Title- The Monster Who Wasn’t
Author- T.C. Shelley
Publisher- Bloomsbury India.
Genre- Middle-grade fantasy
Publication date- 8th Aug 2019
This is the story of a creature who is both strange and unique. When he hatches down in the vast underground lair where monsters dwell, he looks just like a human boy – much to the disgust of everyone watching. Even the grumpy gargoyles who adopt him and nickname him ‘Imp’ only want him to steal chocolate for them from the nearby shops. He’s a child with feet in both worlds, and he doesn’t know where he fits.
❝𝓘𝓽’𝓼 𝓪 𝔀𝓮𝓵𝓵-𝓴𝓷𝓸𝔀𝓷 𝓯𝓪𝓬𝓽 𝓽𝓱𝓪𝓽 𝓯𝓪𝓲𝓻𝓲𝓮𝓼 𝓪𝓻𝓮 𝓫𝓸𝓻𝓷 𝓯𝓻𝓸𝓶 𝓫𝓪𝓫𝓲𝓮𝓼’ 𝓯𝓲𝓻𝓼𝓽 𝓵𝓪𝓾𝓰𝓱. 𝓦𝓱𝓪𝓽 𝓲𝓼 𝓷𝓸𝓽 𝓪𝓼 𝔀𝓮𝓵𝓵 𝓭𝓸𝓬𝓾𝓶𝓮𝓷𝓽𝓮𝓭 𝓲𝓼 𝓱𝓸𝔀 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓶𝓸𝓷𝓼𝓽𝓮𝓻 𝓬𝓸𝓶𝓮𝓼 𝓲𝓷𝓽𝓸 𝓫𝓮𝓲𝓷𝓰.❞
The book is based on the concept that monsters are born with last sigh of human. “The monsters who Wasn’t” is a story of a creature named ‘Imp’ who is strange, unique and born with both; the first laugh of baby and the last sigh of human. The gargoyles who adopted him and gave him his nickname just wanted him to steal chocolates for them. On the other hand Imp is just sweet, innocent and not at all monster-ish, who doesn’t even know where he fits.There were plenty of characters that could have easily boggle up the entire read but Shelley held the plot exceptionally well. The introduction of gargoyle made me fall for the book even more. I kept speculating but every page was extremely unpredictable. As a debut book the author has done an incredible job by annexing various characters and experimenting with peculiar concepts yet upholding the amusement and charm of the book. A middle-grade book with a compelling plot, extraordinary elements and absolutely enlivening narration that has ogres, gargoyles and goblins. Shrek fans wouldn’t want to miss this read!
Thanks to @bloomsburyindia for the #gifted copy.🌻
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