We have a lot of eARC’s and we want to promote them a little bit more. So we decided to do some more Bookish Beginnings On Friday. Today I want to share the beginning of one of the eARC’s I’m really excited about. And that is Never a Hero by Vanessa Len, the sequel to Only a Monster. Let’s take a look!
This sequel to the contemporary fantasy Only a Monster will take Joan deeper into the monster world, where treacherous secrets and even more danger await.
Despite all of the odds, Joan achieved the impossible. She reset the timeline, saved her family – and destroyed the hero, Nick.
But her success has come at a terrible cost.
She alone remembers what happened. Now, Aaron, her hard-won friend – and maybe more – is an enemy, trying to kill her. And Nick, the boy she loved, is a stranger who doesn’t even know her name. Only Joan remembers that there is a ruthless and dangerous enemy still out there.
When a deadly attack forces Joan back into the monster world as a fugitive, she finds herself on the run with Nick – as Aaron closes in.
As the danger rises – and Nick gets perilously closer to discovering the truth of what Joan did to him – Joan discovers a secret of her own. One that threatens everyone she loves.
Torn between love and family and monstrous choices, Joan must find a way to re-gather her old allies to face down the deadliest of enemies, and to save the timeline itself.
Vanessa Len’s stunning Only a Monster trilogy continues with this second instalment, a thrilling journey where a secret past threatens to unravel everyone’s future.
“Don’t you slow down!” the coach shouted. One of the boys had turned up late, and now the whole football team was suffering for it. From the fence line, Joan watched them stumble past in yet another lap. Most of the boys were gasping, but at the front of the pack, Nick’s pace was steady, as if he could have kept this up for days.
I didn’t read the synopsis before diving in so I was very curious what Nick was doing in this first paragraph of the book! Maybe we already knew something at the end of the first book? But I did not remember that at all haha. So after this first chapter I definitely kept going for a bit. This start drew me in right away!
And after reading the synopsis for this post I realised I had missed something else. Apparently this series will be a trilogy. I was so sure this was going to be a duology. That means I have to alter my expectations for sure haha. I have high hopes for this series overall but I was hoping for a resolution in this was. And I was also hoping I would find out who Joan ends up with, because there can honestly be only one right answer ;).
While this first paragraph doesn’t tell us much about the rest of the story, for me it did a good job. I was immediately hooked and wanted to keep on reading. And I think that is a great thing for an opening chapter. As soon as this post is done I will be diving back in!
Have you read the first book in this series? I personally loved Only a Monster and like I said, I’m super excited about this one. If you have read Only a Monster, are you as excited about this sequel? Come talk to me in the comments!