Never a Hero (Only a Monster #2) (Hardcover)

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Never a Hero (Only a Monster #2) (Hardcover)


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This is book number 2 in the Only a Monster series.

These Violent Delights meets This Savage Song in this sequel to the contemporary fantasy Only a Monster from Vanessa Len that New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Garber called "mind-bending, heart wrenching, and unputdownable!”

Joan has saved her family and reset the timeline. Now, Nick is just an ordinary boy and Aaron is again her enemy. But Joan must find a way to re-gather her old allies when the real threat returns – the woman who created Nick. Eleanor, the most dangerous member of the Monster Court.

As the stakes rise—and Nick gets perilously closer to discovering the truth of what Joan did to him—Joan advances deeper into the monster world. When she’s captured by the Monster Court itself, she uncovers a secret of her own. She and Eleanor are the last members of a thirteenth monster family—a family erased from the timeline by the King. Eleanor has been fighting to restore them.

But when Joan glimpses the dark timeline their family once ruled over—and Nick’s role in it —she finds herself once again torn between love and family and monstrous choices as she battles to prevent Eleanor from bringing back their family and ushering in a terrible future.

Never a Hero is a stunning sequel that brings even more magic, monsters, and secrets to this incredible series. As New York Times bestselling author CS Pacat says, “Put down everything you’re doing, and read it!” 

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

Product Details ISBN: 9780063024694
ISBN-10: 0063024691
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: August 29th, 2023
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: Only a Monster

Praise for Only a Monster: “Delightful.” — Holly Black, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“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.

"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

“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 (starred review)

“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.” — Kirkus Reviews

"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

"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 

"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 deeply imaginative debut.” — Publishers Weekly