i received a copy of only a monster from allen and unwin nz in exchange for an honest review.
only a monster review
in case you weren’t aware, only a monster is about time travel. well it’s about a lot of things. but time travel is the most important. (in my humble opinion).
and as a lover of all things time travel, of course i had to love this one.
and yes, i read this book in one sitting. i devoured it.
while this book was fairly short, it didn’t like in world building. it was rich and descriptive. i was a little worried as to how the author would explain time travel without being too detailed (which is always confusing), but also not too vague (i do like some answers!). the time travel wasn’t over done – the characters only went to a few different locations, so it wasn’t like vanessa len was trying to cram a lot in (which i was grateful for).
the characters were interesting. joan, our main character, was very realistic and believable. she had concerns about doing “bad” things, as she had always been little miss good. i liked as she broadened her outlook on what was considered good/bad as things went on.
only a monster ends with lots of talk about soul mates. this isn’t something i like. i feel like being soul mates is something you don’t have a choice in (same as fate, destiny and all those other things). like, what if you’re destined to be with someone, but they do something inexcusable? are you stuffed? never going to love again?
because of this, i’m a little worried with how things will progress in the next book. either way, i have my preferred love interest in mind – i just hope the author can read my thoughts from so far away.
considering i loved pretty much everything about this book, i have two things that bothered me (but aren’t the end of the world):
- the ending felt rushed.
so much was packed into the last few pages, it was unreal.
- the excessive use of the term “monster.”
i’m sure if you open up the ebook and search in the term, there’ll be at least one on every page, if not more.
my biggest issue with this is that the author seemed to label select groups as “monster” and “hero” (monster is used to describe a group of people, like british, american, etc.). it felt like these were supposed to be placeholder terms where the author was going to change it later on. while this was annoying due to the repetitiveness of the word, i still enjoyed the book. a lot.
overall, if you haven’t figured it out by now: you should read only a monster. it’s so damn good.