I've ever read, utterly fresh and unique. Put down everything you're doing, and read it!"--CS Pacat,
USA Today bestselling author of the Captive Prince trilogy, and the Dark Rise series.

Exquisitely crafted, this riveting read opens up a multitude of dimensions and turns the notion of heroes and monsters on its head. Vanessa Len has woven a spellbinding tale laced with mystery, magic, humor, and heartbreak.--Cindy Lin, author of
The Twelve

"A fast-paced thriller that blurs the division between villain and hero and features a deeply conflicted protagonist caught in the middle... an exciting urban fantasy."--
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Vanessa Len's
Only a Monster is captivating and unique and - dare I say it - utterly monstrous (in the best possible way). This engrossing debut will have YA readers longing to steal time just so they can devour the pages over and over again!--Lynette Noni, author of The Prison Healer

Mind-bending, heart wrenching, and unputdownable! Don't feel bad if this book tricks you into rooting for the monster instead of the hero. Vanessa Len has written a masterful debut novel--I loved the time-travel, the star crossed romance, and the monsters. --Stephanie Garber,
New York Times bestselling author of the Caraval series

An absolute page-turner.
Only a Monster paints another vivid world inside the one we know, and uses a deft hand to bring it utterly alive. Vanessa Len blurs the age-old lines between good or evil, hero or monster, in the most captivating way.--Chloe Gong, New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights

What a fantastic, immersive read - I couldn't stop turning the page! An exciting, original and complex fantasy about monsters, heroes, and all the people in between. --Naomi Novik,
New York Times bestselling author of the Temeraire series

About the Author

Vanessa Len writes YA fantasy about girl anti-heroes, monsters, and enemies who are maybe in love. She's read every Diana Wynne Jones book more times than she can count. She's a graduate of the Clarion Writers' Workshop, and she lives in Melbourne, Australia. Only a Monster is Vanessa's first novel, and you can visit her online at www.vanessalen.com.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harperteen (22 February 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0063024640
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0063024649
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 13 - 17 years
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.97 x 3.28 x 20.96 cm
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Vanessa Len is Australian author of Chinese-Malaysian and Maltese heritage. An educational editor, she has worked on everything from language learning programs to STEM resources, to professional learning for teachers. Vanessa is a graduate of the Clarion Workshop in San Diego, and she lives in Melbourne.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Strong emotionally compelling fantasy, original ideas, can't wait for the next one
Reviewed in Australia on 26 March 2022
It's hard to know exactly how to describe this story except that it's powerful and unique and very very good.

Joan is a history nerd and volunteers at a historic house where she meets Nick who also loves history, or so it seems. What she doesn't know is that Nick is hiding his true nature from her and Joan's family have hid their true nature from Joan for her entire life. She's about to go on her first date with Nick when her powers slam into her for the first time and she loses time. Trying to figure out what's going on and who she is and trying to do the right thing despite everything Joan had known about herself being wrong will take most of this book and probably the next two in the series.

I had no clue where this story was going which is just how I like it. The story was unique and complex and Ms Len has built a great world that I can't wait to be immersed in again.

The ethical questions Joan struggles with because of her newly discovered powers are compelling and heartbreaking. And while the blurb says that Joan is the monster I think both Joan and Nick have monster and hero elements in equal measure. And the conflict within themselves is the thing that makes the story amazing.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality- unreadable
Reviewed in Australia on 21 March 2022
Product arrived with black ink throughout some pages so I can’t read the book.
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