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Matt Archer: Monster Hunter (Matt Archer #1) Kindle Edition

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"A fast-paced, self-pubbed action novel with funny asides that the 12+ crowd will really enjoy - even those who might not really love reading." -- Tanita Davis, Guys Lit Wire

"The book is about what you'd expect of high-grade YA urban fantasy: a nice sarcastic first person voice with a nice garnish of adolescence and some good humor...with the sorts of fun twists and developments you'd expect from a master craftsman."   -- Awesome Indies (Awesome Indies Approved)

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This book is intended for readers aged 12 and up. The Matt Archer series is classified as "teen" and not intended for readers under 12. Please be advised.

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  • File Size: 2039 KB
  • Print Length: 297 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 6, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008ZFFZPC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,181 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to four self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most critical job. She believes in everyday magic, extraordinary love stories, and the restorative powers of dark chocolate.

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Matt Archer is your average high school freshman, until he's attacked by a monster and finds out he's not. Average, that is. He's still 14, and has to cope with all the trials of school (& girls!) that come with that.

There are a lot of things I love about this book:
1) It's young adult, and there's no swearing. It may not mean much these days, but I was glad to read a story where even the adults manage to curb their language around the kids. I certainly try to.
2) The action doesn't stop. Seriously! I was up until after 1am because I couldn't put it down! And it's not all monster-violence, either - a lot of the book is about Matt and the people around him.
3) Perhaps my favorite aspect - the book flows smoothly. If there's dialog, it's smooth. If there's a segue of two months, it's smooth. I never had to wonder if I had missed something because the author didn't edit it correctly.

There are some very dark, but within-the-book realistic moments, so it isn't all action and fluff. Matt has a lot of emotional growth moments.

Mild spoiler ahead -
When discussing the origin of the monsters, I did worry slightly about a religious overtone to the book. It doesn't go there, though. There are a few references to the potential of the dark forces being from Hell, but it comes across as a more generic, all religions included, battle of good vs evil. I actually really appreciated that.
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It's funny - I thought I was too old for YA stories, and then I realised that I was just looking for the right kind of stories to hold my interest. This is one of those. If you're looking for vampires or angels or similar things that tend to make up YA novels at the moment, you won't find that here - you will, however, find something a bit more awesome :D

Matt Archer heads off on what he thinks is another normal camping trip with his uncle Mike, but things quickly go downhill when they're attacked by a monster. Worse still, his uncle's hunting knife - the one Matt pulls out to defend himself - seems to have chosen him as its new owner. Things are about to get interesting ...

Overall I really enjoyed this. I liked how everything seemed to be realistic - the protagonist, Matt Archer, doesn't start off as an amazing, buff hero. He's a weedy, short little 14-year-old kid, but over the course of the book you really get a sense of him changing both mentally and physically as a direct result of what he goes through and not 'just because'. The whole book is peppered with awesome references too: "Seriously, the monster looked like a resurrected Wookiee made from spare parts." (one of my favourite lines!). Also, Matt Archer himself was a pretty awesome character - I particularly loved all the times he goes off daydreaming about Ella, the gorgeous girl from class. It was a nice aside and did its job reminding me that he isn't just a monster hunter but also a relatively normal kid.

I definitely wasn't disappointed by this book and am going to happily foist it onto my younger relatives. Read this book if you are looking for a good YA read or are the primary book-buyer for younger readers - I think this is one you'll enjoy :D
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Fourteen-year-old Matt Hunter struggles to absorb the knowledge that there are monsters in the world, and that a magic knife has chosen him to fight them. Matt matures, finds love (or at least some smooching), and kills a lot of monsters -- what's not to like? I thoroughly enjoyed this very competently composed YA/11+ read from first-time novelist Kendra C. Highley. Reminiscent of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson, Matt is edgier, rawer -- perhaps in part because he lives in a universe filled with adults, both good and bad, as well as kids, whereas Percy's adventures take place in something more like a Neverland. Matt lives in the real word, albeit a real world inhabited by some pretty gruesome monsters. Terrific page turner; I stayed up half the night reading it, and now I can't wait for the next installment.
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To be honest, I thought I would hate this book. I was wrong. When reading the description I was thinking cheesy monster book with poor writing like all of the others. No, this book completely slammed me in the face when I got to about chapter three. Matt, a seemingly average kid, albeit a bit on the small side, jumps into the action right away and steps up when duty calls upon him. His reactions to events are highly realistic in my opinion, and I felt like I could really get into his head and understand what he felt. Though scared, Matt makes a man out of himself and jumps in time and time again, though he may not be ready emotionally, he puts up a tough face and plunges into training, love, and honor. The only reason I give it four stars, or rather four and a half, was because I felt the story could have gone even deeper into the details, but that's just me. I think others, of any age, will find this a five star worthy, action-packed, and paranormal explosion filled book definitely worth the time. Please, if you need an easy, fun filled, punch-in-the-face-book, read Matt Archer!
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I'd like to start by sharing the paragraph that convinced me to buy the book:

"Before I had a chance to dig out some marshmallows for s'mores, the air turned sharp and the wind gusted cold into the campfire, sending up sparks. Uncle Mike rose to his feet, with an intense, alert expression I'd never seen before--like he could eat a brick and enjoy the crunch."

I laughed out loud when I read that. Original, well-used metaphors aren't that common, and a funny one to boot? Excellent. The rest of the book carries on in that vein, happily.

On to the plot. Matt Archer is your average ninth-grader whose biggest problems are a crush on a beautiful classmate, Ella, and a long-absent father figure when his world is rocked by the discovery that yeah, monsters are real. After his Green Beret uncle's mysteriously powerful knife picks Matt to wield it, he's got no choice but get out there and start slaying some monsters ... while staying out of trouble in school.

Highley keeps a nice balance between the parts of Matt's life that are about chasing and killing the monsters invading his part of the world and the parts of his life that are about being a teenage boy. He goes to classes, he argues with his siblings, and he struggles to work up the nerve to ask out Ella. My own teen years are a decade or so behind me, but I think younger readers will be pleased by the way Matt's life is depicted. As an older reader, I was happy to find that Matt's teen problems didn't make it hard for me to buy him as a soldier capable of slaying monsters.

The only real question I had about the story was how easily the adults accepted the idea of sending a 14-year-old and his best-friend sidekick off to fight creatures that units of Green Berets had trouble handling.
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