Sunday 5 November 2023

Never a Hero (Only a Monster, Book #2)

Never a Hero (Only a Monster, Book #2) by Vanessa Len (Allen & Unwin) PB RRP $24.99 ISBN 9781760878351

Reviewed by Kylie Buckley

Joan Chang-Hunt is half human and half monster. Every monster family has a unique power, and all monsters can steal life from humans to travel in time. There is so much that Joan doesn’t know about being a monster and didn’t even know this other world existed until last summer when she was forced to save her family by destroying Nick, the hero monster slayer.

Now, Joan is in another time and only she remembers that horrible night. Joan is reconnected with Nick, who gets caught in the crossfire when she is attacked by Court Guards. The pair then find themselves as fugitives in a timeline six years down the track. Joan has become an enemy of the Monster Court for reasons she doesn’t understand, and Aaron is part of the team trying to kill her.

Never a Hero is a young adult fantasy novel and the sequel to Only a Monster. It is the second book in an upcoming trilogy. It is advisable to read book one first, to fully appreciate the characters and their motives in book two. Only a Monster won the 2022 Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Novel and has been translated into many languages.

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