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

Kendra C. Highley
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Book Description

Book 1 in the Matt Archer Series

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?

Editorial Reviews


"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)

From the Author

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2039 KB
  • Print Length: 297 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,725 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be prepared to stay up late! August 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great borderline-YA read September 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific page turner! August 20, 2012
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Far better than could have been expected January 20, 2013
By Talia
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I admit I approached this book with a lot of concerns, primarily because the whole concept seemed unbelievable. But it works, it really really works.

Matt Archer is your ordinary 14 year old kid. He's a freshman in high school, with a crush on the beautiful girl who's dating a star basketball player. He idolizes his uncle, is protective of his sister, and has your ordinary sibling rivalry with his older brother.

Until... On a camping trip with his uncle they're attacked by a monster. Which Matt kills with the help of a magic knife. which works, amazingly enough. It turns out there is a monster infestation on Earth and only people carrying the magic knives can kill them. And since the knives choose who carries them this is a duty you can't escape.

The author does a great job at balancing the duties and responsibilities of a monster hunter with the ordinary life and cares of a teenage boy. Matt may be able to kill two monsters in a single night, but he still can't talk coherently around the girl he likes. It's actually believable.

This was a fun, easy read. I'm glad I took a chance and read it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars a for effort, a for grammar and a big fat F for everything else
Ok it's a cute story, got but no boy that I've every known would recognize this as reality

Let's start with the impossible eight foot tall monsters that get stabbed in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paul Brew
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by TheresaRiley
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
Really enjoyed this book. Fast paced and entertaining. I would recommend it for anyone who likes genre and wants some fun reading.
Published 2 months ago by Gerri Lynne
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Couldn't get into it.
Published 2 months ago by Mercedes
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting teen fantasy!
Very engaging and interesting---a fourteen-year-old boy becomes a monster hunter through magic and hard work. His uncle takes him to train on an army base. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Deborah Ruth
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
This is an excellent book for action and war and has a great storyline I absolutely recommend this book to other people.This is an OUTRAGEOUSLY awesome book! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Avery Whittaker
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book!
I am 37 years old and have read EVERY Matt Archer book twice, and have re-read the last book 4 times. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Wanda Deane
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun read for the 11+ crowd
Entertaining for the YA/11+ crowd this story is aimed for, though older teens may find the story too unbelievable. Read more
Published 3 months ago by E Madsen
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice introduction to the series
I liked the premise of the story... that was what lead me to buy the book in the first place. Even though the series is written for YA I liked it for what it is: A well written... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dave Dilworth
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST BOOK EVER
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More About the Author

Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to four self-important cats. This, according to the cats, is her most crucial 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.


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