Parents' Guide to

Monstrous Devices

By Mary Cosola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Toy robots come to life in fun, creepy European adventure.

Book Damien Love Fantasy 2018
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 12+

Scary for a 9 year old

My son only got a few pages in and was so freaked out by it. I felt bad for letting him read it! I am sure it's a great imaginative book, but definitely would recommend for older than 12 years old.
age 9+

Good for kids

This book has a lot of good things in it to learn from

This title has:

Educational value
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (4):
Kids say: Not yet rated

In this fun, fast-paced adventure story, 13-year-old Alex gets way more than he bargained for when he receives a small toy robot from his grandfather. The robots in Monstrous Devices are just that: monstrous. Many come to life and are used as weapons by a mysterious crew hunting Alex and his grandfather in pursuit of Alex's latest robot, which possibly holds the secret to a powerful legend. Author Damien Love creates a wonderful duo in Alex and his grandfather. Alex is a nice, sensible, relatable character, and his grandfather is funny, dashing, and brave. The imagery throughout the book is beautiful. Like the creepy toy robots in the story, the places and unusual characters come alive on the page, putting the reader right in the action with the characters.

The story itself is structured as a series of chase scenes and fights held together with a golem legend and mysteries around Alex's father and grandfather. The excitement in the various battles is well executed and fun, but some of the action gets repetitive after a while. When it comes to many of the questions involving Alex's dad and grandfather threaded throughout the action, the book leaves a little too much hanging. In fact, there's so much left unresolved, it seems a Book 2 must be in the works.

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