Matt Archer: Monster Hunter
written by Kendra C. Highley
published by CreateSpace
Why did I pick this book: I am a stop on Ms. Highley’s blog tour hosted by YA Bound. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Did I enjoy this book: I loved this book. I read every free chance I had and could not put my Nook down until I finished it. The first 30 pages had me wondering if this book was too geared towards the younger crowd of boys, the last half had me convinced that it would appeal to everyone. All I could say when I finished was “wow” and “holy crap”!
This book had enough action to keep me completely engrossed. There were parts where my adrenaline was pumping, where I laughed out loud, where I got excited and frightened and exhausted. Matt Archer: Monster Hunter is a well-written book that puts you in the action.
Matt Archer is your ordinary ninth grader…not big, not athletic, kind of quiet. But his life sure changes after a camping trip with his uncle. He is a character you want to succeed. You want Matt to get the girl of his dreams. You want him to take out the bullies that have bothered him for most of his school years. You want him to be a monster hunter. You want him to be safe and remain a kid in some respects. I think everyone would root for this kid…no one reading Matt Archer: Monster Hunter would want this kid to fail.
The remaining cast of characters fill out this book quite nicely. Mike is Matt’s uncle and helps show Matt the ropes of monster hunting. Mamie is Matt’s overprotective, older sister who proves to be quite an asset. Brent is Matt’s older brother. The two do not seem to have much in common but they are brothers and there for each other. Will is Matt’s best friend and fierce ally. He is indispensable to Matt and his hunting missions.
Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book. I can’t wait for my kids to be old enough to read it.
Will I read it again: I probably won’t read this book again but I will definitely read the next book in this series, Matt Archer: Monster Summer, which is a short story. I hope there are more books about Matt Archer.
About the book – from Goodreads: Fourteen-year-old Matt Archer spends his days studying Algebra, hanging out with his best friend and crushing on the Goddess of Greenhill High, Ella Mitchell. To be honest, he thinks his life is pretty lame until he discovers something terrifying on a weekend camping trip at the local state park.
Monsters are real. And living in his backyard.
But that’s not the half of it. After Matt is forced to kill a strange creature to save his uncle, he finds out that the weird knife he took from his uncle’s bag has a secret, one that will change Matt’s life. The knife was designed with one purpose: to hunt monsters. And it’s chosen Matt as its wielder.
Now Matt’s part of a world he didn’t know existed, working with a covert military unit dedicated to eliminating walking nightmares. Faced with a prophecy about a looming dark war, Matt soon realizes his upcoming Algebra test is the least of his worries.
His new double life leaves Matt wondering which is tougher: hunting monsters or asking Ella Mitchell for a date?
About the author: Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to two self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes chocolate is a basic human right, running a 10k is harder than it sounds, and that everyone should learn to drive a stick-shift. She loves monsters, vacations, baking and listening to bad electronica.
Find Ms. Highley here: web, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads
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