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Matt Archer: Monster Hunter (Matt Archer #1) Kindle Edition
To All the Boys I've Loved Before
What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them - all at once? Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. Until the one day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control. Paperback | Kindle book
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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.
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
"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.Read more ›
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Great book with suspense drama mystery . This is one of the best books I've read a must get for young readersPublished 2 months ago by I.D.
Even if this is a young adult novel it's fun read even for us young at heart.Published 2 months ago by James A. Williams
if you like a good thrill and enjoy hunting monsters then this book and this series is definitely for you. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Patricia Walker
i just loved this book and finished it in the early morning hours because i had to read to the end. it takes one's imagination to wonderful scenarios and one can image a little bit... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Due to some events, Matt (who is a teen) is "Chosen" to be a monster hunter. As he trains, he soon find out what it really mean to be a monster hunter, to hunt creatures... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Reacher Creature
Great in the same genre of Luke Skywalker, Harry Potter, and Percy Jackson comes Matt Archer 14 year old monster killer. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
It's one of those fun, kick back and relax reads. I look forward to getting another.Published 10 months ago by G Alex
Could not put this book down. This book hooked me in from chapter 1. Will definitely be buying all the other booksPublished 10 months ago by Joe
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