Guardians Inc: The Cypher by Julian Rosado-Machain #review
Tongue-in-cheek YA fiction is one of my favorite sub-genres.
Clever quips, eye-rolling puns and the like are sure to draw me in if done well.
Julian Rosado-Machain does them fairly well. He has created a quirky world with intriguing characters.
Thomas and his grandfather Morgan have only each other after the disappearance of Thomas’ parents while abroad. And it seems both of them have a unique skill set that can help ad ultra-secret ages old society to save the world.
Where this story becomes more intriguing than the slew of similar books in the genre is in how it ends up placing Thomas and Morgan on opposing sides of a race against time. This has set up what could become (and I hope does) a very precarious dynamic in future books.
And I now want gargoyles guarding my house as well.
At only 169 pages this is a very quick read and I imagine would easily hold the interest of most 8-12 year olds. I think it is also interesting enough to hold the attention of slightly older readers as well.
My only suggestion would be to perhaps slow it down just a tiny bit. At times it felt like we were speeding through exposition and plot at 80 mph when 50 mph might have been more appropriate.