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Book Review: The Monster Who Wasn’t by T.C. Shelley

Title- The Monster Who Wasn’t
Author- T.C. Shelley
Publisher- Bloomsbury India.
Format- Paperback
Pages- 288
Genre- Middle-grade fantasy
Publication date- 8th Aug 2019

Ratings- 4.5/5

Book blurb:

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.

But little does Imp realise that Thunderguts, king of the ogres, has a great and dangerous destiny in mind for him, and he’ll stop at nothing to see it come to pass .

My review:

โ๐“˜๐“ฝ’๐“ผ ๐“ช ๐”€๐“ฎ๐“ต๐“ต-๐“ด๐“ท๐“ธ๐”€๐“ท ๐“ฏ๐“ช๐“ฌ๐“ฝ ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ฝ ๐“ฏ๐“ช๐“ฒ๐“ป๐“ฒ๐“ฎ๐“ผ ๐“ช๐“ป๐“ฎ ๐“ซ๐“ธ๐“ป๐“ท ๐“ฏ๐“ป๐“ธ๐“ถ ๐“ซ๐“ช๐“ซ๐“ฒ๐“ฎ๐“ผ’ ๐“ฏ๐“ฒ๐“ป๐“ผ๐“ฝ ๐“ต๐“ช๐“พ๐“ฐ๐“ฑ. ๐“ฆ๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ฝ ๐“ฒ๐“ผ ๐“ท๐“ธ๐“ฝ ๐“ช๐“ผ ๐”€๐“ฎ๐“ต๐“ต ๐“ญ๐“ธ๐“ฌ๐“พ๐“ถ๐“ฎ๐“ท๐“ฝ๐“ฎ๐“ญ ๐“ฒ๐“ผ ๐“ฑ๐“ธ๐”€ ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐“ถ๐“ธ๐“ท๐“ผ๐“ฝ๐“ฎ๐“ป ๐“ฌ๐“ธ๐“ถ๐“ฎ๐“ผ ๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฝ๐“ธ ๐“ซ๐“ฎ๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฐ.โž

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.๐ŸŒป

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